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Have You Lied About Reading These Books?


by Holly O'Neill
24th Apr 2017

Have you lied about reading a book, when you’ve just seen the movie? What about at school – did you actually read Romeo & Juliet or did you watch the Baz Luhrmann film? Speaking of him, how many people do you know who claimed to read The Great Gatsby a couple of years ago? Is it just me who knows all these literary liars?

Apparently not.

According to a study from The Reading Agency, 11% of people have lied about reading a book to impress someone. Men are more likely to do this than women, with almost one in five men surveyed saying they would lie about reading habits to impress in a job interview.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults commissioned to mark World Book Night?found that millennials, between age 18-24, are the biggest liars when it comes to reading. An outrageous 64% of people in this age group said they had either lied about the volume or type of books that they had read, and?25% of them said they’d lied about reading Lord of the Rings.

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Here’s the list of the 13 books people lie about reading, in order.?Have you claimed to have read any of these?

  1. James Bond
  2. Lord of the Rings
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia
  4. The Da Vinci Code
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Trainspotting
  7. The Wizard of Oz
  8. Bridget Jones? Diary
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  10. The Godfather
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  12. Gone Girl
  13. The Kite Runner

Across all surveyed at all ages, 26% of people said they would read more if they were given a book recommendation from someone they knew, so if you’re looking for some new reading material, here’s some book recommendations from us:?check out these three brilliant reads for spring.??My own recommendations are, that if you loved The Da Vinci Code, The Hunger Games, any of the Bridget Jones? Diary movies, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Godfather or Gone Girl, definitely read them. I swear I did!