Brits claim to have read books they haven't
According to a recent survey, two out of three Britons have lied about what books they have read, with George Orwell's '1984' topping the 'literary fib list'. Organizers of the World Book Day conducted this survey and found that the books most people liked reading were JK Rowling's Harry Potter series.
According to the survey, 65 percent of people have pretended to have read books, and of those, 42 percent singled out "1984." Next on the list came "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy and in third place was James Joyce's "Ulysses."
The Bible was in fourth position, and newly elected President Barack Obama's autobiography "Dreams from My Father" came ninth.
Many people said they had read titles from authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, when in fact, they had not.
Most people lied because they wanted to impress those they were talking to.
Here is some of the list:
1. 1984 - George Orwell (42 percent)
2. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (31)
3. Ulysses - James Joyce (25)
4. The Bible (24)
5. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (16)
6. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking (15)
7. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (14)
8. In Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust (9)
Have you read any of these? Or said you have when you haven't?