Lying about books

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 13, 2009

From the Guilty Secrets survey by Spread the Word, the top ten books that people say that they've read but haven't.

1. 1984 by George Orwell (42%)
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (31%)
3. Ulysses by James Joyce (25%)
4. The Bible (24%)
5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (16%)
6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (15%)
7. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie (14%)
8. In Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust (9%)
9. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (6%)
10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (6%)

I've read 1, 6, bits of 4, and started on 10 but didn't get more than 20 pages in. (Sorry, Dawkins!) This is a UK-centric list...I wonder what the US list would look like.