Books People Only Pretend to Have Read

For the last month or so there has been a display up in the fiction section of the Moline Public Library entitled “Top Books People Only Pretend to Have Read.” It’s gone surprisingly well – people have been taking books off of it and everything! So, I decided to expand to the World Wide Web.

It began when staff stumbled upon a few articles online on the topic (sites included BuzzFeed, the Federalist, the Huffington Post, The Telegraph (UK) and io9, to name a few). So we compiled a list and pulled them for the display. Most of them are things you would probably expect – long-winded classics with dense language, most of the angsty Russians, just about everything by Dickens, things that “they” tried to make you read in high school, stuff like that. There were a few surprises though, with Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and the Fifty Shades series all on the list as well. In fact, here is a link to a quick, non-comprehensive list compiled from some of the sites listed above: Lies.

You may be asking, “Who lies about reading a book?” Well, according to a British study cited by, over 60% of people questioned admit to lying about reading a book.

“But why?” you ask. First, I think that you are trying too hard to not look like you are one of the people who lie about what they read. All the questions make you seem suspicious, that’s all I’m saying. Second, according to the study, it is mostly just to impress people with how intelligent they are. I think that, with our friends, Harry Potter, Frodo, and Mr. Grey, on the list, we can also safely add being part of the crowd – not wanting to feel like to only person who hasn’t read something – to the list.


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