These Are The Books People Are Most Likely To Lie About Reading


by Elizabeth Bennett |
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Have you ever lied about reading a book, when in reality you’ve actually only seen the film? Well, you’re not alone. According to new research from The Reading Agency, 11% of people admitted to fibbing about a book they’ve read in order to impress someone.

The survey, commissioned to mark World Book Night on Sunday 23 April, also shed some light on the UK’s reading habits, and it seems we’re a country of wannabe bookworms. More than two-thirds of people said they wanted to read more with nearly half of people professing that they struggled to find the time to pick up a novel.

When it comes to stretching the truth about our reading habits, it’s millennials who are most likely to tell a porky. For instance, 25% of 18-24 year olds said they’d lied about reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. And it seems men are bigger culprits of this type of lie than women. Nearly one in five (19%) said they’d lie about their reading habits in order to impress in a job interview.

James Bond comes in top as the book people are most likely to claim to have read when in fact they’ve just seen the film, and this is closely followed by Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Check out the full list below...

  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

On World Book Night, The Reading Agency is calling on book lovers across the country to give a great book to someone who doesn’t read often – in recognition of the challenges many people face when it comes to finding the right book. The aim is to get brilliant books into the hands of thousands of young people and adults who haven’t yet discovered books as a companion through life’s ups and downs. Find out more here.

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