.. two thirds of people have claimed to have read a book they haven't. The most popular book to have lied about reading is 1984 by George Orwell, with 42% of surveyed people saying they had said they had read it even if they hadn't.Another poll conducted for WBD, this time by Sky News' The Book Show, showed an increased appetite for reading at in all age groups.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy came second with 31%, and Ulysses by James Joyce was in third place with 25%. When asked why they had lied the main reason was to impress the person they were speaking to.
J K Rowling was the most popular author, with 61% of respondents saying that she is the author they really enjoy. John Grisham came second with 32% and Sophie Kinsella with 22%.
41% of respondents confessed to having turned to the back of the books to read the end before finishing the story. Additionally, 48% admitted to buying a book for someone else and reading it first. Many respondents, 91%, said that they had stayed up late at night to finish reading a book.
The survey also found that people can't bear to throw their books away, with 77% of respondents saying they buy extra bookshelves when they fill up.
Anyway, we already knew that the Brits lie about the books they haven't read. Malaysians, of course, would never do that.
Melanie Macdonald in The Telegraph reckons it's not such a bad thing that people lie about books they haven't read :
... the great thing about knowing that there are books that you ought to have read is that one day you get round to reading them. It usually turns out they're worth it.