A new survey released found that more than 60% of Britons claim to have read books they haven't to appear smarter. Some of them go to great lengths to convince others that they are more literate than they actually are. Some relied on film adaptions, others keep "important" unread books on their bookshelves.
The top ten books Britons claim to have read, but haven't, are:
1984 by George Orwell – 26%
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 19%
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – 18%
Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger – 15%
A Passage to India by E M Forster – 12%
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein – 11%
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 10%
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – 8%
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 8%
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – 5%
Which ones have you read?