One of my friends on Facebook recently posted a link to a story on The Guardian website about the top ten books people like to pretend they have read. I must admit, I found it a very interesting read. I know people who I know have lied (sometimes to me) about the books they have read. I know someone who claimed to have read the entirety of The Divine Comedy, and yet they somehow couldn't remember the names of the two companions of the pilgrim Dante. That is barely unique among the people I know or have met, but it does stick out for me. Apparently this was a habit so popular someone bothered to write about it, publish it in a major newspaper, and even compile a few lists across the internet of titles people claim to have read. In America it seems people like to say they have read Adam Smith, and Moby Dick, and this is different to the usual books that are claimed here in the United Kingdom. The reason for that seems to me quite obvious to be honest. However, it does seem there are some writers shared across the pond, as the same names seem to keep coming up: Tolkien, James Joyce, Ayn Rand, Marcel Proust, and Leo Tolstoy are all writers people apparently like to say they have read but in fact have not. Here's The Guardian's full list: 1. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell 2. "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy 3. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens 4. "The Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger 5. "A Passage to India" by EM Forster 6. "Lord of the Rings" by JRR Tolkien 7. "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee 8. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky 9. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen 10. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte How many have you read?