Even the most erudite and cultured Core students and faculty have at some point in their lives been placed in a sticky situation where lying about having read a book is the easiest way out.
A useful post from The Guardian gives us a study of the top ten books that people have pretended to have read:
- 1984 by George Orwell (26%)
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (19%)
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (18%)
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (15%)
- A Passage to India by EM Forster (12%)
- Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (11%)
- To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (10%)
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (8%)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (8%)
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5%)
Which books have you lied about? No one will judge. Professor Hamill secretly hasn’t read The Hungry Caterpillar and there is a rumor that Core alumna Rose Grenier never opened Don Quixote… No one will judge!