A strange truth about the Da Vinci Code

Top ten books we lie about reading:

1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien
2. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
4. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – John Gray
5. 1984 – George Orwell
6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J.K Rowling
7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
8. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
9. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
10. Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

I am rather surprised to see some of the titles on this list. If I were to lie about what I had read, my list would be:

1. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

2. A la recherche de la temps perdu

3. Plato’s Republic

4. Caesar’s Gallic Wars

5. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

OK, I won’t go on, you get the picture. But to lie about having read The Da Vinci Code, or Men are from……..oh dear. The real "book snob" would surely lie about not having read books like these?

7 thoughts on “A strange truth about the Da Vinci Code

  1. I completely agree with you Maxine — Am quite pleased to say I have read most of the list (honest!)– even if 1984 and great expectations were read under duress at school (not that I didn’t enjoy them nonetheless).
    shamed to admit that have not ever got round to wuthering heights.
    haven’t read da vinci or men are from mars either but have no qualms in admitting that!

  2. Sian — I would suggest giving DVC and MAFMWAFV a miss (even though I have not read the latter I freely admit) — but do try WH. It is quite a revelation of passion over any vestige of common sense.

  3. I agree with Maxine’s verdict on WH!
    Strange to say I have read everything on list 1 except for Da Vinci. MAFMWAFV is strangely compelling, in a disgusting way; I wrote a bit about it in my first academic book (ethics-etiquette continuum).
    Plato’s Republic is a great read BTW, put it on the summer reading list maybe–Decline and Fall quite lovely but rather longer than seems plausible, I must confess that I have never finished the last third or so. Gibbon’s autobiography is short & delightful, maybe put that one on the list instead?

  4. I’m not sure I understand this list. No one lies about having read “The Da Vinci Code.” I can well imagine someone who has read it lying and claiming otherwise, though. I did once meet someone who claimed to have read “A la recherche du temps perdu.” He was lying, of course. And has anyone ever read “A Brief History of Time”? Of course not.
    But I have read “Decline and Fall” and Caesar’s “Gallic War,” and that’s no lie.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  5. I just took a look at the original article, and it’s even weirder than I thought. Do I understand that someone thinks lying about having read a Harry Potter book constitutes literary snobbery?

  6. You might be interested in this: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/chance_news/recent_news/chance_news_9.08.html It’s a reference to Michael Kinsley’s experiment a few eyars ago in Washington to determine which books were bought, talked about, but little read. Do a search for “Kinsley.” Unfortunately this particular discussion of the experiment does not enter into the spirit of fun with which the experiment was udnertaken, but you’ll get the idea nonetheless.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

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