Booking Through Thursday asks:
Two-thirds of Brits have lied about reading books they haven’t. Have you? Why? What book?
I'm ashamed to say that I have lied about reading books. All of my literary lies were told when I was in school. Some books I just couldn't get into, but I had to write papers on them... so I used Coles Notes instead. I think I did this with Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Great Expectations, and Joseph Andrews. So I'll admit it now: I haven't read those books in their entirety (and I have no desire to do so, either).
I don't think I would ever lie about reading a book just to make myself look more learned, though. Besides... you don't know if the person you're lying to has read the book; if they have, that could be one awkward conversation!