“Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.”
― William Shakespeare, The Complete Works


I think everyone brags about something. And I think people oftenl like to boast about books they’ve read or be seen as readers. Because reading is always seen as a good thing to do. Below are some great books for bragging purposes and how people tend to brag about them:

The Prince by Niccolo Macchiavelli
How do people brag about reading The Prince: They’ll throw couple of Macchiavelli quotes at you. The Prince is a book on how to achieve power and how to keep it so they’ll say how much they learned from reading it and how it changed how they see their professional/private life. I think it tells something about people if they’re quoting Prince to you.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
How do people brag about reading And Then There Were None:
“After (xx) years, I still remember the killer’s name.” I think this is a great novel but SERIOUSLY, name of the killer,  it’s only mentioned once in the book and it’s not the most essential detail to remember. Also people will say it’s greatest mystery novel of all time (maybe true).

War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy & Ulysseus by James Joyce
How do people brag about reading War & Peace and Ulysseus: This one is tricky. People just say they’ve read these two novels. What they’re not saying and what they are really thinkig is that they should receive a medal for it because don’t you know how many pages they have.

Anything Shakespeare
How do people brag about reading Shakespeare: They’ll ask you about your favorite play and then tell you about their favorite play, probably also using names of the characters. They’ll probably throw some quotes at you as well. They’ll talk about differences between original work and different adaptations.

“I don’t like to brag or frighten, but I’ve got a black belt. And a brown one, which I sometimes wear with black slacks.”
― Jarod Kintz, $3.33

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
How do people brag about reading Crime and Punishment: Something along the lines: psychological masterpiece and that mental anguish and moral dilemmas presented in this book are astonishing. That Raskolnikov is highly fascinating character.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
How do people brag about reading 1984: If someone mentions “big brother”, they’ll explain where did that term originate from. Also braggers will use it as example in every discussion concerning dystopians, totalitarism or dictatorshops.

What do you think are books people brag about reading? What are books that you like to brag about having read?