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Pompous Books to Read in Public

Want to increase your literary hipster cred at the local coffeehouse?
Here is a list to get you started.

Conversely, do you suspect a close friend is an insufferable book snob?
Catch them reading the following in public and your suspicions are confirmed!

If you've read most of the books on this list, you may be a book snob... but don't panic! Wear the title with pride, you deserve it.
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219 books · 140 voters · list created March 15th, 2012 by Holly Lindquist (votes) .
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Holly 1716 books
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Karen 1868 books
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Adrianne 1639 books
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Matthew 866 books
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Halyna 4438 books
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buppyspek 149 books
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Samuel 1106 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3291 books
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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Davess Here's a top tip: get hold of a hardback edition of one of these pompous books, cut out the middle couple of hundred or more pages of it, and then you can just put your usual, normal, real people's, non-hipster, pompless, friendly-neighborhood, genuinely readable, unpretentious, happybrow, fun, top-entertainment books inside it, so that people think you're ultra-hip and highbrow and can actually make sense of that wacko shit.


message 2: by Garrett (new)

Garrett Cash Read Ulysses today at the Social Security office (it's just what I happened to be reading!), so where do I pick up my pompous card?


message 3: by Cris (new)

Cris Pavon Only two women in this list! A little bit unbalanced...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I count 5 female authors in the top hundred, but that's still a very masculine list.


message 5: by Holly (new)

Holly Lindquist I'm personally thankful that so few female authors have to resort to being overbearingly pompous in order to write quality literature. If they don't make the list, I think that's a success, not a failure...because face it, this list is obnoxious! Pew!

PS: Although.. after some reflection I realize Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia belongs on the list. Very much so.


message 6: by Holly (new)

Holly Lindquist Perhaps a list for Genuinely Thought-Provoking Books or Deeply Intelligent Reading would have better diversity. I know several female authors that could wipe the floor with the competition in that case.


message 7: by Damon (last edited Jul 06, 2014 11:19AM) (new)

Damon Um. Why is the "The Road" on this list? Its an easy-to-read page turner that was turned into a blockbuster movie, and by far Cormac McCarthy's most accessible mass audience genre novel...


message 8: by Parf (new)

Parf ah yes, glenn beck, the most pompous of them all. riiiight...


message 9: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Hill This list is hilarious. *Bookmarked*


message 10: by Grant (new)

Grant must we be ironic and postmodern about good literature? perhaps you just want to read a good book when you read Ulysses.


~☆~Autumn♥♥☔ so funny!


message 12: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Grant wrote: "must we be ironic and postmodern about good literature? perhaps you just want to read a good book when you read Ulysses."

Well, we are still in the "postmodern" era, so... yes.


message 13: by L (new)

L This list gave me ass cancer


message 14: by Ben (new)

Ben Mark wrote: "Here's a top tip: get hold of a hardback edition of one of these pompous books, cut out the middle couple of hundred or more pages of it, and then you can just put your usual, normal, real people's..."

this has to be satire


message 15: by The Final (new)

The Final Song ❀ Once i had fun.
It was horrifying


message 16: by Greg (new)

Greg But 'Ulysses' is flat out brilliant. It's one of a handful of books that make me laugh out loud, and yes several times in coffee shops. "Atlas Shrugged" is brilliant entertainment, but basically a pretentious soap opera! Proust is a magnificent writer!


message 17: by Greg (new)

Greg Mark wrote: "Here's a top tip: get hold of a hardback edition of one of these pompous books, cut out the middle couple of hundred or more pages of it, and then you can just put your usual, normal, real people's..."
Mark, well, in the 1st grade I had Agatha Christie books hidden within those silly readers like "See Jane Run." I had no other choice but to hide what I really wanted to read.


message 18: by Evzenie (new)

Evzenie smoothbrain cope list


message 19: by Nullifidian (new)

Nullifidian I'm glad to see Jacques Barzun on a list of pompous people. My only qualm is that he doesn't deserve to be on a list with writers of real ability and insight.


message 20: by Addy (new)

Addy Evenson Whoever you are: I love you.


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