A book isn’t any good unless it’s read. Populate your shelves as much as you want. Hope visitors look at them and infer you’re intelligent. Pray no one asks what any of them are about. Pretend you’re well read. Believe your imagination. Act accordingly. Pomposity built on the unbroken spines of a thousand books. Lie because no one else knows the truth. The truth is not custom tailored to your sensibilities or emotions. Lies are easier to believe. After all, one’s truth and one’s lie are only one’s opinion based on an already faulty sense of reality. So have fun, lie and be grand.
This is prestige.