We all do it: assign ourselves reading homework, especially if it's the most recent It book. Obviously, we often find ourselves sitting in the back yard with our feet in the kiddie pool drinking g&ts and rehashing Orange is the New Black instead of finishing A Brief History of Time. It's hot, you know? Plus, the cedar gin from Vikre is amazing with strawberries and lemon.
Using completely unscientific method ("for entertainment purposes only"), a mathematician attempts to quantify what books are doing more sitting on the coffee table to make you look like you know anything about physics (quantum uncertainty, amiright?) than being read. Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century takes the cake. I think we should cut him some slack though, because a 700 page tome not written for the layperson was a weird smash hit anyway. Debt/equity swaps, amiright?