Which amongst the following is grammatically correct?

A) Almost nobody is interested in spending time on reading classical mechanics.
B) Almost nobody is interested about spending time on reading classical mechanics.
C) Hardly anybody is interested in spending time reading classical mechanics.
D) Hardly anybody is interested in spending time in reading classical mechanics.

Here, options (A) & (B) ruled out as the word 'almost' is not used with negative words (i.e, nobody);
but, why can't answer be (D)? Any help please...

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    Almost can't be used with nobody? That's news to this educated native speaker... I mean, it's a little informal, but hardly beyond the pale... books.google.com/ngrams/… – SamBC Mar 29 '19 at 10:27
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    (B) is ruled out not by Almost nobody, but by the fact that we aren't interested about things but in things. And (A) is ruled out by the fact that we don't spend time on ——ing, but just spend time ———ing. – Peter Shor Mar 29 '19 at 13:01
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    @PeterShor You mean it's incorrect to say spend time on playing chess ? – Suresh Mar 29 '19 at 13:30
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    Don't worry about the specific numbers in ngram results. It's most useful for relative stuff. – SamBC Mar 29 '19 at 13:42
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    @PeterShor: "spend time on gerund-participle" might not be as common as leaving the "on" out, but it's still normal in my experience. – SamBC Mar 29 '19 at 13:43

Setting aside the correctness or otherwise of ruling out A&B, D wouldn't be natural simply because we don't talk about spending time in reading anything. You either don't use any preposition, or you use on.

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