books 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the books that you've felt the need to lie about reading at some point for whatever reason.

As you slide comfortably into being an adult, one fact quickly becomes evident: everyone is a big fat liar, especially when it comes to discussing impressive books to read. Not only are there too many life-affirming books out in the world to read in one lifetime, but there are also a bunch of books that become a part of the social zeitgeist, and if you don’t read them you’ll be left out of the cultural conversation. The books people lie about reading tend to be considered classics, but they’re also massive tomes that are responsible for destroying an entire forest. Some books people claim to have read would make better doorstops than they would entertainment, but you should still act as if you’ve devoured every page. If you don’t lie about some of these books, what are you going to have to talk about?

There are so many intelligent and cool people out in the world, and every single one of them says they have read all of the most important books. You know how you lie about what you scored on your SATs? Well you should also do that with literature. This list of books you should say you've read makes it easy for you to fool your friends and strangers alike. Because if you do come across someone who has actually read all of these books they’re not going to be able to keep the plot points separated in their heads long enough to call you on your BS. Keep reading to see all the books people pretend to have read – and then maybe actually read one of them. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

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The Bible is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Ulysses James Joyce

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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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The Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Les Miserables Orson Welles

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On the Road is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
On the Road Jack Kerouac

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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Mrs Dalloway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tid... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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Lean In is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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A Thousand Splendid Suns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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The Secret is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

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Three Cups of Tea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

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Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
White Noise Don DeLillo

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Thus Spoke Zarathustra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche

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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

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Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

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The Autumn of the Patriarch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel García Márquez

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Lila: An Inquiry into Morals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Lila: An Inquiry into Morals Robert M. Pirsig