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. Avid readers should definitely check out these popular book reviewers on YouTube. 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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40,913 10,216
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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7,073 1,671
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

3
15,657 4,411
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling

4
32,586 11,436
The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

5
25,621 9,023
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

6
23,320 9,563
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Lord of the Flies William Golding

7
23,042 9,450
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

8
29,536 12,268
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

9
17,176 7,497
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Senad Sabovic added Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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27,887 12,315
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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21,515 9,905
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

12
8,361 3,989
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Terri Reid added Little Women Louisa May Alcott

13
24,500 13,227
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

14
22,750 12,885
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer

The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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23,244 13,351
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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17,730 10,141
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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4,020 2,280
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Twilight Stephenie Meyer

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21,742 13,371
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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19,905 12,890
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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13,280 9,402
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey Homer

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3,180 2,153
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Great Expectations Charles Dickens

The Lamest Authors of All Time

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14,795 11,233
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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1,477 966
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice

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17,837 13,819
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

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6,169 4,787
The works of William Shakespea... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jennifer DiBartolo added The works of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare

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13,689 11,306
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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13,833 11,456
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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13,110 11,295
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

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1,323 971
Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews

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1,292 964
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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4,535 4,183
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Brianna Crawford added The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway - I've read this book and I really wish I hadn't, it was required reading at my high school and was the most boring book I've ever read in my life.

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14,597 14,499
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

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14,235 14,278
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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5,052 4,961
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
DedGrimm added The Stand Stephen King

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11,597 11,719
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

The Best Female Characters in Literature

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9,308 9,447
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Sarah Connell added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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14,285 14,936
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

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4,931 5,104
Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Michelle Carroll added Goosebumps R. L. Stine

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5,106 5,302
wheres waldo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added wheres waldo

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10,879 11,572
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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10,641 11,398
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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10,586 11,382
Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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12,839 15,092
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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9,764 11,666
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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9,811 11,750
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

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9,234 11,158
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

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11,675 14,557
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Watership Down Richard Adams

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4,759 5,884
Dune is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Tommy Karlberg added Dune Frank Herbert

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8,924 11,217
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

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8,801 11,407
The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells