books 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading  

Jacob Shelton
2.3M votes 65.6k voters 706.5k views 171 items Embed

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. 

list ordered by

1
5,893 1,227
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

2
39,746 9,715
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

3
14,461 3,948
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
24,811 8,531
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

5
31,594 11,025
The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

6
22,390 8,908
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

7
22,459 9,108
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Lord of the Flies William Golding

8
28,769 11,777
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

9
16,414 7,064
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

10
27,161 11,853
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

11
20,676 9,476
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
7,664 3,522
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
23,861 12,736
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
22,167 12,436
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer, Nextext

Celebrities Who Attempted Suicide

15
22,604 12,872
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

16
16,964 9,773
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

17
3,285 1,795
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Twilight Stephenie Meyer

18
21,099 12,934
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

19
19,398 12,389
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

20
2,639 1,679
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Great Expectations Charles Dickens

21
12,749 8,959
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey Homer

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

22
876 453
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

23
14,303 10,755
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

24
5,775 4,340
The works of William Shakespea... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jennifer DiBartolo added The works of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare

25
17,261 13,364
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

26
889 519
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice

27
829 483
Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews

28
13,271 10,833
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

The Best Rolling Stone Covers

29
13,351 11,003
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

30
12,618 10,889
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

31
4,145 3,717
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.

32
4,646 4,482
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
DedGrimm added The Stand Stephen King

33
11,339 11,242
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

34
14,164 14,097
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

35
13,873 13,807
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The 28 Sexiest Doutzen Kroes Pics of All Time

36
8,897 9,046
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

37
13,890 14,551
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

38
10,497 11,183
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

39
4,728 4,939
wheres waldo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added wheres waldo

40
4,498 4,718
Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Michelle Carroll added Goosebumps R. L. Stine

41
10,240 11,033
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

42
10,173 11,033
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

If You've Read More Than Four Of These Books Or Series, You're A Real Fantasy Nerd

43
12,543 14,658
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

44
9,426 11,262
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

45
9,433 11,366
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

46
8,866 10,808
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

47
11,374 14,128
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Watership Down Richard Adams

48
4,427 5,496
Dune is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Tommy Karlberg added Dune Frank Herbert

49
8,583 10,861
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

50
7,070 9,046
The Pearl is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Senad Sabovic added The Pearl John Steinbeck