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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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2,091 871
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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1,791 1,003
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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1,810 1,027
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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1,653 967
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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1,638 993
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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1,563 950
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer

8
1,367 1,060
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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1,092 1,097
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

10
989 1,100
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

11
859 1,180
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

12
781 1,167
Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer

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300 420
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Watership Down Richard Adams

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738 1,194
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

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724 1,171
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Ulysses James Joyce

Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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592 996
Les Miserables is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Freddyjason added Les Miserables Orson Welles

17
416 703
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

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115 134
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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646 1,202
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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631 1,189
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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589 1,199
The Prince is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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232 422
Walden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Walden Henry David Thoreau

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155 275
Stranger in a Strange Land is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
jenna added Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

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536 1,176
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
On the Road Jack Kerouac

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205 431
A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added A Separate Peace John Knowles

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407 1,108
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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154 389
Walden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Walden

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442 1,245
Mrs Dalloway is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf

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417 1,201
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

20 Books to Read in Your 20s Signs Someone Is Talking About You Behind Your Back

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394 1,144
A Thousand Splendid Suns is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

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393 1,150
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

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412 1,266
Lean In is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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394 1,228
The Life-Changing Magic of Tid... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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210 648
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

35
368 1,209
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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324 1,143
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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277 1,105
Three Cups of Tea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

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276 1,136
The Master and Margarita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

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240 1,112
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
White Noise Don DeLillo

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229 1,096
Thus Spoke Zarathustra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche

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225 1,088
Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

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220 1,091
Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

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171 1,075
Dead Souls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol

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143 1,073
The Autumn of the Patriarch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Autumn of the Patriarch Gabriel García Márquez

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42 767
Lila: An Inquiry into Morals is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Donald McMiken added Lila: An Inquiry into Morals Robert M. Pirsig