Popular Opinion 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read  

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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47,539 12,937
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
2
13,116 4,294
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added William Shakespeare
3
21,261 7,758
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Jason Basa added J. K. Rowling
4
37,868 14,064
The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich
5
30,381 11,564
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Mark Twain
6
27,871 12,347
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added William Golding
7
33,536 15,156
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
F. Scott Fitzgerald
8
26,737 12,239
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Nathaniel Hawthorne
9
21,611 9,953
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Senad Sabovic added John Steinbeck
10
31,622 15,117
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
George Orwell
11
25,567 12,663
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added J. R. R. Tolkien
12
27,918 15,934
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
J. D. Salinger
13
27,273 15,813
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
14
11,739 6,715
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Terri Reid added Louisa May Alcott
15
21,238 12,500
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
16
25,807 15,469
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Homer
17
24,483 16,074
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Jane Austen
18
22,642 15,626
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
MMess added Ray Bradbury
19
7,477 5,130
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added Stephenie Meyer
20
16,130 11,861
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
BenSomethinorother added Homer
21
4,295 3,330
Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Leonie Deane added V. C. Andrews
22
20,255 16,497
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
MMess added Douglas Adams
23
17,016 13,841
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Charlotte Brontë
24
4,235 3,376
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Leonie Deane added Anne Rice
25
5,605 4,580
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added Charles Dickens