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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20,819 5,207
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

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2
9,519 3,140
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

3
16,195 5,788
The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

4
8,596 3,220
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

5
8,557 3,202
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Lord of the Flies William Golding

6
15,149 5,907
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
14,355 5,874
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

8
3,188 1,225
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Senad Sabovic added Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

9
7,816 3,401
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

10
12,763 6,136
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

11
11,623 6,110
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer

12
11,868 6,457
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

13
9,686 5,452
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

14
6,234 3,457
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

15
10,763 6,443
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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16
8,770 5,868
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

17
3,407 2,319
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey Homer

18
5,219 3,806
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

19
4,942 3,762
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

20
4,881 3,830
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

21
4,626 3,774
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

22
6,995 6,096
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Brave New World Aldous Huxley

23
4,184 3,814
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

24
1,820 1,637
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Sarah Connell added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

25
7,225 7,092
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

26
7,041 6,960
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

27
3,709 3,783
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

28
3,599 3,772
Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll

29
6,594 7,133
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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3,651 3,890
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

31
3,391 3,787
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Time Machine H. G. Wells

32
3,370 3,810
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

33
5,583 6,549
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Watership Down Richard Adams

34
1,341 1,466
The Pearl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Senad Sabovic added The Pearl John Steinbeck

35
5,344 6,613
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

36
3,065 3,683
The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells

37
3,076 3,729
Oedipus the King is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oedipus the King Sophocles

38
3,049 3,728
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

39
2,940 3,615
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

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2,989 3,668
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

41
5,292 6,966
Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer

42
4,494 5,953
Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Hatchet Gary Paulsen

43
2,693 3,603
Antigone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Antigone Sophocles

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1,734 2,263
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

45
4,241 5,746
The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
AdriaanVanNiekerk added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

46
4,770 6,771
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Freddyjason added Les Misérables Victor Hugo

47
4,693 6,971
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

48
3,955 6,042
Walden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Walden Henry David Thoreau

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3,856 6,143
A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added A Separate Peace John Knowles

50
3,574 5,828
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury