literature 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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31,095 7,746
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

2
24,430 8,800
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

3
17,665 6,319
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

4
5,603 2,042
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling

5
22,752 9,152
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
15,986 6,462
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
16,121 6,546
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
21,229 9,315
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

9
10,480 4,582
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
14,385 7,095
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

11
18,904 9,798
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

12
17,399 9,680
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer, Nextext

13
17,652 10,155
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

14
11,795 7,191
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

Famous Teenage Mothers

15
14,956 9,413
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

16
16,109 10,259
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

17
1,689 978
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Terri Reid added Little Women Louisa May Alcott

18
8,410 6,116
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey Homer

19
13,223 10,252
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

20
9,890 7,890
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

21
9,339 7,855
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

22
1,909 1,464
The works of William Shakespea... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jennifer DiBartolo added The works of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare

23
9,346 8,010
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

24
8,686 7,988
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

25
10,723 10,433
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Brave New World Aldous Huxley

26
7,997 8,015
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

27
10,700 11,060
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

28
10,808 11,331
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

The Best Rolling Stone Covers

29
7,165 8,162
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

30
5,334 6,054
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Sarah Connell added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

31
7,006 8,030
Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll

32
7,037 8,089
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

33
1,363 1,429
Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Michelle Carroll added Goosebumps R. L. Stine

34
9,784 11,437
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

35
1,108 1,161
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
DedGrimm added The Stand Stephen King

The Finest Breasts In Entertainment

36
6,520 8,179
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Time Machine H. G. Wells

37
6,535 8,222
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

38
8,530 10,971
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Watership Down Richard Adams

39
457 433
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 39 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.

40
1,597 1,959
wheres waldo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added wheres waldo

41
5,957 7,860
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

42
4,441 5,842
The Pearl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Senad Sabovic added The Pearl John Steinbeck

The Most Messed Up And Nauseating Sexual Horror Scenes Stephen King Has Ever Written

43
5,868 7,802
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

44
5,945 7,929
The War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells

45
5,741 7,809
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

46
7,908 11,020
The Metamorphosis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

47
7,999 11,195
Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer

48
7,294 10,238
Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Hatchet Gary Paulsen

49
5,725 8,039
Oedipus the King is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oedipus the King Sophocles

50
4,413 6,387
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle