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. 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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41,400 10,449
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

2
7,535 1,879
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

3
16,091 4,656
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
32,883 11,640
The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Diary of Anne Frank Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

5
25,910 9,209
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

6
23,592 9,760
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Lord of the Flies William Golding

7
23,281 9,632
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

8
29,812 12,452
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

9
17,449 7,670
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
28,121 12,500
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

11
21,789 10,075
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
8,516 4,177
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
24,725 13,383
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
22,976 13,032
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Odyssey Homer

15
23,530 13,514
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

16
17,921 10,308
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
21,911 13,545
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

18
4,216 2,487
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Twilight Stephenie Meyer

19
20,074 13,067
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

20
13,468 9,560
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey Homer

21
3,319 2,327
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Great Expectations Charles Dickens

22
14,916 11,402
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

23
17,987 13,981
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

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6,314 4,935
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
1,612 1,153
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice

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13,835 11,459
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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13,934 11,628
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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13,255 11,439
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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1,447 1,138
Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews

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1,396 1,131
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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4,646 4,335
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.

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14,720 14,638
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

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14,334 14,444
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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5,175 5,119
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
DedGrimm added The Stand Stephen King

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11,688 11,878
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

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9,427 9,577
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

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14,425 15,063
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

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5,117 5,235
Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Michelle Carroll added Goosebumps R. L. Stine

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5,244 5,426
wheres waldo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added wheres waldo

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10,996 11,704
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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10,753 11,524
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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10,689 11,506
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

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12,920 15,235
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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9,871 11,800
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

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9,904 11,890
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

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9,332 11,282
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

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11,750 14,695
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Watership Down Richard Adams

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9,038 11,335
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

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4,844 6,013
Dune is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Tommy Karlberg added Dune Frank Herbert

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8,726 11,301
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe