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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46,307 12,456
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read

2
11,971 3,846
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added William Shakespeare

3
20,146 7,217
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
36,881 13,589
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
29,412 11,134
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
26,966 11,864
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
32,804 14,632
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
F. Scott Fitzgerald

8
26,045 11,712
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Nathaniel Hawthorne

9
20,765 9,500
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
30,876 14,595
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
George Orwell

11
24,654 12,206
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
27,228 15,414
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
J. D. Salinger

13
11,089 6,216
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Terri Reid added Louisa May Alcott

14
26,457 15,356
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read

15
20,505 12,067
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
25,218 14,963
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Homer

17
23,921 15,575
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Jane Austen

18
22,096 15,112
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
MMess added Ray Bradbury

19
6,859 4,561
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added Stephenie Meyer

20
15,560 11,385
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
BenSomethinorother added Homer

21
3,726 2,838
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
16,567 13,327
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Charlotte Brontë

23
19,638 16,026
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
MMess added Douglas Adams

24
5,113 4,119
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added Charles Dickens

25
3,624 2,923
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Leonie Deane added Anne Rice