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35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read 

Jacob Shelton
Updated January 14, 2020 3.1M votes 92.2k voters 948.8k views 171 items

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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
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The Diary of Anne Frank ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich
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The Adventures of Tom Sa... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Mark Twain
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Harry Potter and the Phi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Jason Basa added J. K. Rowling
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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added William Golding
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Senad Sabovic added John Steinbeck
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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
George Orwell
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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Catcher in the Rye ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
J. D. Salinger
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The Bible is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Terri Reid added Louisa May Alcott
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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Homer
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Jane Austen
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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added Stephenie Meyer
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
MMess added Ray Bradbury
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Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Leonie Deane added V. C. Andrews
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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Charlotte Brontë
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The Hitchhiker's Guide t... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
MMess added Douglas Adams
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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Robert Louis Stevenson
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Interview with the Vampi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
Leonie Deane added Anne Rice
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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
celiagold added Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read
M.A. added Charles Dickens