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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41,849 10,626
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

2
7,917 2,058
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added William Shakespeare

3
16,440 4,884
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added J. K. Rowling

4
33,244 11,804
The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

5
26,218 9,374
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Mark Twain

6
23,883 9,940
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added William Golding

7
23,564 9,809
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Nathaniel Hawthorne

8
30,069 12,617
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
F. Scott Fitzgerald

9
17,734 7,843
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Senad Sabovic added John Steinbeck

10
28,354 12,675
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
George Orwell

11
22,016 10,259
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added J. R. R. Tolkien

12
8,769 4,351
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Terri Reid added Louisa May Alcott

13
24,957 13,543
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
J. D. Salinger

14
23,174 13,202
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Homer

15
23,805 13,659
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading

16
18,119 10,457
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

17
22,085 13,724
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jane Austen

18
4,430 2,666
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Stephenie Meyer

19
20,248 13,226
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Ray Bradbury

20
13,655 9,702
The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
BenSomethinorother added Homer

21
3,498 2,458
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
celiagold added Charles Dickens

22
15,068 11,558
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Charlotte Brontë

23
18,117 14,139
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
MMess added Douglas Adams

24
6,469 5,058
The works of William Shakespea... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jennifer DiBartolo added William Shakespeare

25
13,976 11,602
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Charles Dickens

26
14,080 11,772
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Emily Brontë

27
1,757 1,310
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Anne Rice

28
1,662 1,265
Flowers in the Attic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added V. C. Andrews

29
13,408 11,578
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Robert Louis Stevenson

30
1,559 1,268
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Leonie Deane added Margaret Mitchell

31
4,786 4,477
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Brianna Crawford added 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.

32
14,838 14,777
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jonathan Swift

33
5,329 5,240
The Stand is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
DedGrimm added Stephen King

34
14,431 14,602
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Beth aka Scifibookcat added Aldous Huxley

35
11,817 12,003
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Stephen Crane

36
9,531 9,717
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Sarah Connell added Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

37
5,268 5,379
Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Michelle Carroll added R. L. Stine

38
14,549 15,190
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Herman Melville

39
5,369 5,558
wheres waldo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Jason Basa added

40
11,118 11,816
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

41
10,881 11,630
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Charles Dickens

42
10,801 11,611
Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Lewis Carroll

43
13,011 15,364
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Joseph Heller

44
9,974 11,920
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added H. G. Wells

45
9,992 12,008
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Oscar Wilde

46
9,411 11,397
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Alexandre Dumas

47
11,828 14,817
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Nina1172 added Richard Adams

48
9,139 11,448
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Jules Verne

49
4,919 6,138
Dune is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
Tommy Karlberg added Frank Herbert

50
8,826 11,407
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Reading
M.A. added Daniel Defoe