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10 Books People Claim They've Read But Haven't

These are the ten books that people are most likely to lie about having read, according to a survey by a pro-reading advocacy group in the UK. I have read 1, 3, and 5 on this list, and I lie about having read 10, because we had it in our bathroom for, like, a year, which is almost like my having read it.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell (42%)

  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (31%)

  3. Ulysses by James Joyce (25%)

  4. The Bible (24%)

  5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (16%)

  6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (15%)

  7. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (14%)

  8. In Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust (9%)

  9. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (6%)

  10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (6%)