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Updated on May 13, 2020. Posted on Mar 16, 2009

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%)

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