Have You Ever Lied About Reading THIS?
"Have you read...?" It's a common question. Maybe it's a query about the bestselling novel everyone is talking about, the new TV show based on a book or even the Bible. But, weirdly, the book we most lie about having read when asked that question is "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the children's classic by Lewis Carroll. That's the word from a BBC survey of 2,000 Britons, which determined the books that are most popular for literary deceit. Alice and her friends, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, lead this list.
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Liar, liar, pants on fire! The top 20 books we say we have read--when we have not:
1. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," by Lewis Carroll
2. "1984," by George Orwell
3. "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
4. "War and Peace," by Leo Tolstoy
5. "Anna Karenina," by Leo Tolstoy
6. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," by Arthur Conan Doyle
7. "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee
8. "David Copperfield," Charles Dickens
9. "Crime and Punishment," by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
10. "Pride and Prejudice," by Jane Austen
11. "Bleak House," by Charles Dickens
12. "Harry Potter" series, by J.K. Rowling
13. "Great Expectations," by Charles Dickens
14. "The Diary of Anne Frank," by Anne Frank
15. "Oliver Twist," by Charles Dickens
16. "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, by E.L. James
17. "And Then There Were None," by Agatha Christie
18. "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. "Catch 22," by Joseph Heller
20. The Catcher in the Rye," by J.D. Salinger
Why do we lie about reading? Call it vanity. Fully 60 percent of those surveyed said being well-read makes a person appear more attractive.
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