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.

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.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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