Friday, February 5, 2016

Top 20 Lied About Books

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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A post at one of my favorite blogs mentioned an article in UK's The Guardian listing the top 20 books that Britons most often lie about having read.

Reading the article, I wonder if the survey was phrased in connection to screen adaptations, which would explain the odd inclusion of 50 Shades of Gray in a list heavy with Dickens and Tolstoy.

Here's the list, with my notes on whether I've read them or not:

Top 20 Books People Most Lie About Having Read

  1. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (read,a favorite)
  2. 1984 - George Orwell (can't remember if I read it)
  3. The Lord Of The Rings - JRR Tolkien (read, a favorite)
  4. War And Peace - Leo Tolstoy (not read)
  5. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (never finished)
  6. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (read, liked a lot)
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee (read)
  8. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (not read)
  9. Crime And Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (never finished)
  10. Pride And Prejudice - Jane Austen (read, a favorite)
  11. Bleak House - Charles Dickens (not read)
  12. Harry Potter (series) - JK Rowling (read, a favorite)
  13. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (read)
  14. The Diary Of Anne Frank - Anne Frank (read)
  15. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (not read)
  16. Fifty Shades trilogy - EL James (not read)
  17. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie (read, didn't like as much as Ms. Marple or Poirot)
  18. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (read)
  19. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (never finished)
  20. The Catcher In The Rye - JD Salinger (not read)

So, which ones have you read?


  1. I've read: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 14, 17

    Some are on my To Be Read list, but most aren't.

    1. It's strange that I can't remember if I've read 2 or not - it's so permeated the culture that I might have fooled myself into thinking I had.
      I do remember reading (and hating) Brave New World and Animal Farm.