Literary Deceit

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 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. Why do we lie about reading? Call it vanity. 60 percent of those surveyed said being well-read makes a person appear more attractive.
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


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