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The top 10 books people lie about reading.

People lie.

And believe it or not, people lie about the books they’ve read.

Curious to see what those books are? Ben Domenech of The Federalist has compiled a list of the top ten books people lie about reading.



2 thoughts on “The top 10 books people lie about reading.”

  1. My Honest Answers:

    10. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand: Tried to read, did not finish.

    9. On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin: Never read it, no desire to do so. Ever.

    8. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens: Read them both twice.

    7. 1984, George Orwell: Read it, but prefer Animal Farm

    6. Democracy in America, Alexis De Tocqueville: Read it a couple of times.

    5. The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith: Never read, but I want to.

    4. Moby Dick, Herman Melville: read a couple of times; each time I like it more.

    3. The Art of War, Sun Tzu: read a version of it.

    2. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli: read it, re-read it every couple of years.

    1. Ulysses, James Joyce: Tried to read it twice and put it down, third time was the charm. Might re-read in a year or two.


  2. I worked my way through Atlas Shrugged via the audio version. 50 CDs and countless hours later I was glad it was over. I kept asking myself, “Why did this have to go on so long?” Seriously, I enjoyed the story but Rand could have said everything she needed to say in half the time (or even less).

    And about 1984, I adore that book but I’m with you in my preference for Orwell’s less popular Animal Farm. I always say Animal Farm tells the story (allegorically) of how we get to tyranny, and 1984 depicts what that tyranny would actually look like.


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