Odds are, You’ve Lied About Reading These Books

It happens every day. You’re at a cocktail party with a bunch of work colleagues and one asks you, “What did you think of The Kite Runner?” You freeze, not sure if they’re referencing a book, a movie, or someone you two walked past in the park the other day. “It was really amazing.”

We’ve all done it. Whether we’re trying to impress someone or simply feel like we’re part of a cultural phenomenon, we claim to have read or seen or heard things that we simply haven’t. The tendency to tell that little white lie is everywhere.

According to Bustle, The Reading Agency recently ran a study in the United Kingdom, asking adults if they lie about what books they’ve read and what books they lie most frequently about.

While some of these may be unique to the UK (James Bond isn’t required reading around the world), most are universally applicable considering the number of people who are watching the movies instead.


James Bond

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming


Lord of the Rings

The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien


The Chronicles of Narnia

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C S Lewis


The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


The Hunger Games

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins



Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh


The Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum


Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary  by Helen Fielding


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


The Godfather

The Godfather by Mario Puzo


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey


Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


So next time somebody asks you if you’ve read the book, just be honest and tell them you’ve seen the movie instead!


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