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The Top 20 Books That Britons Lie About Reading

The BBC recently commissioned a study of 2,000 Briton’s reading habits and found that 1 in 4 have told fibs about the books they have read. Reasons for these little white lies ranged from not wanting to miss out on conversations to wanting to appear more intelligent according to the BBC Store survey which also discovered that 60% of those surveyed considered being well-read an attractive trait.

War and Peace topped the poll of course; or did it?

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll


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1984 – George Orwell


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The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien



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War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy


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Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy


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The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle


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To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee


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David Copperfield – Charles Dickens


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Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen


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Bleak House – Charles Dickens
Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Diary Of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Fifty Shades trilogy – EL James
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye – JD Salinger

How many of the above twenty books  have you read? Now how many have you really read? Really?




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  • Katarina says:

    12/20 here. But most of those were on my elementary/ high school curriculum.

    • Susan says:

      Also 12/20 virtually all by choice. Started the “Harry Potter” series–too hard to read as an adult, obviously written at a level for 10-year-olds, can’t believe the “50 Shades of Gray” garbage is on the list!

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