7 Popular Books People Lied About Reading

It is a safe space. You can tell us about the books you’ve lied to about reading just to earn brownie points with your date, or so you don’t feel left out in a conversation, or because the TV adaptation of the book came out. (looking at all of those who have “claimed” to have read A Decent Boy just as it was released on Netflix). And, some books are just overrated and revered as modern reading styles, and they’re not. You’re not alone. There are a lot of people who lie while reading books that they haven’t read, and that’s a social phenomenon. We will not go into the details of the why and the what, but rather the what.

Here is a list of 7 popular books that people lied about reading along with their personal testimonials.

1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

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What is it about: A young hobbit, Frodo, who has found the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron, begins his journey with eight companions to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed.

Raison: You know that Instagram quote you see on every traveler post, “Not everyone who wanders is lost.”… Yeah that’s from that series. I, too, have tried reading the books, twice, and a friend who loves the show always backed me up by saying, “These are the first 200 pages you have to go through. Once you get past these pages, you’ll love the book. I didn’t even get past page 40. I’m not proud, I’m just saying, not all books are made to be read. – Moshita Prajapati

2. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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What is it about: An escaped inmate fled with a fake passport from a maximum security prison in Australia and reached India. In Bombay, his life takes him in search of a new beginning – war, prison, murders and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals.

Raison: Look at the literal size of this book, it is huge, how can we finish reading it ?! – Vijaya Laxman

3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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What is it about: A series of seven fantastic novels which chronicles the lives of three young wizards, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Raison: I think at one point the movies and the book releases overlapped, so I just decided to watch the movies. – Zainab Badani

4. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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What is it about: He is literally the most famous fictional detective in the world.

Raison: There are so many faithful TV adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. From the BBC’s Sherlock to some reimagined versions – and then there’s Elementary and House, I didn’t feel like I had to read the books. – Pooja Manghirmalani Mishra

5. Game of Thrones George RR Martin series

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What is it about: Nine noble families go to war to gain control of the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, a force rises after millennia and threatens the existence of living men.

Raison: So I had started to read the books and watched the shows as well. But somehow it just got easier to watch the show and not just read the books. – Alisha Wadia Sharma

6. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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What is it about: The story of an unfortunate human called Arthur Dent, who is saved from the destruction of Earth by aliens with seconds to spare by his good friend Ford Prefect.

Raison: It’s a smart and funny book, but it’s getting too complex, right? I don’t think people expect you to actually read the book. – Samhita Prajapati

7. A suitable boy by Vikram Seth

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What is it about: A Suitable Boy is set in a newly post-independence, post-partition India. It tells the story of two upper-middle-class North Indian families navigating between love, marriage, politics, religion and conflict.

Raison: Do you know how many pages it has? 1394 pages! It’s heavy as a one-volume book. If they had divided it into volumes, then maybe I would have finished reading it. – Nidhi Penja

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