Here Are the Books People Lie About Reading
Made it through 'Ulysses' yet?
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Made it through 'Ulysses' yet?   (Flickr)

(Newser) – You've heard of these books. You might even have talked about them. You know you should have read them—but you probably didn't. At the Federalist, Ben Domenech offers his list of the books most people lie about reading:

  1. Ulysses, James Joyce
  2. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
  3. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  4. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  5. The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
Click for the full list, which includes the darling of the libertarian movement, Atlas Shrugged. In other didn't-read-it news, your digital librarian knows which books you haven't finished.

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Jan 23, 2014 3:06 PM CST
I think there are a lot of books people lie about reading. I read Moby Dick because I had too in high school. I actually liked the book,and felt it was full of metaphor. But I admit there are a lot on the list that I will not even attempt to read if I find the book boring. I had to read 1984 for school, but the rest of them I didn't even attempt to read. Some books that people claim are good, or people might lie about reading is "War and Peace, or The catcher in the rye" both books I found boring.
Jan 20, 2014 5:19 AM CST
List was TLDR
Jan 19, 2014 1:35 PM CST
I haven't read any of them. My sister loved literature, and she read "Moby Dick" and loved it. I had a boyfriend who was a member of the James Joyce Club. He read "Ulysses" (more than once), including in its facsimile form, that he paid quite a bit own. I went through a "phase" when I loved reading epic poetry sagas and read things like "The Iliad," "The Odessy," "La Chansons de Roland," "Beowulf," and "The Bhagavad Gita." I barely recall any of it now, except for what I see in Hollywood movies.