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The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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This list of bad books not to read is ranked by literature fans worldwide. Anyone can vote on this list of the worst books, which makes it a trustworthy resource for finding out which books just don't live up to their hype. You can even add your own list of bad books to these rankings, and save other people from the pain of having to read them. From the over-hyped to the just plain overexposed, these overrated books prove that you can't judge a book by its cover...or its reputation.

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List Criteria: Books that got great reviews or were bestsellers, but actually suck

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  1. 1
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    most listed
    The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1674
    Down 371

    ranked high on reranks
    Twilight

    Stephenie Meyer More
    97
  3. 3
    Up 1545
    Down 331

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eclipse

    Stephenie Meyer More
    92
  4. 4
    Up 1557
    Down 340

    ranked high on reranks
    New Moon

    Stephenie Meyer More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 987
    Down 767

    the people's #1
    Atlas Shrugged

    Ayn Rand More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1269
    Down 310

    often listed
    The Secret

    Rhonda Byrne More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 562
    Down 118

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eat, Pray, Love

    Elizabeth Gilbert More
    82
  8. 8
    Up 634
    Down 227
    Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield More
    76
  9. 9
    Up 386
    Down 341

    often listed
    The Fountainhead

    Ayn Rand More
    69
  10. 10
    Up 244
    Down 36

    ranked high on reranks
    Breaking Dawn

    Stephenie Meyer More
    67
  11. 11
    Up 4527
    Down 4535

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King James Version

    67
  12. 12
    Up 496
    Down 165
    Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield More
    65
  13. 13
    Up 91
    Down 18
    L. Ron Hubbard More
    62
    added by: Dave_7672
  14. 14
    Up 486
    Down 609
    J. D. Salinger More
    61
  15. 15
    Up 121
    Down 40

    ranked high on reranks
    A Million Little Pieces

    James Frey More
    61
  16. 16
    Up 131
    Down 31
    John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana More
    60
  17. 17
    Up 132
    Down 38
    LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield More
    60
  18. 18
    Up 130
    Down 38
    Mark Victor Hansen More
    59
  19. 19
    Up 123
    Down 36
    Mark Victor Hansen More
    59
  20. 20
    Up 69
    Down 15
    Candace Bushnell More
    57
    added by: rankermaker58
  21. 21
    Up 97
    Down 28
    LeAnn Thieman, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen More
    57
  22. 22
    Up 68
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    The Book of Mormon

    Grant Hardy More
    57
    added by: Dave_7672
  23. 23
    Up 220
    Down 162

    controversial
    A Thousand Acres

    Jane Smiley More
    54
  24. 24
    Up 244
    Down 256
    Stieg Larsson More
    53
  25. 25
    Up 76
    Down 46
    Arthur Jeffery More
    52
    added by: Dave_7672
  26. 26
    Up 344
    Down 732

    often listed &controversial
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    J. K. Rowling More
    52
  27. 27
    Up 60
    Down 27
    Richard Nelson Bolles More
    51
  28. 28
    Up 83
    Down 18
    Stephen Covey More
    51
  29. 29
    Up 58
    Down 38
    Robert James Waller More
    49
  30. 30
    Up 76
    Down 53
    Don DeLillo More
    49
  31. 31
    Up 83
    Down 68
    Jonathan Franzen More
    48
  32. 32
    Up 66
    Down 73
    Keith Giffen, Scott Hampton More
    48
    added by: clash1977
  33. 33
    Up 154
    Down 189

    controversial
    The Satanic Verses

    Salman Rushdie More
    48
  34. 34
    Up 65
    Down 45
    Paulo Coelho More
    48
  35. 35
    Up 217
    Down 330

    controversial
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    47
  36. 36
    Up 28
    Down 8

    ranked high on reranks
    Fifty Shades of Grey

    E. L. James More
    47
    added by: WarrenMitchell
  37. 37
    Up 163
    Down 185
    James Joyce More
    47
  38. 38
    Up 152
    Down 376

    often listed &controversial
    The Lord of the Rings

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    47
  39. 39
    Up 197
    Down 235
    Jack Kerouac More
    47
  40. 40
    Up 46
    Down 21

    ranked high on reranks
    Sex & Travel & Vestiges of Metallic Fragments

    Cole Coonce More
    47
  41. 41
    Up 72
    Down 15
    Stephen Covey More
    46
  42. 42
    Up 80
    Down 90
    Yann Martel More
    45
  43. 43
    Up 86
    Down 95
    David Foster Wallace More
    45
  44. 44
    Up 35
    Down 44
    Alice Walker More
    44
    added by: HappyMan
  45. 45
    Up 106
    Down 120
    Edith Wharton More
    44
  46. 46
    Up 15
    Down 20
    Dale Carnegie More
    44
  47. 47
    Up 80
    Down 88
    Zora Neale Hurston More
    43
  48. 48
    Up 205
    Down 411
    J. K. Rowling More
    43
  49. 49
    Up 32
    Down 20

    The Devil's Own Day

    Cole Coonce More
    43
  50. 50
    Up 75
    Down 70
    Beatrice Sparks More
    42
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