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The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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

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.

What are the worst books that people think are great? The most overrated books on this list have received a lot of praise, so don't feel bad voting for them! What are the most overrated novels? Vote on them here.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 1904
    Down 898
    Dan Brown More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1878
    Down 404
    Stephenie Meyer More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 1722
    Down 363
    Stephenie Meyer More
    94
  4. 4
    Up 1732
    Down 371
    Stephenie Meyer More
    92
  5. 5
    Up 1098
    Down 817
    Ayn Rand More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 690
    Down 138
    Elizabeth Gilbert More
    86
  7. 7
    Up 1400
    Down 325
    Rhonda Byrne More
    85
  8. 8
    Up 730
    Down 252
    Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield More
    77
  9. 9
    Up 391
    Down 57
    Stephenie Meyer More
    69
  10. 10
    Up 467
    Down 397
    Ayn Rand More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 200
    Down 39
    L. Ron Hubbard More
    66
    added by: Dave_7672
  12. 12
    Up 4601
    Down 4594
    65
  13. 13
    Up 581
    Down 181
    Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield More
    63
  14. 14
    Up 538
    Down 667
    J. D. Salinger More
    62
  15. 15
    Up 168
    Down 41
    Candace Bushnell More
    60
    added by: rankermaker58
  16. 16
    Up 167
    Down 65
    Grant Hardy More
    59
    added by: Dave_7672
  17. 17
    Up 213
    Down 46
    John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana More
    58
  18. 18
    Up 210
    Down 51
    LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield More
    58
  19. 19
    Up 192
    Down 70
    James Frey More
    57
  20. 20
    Up 197
    Down 60
    Mark Victor Hansen More
    56
  21. 21
    Up 186
    Down 60
    Mark Victor Hansen More
    55
  22. 22
    Up 162
    Down 50
    LeAnn Thieman, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen More
    55
  23. 23
    Up 172
    Down 87
    Arthur Jeffery More
    53
    added by: Dave_7672
  24. 24
    Up 370
    Down 806
    J. K. Rowling More
    52
  25. 25
    Up 114
    Down 42
    Richard Nelson Bolles More
    49
  26. 26
    Up 128
    Down 30
    E. L. James More
    49
    added by: WarrenMitchell
  27. 27
    Up 272
    Down 172
    Jane Smiley More
    47
  28. 28
    Up 293
    Down 303
    Stieg Larsson More
    47
  29. 29
    Up 137
    Down 39
    Stephen Covey More
    47
  30. 30
    Up 262
    Down 380
    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    45
  31. 31
    Up 188
    Down 454
    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 232
    Down 469
    J. K. Rowling More
    44
  33. 33
    Up 114
    Down 68
    Robert James Waller More
    44
  34. 34
    Up 122
    Down 76
    Don DeLillo More
    43
  35. 35
    Up 235
    Down 507
    J. K. Rowling More
    43
  36. 36
    Up 190
    Down 209
    Salman Rushdie More
    43
  37. 37
    Up 127
    Down 93
    Jonathan Franzen More
    42
  38. 38
    Up 132
    Down 131
    Keith Giffen, Scott Hampton More
    42
    added by: clash1977
  39. 39
    Up 127
    Down 77
    Paulo Coelho More
    40
  40. 40
    Up 73
    Down 69
    Alice Walker More
    40
    added by: HappyMan
  41. 41
    Up 234
    Down 276
    Jack Kerouac More
    40
  42. 42
    Up 187
    Down 218
    James Joyce More
    40
  43. 43
    Up 192
    Down 413
    J. K. Rowling More
    40
  44. 44
    Up 46
    Down 52
    Dale Carnegie More
    39
  45. 45
    Up 116
    Down 32
    Stephen Covey More
    39
  46. 46
    Up 93
    Down 158
    J. K. Rowling More
    39
  47. 47
    Up 91
    Down 28

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    Cole Coonce More
    39
  48. 48
    Up 28
    Down 17
    38
    added by: kaylive
  49. 49
    Up 143
    Down 281
    J. K. Rowling More
    38
  50. 50
    Up 112
    Down 129
    Yann Martel More
    38
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