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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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    Dan Brown More
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    Stephenie Meyer More
    99
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    Stephenie Meyer More
    94
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    Stephenie Meyer More
    92
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    Ayn Rand More
    87
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    Elizabeth Gilbert More
    86
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    Rhonda Byrne More
    85
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    Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield More
    77
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    Stephenie Meyer More
    69
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    Ayn Rand More
    69
  11. 11
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    L. Ron Hubbard More
    66
    added by: Dave_7672
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    65
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    Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield More
    63
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    J. D. Salinger More
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    Candace Bushnell More
    60
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    John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana More
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    Grant Hardy More
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    LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield More
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    James Frey More
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    Mark Victor Hansen More
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    Mark Victor Hansen More
    55
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    LeAnn Thieman, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen More
    54
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    Arthur Jeffery More
    53
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    J. K. Rowling More
    51
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    Richard Nelson Bolles More
    48
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    E. L. James More
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    Jane Smiley More
    47
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    Stieg Larsson More
    47
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    Stephen Covey More
    46
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    45
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    45
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    J. K. Rowling More
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    Robert James Waller More
    43
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    J. K. Rowling More
    43
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    Don DeLillo More
    43
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    Jonathan Franzen More
    42
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    Keith Giffen, Scott Hampton More
    42
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    Salman Rushdie More
    42
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    Jack Kerouac More
    40
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    James Joyce More
    40
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    Paulo Coelho More
    40
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    Alice Walker More
    39
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    J. K. Rowling More
    39
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    Stephen Covey More
    39
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    Dale Carnegie More
    39
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    J. K. Rowling More
    39
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    Cole Coonce More
    38
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    J. K. Rowling More
    38
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    Yann Martel More
    38
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