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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.
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    Stephenie Meyer

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    Stephenie Meyer

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    Stephenie Meyer

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    Ayn Rand

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    Rhonda Byrne

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    Elizabeth Gilbert

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    Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield

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    Stephenie Meyer

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    Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield

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    added by rankermaker58 Candace Bushnell

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    John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana

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    J. D. Salinger

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    LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield

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    added by Dave_7672 Grant Hardy

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    Richard Nelson Bolles

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Don DeLillo

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    Salman Rushdie

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    Jonathan Franzen

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    Paulo Coelho

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    Sex & Travel & Vestiges of Metallic Fragments Cole Coonce

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    Yann Martel

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    David Foster Wallace

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