The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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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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    Dan Brown

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    Rhonda Byrne

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    Ayn Rand

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    E. L. James

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    Elizabeth Gilbert

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    Stephenie Meyer

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    Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield

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    L. Ron Hubbard

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    Ayn Rand

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    Candace Bushnell

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    Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield

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    John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana

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    LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield

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    Mark Victor Hansen

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    Mark Victor Hansen

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    J. D. Salinger

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    James Frey

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    Richard Nelson Bolles

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    Robert James Waller

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    Stephen Covey

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    Paulo Coelho

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    Jonathan Franzen

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    Yann Martel

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    Dale Carnegie

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    Gillian Flynn

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    E. L. James

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Herman Melville

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    Stieg Larsson

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    The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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    John Green

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    Jane Smiley

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    Alice Sebold

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    Stephen Covey

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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer&... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
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    Divergent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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    Veronica Roth

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    Robert M. Pirsig

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    Sex & Travel & Vestige... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
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    The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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    Suzanne Collins

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Don DeLillo

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