The Most Overrated Books of All Time Books

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.

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

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  1. 51
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    Beatrice Sparks More
    42
  2. 52
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    added by: kaylive
  3. 53
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    George R. R. Martin More
    41
  4. 54
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    Suzanne Collins More
    41
    added by: AlexJordanGelderbloom
  5. 55
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    controversial
    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    41
  6. 56
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    E. M. Forster More
    40
  7. 57
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    Junot Díaz More
    40
  8. 58
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    J. K. Rowling More
    40
  9. 59
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    39
  10. 60
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    David Foster Wallace More
    39
  11. 61
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    Al Gore More
    39
    added by: BostonBruins
  12. 62
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    J. K. Rowling More
    39
  13. 63
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    Karl Marx More
    39
  14. 64
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    Donna Tartt More
    39
  15. 65
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    39
  16. 66
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    William S. Burroughs More
    39
  17. 67
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    Douglas Adams More
    38
  18. 68
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    John Irving More
    38
  19. 69
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    J. K. Rowling More
    38
  20. 70
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    Malcolm Lowry More
    38
  21. 71
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    Isabel Allende More
    37
  22. 72
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    J. K. Rowling More
    37
  23. 73
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    Arundhati Roy More
    37
  24. 74
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee More
    37
  25. 75
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    Emily Brontë More
    36
  26. 76
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    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr. More
    36
  27. 77
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    Michael Crichton More
    36
  28. 78
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding More
    35
  29. 79
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    Charlotte Brontë More
    35
  30. 80
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    Chuck Palahniuk More
    35
  31. 81
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    Albert Camus More
    35
  32. 82
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    Jeffrey Eugenides More
    35
  33. 83
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    Marcel Proust More
    34
  34. 84
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    34
  35. 85
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    Tim Winton More
    34
    added by: minna05
  36. 86
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    John Kennedy Toole More
    33
  37. 87
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    Neal Stephenson More
    33
  38. 88
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    33
  39. 89
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    Chinua Achebe More
    32
  40. 90
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    Anne Rice More
    32
  41. 91
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    George R. R. Martin More
    32
  42. 92
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    Friedrich Nietzsche More
    32
  43. 93
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    George R. R. Martin More
    32
  44. 94
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    Arthur C. Clarke More
    32
  45. 95
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    32
    added by: ChristineNewman
  46. 96
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    George Orwell More
    31
    added by: JulieMeibaum
  47. 97
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    George R. R. Martin More
    31
  48. 98
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    Walter Scott More
    31
  49. 99
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    Thom Gunn More
    31
    added by: YunioReinder
  50. 100
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    Mark Twain More
    31
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