The Most Overrated Books of All Time Books

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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  1. 51
    + 350
    - 411


    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
    + 447
    - 598


    James Joyce

    ;
  3. 53
    + 670
    - 801


    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
    + 1053
    - 2036


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 1058
    - 2047


    J. K. Rowling

    ;
  6. 56
    + 340
    - 460


    William S. Burroughs

    ;
  7. 57
    + 817
    - 1057


    Emily Brontë

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  8. 58
    + 211
    - 213

    added by Taarna
    Cheryl Strayed

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  9. 59
    + 705
    - 1025


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  10. 60
    + 441
    - 477


    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
    + 498
    - 619


    Salman Rushdie

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  12. 62
    + 584
    - 876


    Douglas Adams

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  13. 63
    + 1228
    - 1802


    Harper Lee

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  14. 64
    + 642
    - 793

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  15. 65
    + 1076
    - 1927


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1069
    - 1745


    J. K. Rowling

    ;
  17. 67
    + 758
    - 881


    Charlotte Brontë

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  18. 68
    + 372
    - 376

    added by DwightGray
    Margaret Mitchell

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  19. 69
    + 534
    - 659


    Anne Rice

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  20. 70
    + 517
    - 592


    Khaled Hosseini

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  21. 71
    + 346
    - 428


    James Joyce

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  22. 72
    + 202
    - 269


    Jonathan Safran Foer

    ;
  23. 73
    + 993
    - 1639


    J. K. Rowling

    ;
  24. 74
    + 197
    - 192


    Cole Coonce

  25. 75
    + 574
    - 846


    George R. R. Martin

    ;
  26. 76
    + 41
    - 82


    J. K. Rowling

    ;
  27. 77
    + 325
    - 323

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    Tim Winton

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  28. 78
    + 256
    - 326


    Isabel Allende

    ;
  29. 79
    + 240
    - 315


    Jeffrey Eugenides

    ;
  30. 80
    + 345
    - 285

    added by TraceyRice
    Markus Zusak

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  31. 81
    + 321
    - 407


    E. M. Forster

    ;
  32. 82
    + 377
    - 549


    Chuck Palahniuk

    ;
  33. 83
    + 330
    - 371


    Arundhati Roy

    ;
  34. 84
    + 779
    - 1241


    J. R. R. Tolkien

    ;
  35. 85
    + 364
    - 489


    Edith Wharton

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  36. 86
    + 424
    - 561
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  37. 87
    + 246
    - 375


    Karl Marx

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  38. 88
    + 379
    - 518


    John Irving

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  39. 89
    + 280
    - 317


    Junot Díaz

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  40. 90
    + 498
    - 612


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  41. 91
    + 163
    - 206


    David Foster Wallace

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  42. 92
    + 158
    - 198


    Malcolm Lowry

    ;
  43. 93
    + 290
    - 458


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  44. 94
    + 253
    - 257

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    Mark Haddon

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  45. 95
    + 79
    - 106


    Henry Miller

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  46. 96
    + 304
    - 421


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  47. 97
    + 450
    - 726


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  48. 98
    + 53
    - 45

    added by VesperWinchester
    Thomas Harris

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  49. 99
    + 197
    - 353


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  50. 100
    + 260
    - 341


    John Kennedy Toole

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