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
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    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
    + 460
    - 609


    James Joyce

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  3. 53
    + 684
    - 817


    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
    + 1,079
    - 2,083


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 1,083
    - 2,094


    J. K. Rowling

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  6. 56
    + 350
    - 469


    William S. Burroughs

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  7. 57
    + 832
    - 1,082


    Emily Brontë

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  8. 58
    + 217
    - 218

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    Cheryl Strayed

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  9. 59
    + 720
    - 1,050


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  10. 60
    + 448
    - 489


    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
    + 509
    - 628


    Salman Rushdie

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  12. 62
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    - 812
    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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    Alice Walker

  13. 63
    + 601
    - 909
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Douglas Adams

  14. 64
    + 1,254
    - 1,855


    Harper Lee

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  15. 65
    + 1,101
    - 1,963


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1,095
    - 1,778


    J. K. Rowling

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  17. 67
    + 67
    - 113


    J. K. Rowling

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  18. 68
    + 766
    - 907


    Charlotte Brontë

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  19. 69
    + 383
    - 403

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    Margaret Mitchell

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  20. 70
    + 362
    - 443


    James Joyce

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  21. 71
    + 548
    - 686


    Anne Rice

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  22. 72
    + 207
    - 272


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  23. 73
    + 528
    - 607


    Khaled Hosseini

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  24. 74
    + 1,018
    - 1,669


    J. K. Rowling

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  25. 75
    + 200
    - 193
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  26. 76
    + 593
    - 876
    A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    George R. R. Martin

  27. 77
    + 328
    - 324

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    Tim Winton

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  28. 78
    + 245
    - 318


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  29. 79
    + 259
    - 333


    Isabel Allende

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  30. 80
    + 326
    - 414


    E. M. Forster

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  31. 81
    + 354
    - 302

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    Markus Zusak

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  32. 82
    + 334
    - 375


    Arundhati Roy

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  33. 83
    + 385
    - 566


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  34. 84
    + 253
    - 383


    Karl Marx

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  35. 85
    + 369
    - 495


    Edith Wharton

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  36. 86
    + 797
    - 1,275


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  37. 87
    + 433
    - 577
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  38. 88
    + 85
    - 109


    Henry Miller

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  39. 89
    + 286
    - 321


    Junot Díaz

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  40. 90
    + 163
    - 200


    Malcolm Lowry

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  41. 91
    + 165
    - 207


    David Foster Wallace

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  42. 92
    + 382
    - 525


    John Irving

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  43. 93
    + 61
    - 49

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    Thomas Harris

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  44. 94
    + 293
    - 464


    E. B. White, William Strunk^! Jr.

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  45. 95
    + 504
    - 625
    Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

  46. 96
    + 310
    - 425


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  47. 97
    + 259
    - 264

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    Mark Haddon

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  48. 98
    + 456
    - 750


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  49. 99
    + 204
    - 371
    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Arthur C. Clarke

  50. 100
    + 265
    - 351


    John Kennedy Toole

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