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List Rules 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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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time The Top Metal Albums of All Time

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

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Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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Sex & Travel & Vestige... is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

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Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Color Purple Alice Walker

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

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The Casual Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Casual Vacancy J. K. Rowling

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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

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Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Hannibal Rising Thomas Harris

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Ethan Frome is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton

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Tropic of Cancer is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

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Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

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The Audacity of Hope is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama

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Everything is Illuminated is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer

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The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende

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Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs

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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Passage to India E. M. Forster

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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A Prayer for Owen Meany is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Elements of Style E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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The God of Small Things is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy

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Das Kapital is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Das Kapital Karl Marx

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Light Between Oceans M. L. Stedman

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Cloudstreet is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Cloudstreet Tim Winton

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Devil's Own Day Cole Coonce

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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Their Eyes Were Watching God is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston