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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    - 410


    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
    + 441
    - 594


    James Joyce

    ;
  3. 53
    + 667
    - 799


    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
    + 1047
    - 2025


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 1052
    - 2036


    J. K. Rowling

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  6. 56
    + 337
    - 458


    William S. Burroughs

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  7. 57
    + 815
    - 1046


    Emily Brontë

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  8. 58
    + 696
    - 1019


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    ;
  9. 59
    + 207
    - 212

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    Cheryl Strayed

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  10. 60
    + 439
    - 476


    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
    + 578
    - 870


    Douglas Adams

    ;
  12. 62
    + 494
    - 617


    Salman Rushdie

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  13. 63
    + 640
    - 787

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  14. 64
    + 1221
    - 1792


    Harper Lee

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  15. 65
    + 1070
    - 1919


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1064
    - 1737


    J. K. Rowling

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  17. 67
    + 754
    - 875


    Charlotte Brontë

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  18. 68
    + 365
    - 370

    added by DwightGray
    Margaret Mitchell

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  19. 69
    + 527
    - 656


    Anne Rice

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  20. 70
    + 517
    - 586


    Khaled Hosseini

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  21. 71
    + 989
    - 1631


    J. K. Rowling

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  22. 72
    + 201
    - 269


    Jonathan Safran Foer

    ;
  23. 73
    + 338
    - 424


    James Joyce

    ;
  24. 74
    + 196
    - 192


    Cole Coonce

  25. 75
    + 571
    - 842


    George R. R. Martin

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  26. 76
    + 322
    - 323

    added by minna05
    Tim Winton

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  27. 77
    + 36
    - 76


    J. K. Rowling

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  28. 78
    + 341
    - 279

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    Markus Zusak

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  29. 79
    + 253
    - 322


    Isabel Allende

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  30. 80
    + 321
    - 403


    E. M. Forster

    ;
  31. 81
    + 235
    - 314


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  32. 82
    + 330
    - 369


    Arundhati Roy

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  33. 83
    + 364
    - 485


    Edith Wharton

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  34. 84
    + 774
    - 1234


    J. R. R. Tolkien

    ;
  35. 85
    + 371
    - 547


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  36. 86
    + 418
    - 556
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  37. 87
    + 243
    - 372


    Karl Marx

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  38. 88
    + 495
    - 605


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  39. 89
    + 279
    - 316


    Junot Díaz

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  40. 90
    + 290
    - 453


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  41. 91
    + 163
    - 205


    David Foster Wallace

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  42. 92
    + 375
    - 516


    John Irving

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  43. 93
    + 158
    - 197


    Malcolm Lowry

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  44. 94
    + 303
    - 418


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  45. 95
    + 77
    - 104


    Henry Miller

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  46. 96
    + 251
    - 257

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    Mark Haddon

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  47. 97
    + 445
    - 723


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  48. 98
    + 195
    - 350


    Arthur C. Clarke

    ;
  49. 99
    + 256
    - 338


    John Kennedy Toole

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  50. 100
    + 306
    - 437

    added by ChristineNewman
    Ernest Hemingway

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