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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    - 371


    Don DeLillo

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  2. 52
    + 532
    - 643


    Salman Rushdie

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  3. 53
    + 475
    - 432

    added by elaine.k.holli
    John Green

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  4. 54
    + 372
    - 433


    David Foster Wallace

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  5. 55
    + 477
    - 626


    James Joyce

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  6. 56
    + 1,112
    - 2,193


    J. K. Rowling

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  7. 57
    + 1,113
    - 2,202


    J. K. Rowling

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  8. 58
    + 757
    - 1,101


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  9. 59
    + 862
    - 1,129


    Emily Brontë

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  10. 60
    + 229
    - 233

    added by Taarna
    Cheryl Strayed

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  11. 61
    + 465
    - 512


    Beatrice Sparks

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  12. 62
    + 685
    - 855

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  13. 63
    + 1,129
    - 2,060


    J. K. Rowling

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  14. 64
    + 229
    - 66
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    E. L. James

  15. 65
    + 1,120
    - 1,875


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1,284
    - 1,987


    Harper Lee

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  17. 67
    + 626
    - 1,004


    Douglas Adams

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  18. 68
    + 222
    - 283


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  19. 69
    + 387
    - 466


    James Joyce

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  20. 70
    + 581
    - 726


    Anne Rice

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  21. 71
    + 796
    - 971


    Charlotte Brontë

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  22. 72
    + 206
    - 199
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  23. 73
    + 418
    - 456

    added by DwightGray
    Margaret Mitchell

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  24. 74
    + 623
    - 928


    George R. R. Martin

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  25. 75
    + 1,041
    - 1,764


    J. K. Rowling

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  26. 76
    + 258
    - 334


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  27. 77
    + 334
    - 330

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    Tim Winton

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  28. 78
    + 546
    - 661


    Khaled Hosseini

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  29. 79
    + 342
    - 438


    E. M. Forster

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  30. 80
    + 267
    - 350


    Isabel Allende

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  31. 81
    + 344
    - 384


    Arundhati Roy

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  32. 82
    + 384
    - 517


    Edith Wharton

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  33. 83
    + 263
    - 402


    Karl Marx

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  34. 84
    + 402
    - 598


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  35. 85
    + 172
    - 212


    David Foster Wallace

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  36. 86
    + 171
    - 208


    Malcolm Lowry

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  37. 87
    + 95
    - 124


    Henry Miller

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  38. 88
    + 294
    - 333


    Junot Díaz

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  39. 89
    + 452
    - 613
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    + 74
    - 63

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    Thomas Harris

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  41. 91
    + 821
    - 1,376


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  42. 92
    + 303
    - 489


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  43. 93
    + 319
    - 447


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  44. 94
    + 91
    - 208


    J. K. Rowling

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  45. 95
    + 386
    - 556


    John Irving

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  46. 96
    + 217
    - 395


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  47. 97
    + 521
    - 677


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  48. 98
    + 330
    - 473

    added by ChristineNewman
    Ernest Hemingway

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  49. 99
    + 274
    - 295

    added by WarrenMitchell
    Mark Haddon

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  50. 100
    + 475
    - 806


    Kurt Vonnegut

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