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The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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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    David Foster Wallace

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    added by AlexJordanGelderbloom Suzanne Collins

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    George R. R. Martin

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    Karl Marx

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    Edith Wharton

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    The Devil's Own Day Cole Coonce

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    Zora Neale Hurston

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    Beatrice Sparks

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    William S. Burroughs

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    Michael Crichton

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    Donna Tartt

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    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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    Malcolm Lowry

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    Chuck Palahniuk

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    William Golding

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    E. M. Forster

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    Emily Brontë

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    added by minna05 Tim Winton

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    George R. R. Martin

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    added by ChristineNewman Ernest Hemingway

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    Albert Camus

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    James Joyce

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    Arthur C. Clarke

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    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    Thomas Pynchon

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Jonathan Safran Foer

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    Herman Melville

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    John Kennedy Toole

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    added by Cerberus James Joyce

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    Neal Stephenson

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Carrie by Stephen King

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    Walter Scott

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    Chinua Achebe

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    Jeffrey Eugenides

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