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
    + 366
    - 424


    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
    + 472
    - 617


    James Joyce

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  3. 53
    + 698
    - 831


    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
    + 1,104
    - 2,127


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 1,105
    - 2,137


    J. K. Rowling

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  6. 56
    + 362
    - 480


    William S. Burroughs

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  7. 57
    + 225
    - 224

    added by Taarna
    Cheryl Strayed

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  8. 58
    + 850
    - 1,106


    Emily Brontë

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  9. 59
    + 735
    - 1,071


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  10. 60
    + 523
    - 637


    Salman Rushdie

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  11. 61
    + 458
    - 501


    Beatrice Sparks

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  12. 62
    + 676
    - 826

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  13. 63
    + 1,120
    - 1,999


    J. K. Rowling

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  14. 64
    + 1,273
    - 1,905


    Harper Lee

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  15. 65
    + 1,112
    - 1,814


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 611
    - 953


    Douglas Adams

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  17. 67
    + 217
    - 276


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  18. 68
    + 375
    - 452


    James Joyce

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  19. 69
    + 404
    - 421

    added by DwightGray
    Margaret Mitchell

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  20. 70
    + 777
    - 931


    Charlotte Brontë

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  21. 71
    + 559
    - 704


    Anne Rice

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  22. 72
    + 83
    - 150


    J. K. Rowling

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  23. 73
    + 204
    - 195
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  24. 74
    + 1,034
    - 1,703


    J. K. Rowling

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  25. 75
    + 537
    - 627


    Khaled Hosseini

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  26. 76
    + 253
    - 323


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  27. 77
    + 609
    - 897


    George R. R. Martin

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  28. 78
    + 332
    - 325

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    Tim Winton

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  29. 79
    + 264
    - 337


    Isabel Allende

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  30. 80
    + 337
    - 424


    E. M. Forster

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  31. 81
    + 340
    - 377


    Arundhati Roy

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  32. 82
    + 260
    - 391


    Karl Marx

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  33. 83
    + 168
    - 202


    Malcolm Lowry

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  34. 84
    + 178
    - 60
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    E. L. James

  35. 85
    + 170
    - 208


    David Foster Wallace

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  36. 86
    + 376
    - 505


    Edith Wharton

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  37. 87
    + 445
    - 589
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  38. 88
    + 394
    - 583


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  39. 89
    + 91
    - 117


    Henry Miller

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  40. 90
    + 290
    - 325


    Junot Díaz

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  41. 91
    + 806
    - 1,312


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  42. 92
    + 299
    - 471


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

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  43. 93
    + 386
    - 533


    John Irving

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  44. 94
    + 360
    - 321

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    Markus Zusak

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  45. 95
    + 315
    - 431


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  46. 96
    + 65
    - 56

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    Thomas Harris

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  47. 97
    + 514
    - 644


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  48. 98
    + 265
    - 278

    added by WarrenMitchell
    Mark Haddon

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  49. 99
    + 211
    - 378


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  50. 100
    + 467
    - 771


    Kurt Vonnegut

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