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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  1. 51
    + 353
    - 413


    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
    + 452
    - 602


    James Joyce

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  3. 53
    + 676
    - 806


    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
    + 1,063
    - 2,048


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 1,068
    - 2,060


    J. K. Rowling

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  6. 56
    + 342
    - 463


    William S. Burroughs

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  7. 57
    + 823
    - 1,064


    Emily Brontë

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  8. 58
    + 214
    - 214

    added by Taarna
    Cheryl Strayed

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  9. 59
    + 708
    - 1,031


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  10. 60
    + 443
    - 482


    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
    + 502
    - 622


    Salman Rushdie

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  12. 62
    + 592
    - 886


    Douglas Adams

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  13. 63
    + 1,238
    - 1,818


    Harper Lee

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  14. 64
    + 646
    - 798

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  15. 65
    + 1,088
    - 1,936


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1,080
    - 1,755


    J. K. Rowling

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  17. 67
    + 763
    - 888


    Charlotte Brontë

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  18. 68
    + 376
    - 382

    added by DwightGray
    Margaret Mitchell

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  19. 69
    + 539
    - 668


    Anne Rice

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  20. 70
    + 520
    - 593


    Khaled Hosseini

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  21. 71
    + 50
    - 91


    J. K. Rowling

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  22. 72
    + 351
    - 434


    James Joyce

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  23. 73
    + 204
    - 270


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  24. 74
    + 199
    - 192
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  25. 75
    + 1,003
    - 1,648


    J. K. Rowling

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  26. 76
    + 327
    - 323

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    Tim Winton

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  27. 77
    + 578
    - 853


    George R. R. Martin

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  28. 78
    + 243
    - 315


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  29. 79
    + 258
    - 326


    Isabel Allende

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  30. 80
    + 347
    - 289

    added by TraceyRice
    Markus Zusak

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  31. 81
    + 322
    - 409


    E. M. Forster

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  32. 82
    + 381
    - 552


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  33. 83
    + 331
    - 372


    Arundhati Roy

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  34. 84
    + 365
    - 489


    Edith Wharton

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  35. 85
    + 785
    - 1,249


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  36. 86
    + 247
    - 376


    Karl Marx

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  37. 87
    + 426
    - 566
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  38. 88
    + 282
    - 318


    Junot Díaz

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  39. 89
    + 380
    - 521


    John Irving

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  40. 90
    + 164
    - 206


    David Foster Wallace

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  41. 91
    + 160
    - 198


    Malcolm Lowry

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  42. 92
    + 501
    - 614


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  43. 93
    + 81
    - 106


    Henry Miller

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  44. 94
    + 256
    - 258

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    Mark Haddon

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  45. 95
    + 291
    - 461


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  46. 96
    + 306
    - 421


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  47. 97
    + 452
    - 731


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  48. 98
    + 55
    - 46

    added by VesperWinchester
    Thomas Harris

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  49. 99
    + 199
    - 358


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  50. 100
    + 10
    - 0

    added by ChloeFletcher
    Elizabeth Wurtzel

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