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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.

The Most Overrated Books of All Time Books
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    James Joyce

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  2. 52
    + 660
    - 783


    Jack Kerouac

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  3. 53
    + 1034
    - 2002


    J. K. Rowling

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  4. 54
    + 1030
    - 1989


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 328
    - 447


    William S. Burroughs

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  6. 56
    + 796
    - 1032


    Emily Brontë

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  7. 57
    + 682
    - 1001


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  8. 58
    + 570
    - 844


    Douglas Adams

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  9. 59
    + 203
    - 210

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    Cheryl Strayed

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  10. 60
    + 432
    - 473


    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
    + 1207
    - 1752


    Harper Lee

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  12. 62
    + 488
    - 603


    Salman Rushdie

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  13. 63
    + 1057
    - 1882


    J. K. Rowling

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  14. 64
    + 1053
    - 1704


    J. K. Rowling

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  15. 65
    + 313
    - 396

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    Will Eisner

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  16. 66
    + 630
    - 773

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    Alice Walker

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  17. 67
    + 741
    - 857


    Charlotte Brontë

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  18. 68
    + 347
    - 359

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    Margaret Mitchell

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  19. 69
    + 515
    - 642


    Anne Rice

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  20. 70
    + 508
    - 574


    Khaled Hosseini

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  21. 71
    + 975
    - 1597


    J. K. Rowling

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  22. 72
    + 271
    - 385


    Michael Crichton

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  23. 73
    + 338
    - 263

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    Markus Zusak

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  24. 74
    + 23
    - 46


    J. K. Rowling

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  25. 75
    + 450
    - 747


    Herman Melville

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  26. 76
    + 198
    - 265


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  27. 77
    + 327
    - 412


    James Joyce

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  28. 78
    + 194
    - 191


    Cole Coonce

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  29. 79
    + 321
    - 322

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    Tim Winton

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  30. 80
    + 319
    - 397


    E. M. Forster

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  31. 81
    + 253
    - 316


    Isabel Allende

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  32. 82
    + 560
    - 825


    George R. R. Martin

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  33. 83
    + 233
    - 308


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  34. 84
    + 761
    - 1202


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  35. 85
    + 328
    - 365


    Arundhati Roy

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  36. 86
    + 411
    - 543
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  37. 87
    + 77
    - 95


    Henry Miller

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  38. 88
    + 490
    - 597


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  39. 89
    + 162
    - 200


    David Foster Wallace

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  40. 90
    + 366
    - 535


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  41. 91
    + 361
    - 480


    Edith Wharton

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  42. 92
    + 290
    - 446


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  43. 93
    + 276
    - 312


    Junot Díaz

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  44. 94
    + 239
    - 365


    Karl Marx

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  45. 95
    + 374
    - 511


    John Irving

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  46. 96
    + 158
    - 194


    Malcolm Lowry

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  47. 97
    + 442
    - 710


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  48. 98
    + 249
    - 250

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    Mark Haddon

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  49. 99
    + 303
    - 416


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  50. 100
    + 252
    - 328


    John Kennedy Toole

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