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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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
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  3. 53
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    George R. R. Martin

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  4. 54
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    added by AlexJordanGelderbloom Suzanne Collins

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  5. 55
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    Edith Wharton

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  6. 56
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    Leo Tolstoy

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  7. 57
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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  8. 58
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  9. 59
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    Zora Neale Hurston

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  10. 60
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  11. 61
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    The Devil's Own Day Cole Coonce

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  12. 62
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  13. 63
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    Beatrice Sparks

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  14. 64
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  15. 65
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  16. 66
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    William S. Burroughs

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  17. 67
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  18. 68
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  19. 69
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    Michael Crichton

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  20. 70
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    Donna Tartt

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  21. 71
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  22. 72
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    E. M. Forster

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  23. 73
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    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  24. 74
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    Emily Brontë

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  25. 75
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    Malcolm Lowry

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  26. 76
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    Chuck Palahniuk

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  27. 77
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    Karl Marx

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  28. 78
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    William Golding

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  29. 79
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  30. 80
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    Kurt Vonnegut

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  31. 81
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    added by minna05 Tim Winton

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  32. 82
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    added by ChristineNewman Ernest Hemingway

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  33. 83
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    Albert Camus

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  34. 84
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  35. 85
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    George R. R. Martin

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  36. 86
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    James Joyce

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  37. 87
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    Thomas Pynchon

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  38. 88
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    John Kennedy Toole

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  39. 89
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    Charlotte Brontë

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  40. 90
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    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  41. 91
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    Friedrich Nietzsche

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  42. 92
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    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  43. 93
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  44. 94
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    Neal Stephenson

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  45. 95
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    Walter Scott

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  46. 96
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    added by Cerberus James Joyce

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  47. 97
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    Chinua Achebe

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  48. 98
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    Carrie by Stephen King

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  49. 99
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    Herman Melville

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  50. 100
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    George R. R. Martin

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