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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    John Green

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    James Joyce

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  3. 53
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    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
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    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
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    J. K. Rowling

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  6. 56
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    - 471


    William S. Burroughs

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  7. 57
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    - 1,089


    Emily Brontë

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  8. 58
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    - 1,052


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  9. 59
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    - 218

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    Cheryl Strayed

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  10. 60
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    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
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    - 634


    Salman Rushdie

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  12. 62
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    - 814

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    Alice Walker

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  13. 63
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    Douglas Adams

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  14. 64
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    - 1,972


    J. K. Rowling

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  15. 65
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    - 1,866


    Harper Lee

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  16. 66
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    - 1,789


    J. K. Rowling

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  17. 67
    + 768
    - 914


    Charlotte Brontë

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  18. 68
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    - 406

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    Margaret Mitchell

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  19. 69
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    - 124


    J. K. Rowling

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  20. 70
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    - 446


    James Joyce

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  21. 71
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    - 273


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  22. 72
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    Anne Rice

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    - 1,679


    J. K. Rowling

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  24. 74
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    - 610


    Khaled Hosseini

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  25. 75
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    - 193
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  26. 76
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    George R. R. Martin

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  27. 77
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    Tim Winton

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  28. 78
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    - 319


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  29. 79
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    - 414


    E. M. Forster

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  30. 80
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    - 335


    Isabel Allende

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    - 384


    Karl Marx

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    - 375


    Arundhati Roy

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  33. 83
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    - 570


    Chuck Palahniuk

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    + 356
    - 305

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    Markus Zusak

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  35. 85
    + 371
    - 498


    Edith Wharton

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  36. 86
    + 797
    - 1,282


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  37. 87
    + 435
    - 579
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    - 200


    Malcolm Lowry

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  39. 89
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    - 321


    Junot Díaz

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  40. 90
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    - 111


    Henry Miller

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    - 207


    David Foster Wallace

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  42. 92
    + 383
    - 526


    John Irving

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  43. 93
    + 296
    - 465


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

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  44. 94
    + 311
    - 425


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  45. 95
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    - 629


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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    - 52

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    Thomas Harris

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    - 267

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    Mark Haddon

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  48. 98
    + 460
    - 753


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  49. 99
    + 269
    - 351


    John Kennedy Toole

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  50. 100
    + 206
    - 374


    Arthur C. Clarke

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