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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
    + 357
    - 414


    David Foster Wallace

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  2. 52
    + 453
    - 605


    James Joyce

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  3. 53
    + 678
    - 807


    Jack Kerouac

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  4. 54
    + 1,072
    - 2,066


    J. K. Rowling

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  5. 55
    + 1,076
    - 2,077


    J. K. Rowling

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  6. 56
    + 343
    - 464


    William S. Burroughs

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  7. 57
    + 827
    - 1,071


    Emily Brontë

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  8. 58
    + 214
    - 214

    added by Taarna
    Cheryl Strayed

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  9. 59
    + 714
    - 1,035


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  10. 60
    + 445
    - 482


    Beatrice Sparks

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  11. 61
    + 504
    - 623


    Salman Rushdie

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  12. 62
    + 597
    - 896


    Douglas Adams

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  13. 63
    + 1,246
    - 1,830


    Harper Lee

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  14. 64
    + 653
    - 806

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  15. 65
    + 1,093
    - 1,949


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1,087
    - 1,766


    J. K. Rowling

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  17. 67
    + 764
    - 895


    Charlotte Brontë

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  18. 68
    + 380
    - 390

    added by DwightGray
    Margaret Mitchell

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  19. 69
    + 58
    - 103


    J. K. Rowling

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  20. 70
    + 356
    - 436


    James Joyce

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  21. 71
    + 542
    - 678


    Anne Rice

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  22. 72
    + 206
    - 270


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  23. 73
    + 521
    - 598


    Khaled Hosseini

    ;
  24. 74
    + 1,011
    - 1,659


    J. K. Rowling

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  25. 75
    + 199
    - 192
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  26. 76
    + 327
    - 323

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    Tim Winton

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  27. 77
    + 584
    - 869


    George R. R. Martin

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  28. 78
    + 243
    - 315


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  29. 79
    + 258
    - 330


    Isabel Allende

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  30. 80
    + 323
    - 410


    E. M. Forster

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  31. 81
    + 349
    - 295

    added by TraceyRice
    Markus Zusak

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  32. 82
    + 381
    - 555


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  33. 83
    + 332
    - 372


    Arundhati Roy

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  34. 84
    + 250
    - 379


    Karl Marx

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  35. 85
    + 791
    - 1,262


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  36. 86
    + 365
    - 491


    Edith Wharton

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  37. 87
    + 430
    - 570
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  38. 88
    + 284
    - 319


    Junot Díaz

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  39. 89
    + 82
    - 106


    Henry Miller

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  40. 90
    + 380
    - 521


    John Irving

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  41. 91
    + 164
    - 206


    David Foster Wallace

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  42. 92
    + 160
    - 199


    Malcolm Lowry

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  43. 93
    + 502
    - 617


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  44. 94
    + 257
    - 259

    added by WarrenMitchell
    Mark Haddon

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  45. 95
    + 308
    - 421


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  46. 96
    + 291
    - 461


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  47. 97
    + 57
    - 46

    added by VesperWinchester
    Thomas Harris

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  48. 98
    + 452
    - 735


    Kurt Vonnegut

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  49. 99
    + 201
    - 361


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  50. 100
    + 312
    - 444

    added by ChristineNewman
    Ernest Hemingway

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