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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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  1. 51
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    David Foster Wallace More
    38
  2. 52
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    Zora Neale Hurston More
    37
  3. 53
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    J. K. Rowling More
    37
  4. 54
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    E. M. Forster More
    36
  5. 55
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    George R. R. Martin More
    36
  6. 56
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    Suzanne Collins More
    36
    added by: AlexJordanGelderbloom
  7. 57
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    Edith Wharton More
    35
  8. 58
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    35
  9. 59
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    35
  10. 60
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    35
  11. 61
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    The Devil's Own Day

    Cole Coonce More
    34
  12. 62
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    John Irving More
    34
  13. 63
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    Beatrice Sparks More
    34
  14. 64
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    William S. Burroughs More
    33
  15. 65
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    Al Gore More
    33
    added by: BostonBruins
  16. 66
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    David Foster Wallace More
    33
  17. 67
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    Junot Díaz More
    33
  18. 68
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    Isabel Allende More
    33
  19. 69
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    Harper Lee More
    33
  20. 70
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    Michael Crichton More
    33
  21. 71
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    Emily Brontë More
    33
  22. 72
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    Arundhati Roy More
    33
  23. 73
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    Donna Tartt More
    32
  24. 74
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    Malcolm Lowry More
    32
  25. 75
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    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr. More
    32
  26. 76
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    Karl Marx More
    32
  27. 77
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    Chuck Palahniuk More
    32
  28. 78
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    William Golding More
    32
  29. 79
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    Douglas Adams More
    31
  30. 80
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    Tim Winton More
    31
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  31. 81
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    31
  32. 82
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    31
    added by: ChristineNewman
  33. 83
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    Albert Camus More
    30
  34. 84
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    George R. R. Martin More
    30
  35. 85
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    James Joyce More
    30
  36. 86
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    Down 99
    Anne Rice More
    29
  37. 87
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    Thomas Pynchon More
    29
  38. 88
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    Charlotte Brontë More
    29
  39. 89
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    John Kennedy Toole More
    28
  40. 90
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    Friedrich Nietzsche More
    28
  41. 91
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    Mark Twain More
    28
  42. 92
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    Jonathan Safran Foer More
    28
  43. 93
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    Thom Gunn More
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    added by: YunioReinder
  44. 94
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    Neal Stephenson More
    28
  45. 95
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    Jeffrey Eugenides More
    28
  46. 96
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    James Joyce More
    28
    added by: Cerberus
  47. 97
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    Umberto Eco More
    28
  48. 98
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    Walter Scott More
    28
  49. 99
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    Wilson Rawls More
    28
    added by: HardyPierce
  50. 100
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    Marcel Proust More
    27
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