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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    Don DeLillo

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  2. 52
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    - 652


    Salman Rushdie

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  3. 53
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    - 453

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    John Green

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  4. 54
    + 482
    - 635


    James Joyce

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  5. 55
    + 377
    - 442


    David Foster Wallace

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  6. 56
    + 1,131
    - 2,242


    J. K. Rowling

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  7. 57
    + 1,130
    - 2,253


    J. K. Rowling

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  8. 58
    + 775
    - 1,126


    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  9. 59
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    - 82
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    E. L. James

  10. 60
    + 880
    - 1,158


    Emily Brontë

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  11. 61
    + 241
    - 247

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    Cheryl Strayed

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  12. 62
    + 477
    - 526


    Beatrice Sparks

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  13. 63
    + 699
    - 878

    added by HappyMan
    Alice Walker

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  14. 64
    + 1,147
    - 2,109


    J. K. Rowling

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  15. 65
    + 1,139
    - 1,923


    J. K. Rowling

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  16. 66
    + 1,306
    - 2,028


    Harper Lee

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  17. 67
    + 397
    - 477


    James Joyce

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  18. 68
    + 227
    - 293


    Jonathan Safran Foer

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  19. 69
    + 635
    - 1,034


    Douglas Adams

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  20. 70
    + 593
    - 751


    Anne Rice

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  21. 71
    + 810
    - 1,002


    Charlotte Brontë

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  22. 72
    + 210
    - 205
    The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time


    Cole Coonce

  23. 73
    + 641
    - 953


    George R. R. Martin

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  24. 74
    + 87
    - 67

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    Thomas Harris

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  25. 75
    + 435
    - 486

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    Margaret Mitchell

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  26. 76
    + 337
    - 336

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    Tim Winton

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  27. 77
    + 1,057
    - 1,811


    J. K. Rowling

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  28. 78
    + 262
    - 346


    Jeffrey Eugenides

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  29. 79
    + 554
    - 677


    Khaled Hosseini

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  30. 80
    + 273
    - 357


    Isabel Allende

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  31. 81
    + 349
    - 450


    E. M. Forster

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  32. 82
    + 269
    - 408


    Karl Marx

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  33. 83
    + 349
    - 392


    Arundhati Roy

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  34. 84
    + 177
    - 218


    David Foster Wallace

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  35. 85
    + 412
    - 611


    Chuck Palahniuk

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  36. 86
    + 100
    - 130


    Henry Miller

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  37. 87
    + 174
    - 213


    Malcolm Lowry

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  38. 88
    + 390
    - 529


    Edith Wharton

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  39. 89
    + 462
    - 628
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    - 341


    Junot Díaz

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  41. 91
    + 54
    - 39

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    J. K. Rowling

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  42. 92
    + 311
    - 501


    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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  43. 93
    + 832
    - 1,410


    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  44. 94
    + 325
    - 459


    Zora Neale Hurston

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  45. 95
    + 392
    - 568


    John Irving

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  46. 96
    + 224
    - 410


    Arthur C. Clarke

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  47. 97
    + 533
    - 696


    Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  48. 98
    + 105
    - 247


    J. K. Rowling

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  49. 99
    + 337
    - 485

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    Ernest Hemingway

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  50. 100
    + 283
    - 380


    John Kennedy Toole

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