books The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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List Rules 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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7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

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Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

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Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Sex & Travel & Vestige... is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Color Purple Alice Walker

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

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Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

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The Casual Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Casual Vacancy J. K. Rowling

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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

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Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Ethan Frome is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton

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Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs

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The Audacity of Hope is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama

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Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Hannibal Rising Thomas Harris

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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Tropic of Cancer is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

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A Prayer for Owen Meany is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende

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The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Elements of Style E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Passage to India E. M. Forster

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Everything is Illuminated is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The God of Small Things is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy

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A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

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Das Kapital is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Das Kapital Karl Marx

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

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Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Light Between Oceans M. L. Stedman

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Cloudstreet is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Cloudstreet Tim Winton

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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The Devil's Own Day is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Devil's Own Day Cole Coonce