The Most Overrated Books of All Time Books

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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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.

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List Criteria: Books that got great reviews or were bestsellers, but actually suck

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  1. 51
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    Beatrice Sparks More
    42
  2. 52
    Up 5
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    ranked high on reranks
    Liberal Fascism

    42
    added by: kaylive
  3. 53
    Up 11
    Down 16
    George R. R. Martin More
    41
  4. 54
    Up 38
    Down 44
    Suzanne Collins More
    41
    added by: AlexJordanGelderbloom
  5. 55
    Up 195
    Down 324

    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    41
  6. 56
    Up 50
    Down 77
    E. M. Forster More
    40
  7. 57
    Up 37
    Down 36
    Junot Díaz More
    40
  8. 58
    Up 121
    Down 247
    J. K. Rowling More
    40
  9. 59
    Up 26
    Down 54

    often listed
    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy More
    39
  10. 60
    Up 30
    Down 24
    David Foster Wallace More
    39
  11. 61
    Up 13
    Down 11
    Al Gore More
    39
    added by: BostonBruins
  12. 62
    Up 179
    Down 381

    often listed &controversial
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    J. K. Rowling More
    39
  13. 63
    Up 19
    Down 18
    Donna Tartt More
    39
  14. 64
    Up 15
    Down 28

    ranked high on reranks
    Das Kapital

    Karl Marx More
    39
  15. 65
    Up 121
    Down 168

    ranked low on reranks
    Naked Lunch

    William S. Burroughs More
    38
  16. 66
    Up 11
    Down 30

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    38
  17. 67
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    ranked low on reranks
    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    John Irving More
    38
  18. 68
    Up 9
    Down 19
    Douglas Adams More
    38
  19. 69
    Up 76
    Down 124
    J. K. Rowling More
    38
  20. 70
    Up 24
    Down 18
    Malcolm Lowry More
    37
  21. 71
    Up 29
    Down 33
    Isabel Allende More
    37
  22. 72
    Up 128
    Down 246

    often listed &controversial
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    J. K. Rowling More
    37
  23. 73
    Up 28
    Down 26
    Arundhati Roy More
    37
  24. 74
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    Down 306

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee More
    37
  25. 75
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    Down 242

    ranked low on reranks
    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë More
    36
  26. 76
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    Down 98

    ranked high on reranks
    The Elements of Style

    E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr. More
    36
  27. 77
    Up 47
    Down 75

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lost World

    Michael Crichton More
    36
  28. 78
    Up 199
    Down 462

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding More
    35
  29. 79
    Up 33
    Down 47
    Charlotte Brontë More
    35
  30. 80
    Up 77
    Down 126

    ranked low on reranks
    Fight Club

    Chuck Palahniuk More
    35
  31. 81
    Up 11
    Down 21

    often listed
    The Stranger

    Albert Camus More
    35
  32. 82
    Up 32
    Down 45
    Jeffrey Eugenides More
    35
  33. 83
    Up 12
    Down 17
    Marcel Proust More
    34
  34. 84
    Up 17
    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    The Kite Runner

    Khaled Hosseini More
    34
  35. 85
    Up 8
    Down 5

    ranked low on reranks
    Cloudstreet

    Tim Winton More
    34
    added by: minna05
  36. 86
    Up 19
    Down 31

    ranked high on reranks
    A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy Toole More
    33
  37. 87
    Up 56
    Down 122

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    33
  38. 88
    Up 7
    Down 10
    Neal Stephenson More
    33
  39. 89
    Up 30
    Down 43

    ranked low on reranks
    Things Fall Apart

    Chinua Achebe More
    32
  40. 90
    Up 42
    Down 88
    Anne Rice More
    32
  41. 91
    Up 7
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche More
    32
  42. 92
    Up 6
    Down 16

    ranked high on reranks
    A Storm of Swords

    George R. R. Martin More
    32
  43. 93
    Up 5
    Down 16
    George R. R. Martin More
    32
  44. 94
    Up 6
    Down 11

    ranked low on reranks
    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke More
    32
  45. 95
    Up 5
    Down 29

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    George Orwell More
    32
    added by: JulieMeibaum
  46. 96
    Up 10
    Down 27
    Ernest Hemingway More
    32
    added by: ChristineNewman
  47. 97
    Up 2
    Down 12

    ranked high on reranks
    Ivanhoe

    Walter Scott More
    32
  48. 98
    Up 13
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    A Feast for Crows

    George R. R. Martin More
    31
  49. 99
    Up 25
    Down 37

    ranked low on reranks
    Bible

    Thom Gunn More
    31
    added by: YunioReinder
  50. 100
    Up 16
    Down 55

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    31
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