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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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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Stephenie Meyer

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2
+ - 5,547 2,215
Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

3
+ - 5,553 2,204
New Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
New Moon Stephenie Meyer

4
+ - 5,157 3,738
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

5
+ - 3,374 2,549
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

6
+ - 5,475 2,290
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James

7
+ - 3,611 1,460
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

8
+ - 3,164 1,891
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

9
+ - 2,403 1,332
Dianetics: The Evolution of a ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

10
+ - 3,756 1,678
Breaking Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer

11
+ - 2,398 1,335
Chicken Soup for the Teenage S... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield

12
+ - 2,057 1,708
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

13
+ - 1,739 1,074
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Sex and the City Candace Bushnell

14
+ - 1,905 1,272
Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

15
+ - 1,883 1,120
Chicken Soup for the NASCAR So... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield

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+ - 1,278 879
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana

17
+ - 1,249 853
Chicken Soup for the Nurse's S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield

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+ - 1,181 808
Chicken Soup for Veteran's Sou... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for Veteran's Soul Mark Victor Hansen

19
+ - 1,185 849
Chicken Soup for Single's Soul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for Single's Soul Mark Victor Hansen

20
+ - 1,133 806
Chicken Soup for the Grandma's... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
+ - 2,717 3,490
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

22
+ - 1,481 972
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

23
+ - 6,338 6,419
King James Version is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
+ - 1,583 1,501
Quran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

25
+ - 2,382 2,252
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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+ - 881 737
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

27
+ - 1,388 1,046
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

28
+ - 1,301 610
Fifty Shades Freed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Fifty Shades Freed E. L. James

29
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The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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+ - 1,348 1,266
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

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+ - 825 825
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
+ - 1,242 1,650
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

33
+ - 1,249 1,472
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

34
+ - 1,370 1,672
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

35
+ - 955 1,036
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

36
+ - 724 785
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

37
+ - 1,335 589
Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Fifty Shades Darker E. L. James

38
+ - 1,672 2,222
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

39
+ - 2,117 3,002
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

40
+ - 1,137 1,394
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

41
+ - 936 856
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Divergent Veronica Roth

42
+ - 1,774 3,841
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

43
+ - 507 637
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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44
+ - 1,061 1,033
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
+ - 1,035 1,038
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

46
+ - 714 745
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

47
+ - 578 835
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

48
+ - 2,153 4,680
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
+ - 692 918
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

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+ - 614 497
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time