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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

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time The Qualities of a Good Teacher

2
+ - 5,531 2,211
Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

3
+ - 5,535 2,200
New Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
New Moon Stephenie Meyer

4
+ - 5,146 3,728
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
+ - 3,365 2,546
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

6
+ - 5,450 2,285
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
+ - 3,597 1,459
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

8
+ - 3,154 1,889
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

9
+ - 2,391 1,329
Dianetics: The Evolution of a ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

10
+ - 3,740 1,675
Breaking Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer

11
+ - 2,390 1,333
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
+ - 2,049 1,706
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

13
+ - 1,732 1,073
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
+ - 1,893 1,268
Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

15
+ - 1,880 1,117
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

The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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+ - 1,275 876
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
+ - 1,246 851
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

18
+ - 1,178 806
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
+ - 1,182 847
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
+ - 1,130 804
Chicken Soup for the Grandma's... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
+ - 2,710 3,484
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
+ - 1,476 971
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

23
+ - 6,330 6,411
King James Version is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
+ - 1,573 1,492
Quran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

25
+ - 2,370 2,238
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
+ - 879 736
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
+ - 1,386 1,045
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
+ - 1,293 609
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
+ - 927 716
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die The Best Qualities in a Woman

30
+ - 1,342 1,266
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

31
+ - 821 823
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
+ - 1,238 1,643
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
+ - 1,243 1,468
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

34
+ - 1,364 1,668
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

35
+ - 951 1,030
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

36
+ - 721 783
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

37
+ - 1,323 588
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
+ - 1,668 2,218
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

39
+ - 2,110 2,991
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
+ - 1,135 1,391
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

41
+ - 932 852
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Divergent Veronica Roth

42
+ - 1,769 3,826
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
+ - 504 634
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000 45 of Your Childhood Crushes (Then and Now)

44
+ - 1,055 1,030
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
+ - 1,034 1,036
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

46
+ - 711 744
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

47
+ - 2,146 4,666
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

48
+ - 690 917
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

49
+ - 575 834
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

50
+ - 612 496
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time