Overrated 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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1
9,077 3,432
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer
2
8,496 3,006
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added E. L. James
3
6,845 5,075
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown
4
4,454 3,347
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand
5
4,575 1,944
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne
6
4,357 2,430
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert
7
2,778 2,347
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand
8
2,693 1,540
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell
9
3,975 4,673
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger
10
2,061 1,375
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
11
1,280 1,087
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles
12
2,030 1,494
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller
13
1,362 1,066
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
14
1,914 1,823
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho
15
1,862 2,355
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Herman Melville
16
1,970 2,317
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel
17
1,252 1,267
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
18
3,152 4,119
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald
19
2,353 3,042
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
20
1,912 2,186
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn
21
1,753 1,469
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth
22
1,654 1,681
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold
23
1,416 1,588
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
24
1,752 1,602
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green
25
2,542 3,450
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins