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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
7,411 2,893
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
5,900 4,223
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

3
6,536 2,599
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Fifty Shades Series E. L. James

4
3,812 2,911
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
3,981 1,676
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,628 2,132
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,348 1,996
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,054 1,270
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Sex and the City Candace Bushnell

9
3,247 3,963
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

10
1,692 1,145
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,645 1,232
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

12
1,032 890
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

13
1,094 859
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,558 1,482
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time

15
1,008 1,006
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

16
1,581 1,934
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

17
1,489 1,915
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

18
1,307 1,276
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

19
1,515 1,757
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

20
1,153 1,261
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,225 1,098
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

The Best Games To Play Online

22
813 932
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

23
2,540 3,411
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

24
1,329 1,603
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

25
2,095 4,538
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

26
1,314 1,261
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

27
1,964 2,572
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

28
1,673 2,064
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

29
704 600
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

30
638 809
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

31
1,806 2,130
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

32
788 865
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

33
1,999 2,754
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

34
786 1,057
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

35
883 1,138
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

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36
695 888
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

37
659 996
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

38
797 995
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

39
1,324 1,383
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

40
2,488 5,357
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

41
870 1,007
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

42
533 681
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

43
549 641
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
580 822
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

45
1,378 1,762
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

46
900 1,081
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

47
542 748
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo

48
439 484
Sex & Travel & Vestige... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
961 1,336
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

50
2,460 3,687
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time