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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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6,741 2,665
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Stephenie Meyer

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2
5,807 2,311
Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

3
5,815 2,301
New Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
New Moon Stephenie Meyer

4
5,376 3,910
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
3,514 2,671
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

6
5,830 2,384
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James

7
3,730 1,528
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

8
3,314 1,972
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

9
2,564 1,400
Dianetics: The Evolution of a ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science L. Ron Hubbard

10
3,989 1,764
Breaking Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer

11
2,515 1,407
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
2,150 1,814
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

13
1,842 1,136
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Sex and the City Candace Bushnell

14
2,038 1,372
Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Book of Mormon

15
1,964 1,178
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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16
1,353 936
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
1,319 905
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
1,247 860
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
1,255 901
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
1,200 851
Chicken Soup for the Grandma's... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
2,885 3,660
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
1,564 1,031
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

23
6,467 6,528
King James Version is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
1,713 1,580
Quran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Quran

25
2,583 2,404
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
clash1977 added The Bible

26
1,472 1,110
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

27
930 781
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

28
1,469 662
Fifty Shades Freed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ZaraSecker added Fifty Shades Freed E. L. James

29
983 759
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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30
1,407 1,336
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

31
883 889
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
1,319 1,731
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

33
1,338 1,573
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

34
1,443 1,761
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

35
1,026 1,107
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

36
1,502 635
Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ZaraSecker added Fifty Shades Darker E. L. James

37
760 830
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

38
2,248 3,160
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

39
1,762 2,342
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

40
1,200 1,464
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

41
1,028 936
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Veronica Roth

42
1,867 4,077
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
557 687
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
1,155 1,113
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

45
1,130 1,137
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

46
744 783
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

47
2,257 4,929
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

48
724 963
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

49
608 887
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

50
1,457 1,899
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne