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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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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time The Best Trucks of All Time

52
1,743 2,434
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

53
799 1,033
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

54
1,584 1,934
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

55
483 582
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

56
506 649
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo

57
531 720
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

58
487 555
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

59
763 883
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

60
406 413
Sex & Travel & Vestige... is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

61
1,687 3,630
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

62
1,107 1,218
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

63
1,674 3,620
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

64
1,204 1,587
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

65
786 960
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time The Best Female Characters in Literature

66
2,182 3,393
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

67
555 761
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

68
303 333
The Casual Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
KellyCampbell added The Casual Vacancy J. K. Rowling

69
672 861
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

70
1,365 1,753
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

71
624 816
Ethan Frome is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton

72
481 644
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

73
275 363
Tropic of Cancer is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

74
294 326
Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
VesperWinchester added Hannibal Rising Thomas Harris

75
1,044 1,399
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

76
365 523
Everything is Illuminated is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer

77
326 340
The Audacity of Hope is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
sageantone added The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama

78
981 1,232
The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

79
256 286
Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs

20 Books to Read in Your 20s The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

80
1,664 3,402
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

81
435 597
The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende

82
635 876
A Prayer for Owen Meany is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

83
566 877
The Elements of Style is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Elements of Style E. B. White, William Strunk, Jr.

84
533 718
A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Passage to India E. M. Forster

85
746 1,113
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
phantom57 added War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

86
420 657
Das Kapital is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Das Kapital Karl Marx

87
492 598
The God of Small Things is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy

88
476 624
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

89
1,643 3,163
Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

90
1,035 1,912
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

91
1,005 1,646
A Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin

92
424 727
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke

93
959 1,255
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder

The 10 Most Bizarre Sex Ed Videos The Greatest Works of Hunter S. Thompson

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245 265
The Light Between Oceans is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
FrancesReiher added The Light Between Oceans M. L. Stedman

95
432 510
Cloudstreet is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Cloudstreet Tim Winton

96
805 1,167
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

97
497 725
Their Eyes Were Watching God is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

98
620 995
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

99
782 1,306
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

100
262 303
Dreams from My Father is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
sageantone added Dreams from My Father Barack Obama