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.

1
7,873 3,150
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,289 4,490
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
6,980 2,844
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
4,018 3,117
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,146 1,829
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,864 2,315
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,509 2,178
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,223 1,443
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
3,557 4,202
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
1,803 1,280
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,107 1,024
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

12
1,812 1,385
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

13
1,181 986
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,696 1,646
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

15
1,746 2,095
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

16
1,101 1,134
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
2,812 3,631
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,660 2,068
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

19
1,710 1,923
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

20
2,151 2,738
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,477 1,455
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

22
1,399 1,245
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

23
2,311 4,822
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

24
2,223 2,946
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

25
1,227 1,418
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
1,429 1,732
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

27
1,460 1,423
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

28
1,864 2,224
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

29
864 1,058
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

30
1,987 2,272
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

31
711 927
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
802 1,015
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

33
2,724 5,634
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

34
1,518 1,521
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

35
830 962
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

36
932 1,250
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

37
742 699
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

38
893 1,118
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
816 1,165
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

40
704 1,094
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

41
1,519 1,887
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

42
2,713 3,900
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

43
1,095 1,473
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
929 1,124
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

45
1,347 1,707
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
965 1,188
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

47
1,662 2,074
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

48
586 744
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
603 913
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

50
551 783
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism