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
8,356 3,270
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer

2
6,515 4,734
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown

3
7,581 2,915
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added E. L. James

4
4,219 3,218
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

5
4,321 1,879
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne

6
4,064 2,364
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,631 2,250
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

8
2,405 1,491
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell

9
3,735 4,415
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger

10
1,914 1,316
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,181 1,050
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles

12
1,902 1,439
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller

13
1,252 1,019
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,786 1,721
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho

15
1,840 2,180
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel

16
1,160 1,190
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
2,953 3,822
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,753 2,178
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Herman Melville

19
1,795 2,045
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn

20
2,223 2,866
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,545 1,556
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold

22
1,528 1,341
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth

23
1,305 1,501
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
2,351 3,149
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins

25
2,406 5,165
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. R. R. Tolkien

26
1,499 1,794
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jack Kerouac

27
1,577 1,499
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green

28
892 1,094
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jonathan Franzen

29
1,930 2,326
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Nathaniel Hawthorne

30
2,054 2,363
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Emily Brontë

31
747 966
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
841 1,084
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ernest Hemingway

33
2,841 5,978
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. K. Rowling

34
983 1,299
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Salman Rushdie

35
778 719
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

36
857 983
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Smiley

37
848 1,194
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
James Joyce

38
1,581 1,622
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Margaret Mitchell

39
937 1,175
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added Ernest Hemingway

40
731 1,129
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
William S. Burroughs

41
1,570 1,977
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added Alice Walker

42
975 1,175
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
James Joyce

43
2,784 4,118
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
1,144 1,588
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
589 810
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added

46
609 769
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

47
1,404 1,810
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

48
626 943
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
David Foster Wallace

49
998 1,253
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Beatrice Sparks

50
586 854
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Don DeLillo