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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
7,616 3,009
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,069 4,330
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
6,744 2,703
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
3,890 2,997
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,048 1,747
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,725 2,215
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,411 2,073
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,122 1,346
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
3,362 4,063
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
1,745 1,209
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,706 1,293
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
1,055 952
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
1,130 917
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,619 1,553
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

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15
1,046 1,065
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

16
1,640 2,010
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

17
1,547 1,987
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
1,601 1,831
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

19
1,384 1,361
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

20
1,180 1,329
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,306 1,173
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

22
2,662 3,496
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

23
2,178 4,661
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
841 985
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

25
2,042 2,652
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
1,387 1,332
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
1,360 1,664
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

28
1,749 2,127
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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29
1,877 2,200
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

30
668 858
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

31
2,102 2,838
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

32
718 651
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

33
727 945
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

34
902 1,188
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

35
801 910
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

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36
798 1,108
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

37
2,592 5,485
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

38
679 1,039
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

39
827 1,053
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

40
1,388 1,452
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

41
898 1,059
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

42
1,429 1,824
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

All the Captain Underpants Books, Ranked Best to Worst

43
1,021 1,394
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
2,558 3,782
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
565 691
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
539 730
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

47
930 1,136
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

48
588 865
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

49
1,280 1,643
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

50
550 789
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo