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
8,274 3,259
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer

2
6,464 4,707
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown

3
7,495 2,909
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
4,185 3,201
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

5
4,290 1,869
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne

6
4,031 2,357
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,612 2,235
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

8
2,379 1,482
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell

9
3,704 4,380
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger

10
1,897 1,311
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,168 1,045
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles

12
1,892 1,431
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller

13
1,238 1,013
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,768 1,703
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho

15
1,820 2,165
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel

16
1,150 1,180
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
2,929 3,796
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,736 2,165
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
1,779 2,029
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn

20
2,209 2,851
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,532 1,546
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold

22
1,507 1,324
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth

23
1,292 1,488
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
2,333 3,112
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins

25
2,392 5,104
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
1,485 1,782
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jack Kerouac

27
1,554 1,486
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
887 1,089
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jonathan Franzen

29
1,921 2,312
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Nathaniel Hawthorne

30
2,039 2,346
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Emily Brontë

31
742 957
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
833 1,074
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ernest Hemingway

33
2,819 5,923
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. K. Rowling

34
973 1,294
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Salman Rushdie

35
853 981
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Smiley

36
768 718
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

37
1,570 1,608
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Margaret Mitchell

38
842 1,192
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
James Joyce

39
930 1,166
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added Ernest Hemingway

40
724 1,124
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
William S. Burroughs

41
1,562 1,961
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added Alice Walker

42
964 1,165
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
James Joyce

43
1,140 1,566
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
2,769 4,080
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
580 806
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added

46
1,395 1,789
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

47
604 765
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

48
990 1,242
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Beatrice Sparks

49
621 938
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
David Foster Wallace

50
1,690 2,128
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Charlotte Brontë