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
7,843 3,146
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,276 4,482
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
6,956 2,840
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
4,005 3,109
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,138 1,826
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,856 2,311
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,499 2,172
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,211 1,441
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
3,542 4,187
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 1,276
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,805 1,382
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
1,104 1,021
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
1,175 984
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,693 1,637
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time

15
1,740 2,088
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

16
1,096 1,134
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
1,654 2,061
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
1,704 1,919
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

19
1,475 1,452
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
2,801 3,614
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

21
2,306 4,800
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

The Best Summer Beers

22
1,387 1,242
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

23
1,221 1,412
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
2,146 2,729
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

25
1,423 1,726
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

26
1,857 2,214
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

27
862 1,053
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

28
1,452 1,417
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

29
1,981 2,265
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

30
2,215 2,931
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

31
709 923
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
800 1,009
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
2,714 5,617
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
1,511 1,518
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
930 1,246
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

36
829 959
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

37
740 697
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

38
888 1,114
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 1,163
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

40
702 1,087
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

41
1,516 1,884
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
2,702 3,885
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

43
1,084 1,468
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
925 1,119
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

45
1,344 1,703
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
964 1,186
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

47
1,660 2,067
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

48
585 743
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
549 779
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

50
602 911
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace