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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
7,605 3,000
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,053 4,325
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
6,732 2,694
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
3,884 2,994
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,043 1,742
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,721 2,207
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,407 2,070
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,118 1,343
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
3,353 4,055
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
1,742 1,205
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,698 1,289
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
1,054 948
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
1,127 912
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,615 1,548
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
1,044 1,060
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

16
1,637 2,004
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

17
1,541 1,984
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
1,594 1,825
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

19
1,374 1,354
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
1,179 1,324
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,302 1,168
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

The Best Irish Actors of All Time

22
2,651 3,491
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
841 981
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

24
2,170 4,653
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

25
2,037 2,645
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
1,386 1,327
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
1,359 1,660
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

28
1,743 2,125
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

29
1,870 2,198
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

30
664 854
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

31
2,095 2,830
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
717 647
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

33
902 1,183
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

34
799 907
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

35
723 942
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

The Best Female Characters in Literature

36
798 1,105
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

37
2,581 5,479
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
678 1,036
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

39
1,380 1,448
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

40
822 1,051
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

41
898 1,055
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

42
1,424 1,820
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

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

43
1,014 1,391
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
539 726
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

45
564 687
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
2,548 3,778
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

47
928 1,131
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

48
587 862
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

49
1,275 1,635
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

50
549 786
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo