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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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7,065 2,782
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Stephenie Meyer

The Worst Movies That Have Grossed Over $1 Billion 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

2
5,673 4,058
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
6,078 2,421
Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

4
6,091 2,409
New Moon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
New Moon Stephenie Meyer

5
6,161 2,490
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James

6
3,665 2,786
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

7
3,848 1,603
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

8
3,494 2,051
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

9
2,727 1,476
Dianetics: The Evolution of a ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science L. Ron Hubbard

10
4,221 1,853
Breaking Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer

11
2,617 1,484
Chicken Soup for the Teenage S... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Mitch Claspy, Kimberly Kirberger, Jack Canfield

12
2,253 1,903
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

13
2,161 1,458
Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Book of Mormon

14
1,938 1,205
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Sex and the City Candace Bushnell

15
2,033 1,235
Chicken Soup for the NASCAR So... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul Matthew E. Adams, Kirk Autio, Jack Canfield

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16
1,416 995
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul John T. Boal, Arline McGraw Oberst, Laura Lagana

17
1,379 965
Chicken Soup for the Nurse's S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul LeAnn Thieman, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, Jack Canfield

18
3,067 3,811
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

19
1,310 920
Chicken Soup for Veteran's Sou... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for Veteran's Soul Mark Victor Hansen

20
1,314 959
Chicken Soup for Single's Soul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for Single's Soul Mark Victor Hansen

21
1,261 907
Chicken Soup for the Grandma's... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

22
1,630 1,088
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

23
6,577 6,627
King James Version is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
1,815 1,650
Quran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Quran

25
2,756 2,531
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
clash1977 added The Bible

26
1,579 1,167
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

27
994 831
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

28
1,625 727
Fifty Shades Freed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ZaraSecker added Fifty Shades Freed E. L. James

29
1,042 809
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

The Best Coffee Table Books for Cat Lovers 11 Celebrities Who Worked at Hooters

30
1,479 1,408
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

31
1,512 1,845
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

32
951 946
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

33
1,411 1,818
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

34
1,442 1,662
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

35
1,984 4,263
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

36
1,653 704
Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ZaraSecker added Fifty Shades Darker E. L. James

37
1,232 1,198
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

38
1,094 1,180
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

39
793 881
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

40
2,413 3,281
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

41
1,881 2,444
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

42
1,128 1,014
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Veronica Roth

43
1,260 1,534
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

The Craziest Excerpts From 'Fire And Fury,' The Book Donald Trump Doesn't Want You To Read The Greatest American Writers of All Time

44
1,241 1,184
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

45
592 754
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
1,584 1,988
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

47
2,391 5,107
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

48
1,906 2,605
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

49
1,725 2,048
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

50
768 827
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley