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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
9,001 3,417
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer

2
8,411 2,998
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added E. L. James

3
6,806 5,045
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown

4
4,428 3,338
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

5
4,552 1,939
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne

6
4,334 2,423
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,760 2,338
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

8
2,671 1,535
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell

9
3,941 4,649
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger

10
2,045 1,372
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,269 1,086
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles

12
2,018 1,491
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller

13
1,355 1,062
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,895 1,809
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho

15
1,953 2,304
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel

16
1,243 1,260
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
3,121 4,095
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,851 2,336
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
2,334 3,024
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

20
1,899 2,176
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn

21
1,726 1,460
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth

22
1,642 1,670
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold

23
1,410 1,580
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
1,731 1,593
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green

25
2,525 3,420
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins