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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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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added E. L. James
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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown
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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer
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Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand
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The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne
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Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert
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The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand
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The Catcher in the Rye ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger
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A Million Little Pieces ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
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The Power Of The 7 Habit... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
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The Bridges of Madison C... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller
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What Color is Your Parac... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Herman Melville
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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth
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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold
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An Inconvenient Truth: T... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn
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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green
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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel
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On the Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jack Kerouac
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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Nathaniel Hawthorne
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How to Win Friends and I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jonathan Franzen
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The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho