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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
6,852 2,708
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Stephenie Meyer

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made

2
5,903 2,353
Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer

3
5,915 2,341
New Moon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
New Moon Stephenie Meyer

4
5,477 3,962
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

5
3,563 2,716
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

6
5,948 2,421
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James

7
3,765 1,561
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

8
3,377 2,010
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

9
2,619 1,424
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
4,073 1,798
Breaking Dawn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer

11
2,543 1,433
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
2,181 1,852
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

13
1,877 1,158
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Sex and the City Candace Bushnell

14
2,072 1,408
Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Book of Mormon

15
1,984 1,198
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

The Most Overrated TV Shows of All Time The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

16
1,372 956
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
1,338 925
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
1,266 881
Chicken Soup for Veteran's Sou... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for Veteran's Soul Mark Victor Hansen

19
1,274 921
Chicken Soup for Single's Soul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Chicken Soup for Single's Soul Mark Victor Hansen

20
1,219 871
Chicken Soup for the Grandma's... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
2,953 3,708
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

22
1,587 1,051
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

23
6,503 6,561
King James Version is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
1,742 1,601
Quran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dave_7672 added Quran

25
2,628 2,444
The Bible is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
clash1977 added The Bible

26
1,511 1,131
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
945 799
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
1,521 679
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
997 778
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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30
1,429 1,360
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

31
901 909
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
1,355 1,758
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

33
1,376 1,598
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

34
1,467 1,786
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

35
1,053 1,131
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

36
1,554 653
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
769 846
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

38
2,308 3,201
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

39
1,805 2,379
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

40
1,221 1,483
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

41
1,068 965
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Veronica Roth

42
1,918 4,139
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

43
1,183 1,133
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

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44
568 707
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
1,161 1,161
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

46
2,304 4,996
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

47
734 976
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

48
752 800
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

49
1,495 1,936
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,822 2,523
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins