Overrated 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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1
8,751 3,371
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer

2
6,694 4,916
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown

3
8,091 2,977
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added E. L. James

4
4,338 3,292
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

5
4,456 1,919
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne

6
4,228 2,401
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,709 2,302
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

8
2,570 1,524
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell

9
3,866 4,552
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger

10
1,995 1,355
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,237 1,075
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles

12
1,977 1,473
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller

13
1,312 1,051
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,843 1,771
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho

15
1,911 2,249
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel

16
1,209 1,237
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
1,820 2,268
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Herman Melville

18
3,060 3,977
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald

19
2,293 2,955
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

20
1,857 2,131
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn

21
1,642 1,417
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth

22
1,604 1,631
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold

23
1,364 1,559
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
2,460 3,315
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins

25
2,477 5,403
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. R. R. Tolkien