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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
8,948 3,407
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer

2
8,346 2,990
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
6,778 5,028
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown

4
4,404 3,328
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

5
4,530 1,934
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne

6
4,314 2,416
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,747 2,328
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

8
2,650 1,531
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell

9
3,917 4,623
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger

10
2,033 1,369
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,261 1,084
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles

12
2,006 1,485
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller

13
1,345 1,059
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,874 1,802
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho

15
1,940 2,292
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel

16
1,235 1,258
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
3,104 4,063
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,844 2,320
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
2,320 3,014
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

20
1,882 2,162
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn

21
1,707 1,452
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth

22
1,628 1,659
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold

23
1,399 1,576
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
2,508 3,397
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins

25
1,713 1,588
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green