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.

1
7,881 3,153
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,293 4,497
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

3
6,990 2,847
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Fifty Shades Series E. L. James

4
4,025 3,120
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,149 1,833
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,867 2,317
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,513 2,182
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,225 1,445
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Sex and the City Candace Bushnell

9
3,561 4,208
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

10
1,804 1,282
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,109 1,026
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

12
1,814 1,388
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

13
1,181 989
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,696 1,648
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

15
1,747 2,098
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

16
1,101 1,138
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
2,815 3,632
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,661 2,071
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

19
1,710 1,927
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

20
2,151 2,742
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,478 1,457
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

22
1,400 1,248
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

23
2,313 4,830
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

24
2,226 2,951
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

25
1,231 1,419
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
1,431 1,732
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

27
1,461 1,426
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

28
1,867 2,228
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

29
864 1,060
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

30
1,988 2,274
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

31
712 928
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
803 1,015
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

33
2,728 5,637
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

34
1,519 1,524
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

35
831 962
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

36
933 1,251
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

37
743 701
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

38
895 1,120
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

39
819 1,166
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

40
705 1,094
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

41
1,520 1,888
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

42
2,717 3,901
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

43
1,096 1,475
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
931 1,125
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

45
1,347 1,708
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
965 1,190
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

47
1,662 2,075
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

48
586 745
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
605 914
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

50
551 784
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism