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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
7,738 3,121
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,229 4,426
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
6,838 2,820
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
3,959 3,083
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,097 1,809
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,816 2,292
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,473 2,149
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,175 1,421
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
3,492 4,138
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
1,785 1,267
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,785 1,364
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

12
1,091 1,012
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles

13
1,161 970
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,665 1,615
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The Most Overrated Paintings of All Time

15
1,712 2,068
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

16
1,082 1,117
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
1,623 2,036
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
lotterman added Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Herman Melville

18
1,687 1,891
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

19
1,461 1,425
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

20
2,766 3,567
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

21
2,272 4,729
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

The Best Dubstep DJs

22
1,354 1,221
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

23
1,201 1,393
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

24
2,130 2,700
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

25
1,404 1,705
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

26
856 1,039
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

27
1,841 2,183
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

28
1,428 1,390
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

29
1,963 2,240
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

30
2,178 2,893
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

31
697 909
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
790 989
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
2,678 5,547
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
1,489 1,491
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
823 953
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

The Best Female Characters in Literature

36
917 1,236
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

37
808 1,149
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

38
874 1,098
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
731 691
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

40
695 1,074
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

41
1,500 1,869
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
2,677 3,835
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

43
1,071 1,437
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
918 1,102
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

45
1,333 1,684
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
959 1,173
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

47
1,649 2,047
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

48
579 732
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
545 766
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

50
596 903
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace