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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
7,432 2,906
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
5,912 4,238
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
6,562 2,606
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
3,818 2,920
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
3,988 1,682
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,640 2,138
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,354 2,003
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,060 1,278
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
3,259 3,976
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
1,701 1,151
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,650 1,241
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
1,035 897
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
1,097 866
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,562 1,489
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
1,011 1,012
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

16
1,586 1,940
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

17
1,493 1,926
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
1,521 1,764
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

19
1,312 1,285
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
1,154 1,268
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,233 1,109
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

The Best New Fall TV Shows in 2015

22
814 936
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

23
2,548 3,419
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

24
1,330 1,607
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

25
2,102 4,549
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

26
1,320 1,267
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added The Fault in Our Stars John Green

27
1,971 2,578
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

28
1,678 2,074
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

29
705 604
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

30
639 815
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

31
1,814 2,138
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

32
788 869
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley

33
2,008 2,765
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

34
788 1,061
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

35
884 1,142
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

36
699 895
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

37
659 1,000
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

38
800 1,002
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
1,331 1,392
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

40
2,500 5,370
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

41
871 1,012
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

42
534 685
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

43
549 646
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
580 825
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

45
1,380 1,770
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

46
901 1,085
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

47
542 752
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo

48
440 488
Sex & Travel & Vestige... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

49
965 1,343
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

50
2,467 3,700
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time