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
7,919 3,159
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer

2
6,322 4,505
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown

3
7,026 2,850
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
4,042 3,126
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

5
4,164 1,836
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne

6
3,881 2,320
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,525 2,188
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand

8
2,236 1,447
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
rankermaker58 added Candace Bushnell

9
3,577 4,227
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger

10
1,812 1,285
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,114 1,029
What Color is Your Parachute? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles

12
1,823 1,392
The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller

13
1,184 994
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,710 1,652
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho

15
1,758 2,103
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel

16
1,105 1,144
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

17
2,823 3,648
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald

18
1,668 2,085
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
1,720 1,937
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn

20
2,156 2,752
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,485 1,462
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold

22
1,417 1,253
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Veronica Roth

23
2,324 4,854
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. R. R. Tolkien

24
2,240 2,968
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added Suzanne Collins

25
1,239 1,425
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
1,435 1,741
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jack Kerouac

27
1,471 1,433
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green

28
1,870 2,242
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Nathaniel Hawthorne

29
867 1,066
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jonathan Franzen

30
1,992 2,284
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Emily Brontë

31
713 932
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

32
806 1,026
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ernest Hemingway

33
2,741 5,660
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. K. Rowling

34
1,529 1,532
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
DwightGray added Margaret Mitchell

35
836 964
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Smiley

36
939 1,257
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Salman Rushdie

37
748 704
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

38
899 1,129
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added Ernest Hemingway

39
822 1,173
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
James Joyce

40
709 1,100
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
William S. Burroughs

41
1,526 1,895
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added Alice Walker

42
2,727 3,921
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

43
1,103 1,485
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

44
937 1,132
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
James Joyce

45
1,353 1,712
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
971 1,192
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Beatrice Sparks

47
589 746
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

48
1,664 2,079
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Charlotte Brontë

49
607 918
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
David Foster Wallace

50
553 787
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added