Culture

The Most Overrated Books of All Time 

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
Updated June 14, 2019 481k votes 32.4k voters 300.4k views 144 items

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.
list ordered by
1
Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
WarrenMitchell added E. L. James
2
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Rhonda Byrne
3
The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Dan Brown
4
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Elizabeth Gilbert
5
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand
6
A Million Little Pieces ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
7
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ayn Rand
8
The Bridges of Madison C... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Robert James Waller
9
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Stephenie Meyer
10
The Power Of The 7 Habit... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
11
What Color is Your Parac... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Richard Nelson Bolles
12
The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho
13
The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
elaine.k.holli added John Green
14
The Catcher in the Rye ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger
15
How to Win Friends and I... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
16
The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
emlyt added Alice Sebold
17
7 habits Family Collecti... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
18
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jack Kerouac
19
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gillian Flynn
20
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Yann Martel
21
The Time Traveler's Wife... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ejwinn added Audrey Niffenegger
22
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Nathaniel Hawthorne
23
A Thousand Acres is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Jane Smiley
24
Zen and the Art of Motor... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
25
The Casual Vacancy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
KellyCampbell added J. K. Rowling