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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
7,602 2,996
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Twilight Series Stephenie Meyer

2
6,050 4,321
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
6,728 2,691
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
3,879 2,993
Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

5
4,042 1,740
The Secret is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Secret Rhonda Byrne

6
3,718 2,205
Eat, Pray, Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

7
2,404 2,069
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand

8
2,116 1,340
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
3,351 4,053
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
1,739 1,204
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

11
1,695 1,286
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
1,053 944
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
1,125 910
The Power Of The 7 Habits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

14
1,612 1,547
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
1,042 1,057
How to Win Friends and Influen... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

16
1,634 2,003
Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Life of Pi Yann Martel

17
1,536 1,984
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
1,591 1,824
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
zonawyld added Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

19
1,371 1,353
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
1,175 1,321
An Inconvenient Truth: The Pla... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

21
1,300 1,164
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
melusinahp added Divergent Series Veronica Roth

The Best Irish Actors of All Time

22
2,648 3,488
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

23
2,168 4,650
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
838 979
The Corrections is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen

25
2,034 2,644
The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

26
1,382 1,325
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
1,357 1,660
On the Road is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
On the Road Jack Kerouac

28
1,741 2,124
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
1,868 2,196
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

30
661 854
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

31
2,093 2,828
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
AlexJordanGelderbloom added The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

32
715 646
7 habits Family Collection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

33
899 1,183
The Satanic Verses is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie

34
720 941
For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

35
796 907
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
797 1,104
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Finnegans Wake James Joyce

37
2,579 5,478
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling

38
675 1,036
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

39
1,378 1,446
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
819 1,051
A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
ChristineNewman added A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

41
895 1,055
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Ulysses James Joyce

42
1,422 1,819
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
HappyMan added The Color Purple Alice Walker

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

43
538 725
Liberal Fascism is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
kaylive added Liberal Fascism

44
1,012 1,390
Carrie by Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

45
562 685
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

46
2,546 3,776
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

47
926 1,131
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

48
585 862
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

49
1,274 1,634
Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time

50
547 786
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Books of All Time
White Noise Don DeLillo