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Overrated and Underwhelming: Books to Avoid

Once one gets beyond the academic and critical adoration, the hefty sales and subsequent best-seller listings, the publishers' hype, and the movie adaptations, one is left with the simple truth that these 50 books aren't very good. Or so says our maverick English Teacher and contrarian, who was once chastised at a department meeting for suggesting that Dashiell Hammett was a better writer than F. Scott Fitzgerald. (He is, by the way. Read "The Glass Key" and "The Thin Man" and you'll see.)
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The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
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Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
Angels & Demons (Dan Brown)
3
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
4
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
5
The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller)
The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller)
6
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
7
Chronicles of Narnia Series (C.S. Lewis)
Chronicles of Narnia Series (C.S. Lewis)
8
The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
9
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)
10
Dr. Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Dr. Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
11
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
12
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
13
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
14
Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
15
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
16
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
17
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
18
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
19
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
20
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
21
Grendel (John Gardner)
Grendel (John Gardner)
22
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
23
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
24
Inferno (Dan Brown)
Inferno (Dan Brown)
25
Interview With the Vampire
Interview With the Vampire
26
The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
27
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)
28
Origins (Dan Brown)
Origins (Dan Brown)
29
Outlander Series (Diana Gabaldon)
Outlander Series (Diana Gabaldon)
30
The Paris Bookseller (Kerri Maher)
The Paris Bookseller (Kerri Maher)
31
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
32
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
33
The Queen of the Damned (Anne Rice)
The Queen of the Damned (Anne Rice)
34
The Secret (Rhonda Byrne)
The Secret (Rhonda Byrne)
35
The Shack (William Paul Young)
The Shack (William Paul Young)
36
Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)
Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn)
37
The Shipping News (E.Annie Proulx)
The Shipping News (E.Annie Proulx)
38
Song of Fire and Ice
Song of Fire and Ice
39
Tampa (Alissa Nutting)
Tampa (Alissa Nutting)
40
This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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