The most popular books in English.

What books are currently the most popular and which are the all time classics? Here we present you with a mixture of those two criteria. We update this list once a month.

18802. The Raw and the Cooked

Claude Lévi-Strauss

The Raw and the Cooked is the first volume from Mythologiques, a structural study of Amerindian mythology written by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. It was originally published in French as Le Cru et le Cuit. Although the book is part of a larger volume Lévi-Strauss …

18807. Echoes of the Well of Souls

Jack L. Chalker

Echoes of the Well of Souls is a book published in 1993 that was written by Jack L. Chalker.

18814. 19 Varieties of Gazelle

Naomi Shihab Nye

19 varieties of gazelle: poems of the Middle East is a poetry book, by Naomi Shihab Nye. It was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Young People's Literature. The poems explore the live of people in the Middle East, in the light of the September 11 attacks. Publisher’s …

18815. The Singing Tree

Kate Seredy

The Singing Tree is a children's novel by Kate Seredy, the sequel to The Good Master. Also illustrated by Seredy, it was a Newbery Honor book in 1940. Set in rural Hungary four years after The Good Master, it continues the story of Kate and Jancsi, showing the effect of World …

18818. Xala

Ousmane Sembène

Xala is a 1973 novel by Ousmane Sembène. It is about El Hadji Abdou Kader Beye, a businessman who is struck by impotence on the night of his wedding to his third wife. It was adapted into a movie, also called Xala and directed by Sembene.

18820. Canyons

Gary Paulsen

Canyons is a novel written by Gary Paulsen. It involves two boys - one lives in modern times while the other is an Indian boy living nearly two hundred years ago.

18821. Remembrance of Things Past: Within a Budding Grove …

Marcel Proust

In this conclusion to this section of Proust’s classic, we get to understand what he means by budding grove.’ As the summer on the beach winds down, the adolescent Proust is increasingly smitten by the young beauties his age he passes by but never gets to meet... until a …

18830. Prince of Annwn

Evangeline Walton

Prince of Annwn is a fantasy novel by Evangeline Walton, the fourth in a series of four based on the Welsh Mabinogion. Originally intended for publication by Ballantine Books as a volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, it actually saw print only after the …

18832. The Good Dog

Avi

The Good Dog is a children's novel by Newbery Medalist Edward Irving Wortis published under his pseudonym, Avi, in 2001. Written for ages 8–12, the book has been described as having "a very cinematic feel" comparable to the movies The Incredible Journey and Beethoven.

18834. The Crooked Letter

Sean Williams

When mirror twins Seth and Hadrian Castillo travel to Europe on holidays, they don’t expect the end of the world to follow them. Seth’s murder, however, puts exactly that into motion. From opposite sides of death, the Castillo twins grapple with a reality neither of them …

18835. Brooke

V. C. Andrews

Brooke is a book published in 1998 that was written by V. C. Andrews.

18836. Apocalypso

Robert Rankin

Apocalypso is a novel by the British author Robert Rankin.

18840. The Family from One End Street

Eve Garnett

The Family from One End Street is a realistic English children's novel, written and illustrated by Eve Garnett and published by Frederick Muller in 1937. It is "a classic story of life in a big, happy family." set in a small Sussex town in the south east of England. It was …

18843. The Rogue

Trudi Canavan

Discover the magic of Trudi Canavan with her brand new novel in the Traitor Spy Trilogy...Living among the Sachakan rebels, Lorkin does his best to learn about their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their secrets for the Healing they so desperately …

18852. The Future of Us

Jay Asher

The Future of Us is a 2011 contemporary fiction novel written by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. The novel was published on November 21, 2011 by Razorbill, a division of Penguins Young Readers Group.

18854. Why I Killed Peter

Olivier Ka

"Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It’s like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came in the picture." Based on a …

18857. A week in October

Elizabeth Subercaseaux

A mystery novel where the heart is the culprit and the reader is the detective sleuthing for two truths‚Äîthe story‚Äôs and their own A Week in October is a thriller for those of us who usually prefer a good love story that you just can‚Äôt put down. In other words it is a …

18859. The Last Summer of Reason

Tahar Djaout

This elegant, haunting novel takes us deep into the world of bookstore owner Boualem Yekker. He lives in a country being overtaken by the Vigilant Brothers, a radically conservative party that seeks to control every element of life according to the laws of their stringent moral …

18862. Doctor Pascal

Emile Zola

Doctor Pascal is the twentieth and final novel of the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola, first published in June 1893 by Charpentier. Zola's plan for the Rougon-Macquart novels was to show how heredity and environment worked on the members of one family over the course of the …

18871. The Condition of the Working Class in England

Friedrich Engels

The Condition of the Working Class in England is a 1845 book by the German philosopher Friedrich Engels, a study of the industrial working class in Victorian England. Engels' first book, it was originally written in German as Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England. It was …

18872. The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy

Laurent Gounelle

While on a relaxing vacation in Bali, Julian decides to consult a legendary and wise healer whose reputation precedes him. The old Master Samtyang’s diagnosis on meeting the schoolteacher is firm: you are healthy, but you are not . . . happy.During the series of daily encounters …

18875. La Place de l'Étoile

Patrick Modiano

La Place de l'étoile is the first novel of the French writer Patrick Modiano. It was published by Gallimard in 1968 and won the Roger Nimier Prize and Fénéon Prize. The novel, which draws on elements of autobiography, recounts the story of Raphael Schlemilovitch, a French Jew …

18876. Sous le soleil de Satan

Georges Bernanos

Under the Sun of Satan was the first novel published by Georges Bernanos. It was #45 on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century.

18877. Julien Parme

Florian Zeller

The Catcher in the Rye with a French accent. Even if it blows your mind, I want to tell you about this unbelievable thing that happened to me last year. I’m not bragging, but things as unbelievable as the one I’m going to tell you about don’t happen every day, I swear. In fact, …

18878. Letting Go

Philip Roth

Letting Go is the first full-length novel written by Philip Roth and is set in the 1950s.

18879. Quick Service

P. G. Wodehouse

Quick Service is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 4 October 1940 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on December 27, 1940 by Doubleday, Doran, New York. Although it does not feature any of Wodehouse's regular characters or …

18880. Maigret and the Yellow Dog

Georges Simenon

Maigret and the Yellow Dog is a detective novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon.

18883. A Reader's Manifesto

B. R. Myers

A Reader's Manifesto is a 2002 book written by B. R. Myers that was originally published in heavily edited form in the July/August 2001 issue of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Myers criticizes the high status of literary fiction compared to genre fiction; he finds literary …

18886. Constance Ring

Amalie Skram

Constance Ring is written by Amalie Skram.

18887. Nicholas Again

R. Goscinny

Nicholas Again is a book by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé.

18888. Saplings

Noel Streatfeild

Although Saplings is generally regarded as one of Noel Streatfeild's novels for adults, published under her pseudonym Susan Scarlett, it is at least partially told from the perspective of four children - Laurel, Tony, Tuesday, and Kim, as well as from the perspective of their …

18889. The Psychedelic Experience

Timothy Francis Leary

The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead is an instruction manual intended for use during sessions involving psychedelic drugs. Started as early as 1962 in Zihuatanejo, the book was finally published in August 1964. This version of Tibetan Book …

18893. The Oxford Companion to Wine

Jancis Robinson

The Oxford Companion to Wine is a book in the series of Oxford Companions published by Oxford University Press. The book provides an alphabetically arranged reference to wine, compiled and edited by Jancis Robinson, with contributions by several wine writers including Hugh …

18896. On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to …

Søren Kierkegaard

On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates is Søren Kierkegaard's university thesis paper that he submitted in 1841. This thesis is the culmination of three years of extensive study on Socrates, as seen from the view point of Xenophon, Aristophanes, and Plato. …

18898. Towards the End of the Morning

Michael Frayn

Towards The End Of The Morning is a 1967 satirical novel by Michael Frayn about journalists working on a British newspaper during the heyday of Fleet Street. Its protagonists work to compile the miscellaneous, unimportant parts of the newspaper - the "nature notes" column, the …

18899. Birth Without Violence

Frédérick Leboyer

The classic guide to gentle birth that revolutionized the way we welcome our children into the world. • The first book to express what mothers have always known: babies are born complete human beings with the ability to experience a full range of emotions. • Shows how gentle …

18901. Paul et Virginie

Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Paul et Virginie is a novel by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, first published in 1788. The novel's title characters are friends since birth who fall in love. The story is set on the island of Mauritius under French rule, then named Île de France. Written on the eve of …

18902. Water-blue eyes

Martin Schifino

A rich literary mystery peppered with humour, Domingo Villar's new suspense-filled novel combines a certain melancholy with the joys of music and white wine.

18904. Judge

Karen Traviss

Judge is a science fiction novel written by Karen Traviss. It is the sixth and last book of the Wess'Har Series. It was nominated for the 2009 Philip K. Dick Award.

18905. Freud: A Life For Our Time

Peter Gay

Freud: A Life for Our Time is a 1988 biography of Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud by historian Peter Gay, based partly on new material that has become available since the publication of Ernest Jones' The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. The book has been criticized by several …

18906. Limited Inc

Jacques Derrida

Limited Inc is a 1988 book by Jacques Derrida, containing two essays and an interview. The first essay, "Signature Event Context," is about J. L. Austin's theory of the illocutionary act outlined in his How To Do Things With Words. The second essay, "Limited Inc a b c...", is …

18908. Petals of Blood

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Petals of Blood is a novel written by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and first published in 1977. Set in Kenya just after independence, the story follows four characters – Munira, Abdulla, Wanja, and Karega – whose lives are intertwined due to the Mau Mau rebellion. In order to escape city …

18914. Moccasin Trail

Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Moccasin Trail is a Newbery Honor novel by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, first published in 1986.

18916. Trullion: Alastor 2262

Jack Vance

Trullion: Alastor 2262 is a science fiction novel by Jack Vance first published by Ballantine Books. It is one of three books set in the Alastor Cluster, "a whorl of thirty thousand live stars in an irregular volume twenty to thirty light-years in diameter." Three thousand of …

18920. The Book on Adler

Søren Kierkegaard

The Book on Adler is a work by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, written during his second authorship, and was published posthumously in 1872. The work is partly about pastor Adolph Peter Adler who claimed to have received a revelation. After some questionable acts, …

18921. Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

Manuel Puig

Betrayed by Rita Hayworth is a 1968 novel by the Argentine novelist Manuel Puig. It was Puig's first novel. Literary critic Jean Franco writes that the book "was a revelation when it appeared, exploding once and for all the simplistic notions of American cultural imperialism." …

18922. Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War

Che Guevara

Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War also titled Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War is an autobiographical book by Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara about his experiences during the Cuban Revolution to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. First published …

18923. Reborn

F. Paul Wilson

Reborn is the fourth volume in a series of six novels known as The Adversary Cycle written by American author F. Paul Wilson. First published in March 1990 by Dark Harvest. In 2009, a revised edition was published.

18925. Framed

Tonino Benacquista

Praise for Holy Smoke, the first in the Antoine series:“A terrific black comedy …both a blasphemously funny satire of provincial Italian chicanery and a wry acknowledgment of the ambivalence that ambitious immigrants feel about their roots.”—The New York Times“Unexpected deadly …

18926. Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail

Jack L. Chalker

Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail is the fourth book in the Four Lords of the Diamond series by author Jack L. Chalker. First published as a paperback in 1983. It concludes the saga started in Lilith: A Snake in the Grass, Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold and Charon: A Dragon at the Gate.

18927. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Mark Twain

"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is an 1865 short story by Mark Twain. It was his first great success as a writer and brought him national attention. The story has also been published as "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" and "The Notorious Jumping Frog of …

18929. While the Clock Ticked

Franklin W. Dixon

While The Clock Ticked is Volume 11 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Leslie McFarlane in 1932. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically …

18931. My fantoms

Théophile Gautier

Romantic provocateur, flamboyant bohemian, precocious novelist, perfect poet—not to mention an inexhaustible journalist, critic, and man-about-town—Théophile Gautier is one of the major figures, and great characters, of French literature. In My Fantoms Richard Holmes, the …

18932. God of Carnage

Yasmina Reza

God of Carnage is a play by Yasmina Reza. It is about two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the …

18933. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

Jules Verne

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon is a novel by Jules Verne, published in 1881. It has also been published as The Giant Raft. Unlike many of his other novels, this story does not have any science fiction elements. It is an adventure novel. This novel involves how Joam Garral, …

18935. Beyond the Fall of Night

Arthur C. Clarke

Beyond the Fall of Night is a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Gregory Benford. The first part of Beyond the Fall of Night is a reprint of Clarke’s famous Against the Fall of Night while the second half is a "sequel" by Gregory Benford which takes place many years later. This book …

18936. Twelve Bar Blues

Patrick Neate

Twelve Bar Blues is a 2001 novel by Patrick Neate, and the winner of that year's Whitbread novel award. The story is essentially about two people who share a common history - Fortis 'Lick' Holden, a cornet player in early 20th Century New Orleans, and Sylvia Di Napoli, a retired …

18944. The Night Buffalo

Guillermo Arriaga

The Night Buffalo is a novel by Guillermo Arriaga.

18945. The Princess and the Pea

Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity. The tale was first published with three others by Andersen in an inexpensive booklet on 8 May 1835 in …

18946. Fate Is the Hunter

Ernest K. Gann

Fate is the Hunter is a 1961 memoir by aviation writer Ernest K. Gann. It describes his years working as a pilot from the 1930s to 1950s, starting at American Airlines in Douglas DC-2s and DC-3s when civilian air transport was in its infancy, moving onto wartime flying in C-54s, …

18948. The Lottie Project

Jacqueline Wilson

The Lottie Project is a children's novel by English author Jacqueline Wilson. It is illustrated by Nick Sharrat. The book is different from most Jaqueline Wilson books, as they are mostly told by characters who are not popular in school and are usually bullied by the popular …

18950. Poem Strip: Including an Explanation of the Afterlife

Dino Buzzati

A New York Review Books Original There’s a certain street—via Saterna—in the middle of Milan that just doesn’t show up on maps of the city. Orfi, a wildly successful young singer, lives there, and it’s there that one night he sees his gorgeous girlfriend Eura disappear, “like a …

18951. The Glass Bees

Ernst Jünger

The Glass Bees is a 1957 science fiction novel written by German author Ernst Jünger. The novel follows two days in the life of Captain Richard, an unemployed ex-cavalryman who feels lost in a world that has become more technologically advanced and impersonal. Richard accepts a …

18953. The Bread of Those Early Years

Heinrich Böll

The Bread of Those Early Years is a 1955 novel by the West German writer Heinrich Böll. It was adapted into a 1962 film with the same title.

18954. The Marquise of O

Heinrich von Kleist

One of 60 low-priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin's 60th anniversary. All the titles are extracts from "Penguin Classics" titles.

18955. Detective Novel 3

Bernhard Schlink

The seventy-something private investigator Gerhard Self is hired to track down a mysterious silent bank partner, a case which eventually leads him to eastern Germany and some of the most dangerous villians he has ever met.

18966. Rebellion

Joseph Roth

Rebellion is a 1924 novel by the Austrian writer Joseph Roth. It tells the story of a war veteran who has become a street musician after losing one leg. The novel was published in the newspaper Vorwärts from 27 July to 29 August 1924. It has been adapted for television twice: in …

18967. Accident: A Day's News : A Novel (Phoenix Fiction)

Christa Wolf

On a flawless spring day in late April, an East German writer awaits a call from the hospital where her brother is undergoing brain surgery and instead receives news of a massive nuclear accident at Chernobyl, one thousand miles away. In a potent, lyrical stream of thought, the …

18983. The Oppermanns

Lion Feuchtwanger

First published in 1934 but fully imagining the future of Germany over the ensuing years, The Oppermanns tells the compelling story of a remarkable German Jewish family confronted by Hitler's rise to power. Compared to works by Voltaire and Zola on its original publication, this …



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