The most popular books in English
from 20001 to 20200

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.

20001. 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 …

20002. The Quest for Christa T.

Christa Wolf

When The Quest for Christa T. was first published in East Germany ten years ago, there was an immediate storm: bookshops in East Berlin were given instructions to sell it only to well-known customers professionally involved in literary matters; at the annual meeting of East …

20005. The Literary Conference (Pearls)

César Aira

New in the New Directions Pearls series: an extremely rich mad scientist attempts to clone a leading genius in a bid to take over the world. César is a translator who’s fallen on very hard times due to the global economic downturn; he is also an author, and a mad scientist …

20006. The Prague Orgy

Philip Roth

In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by …

20007. The basic writings of Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

This classic edition of The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud includes complete texts of six works that have profoundly influenced our understanding of human behavior. The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud is presented here in the translation by Dr. A. A. Brill, who for almost forty …

20011. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Bertolt Brecht

Described by Brecht as 'a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all', Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade. Using a wide range of …

20012. Wonderland

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. Spanning from the Great Depression to the turbulent Vietnam War era, Wonderland is the epic account of Jesse Vogel, a boy who …

20013. On a day like this

Peter Stamm

A new novel of artful understatement about mortality, estrangement, and the absurdity of life from the acclaimed author of Unformed Landscape and In Strange GardensOn a day like any other, Andreas changes his life. When a routine doctor’s visit leads to an unexpected prognosis, …

20015. Lust

Elfriede Jelinek

Lust is a novel by Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek. Originally published in German in 1989, it was translated into English in 1992 by Michael Hulse.

20018. Dubrovsky

Alexander Pushkin

Dubrovsky is an unfinished novel by Alexander Pushkin, written in 1832 and published after Pushkin’s death in 1841. The name Dubrovsky was given by the editor.

20020. A Mind at Peace

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar

A Mind at Peace is an iconic Turkish novel by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, one of the pioneers of literary modernism in Turkey. Tanpınar was a poet, novelist, and critic who worked as a professor of Ottoman and Turkish literature at Istanbul University. Though he was known in his …

20022. When the Going Was Good

Evelyn Waugh

When The Going Was Good is an anthology of four travel books written by English author Evelyn Waugh. The book consists of fragments from the travel books Labels, Remote People, Ninety-Two Days, and Waugh In Abyssinia. The author writes that these pages are all that he wishes to …

20023. Six Days of the Condor

James Grady

Six Days of the Condor is a thriller novel by American author James Grady, first published in 1974 by W.W. Norton. The story is a suspense drama set in contemporary Washington, D.C., and is considerably different from the 1975 film version, Three Days of the Condor. It was …

20031. Weep Not, Child

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Weep Not, Child is Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's first novel, published in 1964 under the name James Ngugi. It was the first English novel to be published by an East African. Thiong'o's works deal with the relationship between Africans and the British colonists in Africa, …

20033. The Red and the Green

Iris Murdoch

The Red and the Green is a 1965 novel by Iris Murdoch that covers the events leading up to and during the Easter Rebellion in Ireland during World War I. It is written in a different style from Murdoch's other fiction, but like the other novels deals with complex family …

20035. Fortress Besieged

Qian Zhongshu

Fortress Besieged was written by Qian Zhongshu, published in 1947, and is widely considered one of the masterpieces of twentieth century Chinese literature. The novel is a humorous tale about middle-class Chinese society in the late 1930s. It was made into a popular television …

20037. Alraune

Hanns Heinz Ewers

Alraune is a novel by German novelist Hanns Heinz Ewers published in 1911. It is also the name of the female lead character. The book originally featured illustrations by Ilna Ewers-Wunderwald.

20039. The Masters

C. P. Snow

The Masters is the fifth novel in C. P. Snow's series Strangers and Brothers. It involves the election of a new Master at narrator Lewis Eliot's unnamed Cambridge College, which resembles Christ's College where Snow was a fellow. The novel is set in 1937, with the growing threat …

20041. The Bottle Factory Outing

Beryl Bainbridge

The Bottle Factory Outing is a 1974 novel written by Beryl Bainbridge, it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize that year, won the Guardian Fiction Prize and is regarded as one of her best. It is also listed as one of the 100 greatest novels of all time by Robert McCrum of The …

20043. Edgar Huntly

Charles Brockden Brown

Edgar Huntly, Or, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker is a 1799 novel by the American author Charles Brockden Brown.

20045. Jumping the Queue

Mary Wesley

Jumping the Queue is British novelist Mary Wesley´s first adult novel, published when the author was seventy years old. The story takes place mainly in Cornwall, England, and follows a middle aged widow's struggle with guilt and self-reproach after the death of her husband and …

20046. The Execution of Justice

Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The Execution of Justice is a 1985 novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt. It tells the story of an attorney who is tasked to reinvestigate a man sentenced for murder. The book criticises elements of the legal system and ponders on the nature of justice. It was adapted …

20047. The Drinker

Hans Fallada

The Drinker is a novel by German writer Hans Fallada, first published posthumously in 1950. Fallada began the novel, in 1944, when he was imprisoned in a criminal asylum for the attempted murder of his wife. It is autobiographical, in diary form, and tells the story of a man in …

20048. The Astronauts

Stanisław Lem

The Astronauts is the first science fiction novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem published as a book, in 1951. To write the novel, Lem received advance payment from publishing house Czytelnik. The book became an instant success and was translated into several languages. This …

20063. Pirates of Venus 1

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Pirates of Venus is the first book in the Venus series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the last major series in Burroughs's career. It was first serialized in six parts in Argosy in 1932 and published in book form two years later by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. The events occur on a …

20066. Mr. Monk in Outer Space

Lee Goldberg

"Mr. Monk in Outer Space" is the fifth novel in the Monk mystery novel series by writer Lee Goldberg, published on October 30, 2007.

20071. Very Bad Deaths

Spider Robinson

Very Bad Deaths, is a science-fiction/suspense-mystery novel from Canadian science fiction author Spider Robinson. The book was followed in 2008 by a sequel, Very Hard Choices. It explores the personal implications of uncontrolled telepathy, social responsibility, and the idea …

20072. Destiny of Souls

Michael Newton

"Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls are two of the most fascinating books I have ever read."―Academy Award-Winning Actress and Author Shirley MacLaine A pioneer in uncovering the secrets of life, internationally recognized spiritual hypnotherapist Dr. Michael Newton takes you …

20073. Millennium Falcon

James Luceno

Millennium Falcon is a novel by James Luceno about the history of the Millennium Falcon. It was originally set to be released on December 30, 2008, but was pushed up to October 21, 2008. At the end of the book is an introduction to the upcoming novel Outcast, the first novel in …

20074. The Sense of Beauty: Being the Outline of Aesthetic …

George Santayana

The great philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist masterfully offers his fascinating outline of Aesthetics Theory. Drawing on the art, literature, and social sciences involved, Santayana discusses the nature of beauty, form, and expression.

20075. Half Life

Shelley Jackson

Half Life is the 2006 debut novel of American writer and artist Shelley Jackson. The novel presupposes an alternate history in which the atomic bomb resulted in a genetic preponderance of conjoined twins, who eventually become a minority subculture.

20077. Red Dragon

Thomas Harris

Red Dragon is a novel by American author Thomas Harris, first published in 1981. It introduced the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. The novel was adapted as a film, Manhunter, in 1986 which featured Brian Cox as Lecter. …

20084. Stories and Texts for Nothing

Samuel Beckett

Stories and Texts for Nothing is a collection of stories by Samuel Beckett. It gathers three of Beckett's short stories and the thirteen short prose pieces he named "Texts for Nothing". All of these works are collected in the Grove Press edition of Beckett's complete short prose.

20087. The Feeling Good Handbook

David D. Burns

From the author of the national bestseller Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy comes a guide to mental wellness that helps you get beyond depression and anxiety and make life an exhilarating experience!With his phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, Dr. David …

20088. Killing Hope

William Blum

Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II is a history book on covert CIA operations and United States military interventions during the second half of the 20th century. It was written by former State Department employee William Blum. The book takes …

20093. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

John Clute

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is an English language reference work on science fiction, first published in 1979. In October 2011, the third edition was made available for free online.

20095. Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces

Angela Carter

Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces is an anthology of short fiction by Angela Carter. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1974 by Quartet Books Ltd. and contains a collection of stories, several of which are based on Carter's own experiences of living in Japan from 1969 …

20096. The Italics are Mine

Nina Berberova

The Italics are Mine is the autobiography of Nina Berberova. It was first published in the 1960s. It was re-issued in 1992 following the success of her novellas and short story collections, written in the 1930s, which had been rediscovered in the mid 1980s and published by …

20098. Needle

Hal Clement

Needle is a 1950 novel written by Hal Clement, originally published the previous year in Astounding Science Fiction magazine. The book was notable in that it broke new ground in the science fiction field by postulating an alien lifeform, not hostile, which could live within the …

20101. The Deluge

Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Deluge is a historical novel by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in 1886. It is the second volume of a three-volume series known to Poles as "The Trilogy," having been preceded by With Fire and Sword and followed by Fire in the Steppe. The novel tells a story …

20102. The Doom Brigade

Margaret Weis

The Doom Brigade is the first book in the Kang's Regiment series/The Chaos War series of the Dragonlance novels, written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin, and is published by Wizards of the Coast. The next book in the series is Draconian Measures.

20103. Dreamside

Graham Joyce

Dreamside is a fantasy novel by Graham Joyce first published in the United Kingdom by Pan Books in 1991. It was later reprinted in the United States by Tor Books in 2000. The novel's primary theme is the power of the subconscious and the futility of attempting to escape the past.

20104. Ayesha

H. Rider Haggard

Ayesha, the Return of She is a gothic-fantasy novel by the popular Victorian author H. Rider Haggard, published in 1905, as a sequel to his far more popular and well known novel, She. It was serialised in the Windsor Magazine in 1904-5. Its significance was recognised by its …

20105. Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

Wisława Szymborska

Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts is a book of poems by Wisława Szymborska.

20107. Skin Folk

Nalo Hopkinson

World Fantasy Award Winner: Fiction that “combines a richly textured multicultural background with incisive storytelling,” by the author of The Salt Roads (Library Journal). In Skin Folk, with works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling …

20111. The Digging Leviathan

James Blaylock

The Digging Leviathan is a science fiction novel written by James Blaylock. It was first published in 1984 by Ace Books. The source was Blaylock's first novel The Chinese Circus, which was never finished.

20118. The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire

Storm Constantine

The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire is a book published in 1989 that was written by Storm Constantine.

20119. Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

Bruce Coville

Juliet Dove, Queen of Love is a Magic Shop book written by Bruce Coville.

20123. The Good Parents

Joan London

The Good Parents is the second full-length novel written by Joan London. It was first published in 2008. The book concerns an eighteen-year-old girl, Maya de Jong, who moves to Melbourne and becomes involved in a relationship with her boss. When Maya's parents come to Melbourne …

20124. Hope Leslie

Catharine Sedgwick

Hope Leslie or Early Times in the Massachusetts is a novel written by Catharine Maria Sedgwick. The book is considered significant because of its strong feminist overtones and ideas of equity and fairness toward Native Americans, both of which were rare at the time the book was …

20126. The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Fran Lebowitz

They say that age brings wisdom--or resignedness, at least--but every time you see Fran Leibowitz, she's just as hangdog as ever. Hey, Fran, how about writing a few more humor columns? That'll cheer you up! Or maybe not, but until she writes more columns, we'll have to make do …

20128. The Roots of Coincidence

Arthur Koestler

The Roots of Coincidence is a 1972 book by Arthur Koestler, an introduction to theories of parapsychology, including extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. Koestler postulates links between modern physics, their interaction with time and paranormal phenomena. It is …

20129. Babylon 5: Accusations

Lois Tilton

Accusations is the second book in the series of original science fiction novels based on the Emmy Award-winning series Babylon 5 created by J. Michael Straczynski. The book was written by Lois Tilton.

20130. The Other Side of Truth

Beverley Naidoo

The Other Side of Truth is a children's novel about Nigerian political refugees, written by Beverley Naidoo and published by Puffin in 2000. It is set in the autumn of 1995 during the reign in Nigeria of the despot General Abacha, who is waging a campaign of suppression against …

20131. Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons …

Daniel Tammet

Daniel's internationally bestselling memoir of living with Asperger's Syndrome and Savant Syndrome, Born on a Blue Day established him as one of the most original talents in contemporary non-fiction.Now, in his new book, Embracing the Wide Sky, he combines meticulous scientific …

20132. There's a Bat in Bunk Five

Paula Danziger

There’s a Bat in Bunk Five is a young adult novel written by Paula Danziger. In this sequel to The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Marcy Lewis finds herself as a counselor in training at the summer camp near Woodstock, New York run by her former English teacher, Ms. Finney, whom Marcy has …

20134. The Blue World

Jack Vance

The Blue World is a science fiction adventure novel written by Jack Vance. The novel is based on Vance’s earlier novella "The Kragen", which appeared in the July 1964 edition of Fantastic Stories of Imagination.

20136. The Little Bookroom

Eleanor Farjeon

The Little Bookroom is a collection of twenty-seven stories for children by Eleanor Farjeon, published by Oxford University Press in 1955 with illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. They were selected by the author to represent the best of her work over a thirty-year period from the …

20139. Prince of Mercenaries

Jerry Pournelle

Prince of Mercenaries is a book published in 1989 that was written by Jerry Pournelle.

20140. The Saints of the Sword

John Marco

The Saints of the Sword is a book published in 2001 that was written by John Marco.

20142. A History Maker

Alasdair Gray

A History Maker is a novel by Alisdair Gray first published in 1994. The sources of the novel are to be found in a play by Gray in the 1970s which was titled "The History Maker". The novel was described in the Daily Telegraph as "Sir Walter Scott meets Rollerball" and is set in …

20144. The Deluge Drivers

Alan Dean Foster

The Deluge Drivers is a science fiction novel written by American author Alan Dean Foster. It is the final entry in Foster's Icerigger Trilogy of books taking place in the Humanx Commonwealth book series.

20151. The Three Hostages

John Buchan

The Three Hostages is the fourth of five Richard Hannay novels by Scottish author John Buchan, first published in 1924 by Hodder & Stoughton, London. Hannay had previously appeared in The Thirty Nine Steps, his most famous adventure in which he battles German spies across …

20152. Gracie

George Burns

Gracie: A Love Story is a 1988 biography of comedian Gracie Allen by George Burns. The tribute to Burns' wife and professional partner reviews their life together and contrasts Allen's scatterbrained public persona with the intelligent actress and devoted wife she actually was. …

20153. The Killing Joke

Anthony Horowitz

The Killing Joke is a novel written by Anthony Horowitz first published in 2004 by The Orion Publishing Group. It is a comedy thriller about a man called Guy Fletcher, who tries to track down the source of a joke.

20160. Doña Perfecta

Benito Pérez Galdós

Doña Perfecta is a 19th-century realist novel by Benito Pérez Galdós from what is called the first of Galdós's three epochs in his novels of social analysis.

20162. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief is a book by Wendelin Van Draanen.

20164. The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

Ted Chiang

The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate is a fantasy novelette by Ted Chiang originally published in 2007 by Subterranean Press and reprinted in the September 2007 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It won the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and the 2008 Nebula Award for …

20169. Deathstalker Return

Simon R. Green

Deathstalker Return is a book published in 2004 that was written by Simon R Green.

20170. Punk Farm

Jarrett Krosoczka

Punk Farm is a children's book by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, published on April 26, 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Soensha, a Japanese publisher, plans on publishing a Japanese edition of the book. A sequel book, Punk Farm on Tour, was released on October 9, 2007. A …

20171. Veracity

Laura Bynum

WHEN LANGUAGE IS A CRIME, ONLY THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE. Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one half of the country’s population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is …

20174. Noonshade

James Barclay

Noonshade is a fantasy novel by James Barclay. It was first published in the UK in 2000. This is the second book in the Chronicles of The Raven. "An apocalyptic spell has been cast, an ancient evil banished. And now the land of Balaia, still riven with war, must live with the …

20175. Amber and Iron

Margaret Weis

Amber and Iron is a fantasy novel in the Dragonlance book series by Margaret Weis, co-creator of the world of Dragonlance, and is the second of a trilogy based around the character Mina. It is the fifteenth novel in the series.

20176. An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology …

Glenn Reynolds

An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths is a non-fiction book by Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee also known as the blogger 'Instapundit'. The book looks at modern …

20178. Inventing Elliot

Graham Gardner

Inventing Elliot is a young adult novel by Graham Gardner, first published in 2003. It is about a young teenager who decides to become a different person and ends up being invited to join a secret society which is orchestrating a reign of terror at his new school. Since its …

20179. Chaining the Lady

Piers Anthony

Chaining the Lady is the 2nd book of the Cluster Series published in 1978 that was written by Piers Anthony.

20182. Radiant

James Alan Gardner

Radiant is a science fiction novel by the Canadian author James Alan Gardner. It was published in 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers under their Eos Books imprint. It is the seventh novel in Gardner's "League of Peoples" series. Like the six preceding novels, Radiant is set in the …

20184. ABC

Ida Jessen



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