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.

20002. Histoires Naturelles

Jules Renard

The natural world in all its richness, glimpsed variously in the house, the barnyard, and the garden, in ponds and streams, and at large in the woods and the fields, including old friends like the dog, the cat, the cow, and the pig, along with more unusual and sometimes alarming …

20004. Colomba

Prosper Mérimée

Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870) was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen. He studied law as well as Greek, Spanish, English, and Russian. He was the first …

20005. On ne Badine Pas avec l'Amour

Alfred de Musset

Maître Blazius, Dame Pluche, le chœur. Le Choeur Doucement bercé sur sa mule fringante, messer Blazius s’avance dans les bluets fleuris, vêtu de neuf, l’écritoire au côté. Comme un poupon sur l’oreiller, il se ballotte sur son ventre rebondi, et les yeux à demi fermés, il …

20006. The Lark

Jean Anouilh

The Lark is a 1952 play about Joan of Arc by the French playwright Jean Anouilh. It was presented on Broadway in English in 1955, starring Julie Harris as Joan and Boris Karloff as Pierre Cauchon. It was produced by Kermit Bloomgarden. Lillian Hellman made the English adaptation …

20007. Women in Evidence

Sébastien Japrisot

Sebastien Japrisot loves a mystery. In his award-winning World War I tale, A Very Long Engagement, he sent his beguiling heroine Mathilde Donnay on a high-stakes scavenger hunt to discover which of five condemned French soldiers--one of them her fiancé--may have evaded …

20009. Kaput & Zosky

Lewis Trondheim

Would-be world conquerors Kaput and Zosky are at the pinnacle of their careers. So why does victory always slip from their grasp? On one planet the natives surrender to Kaput and Zosky without a fight – where's the fun in that? On another, Kaput finds that he's won the lottery – …

20012. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Eric Kimmel

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a book written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

20014. 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 …

20017. Elements of Semiology

Roland Barthes

Elements of Semiology is a compendium-like text by French semiotician Roland Barthes, originally published under the title of "Éléments de Sémiologie" in the French review Communications. The English translation by Annette Lavers and Colin Smith has been published independently …

20019. The Holy Innocents

Gilbert Adair

The Holy Innocents is a novel by Gilbert Adair about incestuous siblings and the stranger who enters their world. Its themes were inspired by Jean Cocteau's novel Les Enfants Terribles and by the film of the same name directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.

20023. Sarrasine

Honoré de Balzac

Sarrasine is a novella written by Honoré de Balzac. It was published in 1830, and is part of his Comédie Humaine.

20026. The World in Six Songs

Daniel Levitin

The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature is a popular science book written by the McGill University neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, and first published by Dutton Penguin in the U.S. and Canada in 2008, and updated and released in paperback by Plume in …

20028. 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 …

20032. 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 …

20033. Edgar Huntly

Charles Brockden Brown

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

20034. 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 …

20035. 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 …

20036. Islam: The Straight Path

John Esposito

Islam: The Straight Path is an Islamic studies book that aims to give an introduction to Islam. The book, authored by John L. Esposito, was first published in 1988 by the Oxford University Press.

20047. Heretics

G. K. Chesterton

Heretics is a collection of 20 essays originally published by G.K. Chesterton in 1905.

20050. Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. …

William S. Burroughs

Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs is a collection of diary entries made by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs between November 16, 1996 and July 30, 1997, only a few days before his death on August 2 at the age of 83. The collection was first …

20055. Honus & Me

Dan Gutman

Honus & Me is a children's novel by Dan Gutman, published in 1997, and the first in the Baseball Card Adventures series. It was rejected by many publishers before HarperCollins finally accepted. The made-for-television movie The Winning Season, starring Matthew Modine, was …

20060. 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.

20061. Blu's Hanging

Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Blu's Hanging is a 1997 coming-of-age novel by Lois-Ann Yamanaka. It follows the Ogata family after the death of their mother, as each family member struggles to come to terms with their grief. The story is told through Ivah, a smart-mouthed thirteen-year-old who is left as the …

20064. Death at an Early Age

Jonathan Kozol

Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools is a book written by the American schoolteacher Jonathan Kozol and published in Boston by Houghton Mifflin in 1967. It won the U.S. National Book Award in the Science, …

20065. The Way of the World

Ron Suskind

The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism is a 2008 non-fiction book by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, describing various actions and policies of the George W. Bush administration. Most notably, it alleges that the Bush administration …

20066. A Lion's Tale

Chris Jericho

The controversial story of Chris Jericho, the former undisputed Heavyweight Champion of WWE. From the age of eight, Chris dreamed of becoming a wrestler. But it wasn't until he was 25 that he hit the big time. Nicknamed 'Lion Heart', Chris eventually attained his ultimate goal - …

20067. Delusions of Gender

Cordelia Fine

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference is a 2010 book by Cordelia Fine, written to debunk the idea that men and women are hardwired with different interests. The author criticizes claimed evidence of the existence of innate biological …

20068. 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 …

20069. When Corporations Rule the World

David Korten

When Corporations Rule the World is an anti-globalization book by David Korten. Korten examines the evolution of corporations in the United States and argues that "corporate libertarians" have 'twisted' the ideas of Adam Smith's view of the role of private companies. Korten …

20070. 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 …

20074. Red Dust

Gillian Slovo

Red Dust is a novel written by South African-born Gillian Slovo that is structured around the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the fictional town Smitsrivier and also addresses the question of truth. In post-apartheid South Africa, retired anti-apartheid …

20081. Project Pope

Clifford D. Simak

Project Pope is a 1981 novel by Clifford D. Simak.

20085. Malice Aforethought

Anthony Berkeley Cox

Malice Aforethought is a murder mystery novel written by Anthony Berkeley Cox, using the pen name Francis Iles. It is an early and prominent example of the "inverted detective story", invented by R. Austin Freeman some years earlier. The murderer's identity is revealed in the …

20086. Lenin

Robert Service

Lenin: A Biography is a biography of the Marxist theorist and revolutionary Vladimir Lenin written by the English historian Robert Service, then a professor in Russian History at the University of Oxford. It was first published by Macmillan in 2000 and later republished in other …

20087. Armance

Stendhal

Armance is a romance novel set during the Bourbon Restoration by Stendhal, published anonymously in 1827. It was Stendhal's first novel, though he had published essays and critical works on literature, art, and travel since 1815.

20088. Of Nightingales That Weep

Katherine Paterson

Of Nightingales That Weep is a historical novel for children by Katherine Paterson, published by Crowell in 1974. Set in medieval Japan, the novel tells the story of Takiko, the 11-year-old daughter of a slain samurai warrior. Takiko’s mother remarries Goro, a gentle but …

20090. Adventures in Time and Space

Raymond J. and J. Francis McComas Healy [eds.]

Adventures in Time and Space was an anthology of science fiction stories edited by Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas and published in 1946. A Modern Library edition was issued in 1957. When it was re-released in 1975 by Ballantine Books, Analog book reviewer Lester del Rey …

20094. 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 …

20095. War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in its entirety in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna …

20097. 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 …

20098. Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

Wisława Szymborska

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

20103. Skin Folk

Nalo Hopkinson

Skin Folk is a story collection by writer Nalo Hopkinson. Winner of the 2002 World Fantasy Award for Best Story Collection. It was also selected in 2002 for the New York Times Summer Reading List and was one of the New York Times Best Books of the Year.

20105. Hornblower in the West Indies

C. S. Forester

Hornblower in the West Indies, or alternately Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies is one of the novels in the series CS Forester wrote about fictional Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower. All the other novels in the series take place during the wars with revolutionary and …

20106. The Utility of Force

Rupert Smith

The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World is a treatise on modern warfare written by General Sir Rupert Smith and published in 2005. Smith is a retired general who spent 40 years in the British Army; he commanded the 1st Armoured Division in the First Gulf War and …

20107. Ambient

Jack Womack

Ambient is the dystopian debut novel of cyberpunk writer Jack Womack, the first in his Dryco series. Published in 1987, it was translated into Slovak by Michal Hvorecký, and has a significant cult following. Actor Bruce Willis optioned the novel, and renewed the option in 1995.

20108. 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.

20115. 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.

20117. The Optimists

Andrew Miller

The Optimists is the fourth novel by English author, Andrew Miller, released on 21 March 2005 through Sceptre.

20126. 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.

20128. The Demon Under The Microscope: From Battlefield …

Thomas Hager

The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug is a 2006 nonfiction book about the discovery of Prontosil, the first commercially available antibacterial antibiotic and sulfanilamide, the …

20130. Memory Prime

Judith Reeves-Stevens

Memory Prime is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. It was their first work in the Star Trek universe.

20134. Dr. Ox's Experiment

Jules Verne

"Dr. Ox's Experiment" is a short story by the French writer and pioneer of science-fiction, Jules Verne, published in 1872. It describes an experiment by one Dr. Ox and his assistant Gedeon Ygene. A prosperous scientist Dr. Ox offers to build a novel gas lighting system to an …

20136. People of the Deer

Farley Mowat

People of the Deer is Canadian author Farley Mowat's first book, and brought him literary recognition. The book is based upon a series of travels the author undertook in the Canadian barren lands, of Keewatin Region, west of Hudson Bay. The most important of these expeditions …

20137. Elvissey

Jack Womack

Elvissey is a Jack Womack science fiction novel, one of his Dryco series, set in a dystopian 2033 CE. This fictional universe is dominated by Dryco, a Machiavellian multinational corporation which pursues its plans for global domination of its world, amidst runaway climate …

20140. Prince of Mercenaries

Jerry Pournelle

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

20141. The Hallo-Wiener

Dav Pilkey

The Hallo-Wiener is a children's book by Dav Pilkey. The story's main character is Oscar the Dachshund named after Oscar Mayer. It was published in 1995.

20145. Star Surgeon

James White

Star Surgeon is a 1963 science-fiction book by author James White, and it is part of the Sector General series.

20146. Spell of the Witch World

Andre Norton

Spell of the Witch World is a collection of short fiction by science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton, forming part of her Witch World series. It was first published in paperback by DAW Books in April 1972, and has been reprinted numerous times since. It has the …

20150. Lord Kelvin's Machine

James Blaylock

Lord Kelvin's Machine is a science fiction novel by author James P. Blaylock. It was released in 1992 by Arkham House in an edition of 4,015 copies. The author's first book published by Arkham House, the novel is the third in Blaylock's Steampunk series, following The Digging …

20151. Aye, and Gomorrah...

Samuel R. Delany

"Aye, and Gomorrah..." is a famous science fiction short story by Samuel R. Delany. It is the first short story Delany sold, and won the 1967 Nebula Award for best short story. Before it appeared in Driftglass and Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, it first appeared as the …

20152. Trapped

James Alan Gardner

Trapped is a science fiction novel written by the Canadian author James Alan Gardner and published in 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers under its various imprints. The book is the sixth installment in Gardner's "League of Peoples" series of novels, set in the mid-25th century. …

20157. Of Thee I Sing

Barack Obama

In this tender beautiful letter to his daughters President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation From the artistry of Georgia OKeeffe to the courage of Jackie Robinson to the patriotism of George …

20159. The Skeptic's Dictionary

Robert Todd Carroll

The Skeptic's Dictionary is a collection of cross-referenced skeptical essays by Robert Todd Carroll, published on his website skepdic.com and in a printed book. The skepdic.com site was launched in 1994 and the book was published in 2003 with nearly 400 entries. As of January …

20161. Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: …

Tyler Perry

View our feature on Tyler Perry's Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings.In 2005, Tyler Perry took Hollywood by storm. The movie he wrote, produced, and starred in, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opened number one at the box office and went on to gross more than $50 …

20163. 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 …

20170. Deathstalker Return

Simon R. Green

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

20171. 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 …

20172. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome …

20173. 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 …

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. 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.

20177. Child of Darkness

V. C. Andrews

Child of Darkness is a book published in 2005 that was written by V. C. Andrews.

20180. ABC

Ida Jessen

20184. A time of miracles

Anne-Laure Bondoux

Winner of the Batchelder Award--this tale of of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love.Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her …

20185. Abduction!

Peg Kehret

Abduction! by Peg Kehret, is a novel about a 13-year-old girl named Bonnie who searches for her brother Matt and their dog Pookie who were both abducted. Her abductor, a mystery at first, ends up being someone much close to home.

20200. Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past)

Cixin Liu

The New York Times bestselling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's bestselling and beloved science fiction writer.With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to read China's most beloved science fiction …



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