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.

20001. 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 …

20003. 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 …

20004. 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 …

20005. 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. 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.

20013. While the Light Lasts and Other Stories

Agatha Christie

While the Light Lasts and Other Stories is a short story collection by Agatha Christie first published in the UK on 4 August 1997 by HarperCollins. It contains nine short stories.

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 …

20021. 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.

20022. Defending the Undefendable

Walter Block

Defending the Undefendable is a book by Walter Block originally published in 1976. Marcus Epstein describes the book as defending "pimps, drug dealers, blackmailers, corrupt policemen, and loan sharks as 'economic heroes'." It has been translated into ten foreign languages. …

20027. 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 …

20034. 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 …

20041. The Grand Chessboard

Zbigniew Brzezinski

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives is one of the major works of Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski graduated with a PhD from Harvard University in 1953 and became Professor of American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University before becoming …

20047. Heretics

G. K. Chesterton

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

20056. The Life of the Cosmos

Lee Smolin

Lee Smolin offers a new theory of the universe that is at once elegant comprehensive and radically different from anything proposed before Smolin posits that a process of self organization like that of biological evolution shapes the universe as it develops and eventually …

20060. 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. Destiny of Souls

Michael Newton

Destiny of Souls is a book by Michael Newton, published in 2000. Newton is a hypnotherapist who says that he has developed his own "age regression" technique.

20065. Midnight Express

Billy Hayes

Midnight Express is a 1977 non-fiction book by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer about Billy's experience as a young American who was sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey to the US. An adaptation of the book was made into an American film of the same …

20066. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV

Stan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV is a 1984 children's storybook featuring the fictional anthropomorphic characters, the Berenstain Bears. and was released in the United States, in the United Kingdom and in Austraila The book was adapted into an episode of the 2003 Berenstein …

20080. The Feeling Good Handbook

David D. Burns

The Feeling Good Handbook is a workbook written by David D. Burns, M.D. as a companion to his best-selling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. The Handbook includes a lucid explanation of principles of cognitive behavioral therapy which details ways to improve a person's mood …

20081. 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.

20082. 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 …

20083. 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 …

20085. The World of Suzie Wong

Richard Mason

The World of Suzie Wong is a 1957 novel written by Richard Mason. The main characters are Robert Lomax, a young British artist living in Hong Kong, and Suzie Wong, the title character, a Chinese woman who works as a prostitute. The novel has been adapted into a play, spawned two …

20086. 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.

20088. 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 …

20089. Calico Bush

Rachel Field

Calico Bush is a children's historical novel by Newbery-award winning author Rachel Field. Considered by some to be her best novel, it was first published in 1931 and received a Newbery Honor award.

20091. Downward to the Earth

Robert Silverberg

Downward to the Earth is a 1970 science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg. It is a tale of the quest for transcendence set on another planet, and includes references to Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad's classic tale of colonialism, including the name of Kurtz. Downward to the …

20092. 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 …

20093. 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 …

20094. 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.

20095. Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

Wisława Szymborska

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

20100. Two Bad Ants

Chris Van Allsburg

Two Bad Ants is a 1988 children's book written and illustrated by American author Chris Van Allsburg.

20101. Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society

Adeline Yen Mah

Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society is a historical novel by Adeline Yen Mah, published in 2004. It is the fictional sequel to her autobiography for children, Chinese Cinderella.

20102. The Town

Conrad Richter

The Town is a novel written by American author Conrad Richter. It is the third installment of his trilogy The Awakening Land. The Trees and The Fields were the earlier portions of the series. The Town was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1951. In September 1966, his …

20104. The Areas of My Expertise

John Hodgman

The Areas of My Expertise is a satirical almanac by John Hodgman. It is written in the form of absurd historical stories, complex charts and graphs, and fake newspaper columns. Among its sections are a list of 700 different hobo names and complete descriptions of "all 51" US …

20111. Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

Bruce Coville

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

20113. The Optimists

Andrew Miller

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

20115. Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home

James Tiptree, Jr.

Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home is a short story collection by Alice Sheldon under the pen name of James Tiptree, Jr. that was first published in 1973. This was the first book Sheldon published.

20116. 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 …

20122. 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.

20123. The Life You Can Save

Peter Singer

The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty is a 2009 book by Australian philosopher Peter Singer. The author argues that citizens of affluent nations are behaving immorally if they do not act to end the poverty they know to exist in developing nations. The book is …

20127. 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 …

20132. 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.

20133. 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 …

20136. Harlan Ellison's Watching

Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison's Watching is a 1989 compilation of 25 years worth of essays and film reviews written by Harlan Ellison for Cinema magazine, the Los Angeles Free Press, Starlog magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction among others. In the book, Ellison explains, …

20137. Second Fiddle

Mary Wesley

Second Fiddle is a best-selling novel by British author Mary Wesley.

20140. Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie …

Jeff Guinn

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde is a book by Jeff Guinn.

20146. 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 …

20147. 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 …

20153. Medicine River

Thomas King

Medicine River is a novel written by author Thomas King. It was first published by Viking Canada in 1989. The book was later adapted into a television movie starring Graham Greene and Tom Jackson.

20157. Ladies

Mara Lee

20161. Hestia

Carolyn J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh

Hestia is a 1979 science fiction novel by science fiction and fantasy author C. J. Cherryh. It is an early Cherryh novel about colonists on an alien world and their interactions with the catlike natives, centering on a young engineer sent to solve the colonists' problems, and …

20162. Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: …

Tyler Perry

Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings is a 2006 humor novel and New York Times bestseller by Tyler Perry and focuses on his character of Madea. The book won the 2006 Quills Awards for Book of the Year, and spent twelve weeks on the USA Today bestseller list.

20177. Fatal Terrain

Dale Brown

Fatal Terrain is a 1997 techno-thriller novel written by Dale Brown. It is set a few weeks after the ending of Shadows of Steel. The title of the book is taken off one of Sun Tzu's passages in The Art of War: Where if one fights with intensity he will survive but if he does not …

20179. Sir Stalwart

Dave Duncan

Sir Stalwart is a book published in 1999 that was written by Dave Duncan.

20183. The Facebook Effect

David Kirkpatrick

The Facebook Effect is a book by David Kirkpatrick and published by Simon and Schuster. It describes the history of Facebook and its social implications. The book was shortlisted for the 2010 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

20185. 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 …

20190. 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 …

20191. 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.

20199. 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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