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.

20211. The uncanny

Sigmund Freud

The uncanny is a collection of works by Sigmund Freud.

20214. 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.

20220. 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.

20232. 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 …

20242. 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 …

20248. 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 …

20249. War and Peace

Lev Nikolaevič Tolstoj

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 …

20250. 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 …

20252. 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, …

20253. Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

Wisława Szymborska

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

20259. 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 …

20260. The Knight of the Swords

Michael Moorcock

The Knight of the Swords is a book published in 1971 that was written by Michael Moorcock.

20261. Star Wars Encyclopedia

Stephen J. Sansweet

Its vast history and environs have been explored, studied, and chronicled extensively for more than twenty years. Now, this landmark volume--a definitive reference devoted exclusively to the Star Wars milieu--draws together data from films, radio dramas, novels, short stories, …

20262. Do the Windows Open?

Julie Hecht

Do the Windows Open? is a 1997 short story collection and the first published book by American author Julie Hecht. The book was first published in hardback on January 21, 1997 through Random House and a paperback version was released the following year by Penguin Books.

20265. Legacy

James A. Michener

Legacy is a novel by American author James A. Michener. Set during the Iran–Contra affair of the 1980s, the story follows Major Norman Starr, who is called to testify in front of a congressional committee to account for his involvement in covert military actions. The novel is …

20266. Lightning Strikes

V. C. Andrews

Lightning Strikes is a book published in 2000 that was written by Andrew Neiderman.

20267. The Mystery of Cabin Island

Franklin W. Dixon

The Mystery Of Cabin Island is Volume 8 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Leslie McFarlane in 1929. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were …

20268. Wieland

Charles Brockden Brown

Wieland: or, The Transformation: An American Tale, usually simply called Wieland, is the first major work by Charles Brockden Brown. First published in 1798, it distinguishes the true beginning of his career as a writer. Wieland is the first – and most famous – American Gothic …

20269. Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength From …

Elizabeth Edwards

Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers is a book written by Elizabeth Edwards.

20270. The Wind on the Moon

Eric Linklater

The Wind on the Moon: A story for children is a fantasy novel by Eric Linklater, published by Macmillan in 1944 with illustrations by Nicholas Bentley. The American division Macmillan US published an edition in the same year. Opening in the fictitious village of Midmeddlecum, …

20271. Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture

Thurston Moore

Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture is a 2005 book edited by musician Thurston Moore on Universe Publishing.

20272. An Empire of Their Own

Neal Gabler

An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood is a non-fiction book whose topic is the careers of several prominent Jewish movie producers in the early years of Hollywood. Author Neal Gabler focuses on the psychological motivations of these film moguls, arguing that …

20274. Young Hearts Crying

Richard Yates

Young Hearts Crying is the penultimate novel of American writer Richard Yates. The novel tells the story of struggling poet and artist Michael Davenport, who spurns his heiress wife's offer of financial assistance, choosing instead to make abortive attempts at achieving artistic …

20278. Memoirs of a woman doctor

Nawal El Saadawi

Memoirs of a woman doctor is a book written by Nawal El Saadawi

20279. 1635: The Dreeson Incident

Eric Flint

1635: The Dreeson Incident is a novel in the alternate history 1632 series, written by Virginia DeMarce and Eric Flint, as a sequel to Flint's novella 1634: The Bavarian Crisis.

20283. Sam, Bangs and Moonshine

Evaline Ness

Sam, Bangs and Moonshine is a popular 1966 book by Evaline Ness. For its illustrations, it won the 1967 Caldecott Medal.

20284. Fag Hag

Robert Rodi

Fag Hag is a novel by gay writer Robert Rodi published in 1992 by Dutton, New York. Set in Chicago, Illinois, the story is about the love of Natalie Stathis and Peter Leland. Nathalie will do just anything to keep him, a point she proves even when Peter falls in love with …

20285. The Picturegoers

David Lodge

The Picturegoers is the first novel by British writer David Lodge. The novel interweaves scenes at and near a neighborhood movie theatre, using movies as a touchstone for exploring Catholic values in a changing world, where the cinema introduces values and behaviors from the …

20286. Among the Missing

Richard Laymon

Among the Missing is a horror novel by American author Richard Laymon. It was first published in 1999 by Headline Publishing.

20287. The Doomspell

Cliff McNish

The Doomspell is the first book of The Doomspell Trilogy published in 2000 that was written by Cliff McNish.

20288. S,M,L,Xl

Rem Koolhaas & Bruce Mau

S,M,L,XL is a book by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau, edited by Jennifer Sigler, with photography by Hans Werlemann. It was first published by Monacelli Press in 1995 in New York and 010 Publishers in Rotterdam. This enormous, 1376-page-long book is a collection of essays, diary …

20290. Storm Warning

Jack Higgins

Storm Warning is a novel by Jack Higgins. Storm Warning was the follow-up novel to the highly successful 1975 bestseller The Eagle Has Landed. Higgins takes to the sea in this wartime thriller which matches the standard of his novels of this period. The setting is the sailing …

20292. The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams

The Boy In The Dress is a children's book written by David Walliams and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is the first book by Walliams, a television comedian best known for the show Little Britain. It tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who enjoys cross-dressing, and the …

20293. Mercury

Ben Bova

Mercury is a 2005 science fiction novel by American writer Ben Bova. The story chronicles the chain of events which leads Mance Bracknell, a shy but gifted engineer student, from the pinnacle of success to the depths of misery and vengeance.

20294. A Dark Traveling

Roger Zelazny

A Dark Traveling is a science fiction and fantasy novel by Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author, Roger Zelazny. The story uses teleportation as both fantasy and science fiction elements. It is the only novel he wrote for young adults and one of three books without a heroic …

20295. Goshawk Squadron

Derek Robinson

Goshawk Squadron is a 1971 black comedy novel by Derek Robinson which tells of the adventures of a squadron of SE5a pilots from January 1918 to the time of the German spring offensive of March 1918. This novel was Robinson's first. It introduces the character Stanley Woolley, …

20298. Inside, Outside

Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk's first novel in seven years moves on from the grand themes wich have won him international acclaim, War.

20300. Thursday's Child

Sonya Hartnett

Thursday's Child is young adult novel by the Australian writer Sonya Hartnett, published in 2000 by Penguin Books. Set during the 1930s Great Depression in Australia, it features a young woman Harper Flute and her family, who live in poverty. It won the annual Aurealis Award for …

20301. Fog Magic

Julia Sauer

Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer is a children's fantasy novel set in Nova Scotia. It was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1944. Fog Magic tells the story of a young girl who, on foggy nights, travels back in time to enter the past life of an abandoned village. Lynd Ward illustrated the …

20303. Ports of Call

Jack Vance

Ports of Call is a science fiction adventure novel by Jack Vance. It is followed by the novel Lurulu. It follows a young man named Myron Tany on a picaresque journey through the Gaean Reach.

20307. Wired for War

P. W. Singer

Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century is a best-selling book by P. W. Singer. It explores how science fiction has started to play out on modern day battlefields, with robots used more and more in war.

20308. Stocks for the Long Run

Jeremy Siegel

Stocks for the Long Run is a book on investing by Jeremy Siegel. Its first edition was released in 1994. Its fifth edition was released on January 7, 2014. According to Pablo Galarza of Money, "His 1994 book Stocks for the Long Run sealed the conventional wisdom that most of us …

20310. Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir

Bryan Burrough

Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir is a book by Bryan Burrough about the Russian Mir space station and the cosmonauts and astronauts who served aboard. The story centres on astronaut Jerry Linenger and the events on the Shuttle and Mir Space Programme in 1997. Personnel …

20313. Kirby: King of Comics

Mark Evanier

Kirby: King of Comics is a 2008 biography of Jack Kirby written by Mark Evanier. The book won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book. Published by the art book publisher Abrams Books, it is extensively illustrated with Kirby's artwork, including original art comic …

20314. Ultimate Punishment

Scott Turow

Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty or simply Ultimate Punishment is a series of autobiographical reflections regarding the death penalty. It is written by Scott Turow and marks his return to non-fiction for the first time since One L in …

20315. Deathstalker Legacy

Simon R. Green

Deathstalker Legacy is a book published in 2002 that was written by Simon R Green.

20318. Backlash

Aaron Allston

Backlash is a novel by Aaron Allston that was originally scheduled for release on January 26, 2010 but was moved back to March 9, 2010 to give the author more time to recover from his 2009 heart attack. It is the fourth novel in the Fate of the Jedi series and published as a …

20327. Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

James Rollins

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow is a young adult novel by James Rollins, part of the Jake Ransom fantasy adventure series.

20329. Black Cat

V. C. Andrews

Black Cat is a book published in 2004 that was written by V. C. Andrews.

20331. Doomwyte

Brian Jacques

Doomwyte is the 20th novel in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. It was released on October 2, 2008, in the United Kingdom, and on October 16, 2008, in the United States.

20332. Mexican Everyday

Rick Bayless

Mexican Everyday is a 2006 JBF Awards nominated book for Food of the Americas by Rick Bayless and Deann Bayless.

20333. Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game

Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game is a 2009 novel by Tilly Bagshawe. It is the sequel to Sidney Sheldon's critically acclaimed 1982 novel Master of the Game, which had debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestseller List and was later adapted into a 1984 television …

20334. Secret of the Sirens

Julia Golding

Secret of the Sirens is a fantasy novel written by Julia Golding. It is the first book of the Companions Quartet. The rest of the quartet includes The Gorgon's Gaze, Mines of the Minotaur, and The Chimera's Curse.

20335. Infidel

Ted Dekker

Infidel was written by Christian author Ted Dekker and was released on December 15, 2007. It is the second young adult novel in The Lost Book series. These new novels span the fifteen-year period that is gapped in the Circle Trilogy's Black and Red. Thomas Hunter is still the …

20337. Centurion

Simon Scarrow

Centurion is a historical fiction novel written by Simon Scarrow, published by Headline Book Publishing in 2007. It is book 8 in the Eagle series, continuing Macro and Cato's adventures in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire that began in The Eagle in the Sand.

20341. A Separate Peace

John Knowles

A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles. Based on his earlier short story, "Phineas," it was Knowles' first published novel and became his best-known work. Set against the backdrop of World War II, A Separate Peace explores morality, patriotism and loss of …

20342. The Girl with All the Gifts

M. R. Carey

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING Melanie is a very special girl Dr Caldwell calls her our little genius Every morning Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class When they come for her Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the …

20343. Love

Angela Carter

"One day, Annabel saw the sun and moon in the sky at the same time. The sight filled her with a terror which entirely consumed her … for she had no instinct for self-preservation if she was confronted by ambiguities."Annabel and Lee are married; Lee and Buzz are brothers. A …

20344. Spark of Life

Erich Maria Remarque

In Spark of Life, a powerful classic from the renowned author of All Quiet on the Western Front, one man’s dream of freedom inspires a valiant resistance against the Nazi war machine. For ten years, 509 has been a political prisoner in a German concentration camp, persevering in …

20345. The beauty salon

Mario Bellatin

"Like much of Mr. Bellatin’s work, Beauty Salon is pithy, allegorical and profoundly disturbing, with a plot that evokes The Plague by Camus or Blindness by José Saramago."--New York Times"Including a few details that may linger uncomfortably with the reader for a long time, …

20346. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Jürgen Habermas

The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society is a 1962 book by Jürgen Habermas. It was translated into English in 1989 by Thomas Burger and Frederick Lawrence. An important contribution to modern understanding of democracy, …

20348. The Burning Court

John Dickson Carr

The Burning Court is a famous locked room mystery by John Dickson Carr. However, it contains neither Gideon Fell nor Henry Merrivale, Carr's two major detectives. It was published in the United States, and was highly controversial upon its first printing, due to its unorthodox …

20349. Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories

Agatha Christie

Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories is a short story collection by Agatha Christie published in the UK only in November 1991 by HarperCollins. It was not published in the US but all the stories contained within it had previously been published in American volumes. The UK …

20350. The Redundancy of Courage

Timothy Mo

The Redundancy of Courage is a novel by Timothy Mo published in 1991. It is set in the fictitious country of Danu in Southeast Asia, which is based on East Timor, and is narrated by Adolph Ng, an ethnic Chinese businessman educated in Canada. It was shortlisted for the Booker …

20351. Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind

Henry Hobhouse

Seeds of Change: Five plants that transformed mankind is a 1985 book by Henry Hobhouse, formerly a journalist for The Economist, News Chronicle, Daily Express, and the Wall Street Journal, consultant to the Quincentenary of Columbus Exhibition, Smithsonian Institution, …

20356. Beyond a Boundary

C. L. R. James

Beyond a Boundary is a memoir on cricket written by the Trinidadian Marxist intellectual C. L. R. James, which James described as "neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography". It mixes social commentary, particularly on the place of cricket in the West Indies and England, …

20358. Apt Pupil

Stephen King

Apt Pupil is a novella by Stephen King, originally published in the 1982 novella collection Different Seasons, subtitled "Summer of Corruption".

20360. North

Seamus Heaney

North is a collection of poems written by Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It was the first of his works that directly dealt with the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and it looks frequently to the past for images and symbols relevant to the violence …

20361. A Disaffection

James Kelman

A Disaffection is a novel written by Scottish writer James Kelman, first published in 1989 by Secker and Warburg. Set in Glasgow, it is written in the Scottish dialect in a stream of consciousness style, centering round a 29-year-old schoolteacher named Patrick Doyle. The novel …

20363. Gangster

Lorenzo Carcaterra

Gangster is a novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, published in 2001, narrating the life of Angelo Vestieri from the early 20th Century until his death, and his rise to power in the New York City underworld.

20364. The Wind from Nowhere

J. G. Ballard

The Wind from Nowhere, first published in 1961 is the debut novel by English author J.G. Ballard. Prior to this, his published work had consisted solely of short stories. The novel was the first of a series of Ballard novels dealing with scenarios of "natural disaster", in this …

20365. Green Shadows, White Whale

Ray Bradbury

Green Shadows, White Whale is a 1992 novel by Ray Bradbury. It gives a fictionalized account of his journey to Ireland in 1953-1954 to write a screen adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick with director John Huston. Bradbury has said he wrote it after reading actress Katharine …

20366. Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder

William Hope Hodgson

Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder is a collection of occult detective short stories by author William Hope Hodgson. It was first published in 1913 by the English publisher Eveleigh Nash. In 1947, a new edition of 3,050 copies was published by Mycroft & Moran and included three …

20367. In Milton Lumky Territory

Philip K. Dick

In Milton Lumky Territory is a realist, non-science fiction novel authored by Philip K. Dick. Originally written in 1958, but rejected by prospective publishers, this book was eventually published posthumously in 1985 by Dragon Press. It was published in two editions. Fifty …

20369. Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings

Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings is a collection of works written by Antonin Artaud.

20370. A Hazard of New Fortunes

William Dean Howells

A Hazard of New Fortunes is a novel by William Dean Howells. Copyrighted in 1889 and first published in the U.S. by Harper & Bros. in 1890, the book was well-received for its portrayal of social injustice. Considered by many to be his best work, the novel is also considered …

20372. Janissaries

Jerry Pournelle

Janissaries is a novel by science fiction author Jerry Pournelle. It was originally published in 1979, and was illustrated by comic artist Bermejo. It is the first book of Pournelle's Janissaries series. The following books are Janissaries: Clan and Crown and Janissaries III: …

20373. An Old Captivity

Nevil Shute

An Old Captivity is a novel by British author Nevil Shute. It was first published in the UK in 1940 by William Heinemann.

20375. The Discovery of India

Jawaharlal Nehru

The Discovery of India was written by India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his imprisonment in 1942–46 at Ahmednagar fort in Maharashtra, India.The Discovery of India is an honour paid to the rich cultural heritage of India, its history and its philosophy as seen …

20376. Back in Black

Zoey Dean

Back in Black is the fifth novel in the A-List series by Zoey Dean. It was released in 2005 through Megan Tingley Publishers.

20377. Survivor

Octavia E. Butler

Survivor is a science fiction novel by Octavia Butler. First published in 1978 as part of Butler's "Patternist series," Survivor is the only one of Butler's early novels not to be reprinted after its initial editions. Butler expressed dislike for the work, referring to it as "my …

20380. The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

Ayn Rand

The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution is a 1971 collection of essays by Ayn Rand, in which she argues that religion, the New Left, and similar forces are irrational and harmful. Most of the essays originally appeared in The Objectivist. A revised edition appeared in 1975, …

20381. The Incredulity of Father Brown

G. K. Chesterton

The Incredulity of Father Brown is a collection of eight stories by G.K. Chesterton, featuring his Father Brown. This is the third collection of the G.K. Chesterton short stories, originally published in 1926

20382. The sovereignty of good

Iris Murdoch

The Sovereignty of Good is a book of moral philosophy by Iris Murdoch. First published in 1970, it comprises three previously published papers, all of which were originally delivered as lectures. Murdoch argued against the prevailing consensus in moral philosophy, proposing …

20383. Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

Eric G. Wilson

Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy is a nonfiction book by Eric G. Wilson that examines the benefits of being sad. The author denotes in the book that diagnosable conditions should be treated accordingly, and is in no way saying it is "normal" or "good" to be depressed. …

20385. Ring Around the Sun

Clifford D. Simak

Ring Around the Sun is a science fiction novel by Clifford D. Simak. Its anti-urban and pro-agrarian sentiments are typical of much of Simak's work.

20386. Flight from Nevèrÿon

Samuel R. Delany

Flight from Nevèrÿon is a collection of sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany. It is the third of the four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series. This article discusses the three stories collected in the book. Discussions of overall plot, setting, characters, themes, …

20387. Khrushchev

William Taubman

Shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award: "The book is a gift, as fascinating as it is important."—Robert Legvold, Foreign AffairsThe definitive biography of the mercurial Soviet leader who succeeded and denounced Stalin. Nikita Khrushchev was one of the most …

20390. Soldier Boys

Dean Hughes

Soldier Boys is a 2001 novel by writer Dean Hughes. The story is set during World War II and tells the story of two teenagers, one American, the other German, who join their respective armies and fight at the Battle of the Bulge to show their parents that they can do it. Both …

20391. The Two Pound Tram

William Newton

The Two Pound Tram is a novel written by William Newton. It was first published in 2003 to great acclaim and won the 2004 Society of Authors Sagittarius Prize. It sold 60,000 copies in Britain and was also successful in America and Germany.

20393. Orbitsville

Bob Shaw

Orbitsville, published in book form in 1975, is a science fiction novel by Bob Shaw about the discovery of a Dyson sphere-like artifact surrounding a star. The novel had previously appeared in three instalments in Galaxy Science Fiction, in June, July and August 1974. After its …

20395. Silver Shadows

Elaine Cunningham

Arilyn Moonblade has always feared the elfshadow, the essence of her sword's magic. When she learns the terrible truth behind her inherited moonblade, she vows to find a way to escape her fate.What begins as a means to an end becomes a deeply personal commitment. Determined to …

20396. Thornhold

Elaine Cunningham

Thornhold is a book published in 1998 that was written by Elaine Cunningham.

20399. Extraterrestrial Civilizations

Isaac Asimov

Extraterrestrial Civilizations is a book written by Isaac Asimov in 1979, wherein the probability of there being intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations within the Milky Way galaxy is estimated. This estimation is approached by progressively analyzing the requirements for …



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