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.

20201. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Elena Ferrante

The incredible story continues in book three of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan Novels!Since the publication of My Brilliant Friend, the first of the Neapolitan novels, Elena Ferrante’s fame as one of our most compelling, insightful, and stylish contemporary authors has …

20202. The Meeting at Telgte

Günter Grass

A group of leading intellectuals from all parts of Germany gather in 1647 for the purpose of strengthening the last remaining bond within a divided nation-its language and literature-as the Thirty Years' War comes to an end. Afterword by Leonard Forster. Translated by Ralph …

20203. A Village Romeo and Juliet (Oneworld Classics)

Gottfried Keller

Inspired by the suicides of two real-life sweethearts, this impassioned novel evokes the overwhelming beauty of young love and nature but is ultimately pessimistic about the possibility of such beauty surviving in the real world. Although it attracted controversy when it was …

20204. Royal Highness

Thomas Mann

Royal Highness is the delightfully ironic tale of a small, decadent German duchy and its invigoration by the intellect and values of an independent-minded American woman. Peopled with a range of characters from aristocrat to artisan, Royal Highness provides a microcosmic view of …

20205. Rain

Karen Duve

An international bestseller already translated into nine languages, Karen Duve's disturbing and hilarious debut is not for the squeamish-or anyone with snail phobia. When Leon Ulbricht lands a contract to write a gangster's memoirs and moves into his dream home in a small East …

20207. On Love and Death

Patrick Süskind

In ON LOVE AND DEATH, Patrick Suskind reveals the hidden source of his mesmerizing fiction: an obsession with the darkly erotic link between love and death. In this witty and thought-provoking meditation on the two elemental forces of human existence, he brilliantly draws on …

20211. 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 …

20212. 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, …

20213. The Prophet of Akhran

Margaret Weis

The Prophet of Akhran is a book published in 1989 that was written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

20214. 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 …

20219. The Talisman

Walter Scott

The Talisman is a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was published in 1825 as the second of his Tales of the Crusaders, the first being The Betrothed.

20222. 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.

20225. 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 …

20227. 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.

20230. 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 …

20231. Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts

Wisława Szymborska

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

20234. The Blue Octavo Notebooks

Franz Kafka

The Blue Octavo Notebooks is a series of eight notebooks written by Franz Kafka from late 1917 until June 1919. The name was given to them by Max Brod, Kafka's literary executor, to differentiate them from the regular quarto-sized notebooks Kafka used as diaries. Along with the …

20236. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate About …

Manjit Kumar

'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason ... Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable …

20238. The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Sorrows of Young Werther is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and …

20242. The Howling Stones

Alan Dean Foster

The Howling Stones is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster.

20243. The Sixth Day and Other Tales

Primo Levi

The Sixth Day and Other Tales, written by Primo Levi, is a collection of short stories, originally published in Storie naturali and Vizio di forma. Unlike the author's earlier and better-known works, these stories may be considered science fiction.

20244. 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 …

20250. Freezer burn

Joe R. Lansdale

Freezer Burn is a 1999 crime novel by American writer Joe R. Lansdale.

20251. 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.

20255. 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.

20262. The Tokaido Road

Lucia St. Clair Robson

The Tokaido Road is a 1991 historical novel by Lucia St. Clair Robson. Set in 1702, it is a fictional account of the famous Japanese revenge story of the Forty-Seven Ronin. In feudal Japan, the Tōkaidō was the main road, which ran between the imperial capital of Kyoto, and the …

20264. Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Anne Conover Heller

A Q&A with Anne C. Heller Question: Many people discover Ayn Rand’s novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as young adults, but you read her novels and essays in your forties. What, at that time, sparked your interest in Rand? What moved you to write her biography? Anne …

20265. The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

Judy Blume

The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo is a children's book published in 1969, written by Judy Blume with illustrations by Amy Aitken. It was Blume's first published work. It is about second-grader Freddy Dissel, a middle child who feels emotionally squashed between his …

20268. Child of Darkness

V. C. Andrews

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

20270. ABC

Ida Jessen

20282. A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess is a 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is an expanded version of Burnett's 1888 short story entitled Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's, which was first serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine from 1887 to 1888. According to Burnett, …

20287. An Outline of Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud

An Outline of Psychoanalysis is a work by Sigmund Freud. Returning to an earlier project of providing an overview of psychoanalysis, Freud began writing this work in Vienna in 1938 as he was waiting to leave for London. By September 1938 he had written three-quarters of the …

20291. 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 …

20299. 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 …

20301. 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 …

20303. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Karl Marx

Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 are a series of notes written between April and August 1844 by Karl Marx. Not published by Marx during his lifetime, they were first released in 1927 by researchers in the Soviet Union.

20307. 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 …

20311. Selected Poems 1965–1975

Seamus Heaney

Selected Poems 1965–1975 is a poetry collection by Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It was published in 1980 by Faber and Faber. It includes selections from Heaney's first four volumes of verse: Death of a Naturalist Door into the Dark Wintering …

20320. The Ides of March

Valerio Massimo Manfredi

From the pen of the international bestselling author of The Last Legion comes a new political thriller set during the tempestuous final days of Julius Caesar's Imperial Rome. It is March in the year 44 BC. The Roman Empire stretches from modern-day Syria in the east to the …

20321. 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 …

20322. 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, …

20323. Under a War-Torn Sky

L. M. Elliott

Under a War-Torn Sky is a young adult war novel about a young man flying a B-24 in World War II. When his plane is shot down and he is trapped behind enemy lines, he is helped by kind French citizens to escape and get back to his home. Written by American author L.M. Elliott, …

20324. Mrs Craddock

W. Somerset Maugham

Mrs Craddock is a novel by William Somerset Maugham first published in 1902.

20325. 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.

20326. Black Cat

V. C. Andrews

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

20327. 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.

20330. 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 …

20331. Sargasso of Space

Andre Norton

Sargasso of Space is a science fiction novel by author Andrew North. It was published in 1955 by Gnome Press in an edition of 4,000 copies.

20332. The Killing Doll

Ruth Rendell

The Killing Doll is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1984.

20339. 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 …

20340. The Soddit

A.R.R.R. Roberts

The Soddit or Let's Cash in Again is a 2003 parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, written by A.R.R.R. Roberts. The book jacket states: "Following on from the frankly unlikely success of Bored of the Rings comes a new book from an entirely different author that parodys [sic] …

20341. 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 …

20342. Fado Alexandrino

António Lobo Antunes

Fado Alexandrino is a novel by Portuguese author António Lobo Antunes. It was published in Portuguese in 1983 and in English translation by Gregory Rabassa in 1990. The novel tells of the reunion of five veterans of Portugal’s Colonial War in Mozambique who meet ten years later …

20348. Not that sort of girl

Mary Wesley

Not That Sort of Girl is a novel by British author Mary Wesley. The novel is set in Southern England and takes its beginning in the late 1930s and follows the life of Rose Peel throughout 48 years of marriage.

20351. 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 …

20355. 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.

20356. Work: A Story of Experience

Louisa May Alcott

Work: A Story of Experience, first published in 1873, is a semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, set in the times before and after the American Civil War. It is one of "several nineteenth-century novels [which] uncovers the changes in …

20358. The end of the rainbow

V. C. Andrews

The end of the rainbow is a book published in 2001 that was written by Andrew Neiderman.

20359. 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 …

20362. 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 …

20363. 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 …

20366. 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 …

20367. 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 …

20369. Rogue

Danielle Steel

Rogue is a novel by Danielle Steel, published by Random House in June 2008. The book is Steel's seventy-fifth best selling novel.

20370. 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.

20371. 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 …

20372. Stiff

Shane Maloney

Stiff is a 1994 Australian crime thriller novel, written by Shane Maloney. It is the first novel in a series of crime thrillers following the character of Murray Whelan, as he investigates crimes in the Melbourne area in the course of trying to keep his job with the Australian …

20373. 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 …

20375. The Parched Sea

Troy Denning

The Parched Sea is the first novel in the Harpers series, set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The book was written by Troy Denning.

20376. With Red Hands

Stephen Woodworth

With Red Hands is the second science-fiction alternate history novel by Stephen Woodworth featuring the "Violet" detective Natalie Lindstrom. It was written in 2004.

20378. 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.

20379. Maske: Thaery

Jack Vance

Maske: Thaery is a 1976 science fiction novel by Jack Vance set in his Gaean Reach milieu.

20382. The False Inspector Dew

Peter Lovesey

The False Inspector Dew is a humorous crime novel by Peter Lovesey. It won the Gold Dagger award by the Crime Writers' Association in 1982 and has featured on many "Best of" lists since.

20383. Orion Shall Rise

Poul Anderson

Orion Shall Rise is a science fiction novel by Poul Anderson as part of his Maurai series, published in 1983. The novel is set several hundred years after a devastating nuclear war which has pushed back the level of technology. The action focuses on four societies: The Northwest …

20384. 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 …

20385. 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 …

20386. 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. …

20387. Mexican Everyday

Rick Bayless

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

20390. 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.

20391. The New Journalism

Tom Wolfe

The New Journalism is a 1973 anthology of journalism edited by Tom Wolfe and E. W. Johnson. The book is both a manifesto for a new type of journalism by Wolfe, and a collection of examples of New Journalism by American writers, covering a variety of subjects from the frivolous …

20392. The Doomspell

Cliff McNish

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

20393. 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 …

20396. Rumpole and the Angel of Death

John Mortimer

Rumpole and the Angel of Death is a 1995 collection of short stories by John Mortimer about defence barrister Horace Rumpole. They were adapted from his scripts for the TV series of the same name. The stories were: "Hilda's Story" "Rumpole and the Angel of Death" "Rumpole and …

20397. 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 …

20398. An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War …

James Carroll

An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between U is a book written by James P. Carroll.



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