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.

20601. Tropic Moon

Marc Romano

Coup de Lune, literally "moonburn" or "moonstroke" in French, but translated into English as Tropic Moon, is a novel by Belgian writer Georges Simenon. It is among one of the author's first self-described roman durs or "hard novels" to distinguish it from his romans populaires …

20605. Slow Emergencies

Nancy Huston

The protagonist of Slow Emergencies lives in a sleepy New England college town, choreographing dances in her attic studio. She shares a comfortable house and a cozy life with her philosophy professor husband and two small daughters. But none of this quite satisfies Lin, who is …

20606. La Maison Tellier

Guy de Maupassant

La Maison Tellier is a collection of short stories by Guy de Maupassant including the famous same titled story La Maison Tellier which was the first chapter in the collection. The book, further established Maupassant firmly as a prominent French writer following his huge success …

20607. Two Cats, Three Tales

Lilian Jackson Braun

Prize-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum always land on their feet. This special volume includes the first three books in the series.The Cat Who Could Read Backwards: Modern art is a mystery to many-but for Jim Qwilleran and Koko …

20608. Jezebel

Irène Némirovsky

A dramatic tale of murder and passion in 1930s France from the author of David Golder and Suite Française.In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead …

20610. Collected stories

Paul Bowles

Short stories by an American expatriate deal with life in Morocco and Central America and focus on the themes of transference of personal identity, natural landscapes, and the perception of civilization by an outsider

20612. The Book of Nights

Sylvie Germain

The Book of Nights marks the American debut of one of Europe's most powerful and celebrated young writers. Winner of six literary prizes, The Book of Nights combines the timeless power of medieval legend, the resonance of Greek tragedy, and the harsh immediacy of a …

20613. Brecht's Mistress

Jacques-Pierre Amette

Brecht's Mistress is a 2003 novel by the French writer Jacques-Pierre Amette. It is also known as Brecht's Lover. It received the Prix Goncourt.

20615. The Catalogue of the Universe

Margaret Mahy

The Catalogue of the Universe is a romance novel for young adults by the New Zealand writer Margaret Mahy, first published by J. M. Dent in 1985. The book follows the evolving relationship between two teenagers: nerdy intellectual Tycho Potter and high school princess Angela …

20617. John Macnab

John Buchan

John Macnab is a novel by John Buchan, published in 1925.

20619. Enterprise Integration Patterns

Gregor Hohpe

Enterprise Integration Patterns is a book by Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf and describes 65 design patterns for the use of enterprise application integration and message-oriented middleware in the form of a pattern language.

20624. The Transparent Society

David Brin

The Transparent Society is a non-fiction book by the science-fiction author David Brin in which he forecasts social transparency and some degree of erosion of privacy, as it is overtaken by low-cost surveillance, communication and database technology, and proposes new …

20625. A Good School

Richard Yates

A Good School is a novel by Richard Yates first published in 1978. It is set at a fictional Connecticut prep school in the early 1940s and relates the coming of age of a group of mainly WASP boys who at the same time prepare themselves, if half-heartedly, to go to war …

20630. Far to Go

Alison Pick

Far to Go is a novel written by Alison Pick.

20631. 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 …

20632. Who Are We?: The Challenges to America's National …

Samuel P. Huntington

Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity is a treatise by political scientist and historian Samuel P. Huntington. The book attempts to understand the nature of American identity and the challenges it will face in the future.

20633. Onitsha

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio

Onitsha is a novel by French Nobel laureate writer J. M. G. Le Clézio. It was originally published in French in 1991 and an English translation was released in 1997.

20638. The Invisible Woman

Claire Tomalin

The Invisible Woman: The story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a book written by Claire Tomalin.

20639. Losing Battles

Eudora Welty

Losing Battles is a book written by Eudora Welty.

20648. Truth and Bright Water

Thomas King

Truth and Bright Water is a coming-of-age novel by Thomas King set in the Canadian Prairies on the U.S./Canadian border. The novel embeds a number of magical features within painstakingly realist prose, showing its affiliation with Magic realism.

20657. Wall Jumper

Peter Schneider

A smartly guided romp, entertaining and enlightening, through Europe's most charismatic and enigmatic cityIt isn't Europe's most beautiful city or its oldest. Its architecture is not more impressive than that of Rome or Paris; its museums do not hold more treasures than those in …

20662. Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his …

20664. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Joseph Fielding Smith

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith is a book compiling selected sermons and portions of sermons and sundry teachings of Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Latter Day Saint movement. The title page reads as follows: Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith is generally given credit …

20665. A marvelous work and a wonder

LeGrand Richards

A Marvelous Work and a Wonder is a 1950 book by LeGrand Richards on the history and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book was intended as a missionary tool and is traditionally cited as the best-selling Mormon book of all time. As of 2001, it was …

20667. Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing

Benjamin Nugent

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing is a biography of musician Elliott Smith by Benjamin Nugent. It was published by Da Capo Press on October 30, 2004, just past the one-year anniversary of Smith's death. The book contains interviews with two of the musician's producers, Rob …

20668. The Lady of the Lake

Walter Scott

The Lady of the Lake is a narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1810. Set in the Trossachs region of Scotland, it is composed of six cantos, each of which concerns the action of a single day. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men, Roderick …

20670. Ascendance

R. A. Salvatore

Ascendance is the first novel in the second DemonWars Saga trilogy by R.A. Salvatore. The book is also the fifth out of seven books in the combined DemonWars Saga.

20671. Tom Sawyer, Detective

Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a prequel to Tom Sawyer Abroad. Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels …

20672. Hollywood Wives

Jackie Collins

Hollywood Wives is a 1983 novel by the British author Jackie Collins. It was her ninth novel, and her most successful, selling over 15 million copies. Hollywood Wives tells the stories of several women in Hollywood, ranging all the way from long-time talent agents and …

20673. The Simpsons Beyond Forever!: A Complete Guide to …

Matt Groening

The Simpsons Beyond Forever!: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family ...Still Continued is a book published in 2002 that was written by Matt Groening and edited by Jesse Leon McCann.

20675. Robert Kennedy and His Times

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Robert Kennedy and His Times is a book written by Arthur Schlesinger.

20678. Under a Velvet Cloak

Piers Anthony

Under a Velvet Cloak is a fantasy novel by Piers Anthony. It is the last of eight books in the Incarnations of Immortality series. It follows the adventures of the Incarnation of Night. Summary It is the year 500 AD. Kerena, a beautiful young girl living near King Arthur's …

20680. The Rifles

William T. Vollmann

The Rifles is a 1994 novel by American writer William T. Vollmann. It is intended to be the sixth book in a planned seven-book cycle entitled Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes. As of 2012, however, only four of the seven have been published, The Rifles being the …

20682. August

Judith Rossner

August, is a novel written by Judith Rossner focused on a psychoanalyst and one of her analysands.

20683. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply …

20691. The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

Charles Rosen

The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven is a book by American pianist and author Charles Rosen. The book analyses the evolution of style during the Classical period of classical music as it was developed through the works of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and …

20693. Who Goes There?

John W. Campbell

Who Goes There? is a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr., written under the pen name Don A. Stuart. It was first published in the August 1938 Astounding Science-Fiction. In 1973 the story was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the finest …

20697. The rifle

Gary Paulsen

The Rifle is a 1995 novel by American writer Gary Paulsen. The novel is a work of historical fiction, written for a young adult audience. The story focuses on the history of a rifle crafted prior to the American Revolution, and on the lives of its various owners until the …

20698. Incident at Hawk's Hill

Allan W. Eckert

Incident at Hawk's Hill is a Newbery Honor book by naturalist and writer Allan W. Eckert published in 1971. Supposedly based on a true event, it is an historical fiction novel centering on a six-year-old boy who gets lost on the Canadian prairie and survives thanks to a mother …

20699. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, generally considered the eleventh in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was first published as a serial in Blue Book Magazine from December 1927 through May 1928; it first appeared in …

20700. Betsey Brown

Ntozake Shange

Betsey Brown is an African-American literature novel by Ntozake Shange, published in 1985.

20701. More Pricks Than Kicks

Samuel Beckett

More Pricks Than Kicks is a collection of short prose by Samuel Beckett, first published in 1934. It contains extracts from his earlier novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, as well as other short stories. The stories chart the life of the book's main character, Belacqua …

20702. For Marx (Radical Thinkers)

Louis Althusser

For Marx is a 1965 book by Louis Althusser, a leading theoretician of the French Communist Party. Althusser reinterprets the work of Karl Marx, proposing an epistemological break between the young Hegelian Marx, and the old Marx, the author of Capital. One of Althusser's chief …

20704. The Moon Pool

Abraham Merritt

The Moon Pool is a fantasy novel by Abraham Merritt. It originally appeared as two short stories in All-Story Weekly: "The Moon Pool" and its sequel, "Conquest of the Moon Pool". These were then reworked into a novel released in 1919. The protagonist, Dr. Goodwin, would later …

20708. Goblins in the castle

Bruce Coville

Goblins in the Castle is a children's fantasy novel by American author Bruce Coville, first published in 1992 with illustrations by Katherine Coville. A sequel, Goblins on the Prowl, is due to be published in June 2015.

20709. Fool for Love

Sam Shepard

Fool for Love is a play written by American playwright and actor Sam Shepard. The play focuses on May and Eddie, former lovers who have met again in a motel in the desert. The play premiered in 1983 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where Shepard was the …

20710. The Essence of the Thing

Madeleine St John

The Essence of the Thing is a novel written by Madeleine St John.

20711. The Twilight of Atheism

Alister McGrath

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World is a book by Christian theologian and apologist Alister McGrath which traces the perceived decline of secular thought over the last two centuries. McGrath states that the book is an expanded form of a …

20714. The Years of Extermination

Saul Friedländer

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 is the second volume of Saul Friedländer's history of Nazi Germany and the Jews. It describes the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews. The book presents a detailed …

20716. No Pretty Pictures

Anita Lobel

No Pretty Pictures is a book written by Anita Lobel.

20717. Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

Chris Bradford

Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior is a children's historical novel by Chris Bradford, published in 2008. It is the first in a series of action-adventure stories set in 17th century Japan following the exploits of an English boy, Jack Fletcher, as he strives to be the first …

20718. Zorgamazoo

Robert Paul Weston

Zorgamazoo is Canadian children's author Robert Paul Weston's first novel. The work is a fantasy adventure, written entirely in rhyming anapestic tetrameter. The story follows a young girl named Katrina Katrell, who runs away from home when her guardian threatens her with a …

20719. The Green Futures of Tycho

William Sleator

The Green Futures of Tycho is a 1981 science fiction novel for young audiences by William Sleator. The book explores the effect of excessive parent expectations on the future of their children.

20720. Thousandstar

Piers Anthony

Thousandstar is the 4th book of the Cluster Series published in 1980 that was written by Piers Anthony.

20721. Hard Merchandise

K. W. Jeter

Hard Merchandise is the final book in The Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy of books in the Star Wars Universe. It was written by K. W. Jeter.

20723. The Lost World

Michael Crichton

The Lost World is a techno thriller novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1995 by Knopf. A paperback edition followed in 1996. It is a sequel to his earlier novel Jurassic Park. In 1997, both novels were re-published as a single book titled Michael Crichton's …

20725. The Tears of the Singers

Melinda M. Snodgrass

The Tears of the Singers is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Melinda M. Snodgrass. It was her first and only Star Trek novel, which led to Snodgrass writing for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Writer Victor Milan was also involved in the initial discussion of …

20726. American Dreams: Lost and Found

Studs Terkel

American Dreams: Lost and Found is a book written by Studs Terkel.

20731. Bang the Drum Slowly

Mark Harris

Bang the Drum Slowly is a novel by Mark Harris, first published in 1956 by Knopf. The novel is the second in a series of four novels written by Harris that chronicles the career of baseball player Henry W. Wiggen. Bang the Drum Slowly was a sequel to The Southpaw, with A Ticket …

20732. Tropic of orange

Karen Tei Yamashita

Tropic of Orange is a novel set in Los Angeles and Mexico with a diverse, multi-ethnic cast of characters by Karen Tei Yamashita. Published in 1997, the novel is generally considered a work of magic realism but can also be considered science fiction, postcolonial literature, …

20734. Portrait of Jennie

Robert Nathan

Portrait of Jennie is a novella written by Robert Nathan, first published in 1940. This story combines romance, fantasy, mystery, and the supernatural. The most successful of Nathan's books, it is considered a modern masterpiece of fantasy fiction. Judith Merril called Portrait …

20736. The Cosmic Landscape

Leonard Susskind

The Cosmic Landscape is a non-fiction popular science book on the anthropic principle and string theory landscape. It is written by theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind. The book was initially published by Little, Brown and Company on December 12, 2005.

20739. Fossil Hunter

Robert J. Sawyer

Fossil Hunter is a novel written by Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer. The sequel to Far-Seer, it is the second book of the Quintaglio Ascension Trilogy. The book depicts an Earth-like world on a moon which orbits a gas giant, inhabited by a species of highly …

20740. Tom Clancy's Op-Center

Tom Clancy

Op-Center or Tom Clancy's Op-Center is the first novel in Tom Clancy's Op-Center created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik. It was written by Jeff Rovin.

20742. White Sister

Stephen J. Cannell

White Sister is a 2006 detective novel by American crime author Stephen J. Cannell, and the sixth in Cannell's eleven-book series featuring Shane Scully.

20744. Uller Uprising

H. Beam Piper

Uller Uprising is a book published in 1952 that was written by H. Beam Piper.

20747. The Art Lesson

Tomie dePaola

The Art Lesson is a 1989 children's picture book by Tomie DePaola. The book was published by Trumpet Publishing and deals with the theme of compromise. The Art Lesson was met with a positive reception by critics and was one of the New York Times's "Best Picture Books Of the Year …

20749. Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers

Harry Harrison

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers is a comic science fiction novel by Harry Harrison. It is a parody of the space opera genre and in particular, the Lensman and Skylark series of E. E. "Doc" Smith. It also includes an homage to Larry Niven's Ringworld. It is about two college …

20750. Hawksbill Station

Robert Silverberg

Hawksbill Station is a science fiction novel written by Robert Silverberg. The novel is an expanded version of a short story first published in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1967; the novel was published in 1968. It was released in the United Kingdom under the title The Anvil of …

20754. The Seven Minutes

Irving Wallace

The Seven Minutes is a novel by Irving Wallace published in 1969 and released by Simon & Schuster. The book is a fictional account of the effects of pornography and the related arguments about freedom of speech.

20756. David and the Phoenix

Edward Ormondroyd

David and the Phoenix is a 1957 children's novel about a young boy's adventures with a Phoenix. The first book written by American author Edward Ormondroyd, it is a tale of friendship between two different species—a young boy and a mythical bird—and focuses on David's education …

20757. Mistress of Mistresses

E R Eddison

Mistress of Mistresses is the first novel in the Zimiamvian Trilogy by Eric Rücker Eddison. First published in 1935, it centers on political intrigues between the nobles and rulers of the Three Kingdoms of Rerek, Meszria and Fingiswold, following the death of King Mezentius, an …

20759. The Three Robbers

Tomi Ungerer

The Three Robbers is a children's book by Tomi Ungerer. The book was adapted as a full-length feature film by Hayo Freitag, released in mid-2007. There was also a 6-minute version released in 1972 by Gene Deitch.

20762. Carver: A Life in Poems

Marilyn Nelson

Carver: A Life in Poems is a 1997 collection of poems written by the American poet, Marilyn Nelson. This collection of poems provides a compelling portrait of George Washington Carver.

20766. A Walking Tour of the Shambles

Neil Gaiman

A Walking Tour of the Shambles, written by Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe, is a novel in the form of a tour guide concerning a fictional part of Chicago called 'The Shambles'. It guides the reader through such non-existent landmarks as The House of Clocks, Cereal House, and …

20767. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold

Alexander McCall Smith

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold is the second online novel by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. In the first series, the author wrote a chapter a day, starting on 15 Sep 2008, the series running for 20 weeks and totalling 100 …

20769. Chain of Evidence

Garry Disher

Chain of Evidence is a 2007 Ned Kelly Award winning novel by the Australian author Garry Disher.

20770. The Far Side of Evil

Sylvia Louise Engdahl

The Far Side of Evil is a book published in 1971 that was written by Sylvia Engdahl.

20773. Dead Certain

Robert Draper

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush is a 2007 book by Robert Draper. The book tells the story of the George W. Bush Administration from 2001 to 2007. Draper wanted to tell the story of the Bush White House with an inside perspective. To this end, and in preparation …

20774. The Princess Diaries

Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries is a series of epistolary young adult novels written by Meg Cabot, and is also the title of the first volume, published in 2000. Meg Cabot quotes the series' inspiration on her website stating: "I was inspired to write The Princess Diaries when my mom, after …

20779. The jacket

Andrew Clements

The Jacket is a 2001 children's book by author Andrew Clements. It was first published in 2001 as a serialized story that ran in the Boston Globe and was later published in book format on August 1, 2003 through Atheneum Books. The work centers upon a young boy that discovers …

20783. The Coming of the Quantum Cats

edited by Frederik Pohl

The Coming of the Quantum Cats is a 1986 science fiction novel by American writer Frederik Pohl. It was originally serialized in Analog science-fiction magazine, January–April 1986.

20784. Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith

Aerosmith

Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith is a book written by Stephen Davis, published by HarperCollins and released in October 1997. The book was co-written with the members of Aerosmith themselves. This biography contains the story of the band's life, legends, women, …

20786. Smile, You're Traveling

Henry Rollins

Smile, You're Traveling is the third book in the Black Coffee Blues trilogy by Henry Rollins. It includes portions of his travel journal from 1997–1998 which includes personal encounters of spending time with the band Black Sabbath, a vacation to Africa, and trips elsewhere as …

20787. Pandora's Curse

Jack Du Brul

Pandora's Curse is an adventure novel by Jack Du Brul. This is the 4th book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Philip Mercer.

20797. Portrait of a Spy

Daniel Silva

Portrait of a Spy is the 2011 Daniel Silva's spy novel. It is the eleventh title in the Gabriel Allon series. Other than the traditional recurring characters, Portrait features the return of Sarah Bancroft and Nadia al Bakari, daughter of Zizi al Bakari who was Allon's foe in …

20799. The Year We Left Home

Jean Thompson

The Year We Left Home is a novel written by Jean Thompson.



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