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 …

20602. A Many-Splendoured Thing

Han Suyin

A Many-Splendoured Thing is a novel by Han Suyin. It was made into the 1955 film Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, which also inspired a famous song. In her autobiographical work, My House Has Two Doors, she evinced no interest in even watching the film in Singapore, where it ran …

20603. Finding Myself

Toby Litt

Dear Friend, How would you like to come - this August - and stay, completely free, in a lovely seaside house I've rented? Good food and plenty of alcohol will also be provided, gratis. But (you knew there'd be a but) afterwards you must allow me to write up the events of the …

20607. 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 …

20608. 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 …

20609. 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 …

20610. 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 …

20612. Love and Will

Rollo May

Love and Will is a book by American existential psychologist Rollo May, in which he articulates the principle that an awareness of death is essential to life, rather than being opposed to life. The book explores how the modern loss of older values, whose structures and stories …

20614. 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 …

20615. 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.

20617. 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 …

20618. The Inferior

Peadar O'Guilin

The Inferior is a 2007 novel by Peadar Ó Guilín. It begins as a fantasy novel, then develops characteristics generally attributed to science fiction novels. The book has been marketed as YA fiction.

20620. John Macnab

John Buchan

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

20624. Theory of War

Joan Brady

Theory of War is a 1992 novel by American-British writer Joan Brady. It took her ten years to write but was rejected by her US agent. It was then published by UK publisher Andre Deutsch to 'rapturous reviews' It has been compared to the writing of John Steinbeck, Jack London and …

20627. 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 …

20632. Far to Go

Alison Pick

Far to Go is a novel written by Alison Pick.

20633. 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 …

20634. 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.

20646. The Dig

John Preston

The Dig is a novel by John Preston, published May 2007, set in the context of the 1939 Anglo-Saxon ship burial excavation at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England. The novel has been widely reviewed as ‘an account of the excavation at Sutton Hoo in 1939’. The sleevenote advertises it as …

20648. Dead Man's Hand

George Martin

Dead Man's Hand is the seventh volume in the Wild Cards shared universe series edited by George R. R. Martin. Like the previous volume in the series, this volume uses the format of a mosaic novel, where several writers write individual storylines which were then edited together …

20649. 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. A Cold Case

Philip Gourevitch

A Cold Case is a 2002 novel by Philip Gourevitch. A film adaptation of the novel starring Tom Hanks was attempted, but the project did not enter production.

20659. 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 …

20660. The Tenants of Moonbloom

Edward Lewis Wallant

The Tenants of Moonbloom is a novel by the Jewish American writer Edward Lewis Wallant. Wallant died of an aneurysm aged 36 with only two books published - The Human Season and The Pawnbroker. The Tenants of Moonbloom was published posthumously.

20665. 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 …

20669. Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

Andrew Morton

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography is a biography of actor Tom Cruise, written by Andrew Morton. The book was published in the United States in hardcover format on January 15, 2008 by St. Martin's Press, with a first printing of 400,000 copies, and an audio format on five CDs …

20670. 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 …

20671. 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 …

20672. The Fall of America: Poems of These States

Allen Ginsberg

The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965–1971 is a collection of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, published by City Lights in 1973, for which Ginsberg shared the annual U.S. National Book Award for Poetry. It is characterized by a prophetic tone inspired by William Blake and …

20673. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of …

Adam Tooze

The Wages of Destruction is a non-fiction book detailing the economic history of Nazi Germany. Written by Adam Tooze, it was first published by Allen Lane in 2006. The Wages of Destruction won the Wolfson History Prize and the 2007 Longman/History Today Book of the Year Prize. …

20674. The Trail of Cthulhu

August Derleth

The Trail of Cthulhu is a series of interconnected short stories written by August Derleth as part of the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction. The stories chronicle the struggles of Laban Shrewsbury and his companions against the Great Old Ones, particularly Cthulhu. The …

20675. The John Varley Reader

John Varley

The John Varley Reader is a representative collection of 18 of the science fiction short stories by John Varley, first published in paperback in September 2004. It features 5 new stories. Each story is preceded by an autobiographical introduction; until this book Varley had …

20676. 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 …

20677. Napoleon Bonaparte: An Intimate Biography

Vincent Cronin

Napoleon also published as Napoleon Bonaparte: An Intimate Biography in 1972 is a biography of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte written by Vincent Cronin. The biographical style tends more towards a sympathetic overview of Napoleon's life and focuses more on the man's …

20678. 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.

20682. 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 …

20683. The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction

Mike Ashley

The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction is a science fiction anthology edited by Mike Ashley that was originally published in 2006 in the United Kingdom by Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd. It was reprinted in the United States, also in 2006, by Carroll …

20685. 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 …

20687. August

Judith Rossner

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

20688. Mr. Potter

Jamaica Kincaid

Mr. Potter is a novel by Antiguan born writer Jamaica Kincaid. The book has twelve parts with no title and the author narrates how it is to be a girl that grew without having a father and how this fact reflected on her. Prose and poem are mixed in this memoir, so the genre is …

20694. The gilded age

Mark Twain

The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America in the era now referred to as the Gilded Age. Although not one of Twain's best-known works, it has appeared in more …

20696. Strong as Death

Sharan Newman

Strong as death is a book published in 1996 that was written by Sharan Newman.

20701. 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 …

20702. 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 …

20703. Come on in!

Charles Bukowski

Come on in! is a poetry book written by Charles Bukowski.

20704. The Poorhouse Fair

John Updike

The Poorhouse Fair was the first novel by the American author John Updike. A second edition included an introduction by the author and was slightly revised.

20705. 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 …

20706. 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 …

20709. Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a …

James B. Stewart

Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder is a book by James B. Stewart.

20713. The Unforsaken Hiero

Sterling E. Lanier

The Unforsaken Hiero is a book published in 1983 that was written by Sterling E. Lanier.

20714. 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 …

20717. 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 …

20719. Thousandstar

Piers Anthony

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

20720. Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

Peter Vronsky

A comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers such as:“Co-ed Killer” Ed Kemper • The BTK Killer • “Highway Stalker” Henry Lee Lucas • Monte Ralph Rissell • “Shoe Fetish Slayer” Jerry …

20721. One For Sorrow

Christopher Barzak

One for Sorrow is a coming-of-age novel by the American writer Christopher Barzak. In 2014 it was adapted into the feature film Jamie Marks is Dead and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Carter Smith, the film's actors include Liv Tyler, Judy Greer, Cameron …

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 …

20724. Science in Action

Bruno Latour

Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society is an influential book by Bruno Latour. The English edition was published in 1987 by Harvard University Press. It is written in a text-book style, and contains a full featured approach to the empirical …

20726. The Wettest County in the World

Matt Bondurant

Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, The Wettest County in the World is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, …

20732. 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 …

20733. 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, …

20735. 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 …

20737. Tatham Mound

Piers Anthony

Tatham Mound is a 1991 fantasy-historical novel written by Piers Anthony. The story tells of Throat Shot, a member of the Floridian Toco tribe, and his quest to prevent an unknown danger from harming his people. The story was inspired by finds at Tatham Mound, located near the …

20738. 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 …

20739. 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.

20743. Uller Uprising

H. Beam Piper

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

20746. 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 …

20748. 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 …

20749. 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 …

20750. Memory in Death

Nora Roberts

Memory in Death is a novel by J. D. Robb. It is the twenty-third novel in the In Death series, preceding Haunted in Death. It is the longest In Death novel, by a small margin.

20751. The Final Key

Catherine Asaro

The Final Key is a science fiction novel in the Saga of the Skolian Empire, a series of books by American writer Catherine Asaro. As the direct sequel to Schism, it tells the story of a major Eubian assault against the Skolian government and Eldrinson's rise from a rustic farmer …

20753. Tours of the Black Clock

Steve Erickson

Tours of the Black Clock is the third novel by author Steve Erickson, published in 1989. It has been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese. The narrative concerns itself with two of the most influential figures of the 20th century, as Adolf Hitler appears as an …

20756. 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.

20758. 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 …

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. The Century's Daughter

Pat Barker

The Century's Daughter is a novel by Pat Barker, published in 1986. The novel was republished as Liza's England in 1996. The book is critical of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

20763. 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. Ambulance Ship

James White

Ambulance Ship is a 1979 science fiction novel by author James White and is part of the Sector General series.

20767. 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 …

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.

20772. Death Times Three

Rex Stout

Death Times Three is a collection of Nero Wolfe novellas by Rex Stout, published posthumously by Bantam Books in 1985. It is the only collection of Stout's Nero Wolfe stories not to have appeared first in hardcover. The book contains three stories, one never before published: …

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 …

20778. 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 …

20781. Nightchild

James Barclay

Nightchild is a fantasy novel by James Barclay. It was first published in the UK in 2001. It is the third book in the Chronicles of The Raven series.

20785. The Terrorist

Caroline B. Cooney

The Terrorist is a young adult novel by Caroline B. Cooney, published in 1997. It deals with Laura Williams, a sixteen-year-old American who attends an international school in London. When her younger brother, Billy, is killed by a terrorist bomb handed to him by a stranger on …

20786. 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.

20790. The English Roses

Madonna

The English Roses is a 2003 children's picture book written by American entertainer Madonna and illustrated by Jeffrey Fulvimari, which later became a series of children's books by both artists. The books are about the life of five schoolgirls in London and their problems.

20796. 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 Affair

Lee Child

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at …



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