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.

20803. 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 …

20804. Thousandstar

Piers Anthony

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

20805. It's Perfectly Normal

Robie Harris

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health is a children's book about going through puberty. It is written by Robie Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley. Harris was prompted to write it when an editor asked her to write a children's book …

20806. 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 …

20807. 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.

20808. 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, …

20810. The Alchemist

Ben Jonson

The Alchemist is a comedy by English playwright Ben Jonson. First performed in 1610 by the King's Men, it is generally considered Jonson's best and most characteristic comedy; Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed that it had one of the three most perfect plots in literature. The …

20812. 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 …

20813. 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 …

20816. 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 …

20817. 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 …

20820. Uller Uprising

H. Beam Piper

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

20822. 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 …

20823. Star Guard

Andre Norton

Star Guard is a science-fiction novel written by Andre Norton and published in 1955 by Harcourt, Brace & Company. As an example of military science fiction, it displays Norton's deep understanding of ancient history.

20824. 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 …

20825. 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.

20826. Cruden's Concordance

Alexander Cruden

A Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures, generally known as Cruden's Concordance, is a concordance of the King James Bible that was singlehandedly created by Alexander Cruden. The Concordance was first published in 1737 and has not been out of print since then. Two …

20827. 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 …

20831. Perchance to Dream

Robert B. Parker

Perchance to Dream is a detective crime novel by Robert B. Parker, written as an authorized sequel to The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. Following his post-mortem collaboration with Chandler on Poodle Springs, this 1991 release is the second and final Philip Marlowe novel …

20832. 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.

20833. Where I want to be

Adele Griffin

Where I Want to Be is a book written by Adele Griffin.

20834. 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 …

20836. The Assassin's Song

M. G. Vassanji

In the aftermath of the brutal violence that gripped western India in 2002, Karsan Dargawalla, heir to Pirbaag – the shrine of a mysterious, medieval sufi – begins to tell the story of his family. His tale opens in the 1960s: young Karsan is next in line after his father to …

20842. Ambulance Ship

James White

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

20845. Vast

Linda Nagata

Vast is a science fiction novel by Linda Nagata, part of her loosely connected "Nanotech Succession" sequence.

20848. Girls under Pressure

Jacqueline Wilson

Girls under Pressure is the second book in the Girls series, written by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, a noted English author who writes fiction for children. It was published in 1998, the sequel to Girls in Love and followed by Girls out Late. It is aimed at pre-teen and teenage …

20852. Chain of Evidence

Garry Disher

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

20854. This Year You Write Your Novel

Walter Mosely

This Year You Write Your Novel is a book.

20855. 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: …

20856. Sten Adventures Book 2: The Wolf Worlds

Chris Bunch

The Wolf Worlds is the second book of The Sten Adventures by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole.

20857. 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 …

20858. 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 …

20859. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in the autumn of 1910, and was first published in its entirety in 1911. It is now one of Burnett's most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English …

20867. 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 …

20870. Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror

Steve Alten

MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror is a science fiction novel by Steve Alten, and was first published in July 1997. The novel, along with its sequels, follows the under water adventures of a U.S Navy deep sea diver, Jonas Taylor.

20874. 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 …

20877. 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 …

20879. 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 …

20881. 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 …

20882. John Macnab

John Buchan

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

20883. The Pirates of Malaysia

Emilio Salgari

The Pirates of Malaysia is an exotic adventure novel written by Italian author Emilio Salgari, published in 1896. It features his most famous character, Sandokan, and is a sequel to The Tigers of Mompracem. Salgari used as a source the book A Visit to the Indian Archipelago in …

20884. 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.

20885. 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 …

20886. 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 …

20887. The Bride Wore Black

Cornell Woolrich

The Bride Wore Black is a 1940 American novel written by Cornell Woolrich. In 1967, it was adapted into a film of the same name by the French director François Truffaut. The novel opens with a quote from Guy de Maupassant's short story, Le Horla: "For to kill is the great law …

20889. Half a Crown

Jo Walton

Half a Crown is a science fiction novel written by Jo Walton published by Tor Books in September 2008. The first "Small Change" novel, Farthing, was released in August 2006. The second novel in the trilogy, Ha'penny, was released in October 2007.

20890. The Invisible Woman

Claire Tomalin

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

20892. 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.

20896. Writings and Drawings

Bob Dylan

Writings and Drawings is a collection of lyrics and personal drawings from Bob Dylan. It was published in 1973 and is currently out-of-print. The book contained Dylan's lyrics from 1962's Bob Dylan to selections from 1971's Greatest Hits, Volume 2. Also included are poems and …

20897. 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 …

20898. You Can Negotiate Anything

Herb Cohen

You Can Negotiate Anything, first published in 1982, is a book on negotiation by Herb Cohen. The book became a bestseller on the New York Times list. It is written in a storytelling way and explains concepts and strategies of negotiation.

20899. 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. …

20900. 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 …

20901. A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake

Joseph Campbell

A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake by mythologist Joseph Campbell and Henry Morton Robinson is a work of literary criticism. The first major text to provide an in-depth analysis of Finnegans Wake, A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake is considered by many scholars to be a seminal work …

20902. The Antiquary

Walter Scott

The Antiquary is a novel by Sir Walter Scott about several characters including an antiquary: an amateur historian, archaeologist and collector of items of dubious antiquity. Although he is the eponymous character, he is not necessarily the hero, as many of the characters around …

20903. Prelude to Space

Arthur C. Clarke

Prelude to Space is a science fiction novel written by Arthur C. Clarke in 1947. However, it was not until 1951 that the story first appeared in magazine format from World Editions Inc as number three in the series Galaxy Science Fiction. Sidgwick & Jackson published it in …

20904. 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 …

20905. Almuric

Robert E. Howard

Almuric is a science fiction novel by Robert E. Howard. It was originally serialized in three parts in the magazine Weird Tales beginning in May 1939. The novel was first published in book form in 1964 by Ace Books. The novel features a muscular hero known on earth as Esau …

20908. More Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft

More Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is a book published in 1999 that was written by H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi, et al. and edited by S. T. Joshi.

20909. 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 …

20910. The Price of Murder

Bruce Alexander Cook

The Price of Murder is the tenth historical mystery novel about Sir John Fielding by Bruce Alexander.

20912. Warrior Scarlet

Rosemary Sutcliff

Warrior Scarlet is a historical novel by Rosemary Sutcliff. It was first published by Oxford University Press and illustrated by Charles Keeping. It was soon published in the USA by Henry Z. Walck, New York, later in 1958.

20913. 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 …

20914. The Garden of the Gods

Gerald Durrell

The Garden of the Gods is the third book in the autobiographical Corfu trilogy by naturalist and author, Gerald Durrell, following My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts, and Relatives.

20915. The Girl on the Boat

P. G. Wodehouse

The Girl on the Boat is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. It first appeared in 1921 as a serial in the Woman's Home Companion in the United States under the title Three Men and a Maid. It was first published as a book in the United States on April 26, 1922, by George H. Doran, New …

20916. 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 …

20918. 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 …

20919. The Further Adventures of The Joker

Martin H. Greenberg

The Further Adventures of The Joker is an English paperback anthology of short fiction stories about Batman's archenemy the Joker. The material was written by various authors, and the book was edited by Martin H. Greenberg. It was the follow-up to an earlier Batman anthology, …

20921. The Unforsaken Hiero

Sterling E. Lanier

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

20922. 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 …

20925. The Glass Bees

Ernst Jünger

The Glass Bees is a 1957 science fiction novel written by German author Ernst Jünger. The novel follows two days in the life of Captain Richard, an unemployed ex-cavalryman who feels lost in a world that has become more technologically advanced and impersonal. Richard accepts a …

20931. The Bread of Those Early Years

Heinrich Böll

The Bread of Those Early Years is a 1955 novel by the West German writer Heinrich Böll. It was adapted into a 1962 film with the same title.

20932. The Marquise of O

Heinrich von Kleist

One of 60 low-priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin's 60th anniversary. All the titles are extracts from "Penguin Classics" titles.

20934. Detective Novel 3

Бернхард Шлинк

The seventy-something private investigator Gerhard Self is hired to track down a mysterious silent bank partner, a case which eventually leads him to eastern Germany and some of the most dangerous villians he has ever met.

20940. Boris Godunov

Alexander Pushkin

Boris Godunov is a play by Alexander Pushkin. It was written in 1825, published in 1831, but not approved for performance by the censor until 1866. Its subject is the Russian ruler Boris Godunov, who reigned as Tsar from 1598 to 1605. It consists of 25 scenes and is written …

20956. Boy

J. Bernlef

20957. Rebellion

Joseph Roth

Rebellion is a 1924 novel by the Austrian writer Joseph Roth. It tells the story of a war veteran who has become a street musician after losing one leg. The novel was published in the newspaper Vorwärts from 27 July to 29 August 1924. It has been adapted for television twice: in …

20959. Accident: A Day's News : A Novel (Phoenix Fiction)

Christa Wolf

On a flawless spring day in late April, an East German writer awaits a call from the hospital where her brother is undergoing brain surgery and instead receives news of a massive nuclear accident at Chernobyl, one thousand miles away. In a potent, lyrical stream of thought, the …

20972. Great stories by Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

The thirty-four stories in this volume span Chekhov’s creative career. They present a wide spectrum of comic and serious themes and a variety of techniques. (His short novels, available in another Norton volume, Seven Short Novels by Chekhov, have been omitted.) Two of the …

20998. Garry Kasparov on Fischer: My Great Predecessors, …

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on Fischer: My Great Predecessors, Part 4 is a book by Garry Kasparov.



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