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.

20802. 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 …

20803. 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 …

20805. 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.

20812. Far to Go

Alison Pick

Far to Go is a novel written by Alison Pick.

20814. 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.

20817. The Invisible Woman

Claire Tomalin

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

20818. The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky

Ken Dornstein

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky is a 2006 memoir by Ken Dornstein about his older brother David Dornstein, who was killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing on December 21, 1988. David had dreamed of becoming a great writer, but died at the age of 25 without having published anything. …

20820. 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.

20822. 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 …

20823. 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.

20828. 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 …

20829. 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. …

20830. 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 …

20831. 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 …

20832. Robert Kennedy and His Times

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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

20833. 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 …

20834. 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 …

20835. 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 …

20837. 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 …

20842. 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 …

20843. Come on in!

Charles Bukowski

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

20844. Father Bear Comes Home

Else Holmelund Minarik

Father Bear Comes Home is a book published in 1959 that was written by Else Holmelund Minarik.

20845. The Essence of the Thing

Madeleine St John

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

20846. 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 …

20848. 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 …

20849. 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 …

20850. Thousandstar

Piers Anthony

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

20851. 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 …

20852. 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 …

20855. 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, …

20856. Security Analysis

Benjamin Graham

Security Analysis is a book written by professors Benjamin Graham and David Dodd of Columbia Business School, which laid the intellectual foundation for what would later be called value investing.

20858. 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 …

20860. Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the …

Stephen Jay Gould

Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle is a 1987 history of geology by Stephen Jay Gould offering a historical account of the conceptualization of Deep Time and uniformitarianism using the works of Thomas Burnet, James Hutton, and Charles Lyell.

20862. The False Mirror

Alan Dean Foster

The False Mirror is a book published in 1992 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.

20863. 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 …

20866. 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 …

20867. 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.

20869. 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 …

20872. 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 …

20874. 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: …

20875. 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.

20879. The Romantics

Pankaj Mishra

The Romantics is the debut novel of Pankaj Mishra, the author of Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World and Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond. The Romantics is an ironic tale of …

20880. The Sunnydale High Yearbook

Christopher Golden

Sunnydale High Yearbook is a tie-in book based on the United States television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the series, the closing shot of the episode "Graduation Day, Part Two" shows the fictional yearbook this tie-in was modeled after.

20883. 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.

20886. 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 …

20894. Ginger You're Barmy

David Lodge

Ginger You're Barmy is a comic novel by David Lodge based on his experiences as a conscript to two years National Service in post-war Britain between August 1955 and August 1957.

20896. A Spaniard in the Works

John Lennon

A Spaniard in the Works is a book from 1965 by John Lennon. The book consists of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his previous book, 1964's In His Own Write. The name is a pun on the expression "a spanner in the works". The Swedish publishing house …

20897. Blood and Money

Thomas Thompson

Blood and Money is a book by Thomas Thompson.

20898. Lewis Carroll

Morton N. Cohen

Lewis Carroll: A Biography is a 1995 biography of author Lewis Carroll by Morton N. Cohen, first published by Knopf, later by Macmillan. It is generally considered to be the definitive scholarly work on Carroll's life. Cohen's approach is mainly chronological, with some chapters …

20902. The Seedling Stars

James Blish

The Seedling Stars is a 1957 collection of science fiction short stories by James Blish. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1957 in an edition of 5,000 copies. The stories concern the adaptation of humans to alien environments. This may be viewed in contrast to the concept …

20903. No Enemy But Time

Michael Bishop

Winner of the Nebula Award.John Monegal, a.k.a. Joshua Kampa, is torn between two worlds—the Early Pleistocene Africa of his dreams and the twentieth-century reality of his waking life. These worlds are transposed when a government experiment sends him over a million years back …

20904. Too Much Money

Dominick Dunne

Too Much Money is the last novel written by Dominick Dunne, published posthumously in the year of his death 2009. A roman a clef, its protagonist, August Bailey, is an alter ego of the author.

20906. Major Operation

James White

Major Operation is a 1971 science fiction book by author James White and is the third volume in the Sector General series. The book collects together a series of five short stories, all of which were originally published in New Worlds magazine.

20907. The City in the Autumn Stars

Michael Moorcock

The City in the Autumn Stars: Being a Continuation of the Story of the Von Bek Family and Its Association With Lucifer, Prince of Darkness is a science fantasy novel by British author Michael Moorcock. The second book in the Von Bek trilogy, it was published by Grafton in 1986. …

20909. Henry VI, Part 2

William Shakespeare

Henry VI, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1591, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England. Whereas 1 Henry VI deals primarily with the loss of England's French territories and the political machinations leading up to …

20912. The Land of Little Rain

Mary Austin

A stirring tribute to the unique beauty of theAmerican Southwest In the region stretching from the High Sierras south of Yosemite to the Mojave Desert, water is scarce and empty riverbeds hint at a lush landscape that has long since vanished. But the desert is far from lifeless. …

20913. The Depths of Time

Roger MacBride Allen

The Depths of Time is a science fiction novel by Roger McBride Allen, also the author of The Ring of Charon.

20915. The Murderess (New York Review of Books Classics)

Alexandros Papadiamantis

The Murderess is a bone-chilling tale of crime and punishment with the dark beauty of a backwoods ballad. Set on the dirt-poor Aegean island of Skiathos, it is the story of Hadoula, an old woman living on the margins of society and at the outer limits of respectability. Hadoula …

20916. 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 …

20917. No Time Like Show Time

Michael Hoeye

No Time Like Show Time is a children's fantasy mystery novel by Michael Hoeye, first published in 2004. It is the third book in the Hermux Tantamoq series, which includes Time Stops for No Mouse,The Sands of Time, and Time to Smell the Roses.

20921. 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.

20922. 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.

20924. 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.

20925. The angels weep

Wilbur A. Smith

The Angels Weep is a 1982 novel, the third in Wilbur Smith's series about the Ballantyne family of Rhodesia. The first part of the book is set immediately before and during the Second Matabele War, then the second part jumps forward to the final days of the Rhodesian Bush War.

20929. Three Men Out

Rex Stout

Three Men Out is a collection of Nero Wolfe mystery novellas by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1954. The book comprises three stories that first appeared in The American Magazine: "Invitation to Murder" "The Zero Clue" "This Won't Kill You"

20931. Penguin

Polly Dunbar

A quirky new tale from a rising talent — in which a bossy little boy receives a surprising comeuppance.When Ben rips open his present, he finds a penguin inside. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. "What shall we play?" But Penguin says nothing. Even when Ben tickles its belly, sings a …

20942. Key Trilogy Box Set

Nora Roberts

Fate brings three women together for a chance to unlock their deepest desires in this collection that includes all three novels in the Key Trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.Legend has it that the souls of three demigoddesses have been locked in a …

20946. Tetrabiblos

Ptolemy

Tetrabiblos 'four books', also known in Greek as Apotelesmatiká "Effects", and in Latin as Quadripartitum "Four Parts", is a text on the philosophy and practice of astrology, written in the 2nd century AD by the Alexandrian scholar Claudius Ptolemy. Ptolemy's Almagest was an …

20948. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

Bennett Madison

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls is a 2005 young adult mystery novel written by Bennett Madison. It introduces the reluctant girl-sleuth of Halo City, Lulu Dark. Its sequel is Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox, published in 2006.

20949. A Perfect Stranger

Danielle Steel

A Perfect Stranger is a Danielle Steel romance novel, published in 1982. This book tells the story of Alexander Hale and Raphaella Phillips. Hale, a recently divorced man, takes a walk down his street, when he sees Phillips, a beautiful woman, crying on the steps. We later learn …

20951. Boy

J. Bernlef

20952. Falcon and the Snowman:A True Story of Friendship …

Robert Lindsey

Falcon and the Snowman:A True Story of Friendship and Espionage is a book written by Robert Lindsey.

20953. 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 …

20956. 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 …

20957. A Greek-English Lexicon

Henry George Liddell

A Greek–English Lexicon is a standard lexicographical work of the Ancient Greek language.

20964. The Oppermanns

Lion Feuchtwanger

First published in 1934 but fully imagining the future of Germany over the ensuing years, The Oppermanns tells the compelling story of a remarkable German Jewish family confronted by Hitler's rise to power. Compared to works by Voltaire and Zola on its original publication, this …

20965. Dinotopia Lost

Alan Dean Foster

Dinotopia Lost is a book published in 1996 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.

20969. Johnno

David Malouf

Johnno is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Australian author David Malouf and was first published in 1975. It was Malouf's first novel. In 2004 it was selected by the Brisbane City Council as the joint-winner of the annual One Book One Brisbane competition to find the …

20975. Sorcerer's Son

Phyllis Eisenstein

Sorcerer's Son is the first novel in "The Book of Elementals" series by Phyllis Eisenstein, first published as a mass-market paperback in 1979 by Del Rey Books.. The novel has been reprinted several times since, the last in 2002 in both hardcover and trade paperback, as part of …

20977. To Be the Man

Ric Flair

To Be the Man is an autobiographical book written by professional wrestler Ric Flair and Keith Elliot Greenberg, and edited by Mark Madden. It was published by WWE Books and distributed by Simon & Schuster in July 2004. The book's title was taken from Flair's famous …

20982. Bahamarama

Bob Morris

Bahamarama is a book written by Robert Morris.

20983. The Conan Chronicles, 1

Robert E. Howard

The Conan Chronicles: Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. The book was published in 2000 by Gollancz as eighth volume of their Fantasy Masterworks …

20984. The New Inquisition

Robert Anton Wilson

The New Inquisition is a book written by Robert Anton Wilson and first published in 1986. The New Inquisition is a book about ontology, science, paranormal events, and epistemology. Wilson identifies what he calls "Fundamentalist Materialism" belief and compares it to religious …

20987. Skylark DuQuesne

E. E. "Doc" Smith

Skylark DuQuesne was the final novel in the epic Skylark series by E. E. Smith. Written as Dr. Smith's last novel in 1965 and published shortly before his death, it expands on the characterizations of the earlier novels but with some discrepancies. The most significant point is …

20988. Tunes for Bears to Dance To

Robert Cormier

Tunes for Bears to Dance To is a young adult novel written by American author Robert Cormier that discusses themes of morality from the perspective of an 11-year-old named Henry. This novel also has many metaphors and ties to the Holocaust. This book is very loyal to Robert …

20990. A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove

James Moloney

A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove is a novel by Australian author James Moloney. The novel features the life of a 15-year-old boy, Carl Matt, and his dysfunctional family, who begin to suffer from physical and emotional problems after his mother's disappearance.

20991. Street of Shadows

Michael Reaves

Street of Shadows is the second book in Michael Reaves' series Coruscant Nights. It was released on August 26, 2008.

20992. America Again

Stephen Coonts

America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't is a 2012 satirical book written by Stephen Colbert and other writers of The Colbert Report as a follow-up to 2007's I Am America. It is published by Grand Central Publishing. The book was released on October 2, 2012. Its …

20993. The Sirius Mystery

Robert K. G. Temple

The Sirius Mystery is a book by Robert K. G. Temple first published by St. Martin's Press in 1976. It presents the hypothesis that the Dogon people of Mali, in west Africa, preserve a tradition of contact with intelligent extraterrestrial beings from the Sirius star system. …

20995. Foreign words

Vassilis Alexakis

Foreign Words is a novel by Greek author Vassilis Alexakis that tells the story of middle-aged writer Nicolaides and his decision to learn the African language Sango following the death of his father. The novel was originally published in 2002 in France as Les mots étrangers, …

20996. Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000

Lucille Clifton

Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 is a book written by Lucille Clifton.

20997. Poor Miss Finch

Wilkie Collins

Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins is a novel about a young blind woman who temporarily regains her sight while finding herself in a romantic triangle with two brothers.

20998. The Edge of Sadness

Edwin O'Connor

The Edge of Sadness is a novel by the American author Edwin O'Connor. It was published in 1961 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1962. The story is about a middle-aged Catholic priest in New England.



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