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.

21002. Miss Julie, The Ghost Sonata, Dream Play, The Great …

August Strindberg

This edition embraces Strindberg's crucial transition from Naturalism to Modernism, from his two finest achievements as a psychological realist, The Father and Miss Julie, to the three plays in which he redefined the possibilities of European drama following his return to the …

21003. The Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane

Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood—to earn his “badge of courage.” But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and …

21004. By the open sea

August Strindberg

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V After the superintendent had reverently bowed his head before the …

21005. 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.

21009. The Early Asimov

Isaac Asimov

The Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying is a 1972 collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov. Each story is accompanied by commentary by the author, who gives details about his life and his literary achievements in the period in which he wrote the story, effectively …

21010. Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook

Edward Luttwak

Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook is a history book by Edward Luttwak examining the conditions, strategy, planning, and execution of coups d'état.

21011. Sir Nigel

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Nigel is a historical novel set during the early phase of the Hundred Years' War, spanning the years 1350 to 1356, by the British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Written in 1906, it is a prequel to Doyle's earlier novel The White Company, and describes the early life of that …

21012. The Good Companions

John B. Priestley

The Good Companions is a novel by the English author J. B. Priestley. Written in 1929, it focuses on the trials and tribulations of a concert party in England between World War I and World War II. It is arguably Priestley's most famous novel, and the work which established him …

21013. Rumpole and the Age of Miracles

John Mortimer

Rumpole and the Age of Miracles is a 1988 collection of short stories by John Mortimer about defence barrister Horace Rumpole. They were adapted from his scripts for the TV series of the same name. The stories were: "Rumpole and Portia" "Rumpole and the Age of Miracles" "Rumpole …

21014. Managing the Professional Service Firm

David Maister

Managing the Professional Service Firm is a book by David H. Maister, a Harvard Business School professor and professional service firm consultant. The book is a compilation of 32 articles written over the preceding ten years and covers topics from strategy to profitability, …

21015. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman …

Edward Gibbon

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. It was published in six volumes. Volume …

21020. Hondo & Fabian

Peter McCarty

Hondo & Fabian is a children's picture book by Peter McCarty. Released by Henry Holt & Co. in 2002, it is a Caldecott Honor book. A sequel, Fabian Escapes, is was released in 2007.

21021. Vanished

Mary McGarry Morris

Aubrey Wallace is the kind of man no one notices. Dotty Johnson is the kind of woman no one can ingore. One afternoon, they both disappear from the small Vermont town where they live. The next day, two hundred miles away, a toddler is snatched from her Massachusetts home. For …

21022. There Will Be Time

Poul Anderson

There Will Be Time is a science fiction novel by Poul Anderson. It was published in 1972 in a hardback edition by Doubleday and in 1973 in a paperback edition by New American Library. The story is about a young man who has a genetic mutation that allows him to move through time. …

21025. 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 …

21026. The Return of the Black Widowers

Isaac Asimov

The Return of the Black Widowers is a collection of short mystery stories by Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first published in hardcover by Carroll & Graf in December 2003, and in trade paperback by the same publisher …

21028. Sirius

Olaf Stapledon

Sirius is the titular character and a 1944 science fiction novel by the British philosopher and author Olaf Stapledon. Scientist Thomas Trelone creates a super-intelligent dog, named Sirius. He is the only dog to have attained a humanlike intelligence. Other dogs, of the same …

21030. The Age of Reform

Richard Hofstadter

The Age of Reform is a 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Richard Hofstadter. It is an American history that traces events from the Populist Movement of the 1890s through the Progressive Era ending with the New Deal in the 1930s. The Age of Reform stands out from other …

21031. Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2 Cycles (issues #6–10)

Brian K. Vaughan

Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers that he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the …

21034. Something like an autobiography

Akira Kurosawa

Something Like an Autobiography is the memoir of Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. It was published as a book in 1981 and the English translation by Audie E. Bock appeared the following year.

21036. What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly

What Technology Wants is a 2010 nonfiction book by Kevin Kelly focused on technology as an extension of life.

21037. 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.

21038. The Long Tomorrow

Leigh Brackett

The Long Tomorrow is a science fiction novel by Leigh Brackett, originally published by Doubleday & Company, Inc in 1955. Set in the aftermath of a nuclear war, it portrays a world where scientific knowledge is feared and restricted.

21039. Pools of Darkness

James M. Ward

Pools of Darkness is a novel based on the Pools of Darkness computer role-playing game. It was written by James Ward and Anne K. Brown, and published by TSR in February 1992. The novel is set in the Forgotten Realms setting based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy …

21040. 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.

21041. Diaries: In Power 1983–1992

Alan Clark

Diaries: In Power 1983–1992 is a book published in 1993 that was written by Alan Clark.

21044. The man who tasted shapes

Richard Cytowic

The Man Who Tasted Shapes is a book by neurologist Richard Cytowic about synesthesia.

21046. The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein

The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein is a collection of science fiction short stories by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1966. It includes an introduction entitled "Pandora's Box" that describes some of the difficulties in making predictions about the near future. Heinlein outlines …

21047. Blood and Money

Thomas Thompson

Blood and Money is a book by Thomas Thompson.

21048. Morte d'Urban

J. F. Powers

Morte d'Urban is the debut novel of J. F. Powers. It was published by Doubleday in 1962. It won the 1963 National Book Award. It is still in print, having been reissued by The New York Review of Books in 2000. The novel tells the story of Father Urban Roche, a member of a …

21049. Joe Gould's Secret

Joseph Mitchell

Joe Gould's Secret is a 1965 book by Joseph Mitchell, based upon his two New Yorker profiles, "Professor Sea Gull" and "Joe Gould's Secret". Mitchell's work details the true story of the eponymous Joe Gould, a writer who lived in Greenwich Village in the first half of the 20th …

21050. Meditations in an emergency

Frank O'Hara

Meditations in an Emergency is a book of poetry by American poet Frank O'Hara first published by Grove Press in 1957. Its title poem was first printed in the November 1954 issue of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. The name of the book is purported to derive from English poet John …

21052. The Difficult Saint

Sharan Newman

The difficult saint is a book published in 1999 that was written by Sharan Newman.

21053. 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 …

21054. The Dark Frigate

Charles Boardman Hawes

The Dark Frigate is a children's historical novel written by Charles Hawes. It won the 1924 Newbery Medal. It was the third, and final, novel written by Hawes, who died shortly before its publication.

21055. The Preserving Machine

Philip K. Dick

The Preserving Machine is a collection of science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick. It was first published by Ace Books in 1969 as part of their Ace Science Fiction Specials series. The stories had originally appeared in the magazines Fantasy and Science Fiction, Galaxy Science …

21058. A Day with Wilbur Robinson

William Joyce

A Day with Wilbur Robinson is a 1990 children's picture book written and illustrated by William Joyce. A film adaptation called Meet the Robinsons was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2007 in the United States.

21059. 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. …

21060. The Great Fire of London

Peter Ackroyd

The Great Fire of London is a novel by the English author Peter Ackroyd. Published in 1982, it is Ackroyd's first novel. It established themes which Ackroyd returns to again and again in his fiction: London, English literature and the intertwining of literary, historical and …

21061. The Disaster Area

J. G. Ballard

The Disaster Area is a collection of short stories by British author J. G. Ballard.

21062. I Am My Own Wife

Doug Wright

I Am My Own Wife is a play by Doug Wright based on his conversations with German Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. The one-man play premiered Off-Broadway in 2003 at Playwrights Horizons. It opened on Broadway later that year. The play was developed with Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic …

21065. Hollywood Husbands

Jackie Collins

Hollywood Husbands is a 1986 novel by the British author Jackie Collins. It was her 11th novel, and the second in her "Hollywood" series, after her 1983 hit Hollywood Wives. Hollywood Husbands is an unrelated sequel to Hollywood Wives and features a new cast of characters. …

21066. Noisy Nora

Rosemary Wells

Noisy Nora is a children's book written by Rosemary Wells. This mouse later appeared in the Timothy Goes to School series.

21069. Palo Alto

James Franco

Palo Alto is a collection of linked short stories by American actor and writer James Franco. The collection was published in 2010 by Scribner's. The stories are about teenagers and their experiments with vices and their struggles with their families. The book is named after his …

21070. Off the road

Carolyn Cassady

Off the Road: Twenty Years with Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg is an autobiographical book by Carolyn Cassady. Originally published in 1990 as Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg, it was republished by London's Black Spring Press, coinciding with the …

21071. Secret Ceremonies

Deborah Laake

Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond is a 1993 autobiographical book written by American journalist and columnist Deborah Laake.

21072. House of Babel

P. C. Jersild

House of Babel is a book written by P. C. Jersild.

21074. The Pandora Principle

Carolyn Clowes

The Pandora Principle is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Carolyn Clowes. It features the origin story of Saavik, and how she came to know Spock.

21075. Dinotopia Lost

Alan Dean Foster

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

21076. Homo Ludens

Johan Huizinga

In Homo Ludens, the classic evaluation of play that has become a “must-read” for those in game design, Dutch philosopher Johan Huizinga defines play as the central activity in flourishing societies. Like civilization, play requires structure and participants willing to create …

21085. 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 …

21086. 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 …

21087. Yellow Eyes

John Ringo

Yellow Eyes is a novel in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, co-authored with Tom Kratman. The book, which is a spin-off of the main series, focuses on the Posleen invasion of Central America, with an emphasis on Panama. In contrast with other books in the series, …

21088. 45

Bill Drummond

45 is a non-fiction book by Bill Drummond, referred to by The Guardian as a "charmingly barking [mad] memoir". It collects various short stories written by Drummond between 1997 and 1998.

21090. The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, …

Eric Lomax

The Railway Man is an autobiographical book by Eric Lomax about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II and being forced to help build the Burma Railway for the Japanese military. The book won the NCR Book Award and the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography.

21091. White Snow, Bright Snow

Alvin Tresselt

White Snow, Bright Snow is a 1947 book by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. Released by Lothrop Publishers, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1948.

21092. The Snail and the Whale

Julia Donaldson

The Snail and the Whale is a children's book by former children's laureate Julia Donaldson, illustrated by longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler. It has won several awards, including 2004 Early Years award for the best pre-school book, the 2005 Blue Peter award for Best Book to …

21094. Black Easter

James Blish

Black Easter is a Nebula Award-nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day. It was first published in 1968. The sequel is The Day After Judgment. Together, those two short …

21095. The Tree of Swords and Jewels

Carolyn J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh

The Tree of Swords and Jewels is a 1983 fantasy novel by American science fiction and fantasy author C. J. Cherryh. It is the second of two novels in Cherryh's Ealdwood Stories series, the first being The Dreamstone. The series draws on Celtic mythology and is about Ealdwood, a …

21097. Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf is a short story in the Artemis Fowl book series by Eoin Colfer. It was published for World Book Day in 2004 and cost £1 in Britain, €1 in Europe or exchangeable for one World Book Day token. It was also published as one of the short stories in …

21101. I Had Seen Castles

Cynthia Rylant

I Had Seen Castles is a novella for young adults by the American writer and Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant. It is a story about a young American named John Dante who enthusiastically enlists in 1942 but soon comes to understand the horrors of war. It is an anti-war novel. It …

21102. Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

Giles Foden

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: The Bizarre Battle for Lake Tanganyika is the fourth book by author Giles Foden. It was published in 2004 by Michael Joseph. The United States edition, published in 2005 by Knopf, is entitled Mimi and Toutou's Big Adventure: The Bizarre Battle of Lake …

21108. Fearless

Tim Lott

A Whitbread Award-winning novelist tells a chilling dystopian tale about a heroic girl prepared to risk everything in the pursuit of justice.In the not-too-distant future, the world is safe from terrorists, the streets are clean, and girls labeled "juvies" or "mindcrips" have …

21109. 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.

21113. Witches' Rings

Kerstin Ekman

Witches' Rings is the book written by Kerstin Ekman.

21121. Shallows

Tim Winton

Shallows is a 1984 novel by Australian author Tim Winton about whaling. Shallows won the 1984 Miles Franklin Award. Carolyn See called it "a dark masterpiece that ranks with "Moby-Dick."

21122. 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.

21129. 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.

21132. 20th Century Boys, Vol. 20

Naoki Urasawa

20th Century Boys, Vol. 20 is a book written by Naoki Urasawa.

21139. Born Fighting

James Webb

Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America is a book by Jim Webb published in 2004. It is a personal view of the Scots-Irish in the United States. Webb maintains that Scots-Irish attitudes form the bedrock of American society, especially among the working class. Webb's …

21140. Irish Gold

Andrew Greeley

Irish Gold is the first of the Nuala Anne McGrail series of mystery novels by Roman Catholic priest and author Father Andrew M. Greeley. The title "Irish Gold", is referring to the gold allegedly accepted by Roger Casement in order to finance the resistance against the English …

21142. Sten Adventures Book 3: The Court of a Thousand Suns

Chris Bunch

The Court of a Thousand Suns is the third book in Chris Bunch and Allan Cole's The Sten Adventures.

21143. Galactic Derelict

Andre Norton

Galactic Derelict is the second novel in The Time Traders series by Andre Norton. It was first published in 1959, and as of 2012, had been reprinted in eight editions. It is part of Norton's Forerunner universe. Galactic Derelict continues the series’ premise, an encounter …

21144. Make Him Look Good

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Make Him Look Good is a 2006 novel by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Much like her pioneering work The Dirty Girls Social Club, Make Him Look Good falls under the category of Chica lit and explores the p.o.v. of several Latina women as they seek success in their personal and …

21146. The Snow Empress

Laura Joh Rowland

The Snow Empress is a 2007 mystery novel written by Laura Joh Rowland, set in the Genroku of historical Japan It is the 12th book in the Sano Ichiro series. It combines a murder mystery with a portrayal of the strained, and often xenophobic relations between the Japanese rulers …

21147. 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 …

21148. Star Trek 1

James Blish

Star Trek 1 is a book published in 1967 that was written by James Blish.

21151. Kirlian Quest

Piers Anthony

Kirlian Quest is the 3rd book of the Cluster Series published in 1978 that was written by Piers Anthony.

21152. Viscous Circle

Piers Anthony

Viscous Circle is the 5th book of the Cluster Series published in 1982 that was written by Piers Anthony.

21160. The Secret Warriors

W. E. B. Griffin

The Secret Warriors is a book published in 1985 that was written by W. E. B. Griffin.

21161. The Spoils of War

Alan Dean Foster

The Spoils of War is a book published in 1993 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.

21162. 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 …

21163. The Between

Tananarive Due

The Between is the first novel by writer Tananarive Due. It was nominated for the 1996 Bram Stoker Award. Part horror novel, part detective story and part speculative fiction, "The Between" is a mix of genres. Yet it is no hybrid. It is a finely honed work that always engages …

21164. 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 …

21166. What Would Joey Do?

Jack Gantos

What Would Joey Do? is a 2003 novel in a series by Jack Gantos about the character, Joey Pigza. The title is a play on the Christian phrase "What would Jesus do?", which Mrs. Lapp, Joey's homeschooling tutor, asks him at her doorstep on every visit. The phrase is also a mirror …

21167. Dangerous Kiss

Jackie Collins

Dangerous Kiss is a 1999 novel by Jackie Collins and the fifth novel in her Santangelo novels series.

21168. Breakpoint

Richard A. Clarke

Breakpoint is a cyberpunk science fiction novel by former United States intelligence and counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke. It is his second novel. The book paints a dystopic prediction of the future.

21169. America Is in the Heart

Carlos Bulosan

America Is in the Heart, sometimes subtitled A Personal History, is a 1946 semi-autobiographical novel written by Filipino American immigrant poet, fiction writer, short story teller, and activist, Carlos Bulosan. The novel was one of the earliest published books that presented …

21170. Bahamarama

Bob Morris

Bahamarama is a book written by Robert Morris.

21171. Uncharted Stars

Andre Norton

Uncharted Stars is a book published in 1969 that was written by Andre Norton.

21172. Blood and Honour

Simon R. Green

Blood and Honour is a book published in 1992 that was written by Simon R. Green.

21174. Counterfeit Son

Elaine M. Alphin

Counterfeit Son is a 2000 novel by Elaine Marie Alphin and was written for young adults. It received a 2001 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Young Adult Mystery. It is a psychological thriller.

21175. Buster's world

Bjarne Reuter

Buster's World is a book written by Bjarne Reuter.

21181. 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.

21183. Drop Dead Beautiful

Jackie Collins

Drop Dead Beautiful is a 2007 novel by Jackie Collins and the sixth novel in her Santangelo novels series. The story takes place in 2000.

21184. Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is a young adult novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and first published in 2002. Stargirl was well received by critics, who praised the Stargirl character and the novel's overall message of nonconformity. It was a New York Times Bestseller, a Parents Choice …

21187. Three Stages of Amazement

Carol Edgarian

Three Stages of Amazement is a novel by Carol Edgarian. The novel reached the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of publication, O Magazine chose it as a Top Pick, and Indiebound selected it as a Pick of the Month.

21196. Now You See Me

S. J. Bolton

Now You See Me is a book written by S.J. Bolton.

21198. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Michael Lewis

As Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they …



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