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.

21402. The Arctic Marauder

Jacques Tardi

Spectacular faux-woodcut vistas make Tardi’s groundbreaking “icepunk” story a retro classic. In its ongoing quest to showcase the wide range of Jacques Tardi’s bibliography, Fantagraphics reaches all the way back to one of his earliest, and most distinctive graphic novels: A …

21406. Manhood

Michel Leiris

"Not only one of the frankest of autobiographies, but also a brilliantly written book, Leiris' Manhood mingles memories, philosophic reflections, sexual revelation, meditations on bullfighting, and the life-long progress of self-discovery."—Washington Post Book World "Leiris …

21408. The human race : preceded by an homage to Robert …

Robert Antelme

Arrested by the Gestapo and deported to Dachau, Robert Antelme recovered his freedom a year later when François Mitterand, visiting the camp in an official capacity, recognized the dying Antelme and had him spirited to Paris. Antelme's story of his experiences in Germany--his …

21409. In the Place of Fallen Leaves

Tim Pears

"This overwhelmingly hot summer everything seems to be slowing down in the tiny Devon village where Alison lives, as if the sun is pouring hot glue over it. 'This idn't nothin',' says Alison's grandmother, recalling a drought when the earth swallowed lambs, and the summer after …

21410. Small lives

Pierre Michon

Small Lives (Vies minuscules), Pierre Michon’s first novel, won the Prix France Culture. Michon explains that he wrote it "to save my own skin. I felt in my body that my life was turning around. This book born in an aura of inexpressible joy and catharsis rescued me more …

21411. Behind Closed Doors

Alina Reyes

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is an erotic adventure story in which the reader can choose what happens next. The book is divided into two halves(men read from one end,women the other)and each chapter gives a choice of sexual fantasies or 'doors'to open next.The story opens,in both …

21414. Lucien Leuwen

Stendhal

Lucien Leuwen is the second major novel written by French author Stendhal in 1834, following The Red and the Black. It remained unfinished due to the political culture of the July Monarchy in the 1830s and Stendhal's fears of losing his government position by offending the …

21415. Wild Geese

Martha Ostenso

Wild Geese is a Canadian novel of the historical fiction genre written by the author Martha Ostenso, first published in 1925 by Dodd, Mead and Company. The story is set on the prairies of Manitoba, Canada in the 1920s. The novel details characters struggling against …

21418. The Spirit of St. Louis

Charles Lindbergh

The Spirit of St. Louis is an autobiographical account by Charles Lindbergh about the events leading up to and including his 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, a custom-built, single engine, single-seat monoplane. The book was published on September 14, …

21421. Mosquitoes

William Faulkner

Mosquitoes is a satiric novel by the American author William Faulkner. The book was first published in 1927 by the New York-based publishing house Boni & Liveright and is the author’s second novel. Sources conflict regarding whether Faulkner wrote Mosquitoes during his time …

21422. The Destiny of Nathalie 'X'

William Boyd

The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' is the second short story collection by William Boyd, published in 1995, some fourteen years after his first collection, On the Yankee Station.

21426. Summer in Algiers

Albert Camus

Summer in Algiers is a written work by Albert Camus.

21427. Panther in the Basement

Amos Oz

Panther in the Basement is a 1998 novel by Israeli author Amos Oz.

21435. The Gnostics

Jacques Lacarrière

Gnostics have always sought to know” rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the …

21436. Homer's Daughter

Robert von Ranke Graves

Homer's Daughter is a 1955 novel by Robert Graves, famous for I, Claudius and The White Goddess. It starts from the idea that Homer's Odyssey was actually written by a princess in the Greek settlements in Sicily. The novel makes an entirely speculative reconstruction of who she …

21444. Indiscretions of Archie

P. G. Wodehouse

Indiscretions of Archie is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 14 February 1921 by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United States on 15 July 1921 by George H. Doran, New York. The book was adapted from a series of short stories, originally …

21445. The Wanderers

Richard Price

The Wanderers is a novel by the American author Richard Price. It was first published as a book in 1974. The plot is set in the Bronx, New York City, from mid 1962 to mid 1963.

21448. Articles of Faith

James E. Talmage

The Articles of Faith: A Series of Lectures on the Principal Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an 1899 book by James E. Talmage about doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name of the book is taken from the LDS Church's …

21449. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

Mary Baker Eddy

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is the central text of the Christian Science religion. Mary Baker Eddy described it as her "most important work." She began writing it in February 1872 and the first edition was published in 1875.

21451. Jake's Thing

Kingsley Amis

Jake's Thing is a satirical novel written by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1978 by Hutchinson, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize that year. The novel follows the life of Jacques 'Jake' Richardson, a fifty-nine-year-old Oxford don who struggles to overcome the loss of his …

21454. Reality Is What You Can Get Away With

Robert Anton Wilson

Reality is What You Can Get Away With is an illustrated screenplay by Robert Anton Wilson first published in 1993, followed by a revised edition in 1996. Alternative cover design

21457. Rhyme Stew

Roald Dahl

Rhyme Stew is a collection of poems for children by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake. In a sense it's a more adult version of Revolting Rhymes. The poems either parody well known fairy tales nursery rhymes or are little stories thought up by Dahl himself. Most of the …

21458. Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of …

Ramsey Campbell

Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell 1961–1991 is a collection of fantasy and horror stories by author Ramsey Campbell. Released in 1993 in an edition of 3,834 copies, it was the author's fourth collection of stories to be published by Arkham House. …

21460. Arthur Rex

Thomas Berger

Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel is a 1978 novel by American author Thomas Berger. Berger offers his own take on the legends of King Arthur, from the heroic monarch's inauspicious conception, to his childhood in bucolic Wales, his rise to the throne, his discovery of the great …

21461. 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

Tom Moon

1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book written by Tom Moon, published in 2008. It consists of a list of recordings, mostly albums, arranged alphabetically by artist or composer. Each entry in the list is accompanied by a short essay followed by genre …

21462. Checkmate

Malorie Blackman

Checkmate is a book published in 2005 that was written by Malorie Blackman.

21464. My Summer of Love

Helen Cross

My Summer Of Love is a novel by Helen Cross, first published in Great Britain in 2001, winning a Betty Trask Award in the subsequent year. Set in the fictional Yorkshire market town of Whitehorse, and the surrounding area, it tells the story of the intense relationship that …

21465. Appassionata

Jilly Cooper

Appassionata is a book published in 1996 that was written by Jilly Cooper.

21466. Proust and Signs

Gilles Deleuze

Proust and Signs is a 1964 book by Gilles Deleuze in which he explores the system of signs within the work of the celebrated French novelist Marcel Proust. It was translated into English by Richard Howard. The book is divided into two parts. In the first part Deleuze looks at …

21467. Guy Mannering

Walter Scott

Guy Mannering or The Astrologer is a novel by Sir Walter Scott, published anonymously in 1815. According to an introduction that Scott wrote in 1829, he had originally intended to write a story of the supernatural, but changed his mind soon after starting. The book was a huge …

21468. Casanova's Chinese Restaurant

Anthony Powell

Casanova's Chinese Restaurant is a novel by Anthony Powell. It forms the fifth volume of his masterpiece, the twelve-volume sequence A Dance to the Music of Time, and was originally published in 1960. Many of the events of the novel were included in the television adaptation …

21469. The archaeology of knowledge ; and, The discourse on …

Michel Foucault

The Archaeology of Knowledge is a 1969 book by the French philosopher Michel Foucault. It is a methodological and historiographical treatise promoting what Foucault calls "archaeology" or the "archaeological method", an analytical method he implicitly used in his previous works …

21470. Set This House on Fire

William Styron

Set This House on Fire is a novel by William Styron, set in a small village of the Amalfi coast in Italy, centred on the themes of evil and redemption. The narrator, Peter Leverett, is a lawyer from the South, but the story is primarily told through the recollections of its …

21472. Black feminist thought

Patricia Hill Collins

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment is a 1990 book by Patricia Hill Collins.

21477. The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire

Doris Lessing

The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire is a 1983 science fiction novel by Nobel Prize in Literature-winner Doris Lessing. It is the fifth book in her five-book Canopus in Argos series and comprises a set of documents that describe the final days of the Volyen Empire, …

21480. Cast Two Shadows

Ann Rinaldi

Cast Two Shadows is a historical novel by Ann Rinaldi, a part of the Great Episodes series; it is told in first-person.

21481. The Family Arsenal

Paul Theroux

The Family Arsenal is a novel by Paul Theroux originally published in 1976. It is a political thriller following the acts of a terrorist cell in London.

21484. Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi

Rob MacGregor

Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi is the first of 12 Indiana Jones novels published by Bantam Books. Rob MacGregor, the author of this book, also wrote five of the other Indiana Jones books for Bantam. It was published January 1, 1991 and was followed by Indiana Jones and …

21485. Tarzan and the Lost Empire

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan and the Lost Empire is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twelfth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was first published as a serial in Blue Book Magazine from October 1928 through February 1929; it first appeared in book form in a …

21486. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

Charles Darwin

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals is a book by Charles Darwin, published in 1872, concerning genetically determined aspects of behaviour. It was published thirteen years after On the Origin of Species and alongside his 1871 book The Descent of Man, it is Darwin's …

21488. The Retreat

Patrick Rambaud

The Retreat is a historic novel by the French author Patrick Rambaud that was first published in 2000. The English translation by Will Hobson appeared in 2004. The Retreat describes the occupation of Moscow by the French Army in 1812 and its disastrous retreat. The action in the …

21492. The Next Fifty Years

John Brockman

The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century is a 2002 collection of essays by twenty-five well-known scientists, edited by Edge Foundation founder John Brockman, who wrote the introduction. The essays contain speculation by the authors about the …

21493. Dark Is the Sun

Philip José Farmer

Dark Is The Sun is a science fiction novel by Philip José Farmer, first published in 1979. It tells the story of the people and creatures left on Earth when the Sun is dead and the universe is heading towards the Big Crunch.

21496. The Best of Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber

The Best of Fritz Leiber is a collection of short stories by Fritz Leiber. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Sphere Books in paperback in May 1974, and in the United States in hardcover by Doubleday in June 1974; a British hardcover and American paperback followed …

21497. Fable for Another Time

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Fable for Another Time is a 1952 novel by the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. The narrative recounts Céline's experiences during what seems to be a hypothetical bombing of an area of Montmartre by the allies on the days preceding D-day. The whole of the action of this …

21498. Tomorrow, the Stars

Robert A. Heinlein

Tomorrow, the Stars is an anthology of speculative fiction short stories, presented as edited by Robert A. Heinlein and published in 1952. Heinlein wrote a six-page introduction in which he discussed the nature of science fiction, speculative fiction, escapist stories, and …

21499. The Quest for Fire

J.-H. Rosny

The Quest for Fire is a 1911 Belgian novel by "J.-H. Rosny", the pseudonym of two brothers; the author was likely the elder of the two, Joseph Henri Honoré Boex. It was first published in English in 1967. It was made into a feature film of the same name in 1981. The film stars …

21501. Quicksilver Rising

Stan Nicholls

Quicksilver Rising is a book published in 2003 that was written by Stan Nicholls.

21503. Bazil Broketail

Christopher Rowley

Bazil Broketail is a fantasy novel written by Christopher Rowley. The book is the first in the Dragons of the Argonath series that follows the adventures of a human boy, Relkin, and his dragon, Bazil Broketail as they fight in the Argonath Legion’s 109th Marneri Dragons. Relkin …

21504. Rosie Carpe

Marie NDiaye

Rosie Carpe is a 2001 novel by the French writer Marie NDiaye. It received the 2001 Prix Femina. It was originally published in France by Les Éditions de Minuit. The English translation by Tamsin Black was published in 2004 in the USA by the University of Nebraska press.

21505. Star Trek Log One

Alan Dean Foster

Star Trek Log One is a book published in 1974 that was written by Alan Dean Foster.

21511. The Modern Antiquarian

Julian Cope

The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-Millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain is a book written by Julian Cope, published in 1998. It explores a number of sites of Britain's megalithic heritage, including Stonehenge and Avebury. As well as stone circles, The Modern Antiquarian …

21515. City on Fire

Walter Jon Williams

City on Fire is an arcanepunk novel by Walter Jon Williams, first published in 1997 and nominated for the Nebula Award in 1997 and the Hugo Award in 1998. It is the sequel to 1995's Metropolitan.

21516. The First Person and Other Stories

Ali Smith

The First Person and Other Stories is a short story collection by Scottish Booker-shortlisted author Ali Smith, first published in 2008. It contains 12 stories :- "True Short Story" A discussion between two men in a cafe discussing the relative merits of novels and short stories …

21518. Johnny Mnemonic

William Gibson

Johnny Mnemonic is a short story by William Gibson and the inspiration behind the 1995 film of the same name. The short story first appeared in Omni magazine in May 1981, and was subsequently included in 1986's Burning Chrome, a collection of Gibson's short fiction. It takes …

21521. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

Tom Bissell

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter is a 2010 non-fiction book by journalist and critic Tom Bissell discussing the social relevance and importance of video games as well as defending the medium against detractors. Bissell takes a slightly ambivalent stance towards the cultural …

21522. Absolute Certainty

Rose Connors

Absolute Certainty is a novel written by Rose Connors.

21524. Twilight in the Desert

Matthew Simmons

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy is a book by American investment banker Matthew Simmons. The text was initially published on June 10, 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. The book focuses on the petroleum industry of Saudi Arabia and posits …

21528. Trust Me

John Updike

Trust Me is a collection of short stories by John Updike, first published in 1987.

21529. The Book of the Dun Cow

Walter Wangerin

The Book of the Dun Cow is a fantasy novel by Walter Wangerin, Jr.. It is loosely based upon the beast fable of Chanticleer and the Fox adapted from the story of "The Nun's Priest's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The Book was named The New York Times Best …

21530. The Soul of Baseball

Joe Posnanski

The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America is a 2007 book written by Joe Posnanski about Buck O'Neil, an American professional baseball player in the Negro Leagues during the 1940s and 1950s. O'Neil's contributions to the game of baseball and his love for …

21532. Voyage to the City of the Dead

Alan Dean Foster

Voyage to the City of the Dead is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster.

21535. Piece of Cake

Derek Robinson

Piece of Cake is a 1983 novel by Derek Robinson which follows a fictional Royal Air Force fighter squadron through the first year of World War II, and the Battle of Britain. It was later made into a television series. Although a work of fiction, the novel purports to be as …

21536. Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

Gilles Kepel

Jihad The Trail of Political Islam is a book by French author and scholar Gilles Kepel. It was originally published in French in 2000 by Gallimard, with English translations by Anthony F. Roberts from Belknap Press in 2002 and I.B. Tauris in 2006. The book provides a detailed …

21538. Moonwalk

Michael Jackson

Moonwalk is a 1988 autobiography written by American recording artist Michael Jackson. The book was first published by Doubleday on February 1, 1988, five months after the release of Jackson's 1987 Bad album, and named after Jackson's signature dance move, the moonwalk. The book …

21542. Sorcerer's Apprentice

Tahir Shah

Sorcerer's Apprentice is a travel book by Anglo-Afghan author, Tahir Shah.

21543. Hard Revolution

George Barna

Hard Revolution is a crime novel written by George Pelecanos and set in Washington, DC. The main character of the book is Derek Strange, a black rookie police officer. The story is a prequel to other novels featuring Strange as a private detective. The book begins in 1959 when …

21544. Warm Worlds and Otherwise

James Tiptree, Jr.

Warm Worlds and Otherwise is a short story collection by Alice Sheldon that, under her pen name James Tiptree, Jr., was first published in 1975. In its introduction, "Who is Tiptree, What is He?", fellow science fiction author Robert Silverberg wrote that he found the theory …

21548. Sido

Colette

21552. No One Would Listen

Harry Markopolos

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller is a book by whistleblower Harry Markopolos about his investigation into the Madoff investment scandal and how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to react to his warnings. The book was released on March 2, 2010 by …

21553. The American pageant

David M. Kennedy

The American Pageant, initially published by Thomas A. Bailey in 1956, is an American high school history textbook often used for AP United States History, AICE American History as well as IB History of the Americas courses. Since Bailey's death in 1983, the book has been …

21554. Not on Our Watch

John Prendergast

An Academy Award-nominated actor and a renowned human rights activist team up to change the tragic course of history in the Sudan--with readers' help. While Don Cheadle was filming Hotel Rwanda, a new crisis had already erupted in Darfur, in nearby Sudan. In September 2004, …

21556. The IHOP Papers

Ali Liebegott

The IHOP Papers is the debut novel of American author Ali Liebegott, and was first published on December 13, 2006 by Carroll & Graf. The story revolves around a twenty-year-old lesbian named Francesca who falls in love with her female philosophy professor in junior college. …

21557. Satan Speaks!

Anton Szandor Lavey

Satan Speaks! is the fifth and final book by Anton LaVey, completed a few days before his death on October 29, 1997. It was published the following year by Feral House. The book consists of sixty-one "unorthodox, paradoxical and humorous" essays written by "the most …

21558. Midnight Runner

Jack Higgins

Midnight Runner is a novel by Jack Higgins published in 2002. It is his tenth Sean Dillon novel.

21562. Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens's thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel; a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the …

21563. Snows of Darkover

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Snows of Darkover is an anthology of fantasy and science fiction short stories edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The stories are set in Bradley's world of Darkover. The book was first published by DAW Books in April, 1994.

21565. The Big Rich

Bryan Burrough

The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes is the fifth book by Bryan Burrough, published in 2009. The book tells the story of four Texas oil men and their families that made large fortunes in the oil industry: Hugh Roy Cullen, Clint Murchison, Sid …

21567. The King's Name

Jo Walton

The King's Name is a fantasy novel written by Jo Walton and published by Tor Books in October 2001. It was Walton's second novel and a sequel to her first, The King's Peace. A prequel, The Prize in the Game, was published in 2002.

21568. Unforgettable

Cecily von Ziegesar

Unforgettable is the fourth book in The It Girl series, released in 2007. It was written by a ghostwriter with suggestions from Cecily von Ziegesar. Aimed toward young adults, it is a spin-off from the bestselling Gossip Girl series.

21571. The Gospel According to John

D. A. Carson

The Gospel According to John is a part of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the Gospel of John. It was published in 1990 and written by D. A. Carson, who is also the General Editor of the series. In 1992, Christianity Today …

21572. Flight of the Phoenix

R. L. LaFevers

Flight of the Pheonix is a book published in 2009 that was written by R. L. LaFevers.

21574. The View from the Seventh Layer

Kevin Brockmeier

Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical …

21576. Shiloh

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh is a Newbery Medal-winning children's novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor published in 1991. The 65th book by Naylor, it is the first in a trilogy about a young boy and the title character, an abused dog. Naylor decided to write Shiloh after an emotionally taxing experience …

21577. Survival!

Gordon Korman

Survival! is a collection of science fiction stories by Gordon R. Dickson. It was first published by Baen Books in 1984. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines Astounding, Fantasy and Science Fiction, If, Imagination, Fantastic, Infinity Science Fiction, Future …

21579. Three Came Home

Agnes Newton Keith

Three Came Home is a 1947 memoir written by Agnes Newton Keith, based on her experiences during the Japanese invasion of North Borneo. A film based on it was released in 1950 and featured Claudette Colbert in the lead role. Initially Olivia de Havilland was chosen for the role.

21580. Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way …

John C. Bogle

The best-selling investing "bible" offers new information, new insights, and new perspectives The Little Book of Common Sense Investing is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of …

21581. End of the Spear

Steve Saint

End of the Spear is a book written by Steve Saint. It was published in connection with the film of the same name. The book chronicles the continuing story that began with Elisabeth Elliot's 1957 bestseller Through Gates of Splendor. The book focuses on the Waodani tribe of …

21582. Werner Erhard

III Bartley William Warren Bartley III; William Warren Bartl …

Werner Erhard: The Transformation of a Man, The Founding of est is a biography of Werner Erhard by philosophy professor William Warren Bartley, III. The book was published in 1978 by Clarkson Potter. Bartley was professor of philosophy at California State University and had …

21583. Buster's world

Bjarne Reuter

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

21585. Pretty Little Liars

Sara Shepard

#1 New York Times bestselling seriesThis paperback box set includes the first four books in Sara Shepard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, Pretty Little Liars, Flawless, Perfect, and Unbelievable. Set in ultra-trendy Rosewood, Pennsylvania, Pretty …

21586. Dragongirl

Todd McCaffrey

Dragongirl is a science fiction novel by Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that his mother Anne McCaffrey initiated in 1967. Published in 2010, it is the sequel to Dragonheart and third with Todd as sole author.

21587. Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the …

21598. The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909, to January 8, 1910. It was published in volume form in April 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. The novel is partly inspired by historical …



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