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.

22001. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall

Carolyn Keene

The Ghost of Blackwood Hall is the twenty-fifth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1948 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. The actual author was ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson.

22002. Phylogenesis

Alan Dean Foster

Phylogenesis is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. It is the first novel in Foster's Founding of the Commonwealth Trilogy. In Phylogenesis Foster begins to further expand the history of the founding of the Humanx Commonwealth which began in his 1982 novel Nor …

22004. The Medusa Stone

Jack Du Brul

The Medusa Stone is an adventure novel by Jack Du Brul. This is the third book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Phillip Mercer.

22007. 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 …

22008. Goliath

Steve Alten

Commander Rochelle "Rocky" Jackson is aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when the "unsinkable" naval vessel and its entire fleet are attacked from the depths and sunk. As Rocky struggles to stay alive, a monstrous mechanical steel stingray surfaces, plowing through …

22009. Lucky Child

Loung Ung

Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind is a memoir written by a Cambodian woman, Loung Ung. Her previous memoir was First They Killed My Father. The memoir chronicles her adjustment to life in the U.S. after escaping the Cambodian genocide. …

22010. The Farther Shore

Christie Golden

The Farther Shore is the second book of two of the "Homecoming" series. It takes place directly after the show's final episode, "Endgame".

22014. Starseed

Spider Robinson

Starseed is a science fiction novel by Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson. It first appeared in seven parts in Pulphouse Weekly in 1991. It is a sequel to Stardance and was published as a standalone novel later that. It was republished in 1997 as an omnibus edition with …

22017. Runt

Marion Dane Bauer

Runt is a 2002 children's novel written by Marion Dane Bauer. It tells of a story about a wolf pup who is a runt.

22019. Poor Little Bitch Girl

Jackie Collins

Poor Little Bitch Girl is the twenty-seventh novel by English novelist Jackie Collins. It was released on 4 October 2009 in the United Kingdom, and 9 February 2010 in the United States. The book stemmed from an idea that Collins was working on for a television series about …

22022. Star Trek

Alan Dean Foster

The novelization of the film Star Trek was written in 2009 by Alan Dean Foster, who had also written novelizations of Star Trek: The Animated Series. Paramount moved the film's release from December 2008 to May 2009, as the studio felt more people would see the film during …

22024. Love Medicine

Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich’s first novel, published in 1984. Erdrich revised and expanded the novel for an edition issued in 1993, and then revised it again for the 2009 edition. The book explores 60 years in the lives of a small group of Chippewa living on the Turtle …

22026. The Final Storm

Jeff Shaara

The Final Storm is a historical novel by Jeff Shaara based on the Pacific Theater of World War II. It follows roughly chronologically after his European World War II trilogy ending with No Less Than Victory. It was published on May 17, 2011. The story opens in February 1945 when …

22027. 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 …

22028. 101 Philosophy Problems

Martin Cohen

Now in its second edition, this ever-engaging, humorous and extremely popular book challenges readers to think philosophically about every day dilemmas. This fully updated new edition includes brand new problems, such as 'A Nasty Transplant' and the 'Three Embryos', from the …

22032. The Assassination Bureau, Ltd

Jack London

The Assassination Bureau, Ltd is a thriller novel, begun by Jack London and finished after his death by Robert L. Fish. It was published in 1963. The plot follows Ivan Dragomiloff, who, in a twist of fate, finds himself pitted against the secret assassination agency he founded. …

22033. The Coming of the King

Nikolai Tolstoy

The Coming of the King: The First Book of Merlin is a 1988 historical fantasy novel by Nikolai Tolstoy drawing upon Arthurian legend and more broadly, Celtic and Germanic mythology. The novel is the first in an as-yet unfinished trilogy. Tolstoy is also the author of the 1985 …

22037. Inside Mr. Enderby

Anthony Burgess

Inside Mr Enderby is the first volume of the Enderby series, a quartet of comic novels by the British author Anthony Burgess. The book was first published in 1963 in London by William Heinemann under the pseudonym Joseph Kell. The series began with the publication in 1963 of …

22041. The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding

Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in October 1908 as The Roly-Poly Pudding. In 1926, it was re-published as The Tale of Samuel Whiskers. The book is …

22047. Bed

Tao Lin

Bed is a short story collection by Tao Lin, published in 2007.

22051. Mahabharata

C. Rajagopalachari

Mahabharata is a mythological book by C. Rajagopalachari. It was first published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1958. This book is an abridged English retelling of Vyasa's Mahabharata. Rajaji considered this book and his Ramayana to be his greatest service to his countrymen. The …

22053. Suicide Hill

James Ellroy

Suicide Hill is a crime fiction novel written by James Ellroy. Released in 1987, it is the third and final installment of the Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy.

22054. The Case Against the Fed

Murray Rothbard

The Case Against the Fed is a 1994 book by Murray N. Rothbard taking a critical look at the United States Federal Reserve, fractional reserve banking, and central banks in general. It details the history of fractional reserve banking and the influence that bankers have had on …

22055. A Tiger for Malgudi

R. K. Narayan

A Tiger for Malgudi is a 1983 novel by R. K. Narayan told by a tiger in the first person. Deeply moving is the attachment of the tiger to the monk and the monk's care for the tiger. R. K. Narayan consulted with noted tiger expert K. Ullas Karanth on the writing of this novel.

22063. 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 …

22064. A Letter Concerning Toleration

John Locke

A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke was originally published in 1689. Its initial publication was in Latin, though it was immediately translated into other languages. Locke's work appeared amidst a fear that Catholicism might be taking over England, and responds to the …

22066. The Crooked Hinge

John Dickson Carr

The Crooked Hinge is a mystery novel by detective novelist John Dickson Carr. It combines a seemingly impossible throat-slashing with elements of witchcraft, an automaton modelled on Maelzel's Chess Player, and the story of the Tichborne Claimant. It was dedicated to fellow …

22068. The Little White Car

Dan Rhodes

The Little White Car, is a novel by British author Dan Rhodes, published under the pen name Danuta de Rhodes in 2004 by Canongate and has been translated into 12 languages. The book's premise, based on real-world evidence, is that the car carrying Diana, Princess of Wales was in …

22070. Doctor Sally

P. G. Wodehouse

Doctor Sally is a short novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on April 7, 1932 by Methuen & Co., London. In the United States, it was serialised in Collier's Weekly from July 4 to August 1, 1931 under the title The Medicine Girl, and was included …

22072. A Small Place in Italy

Eric Newby

A Small Place in Italy is a travel memoir and autobiographical novel written by Eric Newby, author of The Last Grain Race and Slowly Down the Ganges. In 1967, Eric Newby and his wife Wanda acquire an old run-down farmhouse in Italy, I Castagni, in the foothills of the Apuan Alps …

22073. Books Do Furnish a Room

Anthony Powell

Books Do Furnish a Room is a novel by Anthony Powell, the tenth in the sequence of twelve comprising his masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time. It was first published in 1971 and, like the other volumes, remains in print. The book conveys the atmosphere of post-war austerity …

22075. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Lyman Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, …

22076. The Solid Mandala

Patrick White

The Solid Mandala, the seventh published novel by Australian author Patrick White, Nobel Prize winner of 1973, first published in 1966. It details the story of two brothers, Waldo and Arthur Brown, with a focus on the facets of their symbiotic relationship. It is set in the …

22077. The Adventures of Roderick Random

SMOLLETT

The Adventures of Roderick Random is a picaresque novel by Tobias Smollett, first published in 1748. It is partially based on Smollett's experience as a naval-surgeon’s mate in the British Navy, especially during the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in 1741. In the preface, …

22078. Horse Under Water

Len Deighton

Horse Under Water is the second of four Len Deighton spy novels featuring an unnamed British agent protagonist. It was preceded by The IPCRESS File and followed by Funeral in Berlin.

22081. The final frontiersman

James Campbell

The Final Frontiersman is a book by James Campbell that is set in Alaska, following the life of Heimo Korth in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The book chronicles Korth learning how to trap and hunt with the Eskimos of St Lawrence Island, which is where he met and married …

22082. Monday or Tuesday

Virginia Woolf

Monday or Tuesday is a 1921 short story collection by Virginia Woolf published by The Hogarth Press. 1000 copies were printed with four full-page woodcuts by Vanessa Bell. Leonard Woolf called it one of the worst printed books ever published because of the typographical mistakes …

22083. Kick Ass

Carl Hiaasen

Kick Ass is the first of two books which highlight some of Carl Hiaasen's best columns in the newspaper Miami Herald. It was published in 1999, and followed by Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns.

22084. Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages

Manuel Puig

Eternal Curse on the Reader of These Pages is a 1980 novel by Argentine novelist Manuel Puig. As in other works by Puig, the story is formally experimental, consisting of mostly unattributed dialogue, digressing into stories within stories. It also bears many of Puig favorite …

22089. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

Alice Dalgliesh

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, written by Alice Dalgliesh and illustrated by Helen Sewell, is children's novella based, according to the author's note, on a tall tale from Pennsylvania. It won a 1953 Newbery Honor award.

22090. The tree where man was born

Peter Matthiessen

The tree where man was born is the 1972 book by Peter Matthiessen.

22091. The Hercules Text

Jack McDevitt

The Hercules Text is a 1986 science fiction novel by Jack McDevitt. It tells the story of a message of intelligent extraterrestrial origin received by SETI scientists. The Hercules Text was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award in 1986. Science fiction author Michael Swanwick …

22093. The Mask of Cthulhu

August Derleth

The Mask of Cthulhu is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 1958 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,051 copies. The stories are part of the Cthulhu Mythos and most had appeared in the magazine Weird Tales between 1939 and …

22096. Initiation Into Hermetics

Franz Bardon

Initiation into Hermetics is the title of the English translation of Franz Bardon's first of three volumes concerning self-realization in line with the Hermetic tradition.

22097. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the …

Noam Chomsky

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media is a 1988 non-fiction book co-written by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, wherein the authors argue that the mass media of the United States "are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a …

22099. Judgment Day: My Years with Ayn Rand

Nathaniel Branden

Judgment Day: My Years with Ayn Rand is a 1989 memoir by Nathaniel Branden that focuses on his relationship with his former mentor and lover, Ayn Rand. Branden released a revised version, retitled as My Years with Ayn Rand, in 1999.

22101. Yonnondio: From the Thirties

Tillie Olsen

Yonnondio: From the Thirties is a novel by American author Tillie Olsen which was published in 1974 but written in the 1930s. The novel details the lives of the Holbrook family, depicting their struggle to survive during the 1920s. Yonnondio explores the life of the …

22105. Mad Toy

Roberto Arlt

Mad Toy is the first novel of the Argentinean author Roberto Arlt. Published in 1926 by Editorial Latina, it is markedly autobiographical in nature. The original manuscripts were written in the 1920s and were drafted by Arlt in the mountains of Córdoba, in a time when his wife, …

22107. 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 …

22108. Faery in Shadow

Carolyn J. (Carolyn Janice) Cherryh

Faery in Shadow is a fantasy novel by science fiction and fantasy author C. J. Cherryh. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Legend Books in August 1993 in trade paperback, and the first United States edition was published by Ballantine Books under its Del Rey Books …

22113. Farewell to the Sea

Reinaldo Arenas

Published in 1987, Farewell to the Sea is the third book in Reinaldo Arenas' Pentagonia which critics have often argued as his best. Set on a Cuban beach immediately following the revolution, a disenchanted poet mourns for the new suppression while his wife longs for the …

22118. Ernesto

Umberto Saba

Ernesto is an unfinished novel by Umberto Saba, written in 1953 but not published until 1975, long after the author’s death.

22119. The Message in the Bottle

Walker Percy

The Message in the Bottle: How Queer Man Is, How Queer Language Is, and What One Has to Do with the Other is a collection of essays on semiotics written by Walker Percy and first published in 1975. Percy writes at what he sees as the conclusion of the modern age and attempts to …

22122. Corona

Greg Bear

Corona is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Greg Bear.

22125. Resistance

Jeanne Kalogridis

Resistance is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel set after Star Trek: Nemesis, aboard the USS Enterprise-E.

22127. Greyfax Grimwald

Niel Hancock

Greyfax Grimwald is a book published in 1977 that was written by Niel Hancock.

22128. The Emperor's Snuff-Box

John Dickson Carr

The Emperor's Snuff-Box is a non-series mystery novel by mystery novelist John Dickson Carr. The detective is psychologist Dr. Dermot Kinross. The novel takes place in France and concerns a jeweled snuff-box in the shape of a pocket watch said to have belonged to Napoleon. A …

22129. Honor of the Clan

John Ringo

Honor of the Clan is a novel by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, and is part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series, specifically a spin-off that features Michael O'Neal's daughters Cally and Michelle. Michelle has been raised off planet by the Indowy race, and has been trained in …

22131. Something Leather

Alasdair Gray

Something Leather is a novel-in-stories by Alasdair Gray which was published in 1990. Its framing narrative is the story of June's initiation into sado-masochistic activities by the female operators of a leather clothing shop in Glasgow. The four central characters are from …

22132. Vice: New & Selected Poems

Ai

Vice: New & Selected Poems is a book written by Ai.

22133. The Blacker the Berry

Wallace Thurman

The Blacker the Berry: A Novel of Negro Life is a novel by American author Wallace Thurman, associated with the Harlem Renaissance. It was considered groundbreaking for its exploration of colorism and racial discrimination within the black community, where lighter skin was often …

22135. Gender Blender

Blake Nelson

Gender Blender is a young adult novel written by Blake Nelson. The book explores the differences between males and females and dramatizes it in a way that children will understand.

22136. The People of the Mist

H. Rider Haggard

The People of the Mist is a classic lost race fantasy novel written by H. Rider Haggard. It was first published serially in the weekly magazine Tit-Bits, between December 1893 and August 1894; the first edition in book form was published in London by Longmans in October, 1894. …

22137. Headhunters

John King

Headhunters is the second novel by John King and, along with The Football Factory and England Away, comprises a trilogy of books that challenge the official position on subjects such as class, racism, sexism and patriotism in England. It was published in 1998. The main …

22139. The Courage to Heal

Ellen Bass

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse is a self-help book by poet Ellen Bass and Laura Davis that focuses on recovery from child sexual abuse and has been called "controversial and polarizing". The intent of the book is to provide a healing …

22142. The Anome

Jack Vance

The Anome is a science fiction novel by American writer Jack Vance, first published in 1973; it is the first book in the Durdane series of novels.

22144. Democracy and Education

John Dewey

Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education is a 1916 book by John Dewey. Dewey sought to at once synthesize, criticize, and expand upon the democratic educational philosophies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Plato. He saw Rousseau's philosophy as …

22146. A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich

Alice Childress

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich is a 1973 young adult novel by Alice Childress.

22147. Overqualified

Joey Comeau

Overqualified is an art project by Canadian writer Joey Comeau in which he wrote a series of cover letters as job applications to companies. The letters were collected into a book and published as Overqualified by ECW Press in 2009. The letters all start off as standard cover …

22150. Role of Honour

John Gardner

Role of Honour, first published in 1984, was the fourth novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape and in the United States by Putnam.

22152. Stone Cold

Robert Swindells

Stone Cold is a realistic young-adult novel by Robert Swindells, published by Heinemann in 1993. Set on the streets of London, the first-person narrative switches between Link, a newly homeless sixteen-year-old adjusting to his situation, and Shelter, an ex-army officer scorned …

22153. A Child's Calendar

John Updike

A Child's Calendar is a book written by John Updike and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

22154. The Well of the Unicorn

Fletcher Pratt

The Well of the Unicorn is a fantasy novel by Fletcher Pratt, the first of his two major fantasies. It was first published in hardcover by William Sloane Associates in 1948, under the pseudonym George U. Fletcher. All later editions have appeared under the author's actual name …

22156. Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President …

Vincent Bugliosi

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a book by attorney Vincent Bugliosi that analyzes the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, focusing on the lives of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The book is drawn from many sources, …

22162. Echoes in the Darkness

Joseph Wambaugh

Echoes in the Darkness is the title of a 1987 book by crime writer Joseph Wambaugh which also became a made-for-TV movie the same year. The book details the lurid tale of the murder of Pennsylvania's Upper Merion Area High School English teacher Susan Reinert and her two …

22163. The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The Yellow Wallpaper is a 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century …

22167. An Echo in Time : Atlantis

Traci Harding

The extraordinary and bestselling journeys of one woman throughout time ... the narrow stairway inside the mountain led to a door that opened into a huge marble plateau. Upon this stood a stone circle of nine of the largest hunks of polished crystal tory had ever seen. A …

22168. Arabian Jazz

Diana Abu-Jaber

Arabian Jazz is a novel written by Diana Abu-Jaber and published in 1993.

22172. Thurston House

Danielle Steel

Thurston House is a romance novel by Danielle Steel. The book was first published on August 4, 1983, by Dell Publishing Company. The plot follows Jeremiah, a self-made, wealthy businessman who is looking for a lady in his life; he meets Camille, a younger female whom he had …

22175. The Meeting at Telgte

Günter Grass

A group of leading intellectuals from all parts of Germany gather in 1647 for the purpose of strengthening the last remaining bond within a divided nation-its language and literature-as the Thirty Years' War comes to an end. Afterword by Leonard Forster. Translated by Ralph …

22177. Royal Highness

Thomas Mann

Royal Highness is the delightfully ironic tale of a small, decadent German duchy and its invigoration by the intellect and values of an independent-minded American woman. Peopled with a range of characters from aristocrat to artisan, Royal Highness provides a microcosmic view of …

22178. Rain

Karen Duve

An international bestseller already translated into nine languages, Karen Duve's disturbing and hilarious debut is not for the squeamish-or anyone with snail phobia. When Leon Ulbricht lands a contract to write a gangster's memoirs and moves into his dream home in a small East …

22179. On Love and Death

Patrick Süskind

In ON LOVE AND DEATH, Patrick Suskind reveals the hidden source of his mesmerizing fiction: an obsession with the darkly erotic link between love and death. In this witty and thought-provoking meditation on the two elemental forces of human existence, he brilliantly draws on …

22185. The Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Sorrows of Young Werther is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and …

22187. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Karl Marx

Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 are a series of notes written between April and August 1844 by Karl Marx. Not published by Marx during his lifetime, they were first released in 1927 by researchers in the Soviet Union.

22196. An Outline of Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud

An Outline of Psychoanalysis is a work by Sigmund Freud. Returning to an earlier project of providing an overview of psychoanalysis, Freud began writing this work in Vienna in 1938 as he was waiting to leave for London. By September 1938 he had written three-quarters of the …



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