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 Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

22002. 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 …

22004. For Want of a Nail

Robert Sobel

For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga is an alternate history novel published in 1973 by the American business historian Robert Sobel. The novel depicts an alternate world where the American Revolution was unsuccessful. Although it is fiction, the novel takes the …

22006. Sten Adventures Book 4: Fleet of the Damned

Chris Bunch

Fleet of the Damned is the fourth book in Chris Bunch and Allan Cole's The Sten Adventures.

22009. Thieves' paradise

Eric Jerome Dickey

Thieves' paradise is a book.

22010. Bad Kitty

Michele Jaffe

Bad Kitty is a 2006 young adult novel written by Michele Jaffe. It is about a would-be girl detective and her friends. The sequel to Bad Kitty is Kitty Kitty.

22012. Lost Laysen

Margaret Mitchell

Lost Laysen is a novella written by Margaret Mitchell in 1916, although it was not published until 1996. Mitchell, who is best known as the author of Gone with the Wind, was believed to have only written one full book during her lifetime. However, when she was 15, she had …

22015. Blooded

Christopher Golden

Blooded is a novel written by Christopher Golden and Nancy Holder, based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

22016. 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 …

22017. The Last Heroes

W. E. B. Griffin

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

22022. 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. …

22027. One Day at a Time

Danielle Steel

One Day at a Time is a novel by Danielle Steel, published by Random House in February 2009. The book is Steel's seventy-seventh novel.

22028. Demon's Delight

MaryJanice Davidson

Demon's Delight is an anthology novel containing four short stories written by authors MaryJanice Davidson, Emma Holly, Vickie Taylor, and Catherine Spangler.

22029. Dustbin Baby

Jacqueline Wilson

Dustbin Baby is a children's novel by English author Jacqueline Wilson. The story focuses on April, a fourteen-year-old girl who was abandoned by her mother in a dustbin when she was only a few minutes old. After a blazing row with her foster mother, she goes in search of her …

22030. The Stone Key

Isobelle Carmody

The Stone Key is a 2008 science fiction novel by Isobelle Carmody, set in a post apocalyptic world. It is the fifth book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

22032. Confessions of an Heiress

Paris Hilton

Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose is a 2004 book co-written by Paris Hilton and Merle Ginsberg. It includes full color photographs of Hilton and gives her advice on the life as an heiress. Hilton reportedly received a $100,000 in advanced payment …

22036. The Discontinuity Guide

Keith Topping

The Discontinuity Guide is a 1995 guidebook to the serials of the original run of the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who. The book was written by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping and was first published as Doctor Who - The Discontinuity Guide on 1 July 1995 by …

22038. The French revolution

Thomas Carlyle

The product of a powerful and original mind, this is the history that introduced English-speaking people to the full meaning and tragedy of the French Revolution. First published in 1837, this pioneering work established Thomas Carlyle's reputation as a historian of enduring …

22041. 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. …

22048. The Tale of Pigling Bland

Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Pigling Bland is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1913. The story describes the adventures of the pig of the title and how his life changes upon meeting a soul mate, in much the same way …

22057. The Informer

Liam O'Flaherty

The Informer is a novel by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty published in 1925. It received the 1925 James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

22058. 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 …

22059. Patriotic Gore

Edmund Wilson

Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War is a 1962 book of historical and literary criticism written by Edmund Wilson. It consists of 26 chapters about the works and lives of almost 30 writers, including Ambrose Bierce, George Washington Cable‡, Mary …

22061. The fox in the attic

Richard Hughes

The Fox in the Attic is a 1961 novel by Richard Hughes, who is best known for A High Wind in Jamaica. It was the first novel in his unfinished The Human Predicament trilogy.

22063. Field Work

Seamus Heaney

Field Work is the fifth poetry collection by Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

22068. The Tenants

Bernard Malamud

The Tenants is the sixth novel of Bernard Malamud, published in 1971.

22069. Myths of the Near Future

J. G. Ballard

Myths of the Near Future is a short-story collection by J. G. Ballard, first published in 1982. It contains the following stories: "Myths of the Near Future" "Having a Wonderful Time" - Written in the form of postcards, the story chronicles a young couple who vacation on the …

22070. A Dream of Wessex

Christopher Priest

A Dream of Wessex is a 1977 science fiction novel by Christopher Priest. In the United States it was released under the title The Perfect Lover.

22071. Lost on Venus

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Lost On Venus is the second book in the Venus series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was first serialized in Argosy in 1933 and published in book form two years later.

22072. 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 …

22074. Son of Interflux

Gordon Korman

Son of Interflux is a 1986 novel by Gordon Korman.

22075. Saint Jack

Paul Theroux

Saint Jack is a 1973 novel by Paul Theroux and a 1979 film of the same name. It tells the life of Jack Flowers, a pimp in Singapore. Feeling hopeless and undervalued, Jack tries to make money by setting up his own bordello, and clashes with Chinese triad members in the process.

22076. Desperation

Stephen King

Desperation is a horror novel by Stephen King. It was published in 1996 at the same time as its "mirror" novel, The Regulators. It was made into a TV film starring Ron Perlman, Tom Skeritt and Steven Weber in 2006. The two novels represent parallel universes relative to one …

22077. The Short-Timers

Gustav Hasford

The Short-Timers is a 1979 semi-autobiographical novel by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Gustav Hasford, about his experience in the Vietnam War. It was later adapted into the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket by Hasford, Michael Herr, and Stanley Kubrick. Hasford's novel The Phantom …

22078. 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 …

22080. Absent in the Spring

Agatha Christie

Absent in the Spring is a novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Collins in August 1944 and in the US by Farrar & Rinehart later in the same year. It was the third of six novels Christie wrote under the nom-de-plume Mary Westmacott.

22082. Spider Kiss

Harlan Ellison

Spider Kiss is a 1961 novel by American author Harlan Ellison.

22083. 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 …

22087. The Aunt's Story

Patrick White

The Aunt's Story is the third published novel by the Australian novelist and 1973 Nobel Prize-winner, Patrick White. It tells the story of Theodora Goodman, a lonely middle-aged woman who travels to France after the death of her mother, and then to America, where she experiences …

22089. 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.

22090. 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 …

22095. Tieta

Jorge Amado

Tieta is a novel written by the Brazilian author Jorge Amado, published on August 17, 1977. Set in the 1970s, it narrates the return of Tieta to the remote village of Santana do Agreste, 26 years after being beaten and expelled by her father in front of all the town's people.

22096. Eyes of the Emperor

Graham Salisbury

Eyes of the Emperor is a historical novel written by Graham Salisbury, and is currently published by Laurel-Leaf, which is an imprint of Random House Children's Books, in the United States in paperback. The first edition was published in 2005. The first edition was published by …

22097. Jip, His Story

Katherine Paterson

Jip, His Story is a 1996 children's book written by U.S. novelist Katherine Paterson. Set in Vermont during the 1850s, it focuses on a 12-year-old orphan named Jip, who was abandoned as an infant and mistaken for a gypsy because of his skin color. Jip works at a poor farm where …

22098. The tree where man was born

Peter Matthiessen

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

22101. 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.

22102. 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 …

22103. 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.

22111. Families and How to Survive Them

John Cleese

Families and How to Survive Them is a bestselling self-help book co-authored by the psychiatrist and psychotherapist Robin Skynner and the comedian John Cleese. It was first published in 1983, and is illustrated throughout by the cartoonist J. B. Handelsman. The book takes the …

22112. 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, …

22117. Cult Movies

Danny Peary

Cult Movies is a 1981 book by Danny Peary, consisting of a series of essays regarding what Peary described as the 100 most representative examples of the cult film phenomenon. The films are presented in alphabetical order, with each chapter featuring a story synopsis for the …

22118. 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 …

22121. Flight from the Dark

Joe Dever

Flight from the Dark is the first installment in the award-winning Lone Wolf book series created by Joe Dever.

22123. The Death of the West

Patrick J. Buchanan

The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Culture and Civilization is a 2001 book by paleoconservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan.

22125. Babylon 5: Clark's Law

Jim Mortimore

Clark's Law is the fourth book in the series of original science fiction novels based on the Emmy Award-winning series Babylon 5 created by J. Michael Straczynski. The book was written by Jim Mortimore

22126. 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.

22132. Resistance

Jeanne Kalogridis

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

22134. 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 …

22136. Return to Nevèrÿon

Samuel R. Delany

Return to Nevèrÿon collects three sword and sorcery stories by Samuel R. Delany, along with an appendix: "The Game of Time and Pain," "The Tale of Rumor and Desire," and "The Tale of Gorgik," and "Appendix: Closures and Openings." It is the last of the four-volume Return to …

22137. And the Devil Will Drag You Under

Jack L. Chalker

And the Devil Will Drag You Under, is a comic fantasy by Jack Chalker involving an alcoholic demon and two humans he summons to collect the pieces of a mystic artifact that the demon requires to save Earth from an asteroid on a collision course. The human's journeys include both …

22138. The Great Enigma

Tomas Transtromer

The Great Enigma is a 2004 collection of poetry by the Swedish writer Tomas Tranströmer. It consists of five poems in free format, followed by 45 haikus in eleven suites. It is one of the two collections Tranströmer has written after his 1990 stroke, and it was therefore written …

22139. A Kind of Loving

Stan Barstow

A Kind of Loving is a novel by the English novelist Stan Barstow. It has also been translated into a film of the same name, a television series, a radio play and a stage play. A Kind of Loving was the first of a trilogy, published over the course of sixteen years, that followed …

22140. The Mind Readers

Margery Allingham

The Mind Readers is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1965, in the United Kingdom by Chatto & Windus, London. It is the eighteenth novel in the Albert Campion series.

22144. 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. …

22146. The Face of the Waters

Robert Silverberg

The Face of the Waters is a science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg, first published in 1991.

22149. 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.

22150. The Nimble Man

Christopher Golden

Brad Thor meets Avatar in this timely thriller for the drone age as award-winning author Christopher Golden spins the troubles of today into the apocalypse of tomorrow. After political upheaval, economic collapse, and environmental disaster, the world has become a hotspot, …

22151. 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 …

22152. Pilgrims

Elizabeth Gilbert

The debut by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love; a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and New York Times Notable Book Look out for Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, on sale now!When it appeared in 1997, Elizabeth Gilbert’s …

22157. 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.

22158. A Child's Calendar

John Updike

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

22159. 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 …

22160. Aetheric Mechanics

Warren Ellis

Aetheric Mechanics is a graphic novella created by Eagle Award-winning writer Warren Ellis. It is 48 pages long, illustrated in black and white by Gianluca Pagliarini, and was published by Avatar Press in October 2008.

22162. 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, …

22165. 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 …

22167. 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 …

22170. A Village Romeo and Juliet (Oneworld Classics)

Gottfried Keller

Inspired by the suicides of two real-life sweethearts, this impassioned novel evokes the overwhelming beauty of young love and nature but is ultimately pessimistic about the possibility of such beauty surviving in the real world. Although it attracted controversy when it was …

22171. 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 …

22172. 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 …

22173. 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 …

22175. 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 …

22189. The Blue Octavo Notebooks

Franz Kafka

The Blue Octavo Notebooks is a series of eight notebooks written by Franz Kafka from late 1917 until June 1919. The name was given to them by Max Brod, Kafka's literary executor, to differentiate them from the regular quarto-sized notebooks Kafka used as diaries. Along with the …

22195. 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 …

22198. 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.



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