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 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 …

22007. 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 …

22009. 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 …

22010. 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 …

22011. 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 …

22014. 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 …

22024. The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West

Karl-Heinz Frieser

The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West is a book by Karl-heinz Frieser and John T. Greenwood.

22026. Nadirs

Herta Müller

Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical short stories by Romanian-German writer and Nobel laureate Herta Müller. The stories center on life in the Romanian countryside and the violent, oppressive atmosphere of Romania in the mid-20th century.

22034. The Darling Buds of May

H. E. Bates

The Darling Buds of May is a novella by British writer H. E. Bates, first published in 1958. It was the first of a series of five books about the Larkins, a rural family from Kent. Pop and Ma Larkin and their many children take joy in nature, each other's company, and almost …

22035. Summer in Algiers

Albert Camus

Summer in Algiers is a written work by Albert Camus.

22047. 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 …

22050. 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. Daniel Plainway

Van Reid

Daniel Plainway is a book published in 2000 that was written by Van Reid.

22065. Son of Interflux

Gordon Korman

Son of Interflux is a 1986 novel by Gordon Korman.

22069. 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 …

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 …

22073. The Political Unconscious

Fredric Jameson

The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act is a 1981 book by Fredric Jameson, a Marxist literary theorist. Often cited as a powerful overview and methodological guide, it is the work with which Jameson made his greatest impact. The book has been the subject …

22074. 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 …

22075. 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 …

22080. 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 …

22085. To Wear the White Cloak

Sharan Newman

To wear the white cloak is a book published in 2000 that was written by Sharan Newman.

22088. 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 …

22089. Titanic: The Long Night

Diane Hoh

Titanic: The Long Night is a 1998 romance novel by Diane Hoh. It is an entirely fictional story set aboard on the real ship, Titanic. The plot centers around two main aspects. The first is the story of Elizabeth Farr, who is on the Titanic with her parents on the voyage to New …

22090. 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 …

22092. 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 …

22095. 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. 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 …

22099. 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 …

22101. The Trouble with Normal

Michael Warner

The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life is a book by Michael Warner that discusses the role of same-sex marriage as a goal for gay rights activists. First published in 1999 by The Free Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, it was re-published in …

22107. Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices

Brenda Love

The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices is a reference book by Brenda Love, first published in 1992, and having since had various republications.

22111. Show Boat

Edna Ferber

Show Boat is a 1926 novel by American author and dramatist Edna Ferber. It chronicles the lives of three generations of performers on the Cotton Blossom, a floating theater that travels between small towns on the banks of the Mississippi, from the 1880s to the 1920s. The story …

22112. 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 …

22114. Blood Colony

Tananarive Due

Blood Colony is a novel by writer Tananarive Due. It is the third book in Due's African Immortals Series. It is preceded by My Soul to Keep and The Living Blood.

22115. 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 …

22117. Otto of the Silver Hand

Howard Pyle

Otto of the Silver Hand is a children's novel about the Dark Ages written and illustrated by Howard Pyle. It was first published in 1888 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The novel was one of the first written for young readers that went beyond the chivalric ideals of the time period, …

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. 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.

22127. Resistance

Jeanne Kalogridis

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

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. 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 …

22135. The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF

David G. Hartwell

The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF is a definitive 1994 anthology of hard science fiction short stories compiled by the award-winning editing team of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. This 990-page book includes 68 stories, each prefaced by a brief note to …

22138. Endgame

Derrick Jensen

Endgame is a two-volume work by Derrick Jensen, published in 2006, which argues that civilization is inherently unsustainable and addresses the resulting question of what to do about it. Volume 1, The Problem of Civilization, spells out the need to immediately and systematically …

22140. The Face of the Waters

Robert Silverberg

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

22145. 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 …

22148. Recessional

James A. Michener

Recessional, the final novel by American author James A. Michener, centers on life in a fictional retirement home and hospice known as The Palms. Disgraced obstetrician Andy Zorn's life changes when he is hired by John Taggart, the head of a retirement home chain, to run his …

22150. 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 …

22156. Sido

Colette

22157. Mean Spirit

Linda Hogan

Mean Spirit is a book about the Osage tribe during the Oklahoma oil boom. It is Linda Hogan's first novel. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1991.

22162. The Ballad of the White Horse

G. K. Chesterton

The Ballad of the White Horse is a poem by G. K. Chesterton about the idealised exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great, published in 1911. Written in ballad form, the work is usually considered one of the last great traditional epic poems ever written in the English …

22165. Gravitation

Charles W. Misner

In physics, Gravitation is a well-known compendium on Einstein's theory of gravity by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler, originally published by W. H. Freeman and Company in 1973. It is often considered the early "bible" of general relativity by …

22169. The Planet Savers

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Planet Savers is a science fiction novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley in her Darkover series. It was first published in book form in English by Ace Books in 1962, dos-à-dos with Bradley's novel The Sword of Aldones. The story first appeared in the November 1958 issue of the …

22171. Silver Screen

Justina Robson

Silver Screen is a science fiction novel by Justina Robson, first published by Macmillan in 1999. It features Anjuli O'Connell, employed as a psychologist to monitor an Artificial Intelligence named 901. She has a photographic memory and perfect recall. The story concerns events …

22177. 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.

22178. 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 …

22181. Vacant Possession

Hilary Mantel

Vacant Possession is the title of the second novel by British author Hilary Mantel, first published in 1986 by Chatto and Windus. It continues the story from her first novel Every Day is Mother's Day and is set some ten years later with the same cast of characters.

22184. 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. …

22185. Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception is a book by Wendelin Van Draanen.

22188. 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.

22190. 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.

22192. The Double Agents

W. E. B. Griffin

The Double Agents is a book published in 2007 that was written by W. E. B. Griffin.

22195. Pigeon English

Stephen Kelman

Pigeon English is the debut novel by English author Stephen Kelman. It is told from the point of view of Harrison Okupu, an eleven-year-old Ghanaian immigrant living on a tough London estate. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011.

22199. 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 …

22200. 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 …



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