The most popular books in English
from 22001 to 22200

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. 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 …

22004. 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 …

22006. Santorini

Alistair MacLean

The gripping tale of sabotage at sea, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.In the heart of the Aegean Sea, a luxury yacht is on fire and sinking fast. Minutes later, a four-engined jet with a fire in its nose-cone crashes into the sea.Is there a sinister connection …

22008. 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 …

22018. Critique of Cynical Reason

Peter Sloterdijk

Critique of Cynical Reason is a book by the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, published in 1983 in two volumes under the German title Kritik der zynischen Vernunft. It discusses philosophical Cynicism and popular cynicism as a societal phenomenon in European history. In the …

22026. 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 …

22032. Bachelors Anonymous

P. G. Wodehouse

Bachelors Anonymous is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 15 October 1973 by Barrie & Jenkins, London and in the United States on 28 August 1974 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York.

22033. Kingdoms of Elfin

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Kingdoms of Elfin is a short story collection by Sylvia Townsend Warner, published in 1977, a year before her death. The stories are an interconnected series of satirical fantasy stories detailing the manners of the fairy courts of Europe. It was Warner's last published work. …

22035. 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 …

22036. Summer in Algiers

Albert Camus

Summer in Algiers is a written work by Albert Camus.

22037. 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.

22059. Sam the Sudden

P. G. Wodehouse

Sam the Sudden is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 15 October 1925 by Methuen, London, and in the United States on 6 November 1925 by George H. Doran, New York, under the title Sam in the Suburbs. The story had previously been serialised under …

22063. 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 …

22064. Son of Interflux

Gordon Korman

Son of Interflux is a 1986 novel by Gordon Korman.

22065. Macdonald Hall Goes Hollywood

Gordon Korman

Macdonald Hall Goes Hollywood is the sixth novel in Gordon Korman's Bruno and Boots series featuring the adventures of Bruno Walton and his best friend Boots O'Neal at the fictitious boarding school of Macdonald Hall, located in the fictitious town of Chutney, Ontario. The novel …

22070. 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 …

22071. 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 …

22072. The Mysterious Stranger

Mark Twain

The Mysterious Stranger is the final novel attempted by the American author Mark Twain. He worked on it periodically from 1897 through 1908. The body of work is a serious social commentary by Twain addressing his ideas of the Moral Sense and the "damned human race". Twain wrote …

22073. 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 …

22075. Still Life with a Bridle

Zbigniew Herbert

Martwa natura z wędzidłem is a literary work by Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert.

22079. 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 …

22081. 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, …

22084. 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 …

22086. 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 …

22087. 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 …

22088. 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.

22092. The cabin faced west

Jean Fritz

The Cabin Faced West is an historical children's novel by the American writer Jean Fritz.

22097. The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: Volume 1 - …

G. K. Chesterton

IN DEFENCE OF A NEW EDITION INTRODUCTION A DEFENCE OF PENNY DREADFULS A DEFENCE OF RASH VOWS A DEFENCE OF SKELETONS A DEFENCE OF PUBLICITY A DEFENCE OF NONSENSE A DEFENCE OF PLANETS A DEFENCE OF CHINA SHEPHERDESSES A DEFENCE OF USEFUL INFORMATION A DEFENCE OF HERALDRY A DEFENCE …

22100. 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 …

22101. London Bridge: Guignol's Band II

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

London Bridge: Guignol's Band II is a novel by the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline, published posthumously in 1964. The story follows Ferdinand, an invalided French World War I veteran who lives in exile in London, where he is involved with questionable people and falls in …

22103. 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. I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon

Philip K. Dick

I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon is a book by Philip K. Dick, a collection of 10 science fiction short stories and one essay. It was first published by Doubleday in 1985 and was edited by Mark Hurst and Paul Williams. Many of the stories had originally appeared in the magazines …

22108. 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, …

22111. 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 …

22115. The Rains Came

Louis Bromfield

The Rains Came is a 1937 novel by Louis Bromfield.

22117. 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 …

22119. 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.

22126. The Walking Dead, Book 6

Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead, Book 6 is a book written by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.

22130. Greyfax Grimwald

Niel Hancock

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

22139. 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 …

22144. 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 …

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.

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. 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 …

22156. 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.

22157. 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 …

22158. 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 …

22161. 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 …

22162. 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.

22163. Not Without Laughter

Langston Hughes

Not Without Laughter is a novel by Langston Hughes published in 1930. It is Hughes' first novel, and first major work of prose.

22166. 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 …

22170. 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 …

22173. Thieves' paradise

Eric Jerome Dickey

Thieves' paradise is a book.

22175. 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 …

22176. 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 …

22183. 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 …

22184. 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 …

22186. The Early Asimov

Isaac Asimov

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

22191. So You Want to Be a Wizard

Diane Duane

So You Want To Be a Wizard is the first book in the Young Wizards series currently consisting of nine books by Diane Duane. It was written in 1982 and published in the next year. In 2012 a revised "New Millennium Edition" was published.

22193. 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 …

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 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.



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