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.

23801. A blue tale and other stories

Marguerite Yourcenar

Published to great acclaim in France in 1993, this collection is not only a delight for Marguerite Yourcenar fans but a welcome port of entry for any reader not yet familiar with the author's lengthier, more demanding works. The sole published work of fiction by Yourcenar yet to …

23802. Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years

Margaret Mead

During her exceptional life Margaret Mead represented many things to the American public; sage, scientist, noncomformist, crusader for world peace, and archetypal grandmother. An enduring cultural icon for our century, she came to symbolize a new kind of woman, one who …

23803. Venus as a Boy

Luke Sutherland

In a room in Soho, a man is turning gold. His flesh, his organs, even his beautiful eyes, are being transformed by some shocking human alchemy into precious deadly metal. And the path to this curious and frightening predicament has itself been filled with incredible moments. It …

23806. Sans moi

Marie Desplechin

Two young women: one a single mother struggling to bring up her young family and keep her career afloat, the other an ex-drug addict who loves children and needs a job. When Olivia - on the face of it a highly unsuitable babysitter - moves in, trailing her chaotic past behind …

23807. Sacred

Eliette Abécassis

New translation of Israeli/French film classic 'Kadosh'. Winner Of The 'Prix Des Écrivains Croyants'.

23809. Coming of Age at the End of History

Camille de Toledo

Enfant terrible Camille de Toledo recently burst onto Paris’ intellectual scene with this controversial manifesto that examines counterculture movements from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the present. He asks what exactly his generation is protesting against and contemplates …

23814. Thoughts of sorts

Georges Perec

Thoughts of Sorts, one of Georges Perec's final works, was published posthumously in France in 1985. With this translation, David Bellos, Perec's preeminent translator, has completed the Godine list of Perec's great works translated into English and has provided an introduction …

23815. Djinn

Alain Robbe-Grillet

Djinn is a novel by Alain Robbe-Grillet. It was written as a French textbook with California State University, Dominguez Hills professor Yvone Lenard using a process of grammatical progression. Each chapter covers a specific element of French grammar which becomes increasingly …

23816. The Real Cool Killers

Chester Himes

Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones get personally involved in a gang dispute in The Real Cool Killers, one of the most provocative cases in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives series. Many people had reasons for killing Ulysses Galen, a big Greek with too much …

23817. A Parisian affair and other stories

Guy de Maupassant

Set in the Paris of society women, prostitutes and small-minded bourgeousie, and the isolated villages of rural Normandy that de Maupassant knew as a child, the thirty-three tales in this volume are among the most darkly humorous and brilliant short stories in nineteenth-century …

23823. The Forger

Paul Watkins

The Forger is a novel by Paul Watkins about a young American painter who comes to Paris in order to pursue a lifelong dream of the romantic life of a painter in the period prior to World War II. David Halifax, the aspiring artist, has been granted an all expense paid trip by a …

23830. The Pianoplayers

Anthony Burgess

The Pianoplayers is a 1986 novel by Anthony Burgess, drawing heavily on his memories of his father, a pub piano-player. The narrator, Ellen Henshaw, is a prostitute who later becomes a madam. Her father, Billy, plays the piano in the cinema, accompanying silent movies. it was …

23833. The Face of War

Martha Gellhorn

Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998) was a war correspondent for nearly fifty years. From the Spanish Civil War in 1937 through the wars in Central America in the mid-eighties, her candid reports reflected her feelings for people no matter what their political ideologies, and the …

23836. The Secret People

John Wyndham (John Beynon)

The Secret People is a science fiction novel by John Wyndham. It is set in 1964, and features a British couple who find themselves held captive by an ancient race of pygmies dwelling beneath the Sahara desert. The novel was written under Wyndham's early pen name, John Beynon.

23839. A Special Providence

Richard Yates

A Special Providence is a novel by American writer Richard Yates. First published in 1969, Yates' third book concerns the dual exploits of an awkward infantry soldier in World War II and his mother, a deluded sculptor living in New York City.

23840. The Birth of Plenty

William J. Bernstein

The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created is a nonfiction book on world history and economics by American author William Bernstein.

23862. Tim and Pete

James Robert Baker

Tim and Pete is the third novel written by James Robert Baker, an American author of sharply satirical, predominantly gay-themed transgressional fiction. A native Californian, his work is set almost entirely in Southern California. After graduating from UCLA, he began his career …

23863. The Book of the Damned

Charles Fort

The Book of the Damned was the first published nonfiction work of the author Charles Fort. Dealing with various types of anomalous phenomena including UFOs, strange falls of both organic and inorganic materials from the sky, odd weather patterns, the possible existence of …

23866. Consider the Oyster

M. F. K. Fisher

Consider the Oyster is a book by M. F. K. Fisher that deals in the history, preparation and eating of oysters. The work was first published in the United States in 1941 and has been in print ever since. Thin, poetical, and whimsical, it is, perhaps, the most famous book about …

23869. People Out of Time

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The People That Time Forgot is a fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the second of his Caspak trilogy. The sequence was first published in Blue Book Magazine as a three-part serial in the issues for September, October and November 1918, with The People That …

23870. The Female War

Steve Perry

The Female War is a book published in 1993 that was written by Steve Perry and Stephani Perry.

23872. The Armageddon Blues

Daniel Keys Moran

The Armageddon Blues is a book published in 1988 that was written by Daniel Keys Moran.

23873. The Screens

Jean Genet

The Screens is a play by the French dramatist Jean Genet. Its first few productions all used abridged versions, beginning with its world premiere under Hans Lietzau's direction in Berlin in May 1961. Its first complete performance was staged in Stockholm in 1964, two years …

23879. A Perfect Night to Go to China

David Gilmour

A Perfect Night to Go to China is a novel by David Gilmour, published in 2005. It won the 2005 Governor General's Award for English language fiction.

23885. Vanity Dies Hard

Ruth Rendell

Vanity Dies Hard is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, published in 1966.

23889. Dawn of Night

Paul S. Kemp

Dawn of Night is a fantasy novel by Paul S. Kemp, set in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is the second novel in "The Erevis Cale Trilogy". It was published in paperback in June 2004. The Erevis Cale Trilogy was …

23890. Psycho II

Robert Bloch

Psycho II is a 1982 novel that Robert Bloch wrote as a sequel to his 1959 novel Psycho. The novel was completed before the screenplay was written for the unrelated 1983 film Psycho II. According to Bloch, Universal Pictures loathed the novel, which was intended to critique …

23891. The Village in the Treetops

Jules Verne

The Village in the Treetops is a 1901 novel by Jules Verne. The book, one of Verne's "Voyages Extraordinaires", is his take on Darwinism and human development.

23893. Mirror

Graham Masterton

It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul...Martin Williams is a broke, two-bit screenwriter living in Hollywood, but when he finds the very mirror that once hung in the house of a murdered 1930s child star, he happily spends all he has on it. He has long obsessed over …

23895. Book

Robert Grudin

Book: A Novel is a metafictional novel by Robert Grudin.

23896. Who?

Algis Budrys

Who? by Algis Budrys is an American science fiction novel set during the Cold War.

23897. 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 …

23898. The Copper Peacock

Ruth Rendell

The Copper Peacock and Other Stories is a short-story collection by British writer Ruth Rendell. The title comes from the 6th story in the collection, in which a copper bookmark in the form of a peacock is gift from a cleaner to her employer, the giving of which has significant …

23901. I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X

Bruce Coville

I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X is the second book in the children's science fiction series Rod Allbright's Alien Adventures. The series was written by Bruce Coville. I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X was first published in 1994.

23904. Marcel Proust: A Life

Jean-Yves Tadié

Marcel Proust: A Life is a book written by Jean-Yves Tadié.

23913. Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the …

23915. Double, Double

Michael Jan Friedman

Double, Double is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Michael Jan Friedman.

23916. Ghost-Walker

Barbara Hambly

Ghost-Walker is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Barbara Hambly.

23921. Shadow Forest

Matt Haig

Shadow Forest is a children's novel by Matt Haig, published in 2007. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award, was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

23924. The Mysterious Island

Jules Verne

The Mysterious Island is a novel by Jules Verne, published in 1874. The original edition, published by Hetzel, contains a number of illustrations by Jules Férat. The novel is a crossover sequel to Verne's famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the …

23928. The Rising

James Doohan

The Rising is the first of the three science fiction novels of the Flight Engineer by S. M. Stirling and James Doohan.

23929. Clade

Mark Budz

Clade is a science fiction novel written by Mark Budz, published in 2003. In Clade, an environmental disaster called the Ecocaust has caused sea levels to rise and causing additional strains on human resources. The government, in response, becomes more restrictive on human …

23930. The Moves Make the Man

Bruce Brooks

The Moves Make The Man is a sports novel written by award-winning author Bruce Brooks that deals with many issues in society including racism, domestic violence, abuse, and family deaths. It was chosen best book of 1984 by School Library Journal, ALA Notable Children's Book, …

23931. The Ballad of Beta-2

Samuel R. Delany

The Ballad of Beta-2 is a 1965 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany The book was originally published as Ace Double M-121, together with Alpha Yes, Terra No! by Emil Petaja. The first stand alone edition was published in 1971. In 1977 a corrected edition came out, in a …

23933. No Deals, Mr. Bond

John Gardner

No Deals, Mr. Bond, first published in 1987, was the sixth 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. It …

23935. The Exiles

Hilary McKay

The Exiles is the book written by Hilary McKay and published in 1992.

23937. A Dying Colonialism

Frantz Fanon

A Dying Colonialism, published in 1959, is an account of the Algerian War written by Frantz Fanon. The book details cultural and political changes that emerge due to the rejection of French colonial oppression by the Algerian.

23938. The Saga of Erik the Viking

Terry Jones

The Saga of Erik the Viking is a children's novel written by the Welsh comedian Terry Jones, illustrated by Michael Foreman, and published by Pavilion in 1983. Foreman was commended for the annual Greenaway Medal by the Library Association, recognising the year's …

23939. War and Peace

Lev Nikolaevič Tolstoj

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in its entirety in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna …

23940. Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion …

Stephen Jay Gould

The late Stephen Jay Gould was a man of strong opinions--and not just about evolutionary theory and paleontology, the subjects of fine books of his such as Ever Since Darwin and Wonderful Life. Just get him going on baseball, as readers of his long-running monthly column in …

23941. Mazes and Monsters

Rona Jaffe

Mazes and Monsters is a 1981 novel by Rona Jaffe. The novel is a cautionary tale regarding the then-new hobby of fantasy role-playing games. The book was adapted into a made-for-television movie by the same name in 1982 starring young Tom Hanks.

23947. Landscape of Farewell

Alex Miller

Landscape of Farewell is a 2007 novel by the Australian author Alex Miller.

23950. The Big Snow

Berta Hader

The Big Snow is a book by Berta and Elmer Hader. Released by Macmillan Publishers, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1949.

23952. The Stars Are Ours!

Andre Norton

The Stars Are Ours! is a 1954 science fiction novel written by Andre Norton. It describes the first interstellar voyage, undertaken to escape the tyranny that rules the Earth. Norton wrote a sequel, Star Born, which was published in 1957.

23954. Limit of Vision

Linda Nagata

Limit of Vision is a 2001 science fiction book by author Linda Nagata. As is the case with many of her novels, there is a strong focus on nanotechnology and genetic engineering. Also typical of her works, government and corporate corruption plays a large role in the story, in …

23955. Moral Hazard

Kate Jennings

Moral Hazard is a 2002 novel by Australian author Kate Jennings.

23962. Lisp in Small Pieces

Christian Queinnec

Lisp in Small Pieces is a book by Christian Queinnec on Lisp, Scheme and other related dialects, their interpretation, semantics, and compilation and contains code for 11 interpreters and 2 compilers. The English title is a recursive acronym. It was originally published in …

23977. 30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead

Steve Niles

30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead is the first novel spinoff of the 30 Days of Night comic series. It is co-written by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte. Rumors of the Undead is set in between the original comic and the first comic sequel, Dark Days. It centers on FBI agents …

23980. Between Two Rivers

Nicholas Rinaldi

Between Two Rivers is the third novel by American author Nicholas Rinaldi, first published in 2004 by Harper Collins. It is set at the southern end of Manhattan Island which lies between the Hudson and East Rivers, hence the title.

23983. Arthur and the Forbidden City

Luc Besson [director]

Arthur and the Forbidden city is a book by Luc Besson.

23988. Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be

Jen Trynin

Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be is a book by Boston, Massachusetts-based musician Jen Trynin. The book chronicles her short career as a musician on Warner Bros. Records, from her start as an indie rock musician in Boston to her promotion of her album Cockamamie after its release …

23990. The Forlorn Hope

David Drake

The Forlorn Hope is a science fiction novel by David Drake.

23993. Theodore Boone: The Abduction

John Grisham

Theodore Boone: The Abduction, written by John Grisham, is the second book in the Theodore Boone series. It is written for 11- to 13-year-olds.

23996. The Buddha in the Attic

Julie Otsuka

A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary …

23998. Joyland

Stephen King

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973 Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder the fate of a dying child and the ways both will change his life forever

23999. The Great Swindle

Pierre Lemaitre

Now a major French film Au revoir là-haut - Prix Goncourt-winning masterpiece by the writer who brought you Alex, Irène and Camille. October 1918: the war on the Western Front is all but over. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, the ambitious Lieutenant Henri d'Aulnay …

24000. Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman

Introducing an instant classic―master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting …



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