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. 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 …

23802. Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Vol. 1

Stephen King

Many people who write about horror literature maintain that mood is its most important element. Stephen King disagrees: "My deeply held conviction is that story must be paramount.... All other considerations are secondary--theme, mood, even characterization and language." These …

23803. Preserve and Protect: A Political Novel

Allen Drury

Preserve and Protect is a 1968 political novel written by Allen Drury. It is the third sequel to Advise and Consent, for which Drury was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960, and is followed by two alternate sequels of its own, Come Nineveh, Come Tyre and The Promise …

23804. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

Neil Gaiman

"The Sandman: The Dream Hunters" is a novella by English author Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. The story is tangential to The Sandman comic book series, and can be read without prior knowledge of the main sequence. It won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated …

23806. 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 …

23807. Taking Rights Seriously

Ronald Dworkin

Taking Rights Seriously is a landmark book on philosophy of law, first published in 1977, by Ronald Dworkin. It argues against the dominant philosophies of legal positivism, as described by H. L. A. Hart, and utilitarianism by proposing that rights of the individual against the …

23815. Where the Stress Falls

Susan Sontag

Where the Stress Falls, published in 2001, is the last collection of essays published by Susan Sontag before her death in 2004. The essays vary between her experiences in the theater to book reviews.

23816. Tunu

Kim Leine

23818. Ways of Escape

Graham Greene

Ways of Escape is ostensibly the second volume of autobiography by British novelist Graham Greene, first published in 1980, but it is not a conventional autobiography, concentrating more on the author's work than his life and often blurring the line between the two.

23819. 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 …

23820. The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first …

23823. The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary is a book-length essay by the Nobel Prize–winning Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa which examines Flaubert's Madame Bovary as the first modern novel. The first part of the book has an autobiographical tone; Vargas Llosa then …

23824. 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.

23832. The Suicide Club

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Suicide Club is a collection of three 19th century detective fiction short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson that combine to form a single narrative. First published in the London Magazine in 1878, they were collected and republished in the first volume of the New Arabian …

23835. 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 …

23838. The Female War

Steve Perry

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

23840. The Armageddon Blues

Daniel Keys Moran

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

23841. The Mind in the Cave

J. David Lewis-Williams

The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art is a study of Upper Palaeolithic European rock art written by the archaeologist David Lewis-Williams, then a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

23842. Prison of Souls

Mercedes Lackey

Prison of Souls is a book published in 1993 that was written by Mercedes Lackey and Mark Shepherd.

23843. A Gentleman of Leisure

P. G. Wodehouse

A Gentleman of Leisure is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. The basic plot first appeared in a novella, The Gem Collector, in the December 1909 issue of Ainslee's Magazine. It was substantially revised and expanded for publication as a book under the title The Intrusion of Jimmy, by …

23844. Night of Power

Spider Robinson

Night of Power is a novel by Spider Robinson. This is a speculative fiction tale about a race war that could have happened in New York. The book, written in 1984 although first published a year later, is set in the year 1996. The story revolves around an interracial family that …

23845. Flags of Our Fathers

James Bradley

Flags of Our Fathers is a New York Times bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers about the five United States Marines and one United States Navy Corpsman who would eventually be made famous by Joe Rosenthal's lauded photograph of the flag raising at Iwo Jima, one of …

23848. Paradiso

José Lezama Lima

Paradiso was the only novel by Cuban poet José Lezama Lima to be completed and published during his lifetime. Written in an elaborately baroque style, the narrative follows the childhood and youth of José Cemí, and depicts many scenes which resonate with Lezama's own life as a …

23850. The House That Stood Still

A. E. van Vogt

The House That Stood Still is a science fiction novel by American author A. E. van Vogt, first published in 1950. It was also published under the titles The Mating Cry and The Undercover Aliens.

23852. 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.

23855. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making …

Jack N. Rakove

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution is a non-fiction book authored by Jack N. Rakove and published on March 25, 1996 in hardcover by Knopf and on May 26, 1997 by Vintage Books in paperback. Rakove investigates the meaning of the United States …

23858. The Scarlet Plague

Jack London

The Scarlet Plague is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel written by Jack London and originally published in London Magazine in 1912. The story takes place in 2073, sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet. James Howard Smith is one of …

23859. The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of …

David King

The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia is a 1997 book by David King about the censoring of photographs in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union through silent alteration via airbrushing and other techniques. It has an introduction by Stephen …

23860. And The Dead Shall Rise

Steve Oney

And the Dead Shall Rise is a book written by Steve Oney.

23867. Seabird

Holling C. Holling

Seabird is a 1948 book for children and young people, written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling. The ship's boy on an 1830 whaling ship uses his years of off duty time and walrus tusks traded from an Eskimo to carve an ivory gull, which later serves as the family mascot. …

23868. The Secrets of Vesuvius

Caroline Lawrence

The Secrets of Vesuvius is a children's historical novel set in Roman times by Caroline Lawrence. The novel is the second in the Roman Mysteries series; sequel to The Thieves of Ostia and prequel to The Pirates of Pompeii novels. The Secrets of Vesuvius was the basis for the …

23871. A Mirror for Observers

Edgar Pangborn

A Mirror for Observers is Edgar Pangborn's second science fiction novel, winner of the International Fantasy Award in 1955. The plot concerns a philosophical conflict between settlers from Mars who attempt to influence human development.

23874. After Worlds Collide

Philip Wylie

After Worlds Collide was a sequel to the 1933 science fiction novel, When Worlds Collide, both of which were co-written by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer. After Worlds Collide first appeared as a six-part monthly serial in Blue Book magazine. Much shorter and less florid …

23875. Night of Light

Philip José Farmer

Night of Light is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip Jose Farmer. A shorter version was published in June 1957 in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. The expanded version was first published in 1966 by Berkley Medallion with copyright reserved to the …

23878. 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.

23882. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe

David Lee Stone

The Ratastrophe Catastrophe is a book published in 2003 that was written by David Lee Stone.

23885. The Union Club Mysteries

Isaac Asimov

The Union Club Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional mystery solver Griswold. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1983 and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint of Ballantine Books in 1985. …

23894. Mexico, Biography of Power: A History of Modern …

Enrique Krauze

Mexico, Biography of Power: A History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996 is a book by Enrique Krauze.

23899. Mr. Monk Goes to Germany

Lee Goldberg

Mr. Monk Goes to Germany is the sixth novel by Lee Goldberg to be based on the television series Monk. It was published on July 1, 2008.

23904. Calix Stay

Niel Hancock

Calix Stay is a book published in 1977 that was written by Niel Hancock.

23907. End of Term

Antonia Forest

End of Term is a book by British children's author Antonia Forest, published in 1959. End of Term is the fourth Marlow book, between Falconer's Lure and Peter's Room.

23909. Sex and the Single Girl

Helen Gurley Brown

Sex and the Single Girl is a 1962 non-fiction book by American writer Helen Gurley Brown, written as an advice book that encouraged women to become financially independent and experience sexual relationships before or without marriage. The book sold two million copies in three …

23911. The Far Shore of Time

edited by Frederik Pohl

The Far Shore of Time is a science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl which concludes The Eschaton Sequence and the adventures of Dan Dannerman, an American government agent of the near future who becomes involved with the discovery of advanced and warring aliens.

23912. 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.

23913. 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 …

23915. 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, …

23921. Dear Nobody

Berlie Doherty

Dear Nobody is a realistic young-adult novel by Berlie Doherty, published by Hamilton in 1991. Set in the northern England city of Sheffield, it features an unplanned teenage pregnancy and tells the story of its effect on the teenagers and their families. Doherty won the annual …

23924. 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 …

23926. A Pack of Lies

Geraldine McGaughrean

A Pack of Lies: twelve stories in one is a children's novel with metafictional elements, written by Geraldine McCaughrean and published by Oxford in 1988. It features a family antique shop whose new salesman tells historical tales to sell antiques. The stories vary widely in …

23927. 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 …

23928. The Butt

Will Self

The Butt is a satirical novel by Will Self, published in 2008.

23929. The Mad Hatter Mystery

John Dickson Carr

The Mad Hatter Mystery, first published in 1933, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr featuring his series detective Gideon Fell. This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit.

23932. Nød

Are Kalvø

23933. 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 …

23937. Chain of Attack

Gene DeWeese

Chain of Attack is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Gene DeWeese.

23938. Jesus, apocalyptic prophet of the new millennium

Bart D. Ehrman

Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium is a 1999 book by leading New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman. In it, he argues that Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher, i.e., his main message was that the end of history was near, that God would shortly intervene to overthrow …

23941. Brilliance of the Moon Episode 1: Battle for Maruyama

Gillian Rubinstein

Brilliance of the Moon Episode 1: Battle for Maruyama is a book published in 2006 that was written by Gillian Rubinstein.

23945. Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes

Marguerite de Angeli

Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes is a book by Marguerite de Angeli.

23947. 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 …

23952. Helena

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Helena is a novel written by the Brazilian writer Machado de Assis. It was first published in 1876.

23954. Knowledge and Decisions

Thomas Sowell

Knowledge and Decisions is a non-fiction book by American economist Thomas Sowell. The book was initially published in 1980 by Basic Books and reissued in 1996.

23955. Night's Sorceries

Tanith Lee

Night's Sorceries is the fifth and final volume in Tales From The Flat Earth by Tanith Lee. It is a collection of novellas. It was nominated for World Fantasy Award's Best Anthology/Collection in 1988.

23956. Hell Has No Limits

José Donoso

Hell Has No Limits is a 1966 novel written by Chilean José Donoso. The novel is set south of the Chilean capital, Santiago, in a small town near the regional center of Talca. It tells the story of a bordello, and details the prostitutes' way of life. The main character is …

23957. Run Before the Wind

Stuart Woods

Run Before the Wind is the second novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods, written as a semi-sequel to his first novel Chiefs. It was first published in 1983 by W. W. Norton & Company The novel takes place in Ireland, a decade after the events of Chiefs. The story …

23960. The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations …

Ian Bremmer

The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall is a book by political scientist Ian Bremmer. It was named a "Book of the Year" in 2006 by The Economist. Bremmer's J Curve describes the relationship between a country's openness and its stability; focusing on the …

23963. The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir is a book by Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Brian Winter.

23965. Patrimony

Alan Dean Foster

Patrimony is a science fiction novel by Alan Dean Foster. The book is the thirteenth chronologically in the Pip and Flinx series.

23967. Lines and Shadows

Joseph Wambaugh

Lines and Shadows is a 1984 nonfiction book by Joseph Wambaugh, a sergeant for the Los Angeles Police Department, chronicling the activities of the Border Crime Task Force of the San Diego Police Department between October 1976 and April 1978.

23973. The Eternal Flame

T. A. Barron

The Eternal Flame is the third book in The Great Tree of Avalon trilogy by T. A. Barron. It was preceded by Child of the Dark Prophecy and Shadows on the Stars. The hardcover version of this book was published by Penguin Young Readers Group in 2006.

23975. 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 …

23981. Worldbinder

Dave Wolverton

Worldbinder is the sixth novel in David Farland's epic fantasy series The Runelords. It is set in a land where men can bestow on each other a number of endowments, granting the recipient attributes such as increased strength, a more acute sense of hearing, or better eyesight. …

23982. Circus World

Barry B. Longyear

Circus World is a science fiction collection by Barry B. Longyear about a planet descended entirely from the population of a crashed spaceship carrying a circus. It comprises the following short stories: "The Tryouts" "The Magician's Apprentice" "The Second Law" "Proud Rider" …

23983. 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.

23984. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

Sean Williams

“When I look into you, I see no loyalty. . . . I sense only tangled allegiances. . . . Given a choice, I would never trust you.” From across the galaxy they’ve come: agents of both the Republic and the Sith Empire, an investigating Jedi Padawan, an ex-trooper drummed out of the …

23999. The Litigators

John Grisham

The Litigators is a 2011 legal thriller novel by John Grisham, his 25th fiction novel overall. The Litigators is about a two-partner Chicago law firm attempting to strike it rich in a class action lawsuit over a cholesterol reduction drug by a major pharmaceutical drug company. …



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