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. Nightmare Alley

William Lindsay Gresham

Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a …

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 …

23804. Pictures from the Water Trade

John David Morley

Pictures from the Water Trade: An Englishman in Japan — published in the US as Pictures from the Water Trade: Adventures of a Westerner in Japan — is a novel by John David Morley, a cultural investigation of Japan in the 1970s.

23805. 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 …

23814. Forbidden City

William Bell

Forbidden City is a novel based on the events of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. It is a story of maturation/coming of age.

23816. 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.

23817. Tunu

Kim Leine

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 Influence of Sea Power upon History

A. T. Mahan

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: 1660–1783 is a history of naval warfare published in 1890 by Alfred Thayer Mahan. It details the role of sea power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and discusses the various factors needed to support and achieve sea power, …

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.

23825. Summer and Smoke

Tennessee Williams

Summer and Smoke is a two-part, thirteen-scene 1948 play by Tennessee Williams, originally titled Chart of Anatomy when Williams began work on it in 1945. The phrase "summer and smoke" probably comes from the Hart Crane poem "Emblems of Conduct" in the 1926 collection White …

23826. Biographia Literaria

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Biographia Literaria, or in full Biographia Literaria; or Biographical Sketches of MY LITERARY LIFE and OPINIONS, is an autobiography in discourse by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which he published in 1817, in two volumes. It has twenty-three chapters.

23827. 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.

23828. Amnesiascope

Steve Erickson

Amnesiascope is a 1996 novel by Steve Erickson. Set in Los Angeles after a cataclysmic earthquake, the novel incorporates elements of other novels that Erickson had published, such as the silent film from his first novel, Days Between Stations. Though not a genre novel, it was a …

23830. Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in …

Richard Rorty

Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America is a book by American philosopher Richard Rorty. In this book, Rorty differentiates between what he sees as the two sides of the Left, a critical Left and a progressive Left. He criticizes the critical Left, …

23831. Last Drinks

Andrew McGahan

Last Drinks is a 2000 Ned Kelly Award winning novel by the Australian author Andrew McGahan. A stage version premiered at Brisbane's La Boite Theatre in August 2006.

23833. The Face of Trespass

Ruth Rendell

The Face of Trespass is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1974.

23837. 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 …

23839. 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 …

23842. 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 …

23843. The Female War

Steve Perry

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

23844. The Armageddon Blues

Daniel Keys Moran

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

23845. 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.

23846. Seductive Poison

Deborah Layton

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple is a first-hand account of the incidents surrounding Peoples Temple, written by survivor Deborah Layton, a high-level member of the Peoples Temple until her escape from the encampment. The …

23847. That Book ...of Perfectly Useless Information

Mitchell Symons

That Book ...of Perfectly Useless Information, commonly abbreviated as "That Book" is a book written by writer Mitchell Symons, and published in 2004.

23848. 1945

Newt Gingrich

1945 is an alternate history written by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen in 1995, describing the period immediately after World War II wherein the United States had fought only against Japan, allowing Nazi Germany to force a truce with the Soviet Union, after which the two …

23849. 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 …

23851. 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 …

23852. Wolfbane

edited by Frederik Pohl

Wolfbane is a science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, published in 1959. It was serialized in Galaxy in 1957, with illustrations by Wally Wood. In his review column for F&SF, Damon Knight selected the novel as one of the 10 best genre books of 1959.

23853. The Cancer Journals

Audre Lorde

The Cancer Journals is a 1980 book of non-fiction by Audre Lorde. It deals with her struggle with breast cancer.

23855. What Work Is

Philip Levine

What Work Is is a collection of American poetry by Philip Levine. The collection has many themes that are representative of Levine's writing including physical labor, class identity, family relationships and personal loss. Its primary focus on work and the working class led to …

23856. 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 …

23859. 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.

23864. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2 is a book by Garry Kasparov.

23866. 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 …

23869. Vanity Dies Hard

Ruth Rendell

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

23874. 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 …

23875. 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. …

23876. The King's Fifth

Scott O'Dell

The King's Fifth is a children's historical novel by Scott O'Dell that was the inspiration for the cartoon TV series The Mysterious Cities of Gold. It describes, from the point of view of a teenage Spanish Conquistador, how the European search for gold in the New World of the …

23877. 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 …

23879. 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 …

23880. 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 …

23881. Book

Robert Grudin

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

23882. Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young …

Art Spiegelman

Breakdowns is a collected volume of underground comic strips by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman. The book is made up of strips dating to before Spiegelman started planning his graphic novel Maus, but includes the strip "Maus" which presaged the graphic novel, and "Prisoner on …

23885. Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties

Robert Stone

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties is the 2007 memoir of novelist Robert Stone. The book is structured as a series of personal vignettes recounting Stone's global experiences covering approximately 15 years, from about 1958 to 1972. Stone begins this memoir during his final …

23887. The Greening of America

Charles A. Reich

The Greening of America is a 1970 book by Charles A. Reich. It is a paean to the counterculture of the 1960s and its values. Excerpts first appeared as an essay in the September 26, 1970 issue of The New Yorker. The book was originally published by Random House.

23889. The Duplicate

William Sleator

The Duplicate, published in 1988, is a science fiction novel for young adults written by William Sleator.

23890. Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up …

Harlan Ellison

Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation is an early collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison, originally published in paperback in 1961. Most of the stories were written while Ellison was a draftee in the United States army between 1957 and 1959. These …

23892. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe

David Lee Stone

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

23894. Edge of Victory I: Conquest

Greg Keyes

Edge of Victory: Conquest is the first novel in a two-part story by Greg Keyes. Published and released in 2001, it is the seventh installment of the New Jedi Order series set in the Star Wars universe.

23895. Sanditon

Jane Austen

Sanditon is an unfinished novel by the English writer Jane Austen.

23897. The Hooded Hawk Mystery

Franklin W. Dixon

The Hooded Hawk Mystery is Volume 34 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Charles S. Strong in 1954. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically …

23898. 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. …

23899. The Tyrant's Novel

Thomas Keneally

The Tyrant's Novel is a 2003 novel by Australian novelist Tom Keneally.

23905. 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.

23908. Double, Double

Michael Jan Friedman

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

23909. 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.

23912. 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.

23915. Calix Stay

Niel Hancock

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

23916. 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.

23919. 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 …

23920. 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. 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 …

23922. A Specter Is Haunting Texas

Fritz Leiber

A Spectre is Haunting Texas is a science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber, first published as a novel in 1969. It was originally published as a three-part serial in the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction in 1968. The title appears to be based on a Karl Marx quote from The Communist …

23927. The Exiles

Hilary McKay

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

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.

23931. Kai Lung's Golden Hours

Ernest Bramah

Kai Lung's Golden Hours is a fantasy novel by Ernest Bramah. It was first published in hardcover in London by Grant Richards Ltd. in October, 1922, and there have been numerous editions since. The first edition included a preface by Hilaire Belloc, which has also been a feature …

23932. Flyaway

Desmond Bagley

Flyaway is a first person narrative thriller novel by English author Desmond Bagley, first published in 1978. It introduces Max Stafford as protagonist, who would later appear in Bagley's novel, Windfall and Juggernaut.

23933. Nød

Are Kalvø

23934. 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 …

23939. Chain of Attack

Gene DeWeese

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

23940. 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 …

23943. 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. Landscape of Farewell

Alex Miller

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

23949. 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.

23950. The Fire

Caroline B. Cooney

The Fire is a book published in 1990 that was written by Caroline B. Cooney.

23953. Moral Hazard

Kate Jennings

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

23959. 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.

23961. The Shattered Sphere

Roger MacBride Allen

The Shattered Sphere is a science fiction book by the author Roger MacBride Allen. It is the second of The Hunted Earth series, preceded by The Ring of Charon.

23962. 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 …

23963. 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 …

23965. Captain Nemo: The Fantastic History of a Dark Genius

Kevin J. Anderson

The novel follows Verne and André Nemo from their childhoods. Verne is depicted as being a sheltered, almost neurotic individual who is incapable of taking risks, while Nemo is adventurous and resourceful, especially after the death of his father. Both lust after the …

23968. Running from the Deity

Alan Dean Foster

Running from the Deity is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. The book is the tenth chronologically in the Pip and Flinx series.

23970. 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.

23972. Swordhunt

Diane Duane

Swordhunt is a book published in 2000 that was written by Diane Duane.

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 …

23979. 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" …

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.

23981. 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 …

23983. Family Ties

Danielle Steel

Family Ties is a novel by Danielle Steel, published by Delacorte Press in June 2010. The book is Steel's eighty first novel.

23984. The Circles of Seven

Bryan Davis

The Circles of Seven is a book published in 2005 that was written by Bryan Davis.

23993. 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 …

23999. 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

24000. A Court of Thorns and Roses eSampler

Sarah J. Maas

Discover the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series in this gorgeous box set.When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only …



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