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. 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 …

23803. 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 …

23804. 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 …

23805. 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.

23806. 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 …

23808. 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 …

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. 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 …

23817. The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan

Beatrix Potter

The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, and published by Frederick Warne & Co. in October 1905. It tells of a cat called Ribby and a tea party she holds for a dog called Duchess. Complications arise when Duchess …

23818. Tunu

Kim Leine

23820. 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.

23821. 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, …

23824. 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 …

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. 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.

23827. 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 …

23829. 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, …

23830. 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.

23832. The Face of Trespass

Ruth Rendell

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

23838. 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 …

23839. 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 …

23843. The Female War

Steve Perry

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

23845. The Armageddon Blues

Daniel Keys Moran

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

23847. 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 …

23848. Prison of Souls

Mercedes Lackey

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

23849. 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.

23850. 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 …

23851. 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 …

23853. 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 …

23855. 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 …

23857. 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.

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.

23862. 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 …

23865. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2

Garry Kasparov

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

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. 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 …

23876. 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 …

23878. 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.

23879. 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 …

23880. The Naked Woman

Desmond Morris

The Naked Woman is a book by zoologist Desmond Morris. It describes the female body from an evolutionary point of view. It is divided in several chapters, each dedicated to a part of the body, from hair to foot. For each, Morris explains the structure and function of the part, …

23881. Book

Robert Grudin

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

23883. 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 …

23884. 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 …

23885. 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 …

23886. 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 …

23888. A Feast Unknown

Philip José Farmer

A Feast Unknown is a novel written by American author Philip José Farmer. The novel is a pastiche of pulp fiction, erotica, and horror fiction. It was originally published in 1969, and was followed by two sequels, Lord of the Trees and The Mad Goblin. The book contains many …

23889. Terror and consent

Philip Bobbitt

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century is a work by Philip Bobbitt that calls for a reconceptualization of what he calls "the Wars on Terror." First published in 2008 by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and by the Allen Lane imprint of Penguin in the U.K., Terror …

23890. The Gathering

Isobelle Carmody

The Gathering is an allegorical Australian young adults' novel written by fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. The book was published by Puffin Books Australia in 1993, The Gathering has sold over 70 000 copies in Australia and New Zealand alone. The book was a joint recipient of …

23891. The Duplicate

William Sleator

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

23892. 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 …

23893. Nothing Natural

Jenny Diski

Nothing Natural is the 1986 debut novel by Jenny Diski. It was initially published in hardback through Simon & Schuster and follows a young woman who enters into a sadomasochistic relationship with a charming and domineering man. The book received some backlash upon its …

23894. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe

David Lee Stone

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

23896. 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 …

23897. 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. Ghost-Walker

Barbara Hambly

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

23911. 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.

23914. Calix Stay

Niel Hancock

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

23915. 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.

23917. 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 …

23919. 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 …

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 …

23927. 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 …

23929. Nød

Are Kalvø

23930. 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 …

23933. 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.

23935. Chain of Attack

Gene DeWeese

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

23936. 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 …

23940. 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. 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.

23947. The Hunted

Elmore Leonard

The Hunted is a crime novel written by Elmore Leonard. It was first published in 1977 and was initially named 'Hat Trick'.

23949. Moral Hazard

Kate Jennings

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

23955. 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.

23957. 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.

23958. 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.

23959. 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 …

23960. 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 …

23961. 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 …

23963. 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.

23964. 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.

23973. 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 …

23978. 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. …

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 …

23982. 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.

23983. The Circles of Seven

Bryan Davis

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

23991. 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 …

23995. 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.

23999. The Wind Through The Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #8)

Stephen King

For readers new to The Dark Tower, The Wind Through The Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing …

24000. 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



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