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. 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 …

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 …

23812. 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.

23814. Tunu

Kim Leine

23816. 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 …

23817. 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, …

23820. 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 …

23821. 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.

23822. 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 …

23823. 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.

23825. 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, …

23828. The Face of Trespass

Ruth Rendell

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

23837. The Armageddon Blues

Daniel Keys Moran

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

23838. Prison of Souls

Mercedes Lackey

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

23839. 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 …

23840. The Writer and the World

V.S. Naipaul

The Writer and the World is a collection of essays and reportage, many previously published, spanning the 50-year career of Trinidad-born British writer V. S. Naipaul. The book contains some of Naipaul's most notable essays on post-colonial India, Trinidad, and Zaire. Originally …

23841. 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.

23843. 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 …

23844. 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 …

23846. 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.

23848. 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.

23853. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 5 is a book by Garry Kasparov.

23854. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 2

Garry Kasparov

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

23856. 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 …

23863. 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. …

23864. 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 …

23865. 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 …

23867. 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 …

23868. T15 Tarzan Triumphant

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan Triumphant is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the fifteenth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. The novel was originally serialized in the magazine Blue Book from October, 1931 through March 1932. It should not be confused with the 1943 film …

23869. 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, …

23870. Book

Robert Grudin

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

23872. Who?

Algis Budrys

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

23875. 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 …

23876. 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 …

23879. 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 …

23880. 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 …

23882. The Ratastrophe Catastrophe

David Lee Stone

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

23884. The Godfather's Revenge

Mark Winegardner

The Godfather's Revenge, a 2006 novel written by author Mark Winegardner, is the sequel to The Godfather, The Sicilian, and The Godfather Returns. The story takes place from 1963–1964, and picks up the story from where The Godfather Returns left off. The novel deals with Michael …

23892. 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. 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.

23905. 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.

23908. 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.

23909. 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.

23914. 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 …

23918. Garan the Eternal

Andre Norton

Garan the Eternal is a collection of short fiction by science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton. It was first published in a hardcover edition of 1,300 copies by Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. in December 1972. The first paperback edition was issued by DAW Books in March …

23920. 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 …

23921. 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 …

23922. The Butt

Will Self

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

23925. Nød

Are Kalvø

23930. Chain of Attack

Gene DeWeese

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

23931. 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 …

23936. 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.

23937. 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.

23938. The Fire

Caroline B. Cooney

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

23939. 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 …

23940. 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'.

23944. The Stone Giant

James Blaylock

The Stone Giant is James Blaylock’s prequel to his first published book, The Elfin Ship, and thus the end of a loose trilogy of comic fantasy novels including The Disappearing Dwarf. Although written some years after the other two novels, the setting once again features a mix of …

23946. The Crooked House

Dave Duncan

The Crooked House is a book published in 2000 that was written by Dave Duncan.

23947. Helena

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

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

23950. 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.

23951. 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 …

23952. 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 …

23954. 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 …

23955. 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 …

23958. 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.

23960. 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.

23961. 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.

23963. 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.

23968. Swordhunt

Diane Duane

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

23971. 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.

23977. 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. …

23978. 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.

23980. 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.

23981. The Circles of Seven

Bryan Davis

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

23990. 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. Zinky boys

Svetlana Alexievich

From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties - and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. In Zinky Boys journalist Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the tragic history of the Afghanistan …

23998. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

David Eagleman

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain is a New York Times bestselling non-fiction book by American neuroscientist David Eagleman, who directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. "If the conscious mind-the part you consider to be you-is just …

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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