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.

24010. 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 …

24020. 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 …

24030. 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 …

24049. The Tightrope Men

Desmond Bagley

The Tightrope Men is a novel written by English author Desmond Bagley, and was first published in 1973.

24051. The Watch That Ends the Night

Hugh MacLennan

The Watch That Ends the Night is a novel by Canadian author and academic Hugh MacLennan. The title refers to a line in Isaac Watts' interpretation of Psalm 90. It was first published in 1959 by Macmillan of Canada.

24053. The Last Starship from Earth

John Boyd

The Last Starship from Earth is a 1968 science fiction novel by John Boyd, and is his best known novel.

24056. The Monarch of the Glen

Compton Mackenzie

The Monarch of the Glen is a Scottish comic farce novel written by English-born Scottish author Compton Mackenzie and published in 1941. The first in Mackenzie's Highland Novels series, it depicts the life in the fictional Scottish castle of Glenbogle. The television programme …

24059. Abba Abba

Anthony Burgess

Abba Abba was published in 1977. It is English writer Anthony Burgess's 22nd novel. The theme is the last months in the life of John Keats. The sonnets of Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli that feature in the novel were translated by Burgess's Italian wife, Liana Burgess.

24060. Star Light

Hal Clement

Star Light is a science fiction novel by Hal Clement. It is the sequel to one of Clement's earlier books, Mission of Gravity. The novel was serialized in four parts in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Magazine from June to September 1970. Star Light was first published as a …

24061. Darkest Hour

Mark Chadbourn

Darkest Hour is a book published in 2000 that was written by Mark Chadbourn.

24063. Shepherds of the Night

Jorge Amado

Shepherds of the Night is a Brazilian Modernist novel. It was written by Jorge Amado in 1964 and published in English in 1967. Shepherds of the Night is really three long, interrelated short stories, sharing many of the same characters as well as bringing in characters from …

24065. An Introduction to Old Norse

E. V. Gordon

An Introduction to Old Norse is an English textbook written by E. V. Gordon, arising from his teaching at the University of Leeds and first published in 1927 in Oxford at the Clarendon Press. It has been reprinted several times since. The Second Edition was revised by A. R. …

24067. Goggles!

Ezra Jack Keats

Goggles! is a 1969 children's picture book by American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats published by the Penguin Group in 1998. The books is about two boys finding motorcycle goggles. Goggles won a Caldecott Medal in 1970. the illustration consist of mellow colors. "Keats …

24071. Heartstones

Ruth Rendell

Heartstones is a novella by British author Ruth Rendell, published in 1987. It was also published by Longman in a special educational edition in 1990.

24072. The "Hitler Myth"

Ian Kershaw

The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich is a book by historian Ian Kershaw.

24075. The Dark Arena

Mario Puzo

The Dark Arena is the first novel by Mario Puzo, published in 1955. The book follows Walter Mosca, an American World War II veteran who returns to Germany for his girlfriend, Hella. The novel explores life in post-war Germany, a place where the standard currency is not the …

24078. Seventeen

Booth Tarkington

Seventeen: A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family Especially William is a humorous novel by Booth Tarkington that gently satirizes first love, in the person of a callow 17-year-old, William Sylvanus Baxter. Seventeen takes place in a small city in the Midwestern …

24081. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

Dr. Les Parrott III

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before You Marry is a 1995 book by Leslie and Les Parrott, a married couple. The two have collaboratively written other books as well, including Becoming Soul Mates and The Marriage Mentor Manual. Saving Your Marriage …

24084. 24 Hour Comics

Al Davison

The challenge: create an entire 24-page comic book in 24 consecutive hours. Hundreds of cartoonists have taken this challenge, turning out works that were amazing, amusing, or revelatory. Four-time Harvey Award and Eisner Award winner Scott McCloud, comicdom's top theoretician …

24085. A Sword for a Dragon

Christopher Rowley

A Sword for a Dragon is a fantasy novel written by Christopher Rowley. The book is the second in the Dragons of the Argonath series that follows the adventures of a human boy, Relkin, and his dragon, Bazil Broketail as they fight in the Argonath Legion’s 109th Marneri Dragons. …

24086. Cyborg

Martin Caidin

Cyborg is the title of a science fiction/secret agent novel by Martin Caidin which was first published in 1972. The novel also included elements of speculative fiction, and was adapted as the television movie The Six Million Dollar Man, which was followed by a weekly series, and …

24088. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman …

Edward Gibbon

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. It was published in six volumes. Volume …

24090. The Cream of the Jest

James Branch Cabell

The Cream of the Jest : A Comedy of Evasions is a comical and philosophical novel with possible fantasy elements, by James Branch Cabell, published in 1917. Much of it consists of the historical dreams and philosophical reflections of the main character, the famous writer Felix …

24092. The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance is an 1850 work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who …

24100. From Atlantis to the Sphinx

Colin Wilson

From Atlantis to the Sphinx is a work of non-fiction by British author, Colin Wilson, with the subheading Recovering the Lost Wisdom of the Ancient World. Wilson proposes in the text that the Great Sphinx of Giza was constructed by a technologically advanced people "nearly …

24102. Cold in July

Joe R. Lansdale

Cold in July is a 1989 crime novel written by American author Joe R. Lansdale.

24103. The Malcontenta

Barry Maitland

The Malcontenta is a 1995 Ned Kelly Award winning novel by the Australian author Barry Maitland.

24104. The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam …

Ben Macintyre

The Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief is a book by Ben Macintyre.

24108. Real World Haskell

Bryan O'Sullivan

Real World Haskell is an O'Reilly Media book, ISBN 978-0-596-51498-3, about the Haskell programming language by Bryan O'Sullivan, Don Stewart, and John Goerzen and features a rhinoceros beetle as its mascot. It won a 2009 Jolt Award.

24112. Send me down a miracle

Han Nolan

Things used to be normal in Casper, Alabama. Charity Pittman was a regular fourteen-year-old, the perfect daughter, following in her preacher father's footsteps. But then Adrienne arrived, with her big-city ways and artsy ideas. Reverend Pittman thinks she's the devil incarnate. …

24113. The Anderson Tapes

Lawrence Sanders

The Anderson Tapes is the debut crime fiction novel by Lawrence Sanders, published in 1970. The story revolves around the complicated burglary of an entire upscale New York apartment building by a gang of ex-convicts, who are unaware that the entire operation is under wiretap …

24114. The Infinitive of Go

John Brunner

The Infinitive of Go is a 1980 science fiction novel by John Brunner.

24118. The Fallible Fiend

L. Sprague de Camp

The Fallible Fiend is a fantasy novel by American writer L. Sprague de Camp, the third book of his Novarian series. It was first published as a two-part serial in the magazine Fantastic for December 1972 and February 1973, and subsequently expanded and revised for book …

24119. Ornamentalism

David Cannadine

Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire is a book by David Cannadine about British perceptions of the British Empire. Cannadine argues that class, rank and status were more important to the British Empire than race. The title of the work Ornamentalism is a direct …

24124. The Bone Forest

Robert Holdstock

The Bone Forest is a book opening with a novella of the same name followed by seven short stories. All were written by Robert Holdstock and published in 1991 and 1992. This novella is a prequel to the entire Mythago Wood cycle. According to the author it was written "to fill in …

24125. 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 …

24126. British Summertime

Paul Cornell

British Summertime is a science fantasy novel by Paul Cornell, first published by Gollancz in 2002. It is Cornell's second novel to be published. It is notable for its use of Christian and Gnostic themes; realistic contemporary settings, principally around Bath, Somerset; and …

24127. The Octagonal Raven

L. E. Modesitt Jr.

The Octagonal Raven is a 2001 science fiction novel by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

24128. Old town in the green groves

Cynthia Rylant

Old Town in the Green Groves, by Cynthia Rylant, is a novel based on some notes left by Laura Ingalls Wilder and a general knowledge about her life and the times. This book is not officially part of the Little House series, but describes the years between On the Banks Of Plum …

24136. The Outlaw of Torn

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Outlaw of Torn is a 1927 historical novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, originally published as a five-part serial in New Story Magazine from January to May, 1914. It was first published in book form by A. C. McClurg in 1927. It was his second novel, his first being the science …

24138. Trouble Magnet

Alan Dean Foster

Trouble Magnet is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. The book is the twelfth chronologically in the Pip and Flinx series. Although he is supposed to be searching for the planet-sized Krang weapons platform in the uninhabited Sagittarius sector, Flinx finds …

24139. Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British …

24143. Tomoe Gozen

Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Tomoe Gozen is a novel by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, published in 1981. Set in an alternate universe resembling feudal Japan, the book combines the tale of historical female samurai Tomoe Gozen with the legends and creatures of Japanese mythology to create an action-adventure …

24144. Greener Grass: The Famine Years

Caroline Pignat

Greener Grass, published in 2009, is the second novel of Canadian author Caroline Pignat. The story revolves around a 14-year-old girl, Kit Byrne, living during the Great Famine of 1847 in Ireland. The Byrne family faces imminent eviction when their landlord, Lord Fraser, wants …

24146. Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

Kitty Burns Florey

Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting is a book by author Kitty Burns Florey that discusses the history of penmanship and confronts the present tension between handwriting and electronic communication. Melville House Publishing published the book in January 2009.

24148. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall

Carolyn Keene

The Clue in the Crumbling Wall is the twenty-second volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1945 under Carolyn Keene, a pseudonym of the ghostwriter Mildred Wirt Benson.

24151. Bring Up the Bodies

Hilary Mantel

Amazon Exclusive: Hilary Mantel on How She Wrote Bring Up the Bodies Origins of the Book Bring Up the Bodies is the second part of my trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII. I have been interested in Cromwell for years, and wanted to get beyond the negative …

24153. Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie

The sequel to Ancillary Justice, the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, and the second book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling series. Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, …

24154. Pictures By JRR Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

This collection of pictures, with a revised text by Christopher Tolkien, provides an insight into Tolkien's visual conception of many of the places and characters familiar to readers of such books as "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion". Examples of his …

24156. The Prince of Homburg

Heinrich von Kleist

Prince Friedrich of Homburg is the indisputable dramatic masterpiece of Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811), a leading figure, along with Goethe and Schiller, among early German Romantics. Available until now only in verse translation, it has been newly rendered for the American …

24158. The train was on time

Heinrich Böll

The Train Was on Time is the first published novel by German author Heinrich Böll. It dates from 1949. The book centres on the story of a German soldier, Andreas, taking a train from Paris to Przemyśl. The story focuses on the experience of German soldiers during the Second …

24160. Just Like That

Lily Brett

Winner of the New South Wales Premier's Christina Stead Prize for best Australian work of fiction in 1995."Lily Brett's third novel is about a happy marriage, the presence of death in life, the yearning for meaning and the realization that making sense of life is sheer farce. …

24161. Short Letter, Long Farewell

Peter Handke

Short Letter, Long Farewell is one the most inventive and exhilarating of the great Peter Handke’s novels. Full of seedy noir atmospherics and boasting an air of generalized delirium, the book starts by introducing us to a nameless young German who has just arrived in America, …

24165. Letters to Felice

Franz Kafka

Letters to Felice is a book collecting some of Franz Kafka's letters to Felice Bauer from 1912 to 1917. Schocken Books acquired these letters from Felice Bauer in 1955, in addition to roughly half of Kafka's letters to Grete Bloch, Bauer's friend. Additional letters to Bloch …

24167. Roderick Hudson

Henry James

Roderick Hudson is a novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1875 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, it is a bildungsroman that traces the development of the title character, a sculptor.

24172. Heresy

Anselm Audley

Heresy is a book published in 2001 that was written by Anselm Audley.

24174. The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West

Karl-Heinz Frieser

The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West is a book by Karl-heinz Frieser and John T. Greenwood.

24175. Nadirs

Herta Müller

Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical short stories by Romanian-German writer and Nobel laureate Herta Müller. The stories center on life in the Romanian countryside and the violent, oppressive atmosphere of Romania in the mid-20th century.

24178. X-Ray

Ray Davies

X-Ray was Ray Davies' first major attempt to write prose outside of his musical career as founding member of the British rock band the Kinks. Robert Polito calls it an "experimental non-fiction" and describes Davies as "a prose stylist of Nabokovian ambition."

24184. Before the Fact

Anthony Berkeley Cox

Before the Fact is a novel by Anthony Berkeley writing under the pen name "Francis Iles". Iles' novel is experimental in that it is not a whodunit: It does not take long to determine the identity of the villain and his motives. According to Colin Dexter, Before the Fact is a …

24186. John Paul Jones

Samuel Eliot Morison

John Paul Jones is a book written by Samuel Eliot Morison.

24187. Land of the Headless

Adam Roberts

Land of the Headless is a science fiction novel by the British writer Adam Roberts, published in 2007.

24189. Kittyhawk Down

Garry Disher

Kittyhawk Down is a crime novel by Garry Disher published in 2003.

24190. The Twinkie Squad

Gordon Korman

The Twinkie Squad is a children's novel written by Gordan Korman published in 1992. The story follows the mis-adventures of Armando "Commando" Rivera, a feisty, popular basketball-obsessed hotshot who often gets in trouble with bullies and teachers; and Douglas Fairchild, the …

24191. The Coming Race

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The Coming Race is an 1871 novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, reprinted as Vril, the Power of the Coming Race. Among its readers have been those who have believed that its account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called "Vril" is accurate, to the extent …

24192. The New Industrial State

John Kenneth Galbraith

The New Industrial State is a 1967 book by John Kenneth Galbraith. In it, Galbraith asserts that within the industrial sectors of modern capitalist societies, the traditional mechanism of supply and demand is supplanted by the planning of large corporations, using techniques …

24194. The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science …

Ken Wilber

The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion is a 1998 book by American author Ken Wilber. It reasons that by adopting contemplative disciplines related to Spirit and commissioning them within a context of broad science, that "the spiritual, subjective world …



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