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.

25025. History of Shit

Dominique Laporte

History of Shit is a 1978 book by French psychoanalyst Dominique Laporte. It uses an idiosyncratic method of historical genealogy derived from, among others, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, and Michel Foucault, to show how the development of sanitation …

25026. Mauprat

George Sand

Mauprat is a novel by the French novelist George Sand about love and education. It was published in serial form in April and May 1837. Like many of Sand's novels, Mauprat borrows from various fictional genres- the Gothic novel, chivalric romance, the Bildungsroman, detective …

25033. A Season in the Life of Emmanuel

Marie-Claire Blais

A Season in the Life of Emmanuel is a French Canadian novel by Marie-Claire Blais, published in 1965. The novel centres on a large rural farm family in Quebec headed by domineering matriarch Antoinette, and depicts their lives around the time of the birth of Emmanuel, the …

25038. Women of the Celts

Jean Markale

Historian Markale takes us deep into a mythical world where both man and woman become whole by realizing the feminine principle in its entirety. The author explores the rich heritage of Celtic women in history, myth, and ritual, showing how these traditions compare to modern …

25050. Marguerite Duras: A Life

Laure Adler

Laure Adler contacted Marguerite Duras in the 1970s, after finding consolation from one of her novels after the death of her child, and they became friends. Years later, she became Duras' official biographer, and they embarked on two years of tape-recorded conversations. The …

25055. The Survivors of the Chancellor

Jules Verne

The Survivors of the Chancellor: Diary of J. R. Kazallon, Passenger is an 1875 novel written by Jules Verne about the final voyage of a British sailing ship, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one of its passengers.

25056. The Fur Country

Jules Verne

The Fur Country is an adventure novel by Jules Verne in The Extraordinary Voyages series, first published in 1873. The novel was serialized in Magasin d’Éducation et de Récréation from September 1872 to December 1873. The two-volume first original French edition and the first …

25072. Sa Femme or the Other Woman

Emmanuèle Bernheim

Set in Paris, this novel explores the intricate psychology of adulterous relationships. Claire, a doctor, meets a married man and before long they become lovers. Together only for snatched moments, Claire fills the days apart with imaginings of his life with "sa femme" - the …

25083. Colonialism and Neocolonialism

Jean-Paul Sartre

Colonialism and Neocolonialism by Jean-Paul Sartre is controversial and influential critique of French policies in Algeria. It argues for French disengagement from its former Overseas Empire and controversially defending the rights of violent resistance by groups such as the …

25086. La Folle De Chaillot

Jean Giraudoux

THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, has remained remarkably up-to-date. When it was first revived, the actor Georges Wilson wrote, "It is a prophetic play in the sense that the dangers denounced more than twenty years ago have …

25091. The social contract

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Of the Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right by Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a book in which Rousseau theorized about the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society, which he had already identified in his Discourse on …

25094. Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his …

25096. The whale caller

Zakes Mda

The Whale Caller is a fifth novel written by South African writer Zakes Mda, who is currently a professor at Ohio University, It is a novel about a man in South Africa named Whale Caller. The Whale Caller first appears to be sexually attracted to whales; especially a whale he …

25097. Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut …

25098. In Golden Blood

Stephen Woodworth

In Golden Blood is the third science-fiction alternate history novel by Stephen Woodworth featuring the "Violet" detective Natalie Lindstrom. It was written in 2005, and won First Place in the Writers of the Future Contest.

25101. The Fall of Lucifer

Wendy Alec

The Fall of Lucifer is a book published in 2005 that was written by Wendy Alec.

25103. Debt

David Graeber

Now in paperback: David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there …

25104. Pandemonium

Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium is a 2012 dystopian young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver and the second novel in her Delirium trilogy. The book was first published on February 28, 2012 through HarperTeen and follows the series' protagonist as she explores the Wilds outside the walled …

25107. The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White

Henry Wiencek

The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, written by historian Henry Wiencek, was published in 1999 by St. Martin’s Press, and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography.

25110. The Toll Bridge

Aidan Chambers

The Toll Bridge is a young adult novel by Aidan Chambers. Seventeen-year-old Piers leaves home to be a toll bridge keeper. He meets Tess and Adam. Piers is trying to escape the pressures of suffocating parents and a possessive girlfriend. Adam is a charismatic wayfarer who shows …

25115. Phantom Lady

Cornell Woolrich

Phantom Lady is a crime novel written by American author Cornell Woolrich under the pseudonym "William Irish". It is the first novel Woolrich published under the William Irish pseudonym.

25116. More Than Fire

Philip José Farmer

More Than Fire is a book published in 1993 that was written by Philip José Farmer.

25118. The Secret Lovers

Charles McCarry

The Secret Lovers is American author Charles McCarry's third novel, and the third novel in the Paul Christopher series.

25121. The Body has a Mind of Its Own

Sandra Blakeslee

Popular science neuropsychology book focused on how the mind maps the body.

25123. A Different Flesh

Harry Turtledove

A Different Flesh is a collection of alternate history short stories by Harry Turtledove set in a world in which Homo erectus and various megafauna survived in the Americas instead of Native Americans. Turtledove was inspired to write the story by a Stephen Jay Gould article …

25124. Blade Runner (a movie)

William S. Burroughs

Blade Runner (a movie) is a science fiction novella by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs, first published in 1979. The novella began as a story treatment for a proposed film adaptation of Alan E. Nourse's novel The Bladerunner. A later edition published in the 1980s …

25126. The First and Last Freedom

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The First and Last Freedom is a book by Jiddu Krishnamurti, originally published 1954.

25127. Enter the Saint

Leslie Charteris

Enter the Saint is a collection of three interconnected adventure novellas by Leslie Charteris first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder and Stoughton in October 1930, followed by an American edition by The Crime Club in April 1931. This was the second book featuring the …

25130. Bengal nights

Mircea Eliade

'La Nuit Bengali', French is a 1933 Romanian novel written by the author and philosopher Mircea Eliade. It is a fictionalized account of the love story between Eliade, who was visiting India at the time, and the young Maitreyi Devi. The novel was translated into Italian in 1945, …

25131. The Morning After

Katie Roiphe

The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism on Campus is a 1993 book by author and journalist Katie Roiphe. Her first book, it was reprinted with a new introduction in 1994. Part of the book had previously been published as an essay, "The Rape Crisis, or 'Is Dating Dangerous?'" in …

25134. Sword of Truth, Book 12: Omen Machine

Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind returns to the lives of Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell--in The Third Kingdom, the direct sequel to his #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine.Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man's shoulder blades. He spun back toward …

25136. The Ganymede Takeover

Philip K. Dick

The Ganymede Takeover is a 1967 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick and Ray Nelson. It is an alien invasion novel, and similar to Dick's earlier solo novel The Game-Players of Titan. Dick later admitted that The Ganymede Takeover was originally going to be a sequel to his …

25138. The Clue in the Embers

Franklin W. Dixon

The Clue in the Embers is Volume 35 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by John Almquist in 1955. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were systematically …

25139. The Secret of Wildcat Swamp

Franklin W. Dixon

The Secret of Wildcat Swamp is Volume 31 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by William Dougherty in 1952. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were …

25140. The Caverns of Kalte

Joe Dever

The Caverns of Kalte was the third book of the award-winning Lone Wolf book series created by Joe Dever.

25141. Landslide

Desmond Bagley

Landslide is a first-person narrative novel written by English author Desmond Bagley, and was first published in 1967.

25142. Tarzan and the Castaways

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan and the Castaways is a collection of stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twenty-fourth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. In addition to the title novella, it includes two Tarzan short stories. Of the three pieces, "Tarzan and the Jungle …

25143. Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke : Experiencing …

Susan Napier

Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation is a scholarly book which uses techniques of literary criticism on anime by Susan J. Napier published in 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan. It discusses themes of shōjo, hentai, mecha, magical …

25144. Pursuit: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Pursuit: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery is a book by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza.

25148. The Immortals

Tracy Hickman

The Immortals by Tracy Hickman is a science fiction novel originally published in hardcover by Roc. The novel describes a future America in which a virus similar to AIDS has panicked the U.S. government into setting up internment camps to contain the sufferers. Published in …

25149. The Privateer

James Doohan

The Privateer is the second of the three science fiction novels of the Flight Engineer by S. M. Stirling and James Doohan.

25152. Abeng

Michelle Cliff

Abeng is a novel related to Maroons published in 1984 by Michelle Cliff. It is a quasi-autobiographical novel about a mixed-race Jamaican girl named Clare Savage growing up in the 1950s. It explores the historical repression resulting from British imperialism in Jamaica. Facts …

25153. The Stray Dog

Marc Simont

The Stray Dog is a 2001 children's picture book by Marc Simont.

25155. Rufus M

Eleanor Estes

Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes is the third novel in the children's series known as The Moffats. Published in 1943, it was a Newbery Honor book. The title character is the youngest of four children growing up in a small town in Connecticut in 1918.

25157. Whistle

James Jones

Whistle, a novel by James Jones, tells the story of four wounded South Pacific veterans brought back by hospital ship to the United States during World War II. Much of the story takes place in a veterans hospital in the fictional city of Luxor, Tennessee. Whistle forms the third …

25159. High Citadel

Desmond Bagley

High Citadel is a novel written by English author Desmond Bagley, and was first published in 1965.

25160. Past Master

R. A. Lafferty

Past Master is a novel by science fiction writer R. A. Lafferty. It was first published in 1968, and was nominated for the 1968 Nebula award and the 1969 Hugo award. It is generally categorized as part of the New Wave of science fiction.

25161. Charnel House and Other Stories

Graham Masterton

Charnel House and Other Stories is a book written by Graham Masterton.

25162. Canto for a Gypsy

Martin Cruz Smith

Canto for a Gypsy is a novel by Martin Cruz Smith first published in 1972. It is the follow up to Gypsy in Amber and also has Romano Grey as the main character.

25165. Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with …

Leroy F. Aarons

Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son is a book by Leroy F. Aarons that outlines a mother's experience in coming to terms with the suicide of her gay son. On 24 January 2009, the TV film Prayers for Bobby, an adaptation of the book …

25166. Harlem

Walter Dean Myers

Harlem is a book written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers.

25168. The ABC Bunny

Wanda Gag

The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gág is a children's alphabet book which was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1934. The book is illustrated by the author in black and white, and hand lettered by her brother Howard. The music for the "ABC Song", included as a score in the book, was composed by …

25169. The Jumping-Off Place

Marian Hurd McNeely

The Jumping-Off Place is a children's novel by Marian Hurd McNeely about homesteading in South Dakota. It is set on the Dakotan prairie in the early 1900s. The novel, illustrated by William Siegal was first published in 1929 and was a retrospective Newbery Honor recipient for …

25170. Minn of the Mississippi

Holling C. Holling

Minn of the Mississippi is an illustrated children's book by Holling C. Holling. Though short, it is more a novel than a picture book. First published in 1951, it received the Newbery Honor award the next year. The book tells the story of a snapping turtle that hatches near the …

25171. Hobgoblin

John Coyne

Hobgoblin by John Coyne is a 1981 horror novel about Scott Gardiner, a teenaged boy who becomes obsessed with Hobgoblin, a fantasy roleplaying game based on Irish mythology, as his life in the game and in reality slowly blend.

25173. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, 1940-1945

James MacGregor Burns

Roosevelt: The Soldier Of Freedom, 1940-1945 is a 1970 biography of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt by James MacGregor Burns, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The book won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award for Nonfiction. It is a sequel to …

25174. In Search of King Solomon's Mines

Tahir Shah

In Search of King Solomon's Mines is a travel book by Anglo-Afghan author, Tahir Shah.

25175. High life

Matthew Stokoe

“High Life is perhaps the greatest neglected masterpiece of true noir. I’ve never read anything like this, nor do I expect to.”—Ken Bruen, author of The Guards“Stokoe’s in-your-face prose and raw, unnerving scenes give way to a skillfully plotted tale that will keep readers …

25176. Take Me Out

Richard Greenberg

Take Me Out is a 2002 play by American playwright Richard Greenberg originally staged by Donmar Warehouse, London, with The Public Theater. It premiered Off-Broadway on September 5, 2002, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, and made its Broadway debut on February 27, 2003, at the …

25178. Hell's Horizon

Darren Shan

Hell's Horizon is a novel written by Darren Shan, first published in 2000, with a modified version re-published March 2009, with significant changes made by the author. It is the second book in Shan's The City Book Trilogy, being preceded by Procession of the Dead and followed …

25179. The Cerulean Storm

Troy Denning

The Cerulean Storm is a book published in 1993 that was written by Troy Denning.

25180. Ancient, My Enemy

Gordon R. Dickson

Ancient, My Enemy is a collection of science fiction stories by Gordon R. Dickson. It was first published by Doubleday in 1974. The stories originally appeared in the magazines If, Astounding, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Space Stories and Fantasy and Science Fiction.

25181. Final Blackout

L. Ron Hubbard

Final Blackout is a dystopic science fiction novel by author L. Ron Hubbard. The novel is set in the future and follows a man known as "the Lieutenant" as he restores order to England after a world war. First published in serialized format in 1940 in the science fiction magazine …

25184. Death of a Citizen

Donald Hamilton

Death of a Citizen is a 1960 spy novel by Donald Hamilton, and was the first in a long-running series of books featuring the adventures of assassin Matt Helm. The title refers to the metaphorical death of peaceful citizen and family man Matt Helm and the rebirth of the deadly …

25186. Direct Descent

Frank Herbert

Direct Descent is a short science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It was based on the short story "Pack Rat Planet" published in 1954 in Astounding Science-Fiction.

25189. The Maestro

Tim Wynne-Jones

Burl Crow hasn't had many breaks in his young life. His father is a manipulative lout with a dangerous temper; his mother, worn down by years of abuse, now resorts to her little helpers to get her through the days. Then he meets Nathaniel Orlando Gow, the Maestro, and in just …

25192. 1587, a Year of No Significance

Ray Huang

1587, a Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline is Chinese historian Ray Huang's most famous work. First published by Yale University Press in 1981, it examines how a number of seemingly insignificant events in 1587 might have caused the downfall of the Ming empire. …

25193. Queen Zixi of Ix

Lyman Frank Baum

Queen Zixi of Ix, or The Story of the Magic Cloak is a children's book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Frederick Richardson. It was originally serialized in the early 20th-century American children's magazine St. Nicholas from November 1904 to October 1905, and was …

25196. The Good That Men Do

Andy Mangels

The Good That Men Do is a Star Trek: Enterprise relaunch novel, which was released in March 2007.

25198. The Flying Circus of Physics

Jearl Walker

The Flying Circus of Physics by Jearl Walker, is a book that poses about a thousand questions concerned with everyday physics. The emphasis is strongly on phenomena that might be encountered in one's daily life. From the preface: "if you start thinking about physics when you are …

25199. War Boy

Thorn Kief Hillsbery

War Boy is the first novel by Kief Hillsbery, published in 2000 by Rob Weisbach Books, an imprint of William Morrow and Company.

25200. Strega Nona Meets Her Match

Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona Meets Her Match is a book published in 1993 that was written by Tomie dePaola.



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