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.

25201. 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 …

25202. Too Far To Go: The Maples Stories

John Updike

Too Far to Go is a collection of short stories by the American author John Updike published in 1979 in conjunction with the showing of a two-hour television movie on the NBC network with Blythe Danner, Michael Moriarty, Kathryn Walker and Glenn Close. The linked stories focus …

25205. 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 …

25230. The Shiralee

D'Arcy Niland

The Shiralee is the debut full-length novel by D'Arcy Niland. It was adapted into a movie in 1957 and a mini series in 1987.

25231. The Golden Keel

Desmond Bagley

The Golden Keel is the debut novel by English author Desmond Bagley, first published in 1963. Written in the first person narrative, the introductory biography of the protagonist is closely patterned after that of the author.

25232. Jaws of Darkness

Harry Turtledove

Jaws of Darkness by Harry Turtledove is the fifth book in the Darkness series.

25233. Red Orc's Rage

Philip José Farmer

Red Orc's Rage is a recursive science fiction novel and part of the "World of Tiers" series of novels by Philip José Farmer. The plot of the book was inspired by the work of American psychiatrist A.James Giannini, M.D, who used earlier books in Farmer's series as role-playing …

25234. More Than Fire

Philip José Farmer

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

25236. A Worshipful Company of Fletchers

James Tate

A Worshipful Company of Fletchers is the book written by James Tate.

25237. The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness …

Adrian Tinniswood

The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England is a book written by Adrian Tinniswood.

25238. 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.

25240. Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories

Sheridan Le Fanu

Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by author J. Sheridan Le Fanu. It was released in 1945 and was the author's first book to be published in the United States. It was published by Arkham House in an edition of 2,026 copies. A …

25241. The Great Impersonation

E. Phillips Oppenheim

The Great Impersonation is a mystery novel written by E. Phillips Oppenheim and published in 1920. German Leopold von Ragastein meets his doppelganger, Englishman Everard Dominey, in Africa, and plans to murder him and steal his identity in order to spy on English high society …

25244. Palestine

Joe Sacco

Palestine is a graphic novel written and drawn by Joe Sacco about his experiences in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in December 1991 and January 1992. Sacco gives a portrayal which emphasizes the history and plight of the Palestinian people, as a group and as individuals.

25245. A Secular Age

Charles Taylor

A Secular Age is a book written by the philosopher Charles Taylor which was published in 2007 by Harvard University Press. The noted sociologist Robert Bellah has referred to A Secular Age as "one of the most important books to be written in my lifetime."

25246. Styles of Radical Will

Susan Sontag

Styles of Radical Will is a collection of essays by Susan Sontag published in 1969.

25247. Children of the Thunder

John Brunner

Children of the Thunder is a 1988 science fiction novel by John Brunner. The novel explores several themes: environment degradation of the modern world, paternal irresponsibility, and conservative tendencies in British politics. The latter may reflect that the book was written …

25248. The Body has a Mind of Its Own

Sandra Blakeslee

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

25249. The Coming of Bill

P. G. Wodehouse

The Coming of Bill is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. It was first published as Their Mutual Child in the United States on 5 August 1919 by Boni & Liveright, New York, and as The Coming of Bill in the United Kingdom on 1 July 1920 by Herbert Jenkins Ltd, London. The story first …

25250. The Left Hand of the Electron

Isaac Asimov

The Left Hand of the Electron is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov, first published by Doubleday & Company in 1972. It was the ninth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The title …

25251. 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 …

25255. In Darkness, Death

Dorothy Hoobler

In Darkness, Death is a book by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler.

25256. Red Sails to Capri

Ann Weil

Red Sails to Capri is a children's historical novel by Ann Weil. It tells the story of the rediscovery of Capri's Blue Grotto in 1826. The novel, illustrated by C. B. Falls, was first published in 1952 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1953.

25257. Why Beauty Is Truth

Ian Stewart

Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry is a 2007 book by Ian Stewart.

25258. The Paper Men

William Golding

The Paper Men is a 1984 novel by British writer William Golding. The protagonist in the novel is Wilfred Barclay, a curmudgeonly writer who has a drinking problem, a dead marriage, and the incurable itches of middle-aged lust. Barclay is irritated by a young professor, Rick …

25259. Early Work

Patti Smith

Early Work is a poetry collection by Patti Smith, published in 1994.

25261. 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, …

25265. The Planet That Wasn't

Isaac Asimov

The Planet That Wasn't is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the twelfth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. These essays were first published between December 1974 and April 1976. It was first …

25266. Laws of form

Spencer-Brown

Laws of Form is a book by G. Spencer-Brown, published in 1969, that straddles the boundary between mathematics and philosophy. LoF describes three distinct logical systems: The primary arithmetic, whose models include Boolean arithmetic; The primary algebra, whose models include …

25267. Boy Kills Man

Matt Whyman

Boy Kills Man is 2004 novel by British novelist Matt Whyman about child assassins in Medellin, Colombia.

25268. The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Oxford Bookworms …

Edgar Allan Poe

The room was on the fourth floor, and the door was locked - with the key on the inside. The windows were closed and fastened - on the inside. The chimney was too narrow for a cat to get through. So how did the murderer escape? And whose were the two angry voices heard by the …

25271. 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 …

25272. C++ Primer

Stanley B. Lippman

C++ Primer is a book by Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie and Barbara E. Moo meant for beginners to the C++ programming language.

25273. 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.

25274. Shadrach in the Furnace

Robert Silverberg

Shadrach in the Furnace is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert Silverberg, first published by Bobbs Merrill in 1976. The novel was nominated in 1976 for the Nebula award, and in 1977 for the Hugo award. The story takes place in 2012, and is set in Ulaanbaatar, that …

25275. Ø

Knut Nærum

25277. Landslide

Desmond Bagley

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

25278. Kingsblood Royal

Sinclair Lewis

Kingsblood Royal, a novel by American writer Sinclair Lewis, was published in 1947.

25279. Tarzan and the Madman

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan and the Madman is a novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twenty-third in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. Written from January–February 1940, the story was never published in Burroughs' lifetime. It was first published in hardcover by Canaveral …

25281. Pursuit: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

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

25282. The Golden Spur

Dawn Powell

The Golden Spur is the 1962 book written by Dawn Powell.

25285. Make your own damn movie!

Lloyd Kaufman

Make Your Own Damn Movie is both a book and a DVD set about Troma Entertainment and independent film in general.

25286. A Crack Up at the Race Riots

Harmony Korine

A Crack Up at the Race Riots is a novel written by Harmony Korine, writer of such cult films Kids, and Ken Park. He is also writer/director of Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely, and Trash Humpers. The book was released in 1998 and had been taken out of print, however a new …

25292. 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.

25294. The Troll's Grindstone

Elizabeth H. Boyer

The Troll's Grindstone is a book published in 1986 that was written by Elizabeth Boyer.

25296. 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.

25297. Beyond the bedroom wall

Larry Woiwode

Beyond the bedroom wall is the novel written by Larry Woiwode.

25298. The Wool-Pack

Cynthia Harnett

The Wool-Pack is a children's historical novel written and illustrated by Cynthia Harnett, published by Methuen in 1951. It was the first published of four children's novels that Harnett set in 15th-century England. She won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, …

25300. Rough Cider

Peter Lovesey

Rough Cider is an Edgar Award nominated book written by Peter Lovesey.

25301. High Citadel

Desmond Bagley

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

25305. 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.

25306. Charnel House and Other Stories

Graham Masterton

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

25307. Macrolife

George Zebrowski

Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia is a 1979 science fiction novel by American author George Zebrowski.

25308. The Last Legends of Earth

A. A. Attanasio

The Last Legends of Earth is a 1989 science fiction novel by A. A. Attanasio, the fourth and final novel in his Radix Tetrad series. It contains the continuing story of the conflict between the humans, zōtl, Rimstalkers, other spatial dimensions, and time-travel/temporal …

25312. London labour and the London poor

Henry Mayhew

London Labour and the London Poor is a work of Victorian journalism by Henry Mayhew. In the 1840s he observed, documented, and described the state of working people in London for a series of articles in a newspaper, the Morning Chronicle, that were later compiled into book form. …

25313. The Enemy Stars

Poul Anderson

The Enemy Stars, written by Poul Anderson, is a science-fiction novel published in 1959 by J.B Lippincott in the US and by Longmans in Canada. Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction under the title We Have Fed Our Sea__, it was a nominee for the 1959 Hugo Award for …

25315. 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 …

25316. The Wind's Twelve Quarters

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, named after a line from A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad and first published by Harper & Row in 1975. Described by Le Guin as a retrospective, it collects 17 previously published stories, four …

25317. The Name of the Game Was Murder

Joan Lowery Nixon

Novelist Augustus Trevor has written a manuscript that reveals the darkest secrets of his guests. Whoever can solve Trevor's clues can have his story removed from the book. But when Trevor is bludgeoned to death, the survivors (along with the reader) are challenged to find both …

25319. Harlem

Walter Dean Myers

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

25320. First the Egg

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

First the Egg is a New York Times bestselling children's picture book written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, published by Roaring Book Press in 2007. It was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2008 and also appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books list …

25321. 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 …

25322. 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.

25326. 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 …

25327. 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.

25328. 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 …

25330. 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 …

25332. The Merchants of Souls

John Barnes

The Merchants of Souls is a 2001 science fiction novel by John Barnes and the third book in the Thousand Cultures series.

25333. 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 …

25335. The Holy War

John Bunyan

The Holy War Made by King Shaddai Upon Diabolus, to Regain the Metropolis of the World, Or, The Losing and Taking Again of the Town of Mansoul is a 1682 novel by John Bunyan. This novel, written in the form of an allegory, tells the story of the town "Mansoul". Though this town …

25336. Yesterday's Children

David Gerrold

Yesterday's Children is a book published in 1972 that was written by David Gerrold.

25339. The Legion of Space

Jack Williamson

The Legion of Space is a science-fiction novel by the American writer Jack Williamson. It was originally serialized in Astounding Stories in 1934, then published in book form by Fantasy Press in 1947 in an edition of 2,970 copies. A magazine-sized reprint was issued by Galaxy in …

25340. 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.

25341. 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 …

25344. Conan the Barbarian

L. Sprague de Camp

Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 fantasy novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Catherine Crook de Camp featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, a novelization of the feature film of the same name. It was first published in …

25346. 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 …

25350. Dragon of the Lost Sea

Laurence Yep

Dragon of the Lost Sea is a fantasy novel by Chinese-American author Laurence Yep. It was first published in 1982 and is the first book in his Dragon series. Having already written several books, Yep had wanted to adapt Chinese mythology into a fantasy form for some time, and …

25351. 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 …

25357. 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. …

25358. 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 …

25362. American Knees

Shawn Wong

American Knees is a novel written by Shawn Wong, first published in 1995 by Simon & Schuster, and currently published by the University of Washington Press. Conceived as a cultural response to Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club, Wong's book depicts the love life of an Asian …

25365. Dragonsword

Gael Baudino

Dragonsword is a novel written by Gael Baudino and published in 1988. It is the first in the Dragonsword Trilogy. The other novels are Duel of Dragons and Dragon Death. According to the author, after completing an unfinished manuscript and fleshing it out to roughly double its …

25367. The Royal Book of Oz

Lyman Frank Baum

The Royal Book of Oz is the fifteenth in the series of Oz books, and the first by Ruth Plumly Thompson, to be written after L. Frank Baum's death. Although Baum was credited as the author, it was written entirely by Thompson. Beginning in the 1980s, some editions have correctly …

25369. Cut and Run

Jeff Abbott

Cut and Run is a book written by Jeff Abbott.

25370. 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.

25372. Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, …

Laura Ingraham

Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN Are Subverting America is the second book written by conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham. The book was first published in 2003 by Regnery Publishing, and details Laura's views on elites from the world of …

25373. 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 …

25374. 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 …

25377. 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.

25378. Forsaken House

Richard Baker

Forsaken House is a 2004 fantasy novel by Richard Baker, set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms fictional universe. It is the first novel in the "Last Mythal" series.

25380. Rat Life

Tedd Arnold

Rat Life is an Edgar Award winning book by Tedd Arnold.

25383. When Smoke Ran Like Water

Devra Davis

In When Smoke Ran Like Water, the world-renowned epidemiologist Devra Davis confronts the public triumphs and private failures of her lifelong battle against environmental pollution. She documents the shocking toll of a public-health disaster-300,000 deaths a year in the U.S. …

25390. The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard …

William D. Cohan

The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co. is the debut book by William D. Cohan. It was released on April 3, 2007 by Doubleday. It focuses on the history of the prominent investment bank Lazard Frères. The book won the 2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs …

25396. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern is a book by Stephen Greenblatt and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and 2011 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Greenblatt tells the story of how Poggio Bracciolini, a 15th-century papal emissary and obsessive …

25397. Cold Days

Jim Butcher

After a brief interlude in the afterlife, Harry Dresden’s new job makes him wonder if death was really all that bad in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Harry Dresden is no longer Chicago’s only professional wizard. Now, he’s Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen …

25400. A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess published in 1962. Set in a near future English society that has a subculture of extreme youth violence, the novella has a teenage protagonist, Alex, who narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state …



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