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. The Green Years

A. J. Cronin

The Green Years is a 1944 novel by A. J. Cronin which traces the formative years of an Irish orphan, Robert Shannon, who is sent to live with his draconian maternal grandparents in Scotland. An introspective child, Robert forms an attachment to his roguish great-grandfather, who …

25228. 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.

25229. The Syndic

C.M. Kornbluth

The Syndic is a 1953 science fiction novel by Cyril M. Kornbluth.

25230. 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.

25231. 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.

25232. More Than Fire

Philip José Farmer

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

25234. 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.

25236. 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 …

25238. The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov, published in 1986, is a collection of 28 short stories by Isaac Asimov.

25239. Styles of Radical Will

Susan Sontag

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

25240. A Visitation of Spirits

Randall Kenan

A Visitation of Spirits is a 1989 novel by Randall Kenan.

25241. 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 …

25243. 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 …

25244. Neil Gaiman's Only the End of the World Again

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's Only The End of the World Again is a 2000 compilation of a serialized fantasy story published by Oni Press and originally appearing in Oni Double Feature #6-8 during 1998. The story was created and written by Neil Gaiman, adapted to comic by P. Craig Russell, …

25247. The First and Last Freedom

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

25250. In Darkness, Death

Dorothy Hoobler

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

25251. 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.

25252. Dead Girls

Richard Calder

Dead Girls is the début novel by British science fiction author Richard Calder, and was first published in the UK in 1992 and 1995 in the US. The novel is the first in Calders 'Dead' trilogy, and is followed by the novels Dead Boys and Dead Things.

25255. 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 …

25257. The Warriors

Sol Yurick

The basis for the cult-classic film The Warriors chronicles one New York City gang's nocturnal journey through the seedy, dangerous subways and city streets of the 1960s. Every gang in the city meets on a sweltering July 4 night in a Bronx park for a peace rally. The crowd of …

25260. Boy Kills Man

Matt Whyman

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

25261. 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 …

25264. 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 …

25266. 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 …

25267. Ø

Knut Nærum

25269. Superman: Last Son of Krypton

Elliot S. Maggin

Superman: Last Son of Krypton is a novel written by Elliot S. Maggin and based on the DC Comics character Superman. It was published in 1978.

25270. 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 …

25271. Planet of Judgment

Joe Haldeman

Planet of Judgment is an early Star Trek novel, written in 1977 by Joe Haldeman. According to the author, he was approached for a two-book contract at the suggestion of Fred Pohl.

25272. 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 …

25273. Pursuit: An Inspector Espinosa Mystery

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

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

25275. The Golden Spur

Dawn Powell

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

25277. Tales from Planet Earth

Arthur C. Clarke

Tales From Planet Earth is a collection of science fiction short stories by Arthur C. Clarke originally published in 1990.

25278. 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 …

25281. Diuturnity's Dawn

Alan Dean Foster

Diuturnity's Dawn is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster. The full title is sometimes shown as Diuturnity's Dawn: Book Three of The Founding of the Commonwealth.

25282. Drowning World

Alan Dean Foster

Drowning World is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster.

25284. Blood Contact

David Sherman

Blood Contact is the fourth novel of the military science fiction StarFist Saga, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. This book in the series follows Gunnery Sergeant Bass and the rest of 3rd Platoon, Company L, 34th FIST as they investigate a missing scientific team on the …

25285. 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 …

25288. 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 …

25289. The Wives of Bath

Susan Swan

The Wives of Bath is a novel by Susan Swan, inspired by her own childhood experiences at Havergal College in Toronto, Canada.

25290. Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait

K. A. Bedford

For "Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait" specialist, Aloysius "Spider" Webb, time travel has lost its luster. Working as a senior time machine repair technician, Spider has seen it all - past, present and future. Wanting more out of life, Spider hates time travel and …

25291. The Stray Dog

Marc Simont

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

25294. 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. 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.

25301. Charnel House and Other Stories

Graham Masterton

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

25305. 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. …

25306. Entoverse

James P. Hogan

Entoverse is a book published in 1991 that was written by James P. Hogan.

25307. Threshold

David R. Palmer

Threshold is a science fiction novel written by David R. Palmer and published by Bantam Spectra in December 1985. It was his second book published, following Emergence, and was intended to be the first book of the To Halt Armageddon trilogy.

25309. The Public and its Problems

John Dewey

The Public and its Problems is a 1927 book by American philosopher John Dewey. In this work, Dewey touches upon major political philosophy questions that have continued into the 21st century, specifically: can democracy work in the modern era? Is there such a thing as a "public" …

25310. 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 …

25311. Jennie

Douglas Preston

Jennie is a novel by American author Douglas Preston. The book was published on October 1, 1994 by St. Martin's Press .

25312. The Myth of Mental Illness

Thomas Stephen Szasz

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct is a 1961 book by Thomas Szasz, who questions psychiatry's foundations and argues against the tendency of psychiatrists to label people who are "disabled by living" as mentally ill. It received much …

25314. Harlem

Walter Dean Myers

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

25315. 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 …

25316. 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 …

25317. 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 …

25318. Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe

Bette Greene

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe is a children's novel written by Bette Greene that was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1975. The book was published in 1974 by Puffin Books. It is the first of three novels to feature protagonist Beth Lambert and her friend Philip Hall. The …

25321. 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 …

25322. 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.

25323. 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 …

25325. 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.

25327. 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 …

25328. Yesterday's Children

David Gerrold

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

25332. The Cerulean Storm

Troy Denning

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

25333. 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 …

25334. 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 …

25337. 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 …

25340. 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 …

25342. American Beauty

Zoey Dean

American Beauty is the seventh novel in the A-List series by Zoey Dean. It was released in 2006 through Megan Tingley Publishers.

25344. The Dark Imbalance

Sean Williams

The Dark Imbalance is a 2001 science fiction novel by Sean Williams and Shane Dix. It is the third novel in the Evergence series and is preceded by The Dying Light which was published in 2000. It follows the story of Morgan Roche who has been given the task to protect mankind …

25346. 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 …

25353. 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. …

25354. 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 …

25358. 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 …

25360. 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 …

25361. 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.

25363. Cut and Run

Jeff Abbott

Cut and Run is a book written by Jeff Abbott.

25364. 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.

25365. Strega Nona Meets Her Match

Tomie dePaola

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

25367. 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 …

25368. Lionclaw, a tale of Rowan Hood

Nancy Springer

Lionclaw, a tale of Rowan Hood is a book published in 2002 that was written by Nancy Springer.

25370. Car Trouble

Jeanne DuPrau

Car Trouble is a novel by Jeanne DuPrau published in 2005 about a man named Duff Pringle who travels across the country for a future job.

25372. Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake

Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake is a 2003 novel for young adults by Louis Sachar, first published by Yearling Books. It is the second in a series inaugurated in 1998 by the award-winning Holes. Survival Guide is a "tongue-in-cheek handbook for newcomers" to …

25374. 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.

25375. Grass For His Pillow Episode 2 : The Way Through The …

Gillian Rubinstein

Grass For His Pillow Episode 2 : The Way Through The Snow is a book published in 2005 that was written by Gillian Rubinstein.

25377. 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.

25379. Turning Point

Lisanne Norman

Turning Point is the first book of the Sholan Alliance series published in 1993 that was written by Lisanne Norman.

25382. Science Made Stupid

Tom Weller

Science Made Stupid: How to Discomprehend the World Around Us is a 1985 book written and illustrated by Tom Weller. The winner of the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book, it is a parody of a junior high or high school-level science textbook. Though now out of print, …

25385. The Fall of Lucifer

Wendy Alec

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

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 …

25395. 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 …

25398. 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 …



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