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 MLA Style Manual

Achert & Gibaldi

The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing is the third edition of The MLA Style Manual, first published by the Modern Language Association of America in 1985. It is an academic style guide widely used in the United States, Canada, and other countries, providing …

25203. 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 …

25204. 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 …

25217. Bahama Crisis

Desmond Bagley

Bahama Crisis is a first person narrative thriller novel by English author Desmond Bagley, first published in 1982.

25232. 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.

25233. The Syndic

C.M. Kornbluth

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

25234. 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.

25235. Jaws of Darkness

Harry Turtledove

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

25236. 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 …

25237. More Than Fire

Philip José Farmer

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

25239. Slugs

Shaun Hutson

Slugs is a 1982 horror novel written by Shaun Hutson. In 1988 it was adapted as an American horror film of the same name. In this book, carnivorous slugs go on a rampage.

25241. 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.

25242. Styles of Radical Will

Susan Sontag

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

25243. A Visitation of Spirits

Randall Kenan

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

25244. The Body has a Mind of Its Own

Sandra Blakeslee

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

25246. 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 …

25247. 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 …

25249. The First and Last Freedom

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

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. Why Beauty Is Truth

Ian Stewart

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

25256. Early Work

Patti Smith

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

25258. Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and …

Isaac Asimov

Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology is a history of science by Isaac Asimov, written as the biographies of over 1500 scientists. Organized chronologically, beginning with Imhotep and concluding with Stephen Hawking, each biographical entry is numbered, …

25259. 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, …

25260. 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 …

25261. 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 …

25262. Cult Movies

Danny Peary

Cult Movies is a 1981 book by Danny Peary, consisting of a series of essays regarding what Peary described as the 100 most representative examples of the cult film phenomenon. The films are presented in alphabetical order, with each chapter featuring a story synopsis for the …

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. 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 …

25269. He Who Whispers

John Dickson Carr

He Who Whispers is a mystery novel by detective novelist John Dickson Carr. Like Many of the works by this author feature so-called impossible crimes. In this case, the novel falls into a smaller category of Carr's work in that it is suggested that the crime is the work of a …

25270. The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior

Franklin W. Dixon

The Mystery of the Aztec Warrior is volume 43 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Harriet S. Adams, the daughter of Edward Stratemeyer, in 1964.

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. 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 …

25273. Overcoming Life's Disappointments

Harold Kushner

Overcoming Life's Disappointments is a 2006 book by Harold Kushner, a Conservative rabbi. Kushner addresses in the book the question of how to cope when disappointing things happen to you. He uses Biblical examples, such as how Moses coped with being denied entrance to The …

25275. Ø

Knut Nærum

25277. 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.

25279. 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 …

25280. The Golden Spur

Dawn Powell

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

25282. 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.

25283. 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.

25287. 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 …

25289. 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 …

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 Troll's Grindstone

Elizabeth H. Boyer

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

25293. 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.

25294. Beyond the bedroom wall

Larry Woiwode

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

25295. 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 …

25296. 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, …

25298. Plum Pie

P. G. Wodehouse

Plum Pie is a collection of nine short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 22 September 1966 by Barrie & Jenkins, and in the United States on 1 December 1967 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York. All stories except one belong to a large …

25299. High Citadel

Desmond Bagley

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

25303. Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

James Gurney

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara is a book published in 2007 that was written by James Gurney .

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. When Clay Sings

Byrd Baylor

When Clay Sings is a book written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Tom Bahti.

25307. Charnel House and Other Stories

Graham Masterton

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

25308. 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.

25309. Macrolife

George Zebrowski

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

25311. 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 …

25315. 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.

25318. 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" …

25319. 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 …

25320. 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 .

25321. 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 …

25324. 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 …

25325. 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 …

25326. 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 …

25327. And Chaos Died

Joanna Russ

And Chaos Died is a science fiction novel by Joanna Russ, perhaps the genre's best-known feminist author. Its setting is a dystopian projection of modern society, in which Earth's population has continued to grow, with the effects somewhat mitigated by advanced technology. The …

25330. 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.

25331. 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 …

25333. 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.

25334. 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 …

25336. Yesterday's Children

David Gerrold

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

25340. Castle Richmond

Anthony Trollope

Castle Richmond is the third of five novels set in Ireland by Anthony Trollope. Castle Richmond was written between 4 August 1859 and 31 March 1860, and was published in three volumes on 10 May 1860. It was his tenth novel. Trollope signed the contract for the novel on 2 August …

25341. The Cerulean Storm

Troy Denning

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

25342. What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of …

Julian Baggini

What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life is a book by Julian Baggini.

25343. 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 …

25344. 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.

25345. 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 …

25350. 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 …

25352. 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.

25353. 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.

25356. 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 …

25360. Bill, the Galactic Hero

Harry Harrison

Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical science fiction novel by Harry Harrison, first published in 1965. Harrison reports having been approached by a Vietnam veteran who described Bill as "the only book that's true about the military."

25366. 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. …

25367. 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 …

25372. Hung Out

Margaret Weis

Hung Out is a book published in 1998 that was written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin.

25374. 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 …

25376. 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.

25377. Strega Nona Meets Her Match

Tomie dePaola

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

25378. 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 …

25379. The Silver Child

Cliff McNish

The Silver Child is a book published in 2003 that was written by Cliff McNish.

25380. 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 …

25381. Deluge

Anne McCaffrey

Deluge is a book published in 2008 that was written by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.

25384. 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.

25386. Turning Point

Lisanne Norman

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

25387. 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, …



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