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.

25803. Studies in Classic American Literature

D. H. Lawrence

Lawrence asserted that 'the proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it'. In these highly individual, penetrating essays he has exposed 'the American whole soul' within some of that continent's major works of literature. In seeking to establish …

25805. X-Isle

Steve Augarde

X Isle is a young adult novel by Steve Augarde first published in 2009. It is set in the future, after floods have destroyed civilization. The novel follows the experiences of a boy named Baz on his arrival at "X Isle" from the equally miserable "mainland". The book has been …

25806. Hag's Nook

John Dickson Carr

Hag's Nook, first published in 1933, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr and the first to feature his series detective Gideon Fell. This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit.

25807. The Benson Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine

The Benson Murder Case is the first novel in the Philo Vance series of mystery novels by S.S. Van Dine, which became a best-seller.

25809. War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know

Scott Ritter

War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know is short book, written in 2002, by William Rivers Pitt and featuring an extensive interview with former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter. In it Pitt and Ritter examine the Bush administration's justifications for …

25810. Doctor Mirabilis

James Blish

Doctor Mirabilis is a historical novel written in 1964 by the science fiction author James Blish. This is the second book in Blish's quasi-religious trilogy After Such Knowledge, and is a recounting of the English philosopher and Franciscan friar Roger Bacon's life and struggle …

25811. Men of Maize

Miguel Ángel Asturias

Men of Maize is a 1949 novel by Guatemalan Nobel Prize in Literature winner Miguel Ángel Asturias. The novel is usually considered to be Asturias's masterpiece, yet remains one of the least understood novels produced by Asturias. The title Hombres de maíz refers to the Maya …

25812. The Color of Summer

Reinaldo Arenas

The Color of Summer is a book that was written by Reinaldo Arenas.

25814. A Russian Beauty and Other Stories

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

A Russian Beauty and Other Stories is a collection of thirteen short stories by Vladimir Nabokov. All were written in Russian by Nabokov between 1923 and 1940 as an expatriate in Berlin, Paris, and other places in western Europe. They appeared individually in the Russian émigré …

25815. Manservant and Maidservant

Ivy Compton-Burnett

Manservant and Maidservant is a 1947 novel by Ivy Compton-Burnett. It was published in the United States with the title Bullivant and the Lambs. Whenever the author was asked which of her novels were her favorites, she always mentioned Manservant and Maidservant and A House and …

25820. A Closed Book

Gilbert Adair

A Closed Book is a short novel by Gilbert Adair, published in 2000. The book starts with a slightly awkward meeting between a crotchety blind author and a sighted interviewee he seeks to employ as his assistant. The narrative is presented almost entirely through dialogue between …

25823. The God Beneath the Sea

Leon Garfield

The God Beneath the Sea is a children's novel based on Greek mythology, written by Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen, illustrated by Charles Keeping, and published by Longman in 1970. It was awarded the annual Carnegie Medal and commended for the companion Greenaway Medal by the …

25829. La Tumba

José Agustín

La Tumba is a 1964 controversial novel written in Spanish by José Agustín. It is a short novel, originally written as a series of tales in a literary workshop. Some people rejected the novel because it freely touched topics like abortion and sex, but the writers' community …

25830. Boy Culture

Matthew Rettenmund

Boy Culture is a 1995 novel by Matthew Rettenmund. It centers on a call boy in the city of Chicago, Illinois and his two roommates. The protagonist goes by X throughout the book in order to maintain his anonymity. In 2006, it was adapted into a movie by filmmaker Q. Allan …

25833. The Animals of Farthing Wood

Colin Dann

Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, The Animals of Farthing Wood is a classic animal story of adventure and the fight for survival.Farthing Wood is being bulldozed and a drought means the animals no longer have anywhere to live or drink. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole …

25837. The Common Law

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The Common Law is a book that was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in 1881. Holmes later became an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. The book is about common law in the United States, including torts, property, contracts, and crime. It is written …

25838. Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the …

Bruce Watson

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind is a book by Bruce Watson.

25843. The Quiet Pools

Michael P. Kube-McDowell

The Quiet Pools is a novel written by Michael P. Kube-McDowell.

25844. Bill the Conqueror

P. G. Wodehouse

Bill the Conqueror is a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 13 November 1924 by Methuen & Co., London, and in the United States on 20 February 1925 by George H. Doran, New York, the story having previously been serialised in the Saturday Evening …

25845. Wizard: the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla

Marc Seifer

The book Wizard, the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla is a biography of Nikola Tesla by Marc J. Seifer published in 1996.

25848. Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England, London and Kent between …

25849. Jerusalem Commands

Michael Moorcock

Jerusalem Commands is a novel by Michael Moorcock. It is the third in the Pyat Quartet tetralogy. This novel takes place between World War One and World War Two, and in it, Colonel Pyat travels from Hollywood to Casablanca. Alexandria and travels across the Sahara.

25852. The Island of Eternal Love

Daína Chaviano

The Island of Eternal Love is a novel by Cuban author Daína Chaviano. The plot is a family saga that takes place along two parallel lines: one during our time and another that begins in the 1850s. The modern story revolves around the paranormal investigations of Cecilia, a young …

25857. The Rose of Tibet

Lionel Davidson

The Rose of Tibet is a 1962 thriller by Lionel Davidson.

25860. The Water of the Wondrous Isles

William Morris

The Water of the Wondrous Isles is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first writer of modern fantasy to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It was first printed in 1897 by …

25862. The Whisper of Glocken

Carol Kendall

added a ref tag. The Whisper of Glocken is a children's novel by Carol Kendall, first published in 1965. It is the second book in the series about the race of small people called the Minnipins, being a sequel to The Gammage Cup. The Minnipin valley is being flooded, and five new …

25863. The Lawless Roads

Graham Greene

The Lawless Roads is a travel account by Graham Greene, based on his 1938 trip to Mexico, to see the effects of the government's campaign of forced anti-Catholic secularisation and how the inhabitants had reacted to the brutal anticlerical purges of President Plutarco Elías …

25864. The Path to Power

Margaret Thatcher

The Path to Power is a memoir by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher covering her life from her birth in 1925 until she became Prime Minister in 1979.

25865. The Women and the Warlords

Hugh Cook

The Women and the Warlords is a book published in 1987 that was written by Hugh Cook.

25871. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin A. Abbott

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. Writing pseudonymously as "A Square", the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the …

25873. The Raven's Knot

Robin Jarvis

The Raven's Knot is the second book in the Tales from the Wyrd Museum series by Robin Jarvis. It was originally published in 1995.

25874. The Fatal Strand

Robin Jarvis

The Fatal Strand is the third and final novel in the Tales from the Wyrd Museum series by Robin Jarvis.

25875. Shadow and Act

Ralph Ellison

Shadow and Act is a collection of essays by Ralph Ellison, published in 1964. The writings encompass the two decades that began with Ellison's involvement with African-American political activism and print media in Harlem, Ellison's emergence as a highly acclaimed writer with …

25879. The Great God Pan

Arthur Machen

The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen. A version of the story was published in the magazine The Whirlwind in 1890, and Machen revised and extended it for its book publication in 1894. On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and …

25881. The Megalithic European

Julian Cope

The Megalithic European : The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe is Julian Cope's second book on historic sites, this time looking at continental Europe and Ireland. Like its predecessor - The Modern Antiquarian - the book is split into a shorter, discursive …

25882. The Ghost at Skeleton Rock

Franklin W. Dixon

The Ghost at Skeleton Rock is Volume 37 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by James Duncan Lawrence in 1957. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were …

25883. Technics & Civilization

Lewis Mumford

Technics and Civilization is a 1934 book by American philosopher and historian of technology Lewis Mumford. The book presents the history of technology and its role in shaping and being shaped by civilizations. According to Mumford, modern technology has its roots in the Middle …

25889. Slinky Malinki

Lynley Dodd

Slinky Malinki first published in 1991, is one of a well-known series of books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd. It features the adventures of the stalking and lurking adventurous cat Slinky Malinki who is a common cat during the day but becomes a thief as night falls. The book …

25890. Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored

Richard Cole

Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored is a book written by Richard Cole who was the tour manager for English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their first US tour in 1968 to 1979, when he was replaced by Phil Carlo. The book was co-written with Richard Trubo, a syndicated …

25891. The Impossible Virgin

Peter O'Donnell

The Impossible Virgin is the title of the fifth novel chronicling the adventures of crime lord-turned-secret agent Modesty Blaise. The novel was published in 1971 and was written by Peter O'Donnell, who had created the character for a comic strip in the early 1960s. The book was …

25892. Cobra Trap

Peter O'Donnell

Cobra Trap is the title of a short story collection by Peter O'Donnell featuring his action/adventure heroine Modesty Blaise. The book was published in 1996, and is the thirteenth, and final book in the Modesty Blaise series which began in 1965. Cobra Trap was released 11 years …

25893. Brokenclaw

John Gardner

Brokenclaw, first published in 1990, was the tenth novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Putnam. The …

25894. Quest for the Future

A. E. van Vogt

Quest for the Future is a science fiction novel by A. E. van Vogt. It was first published by Ace Books in 1970. A schoolteacher from the 20th century becomes involved in the activities of a group of time travelers.

25902. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk

Carolyn Keene

The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk is the seventeenth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. It was first published in 1940 by Grosset & Dunlap.

25903. Irish Mist

Andrew Greeley

Irish Mist is the fourth of the Nuala Anne McGrail series of mystery novels by Roman Catholic priest and author Father Andrew M. Greeley.

25907. Justicia global

Che Guevara

Justicia global is a book written by Che Guevara.

25908. Beside the Ocean of Time

George Mackay Brown

Beside the Ocean of Time is a novel by Scottish writer George Mackay Brown. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and judged Scottish Book of the Year by the Saltire Society. The plot follows Thorfinn Ragnarson from Norday in the Orkney Islands of the 1930s. The son of a …

25909. Mortal Consequences: A History from the Detective …

Julian Symons

Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel is a Special Edgars Award winning book.

25910. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply …

25914. The Listeners

James Gunn

The Listeners is a science fiction novel by American author James Gunn. It centers on the search for interstellar communication and the effect that receipt of a message has. Although the search and the message are the unifying background of the novel, the chapters explore the …

25915. The Scent of Magic

Cliff McNish

The Scent of Magic is the second book of The Doomspell Trilogy published in 2001 that was written by Cliff McNish.

25917. Nothing Lasts Forever

Roderick Thorp

Nothing Lasts Forever is a 1979 thriller novel by Roderick Thorp, a sequel to his 1966 novel The Detective. It is mostly known through its film adaptation, Die Hard. In December 2012, the book was brought back into print and released as an ebook for the 25th anniversary of the …

25918. Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir

Tony Hillerman

Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir is the 2001 autobiography of author Tony Hillerman. The title reflects the attitude that he learned as a child living on a farm in Oklahoma; if one learns not to have unrealistic expectations, one will often be pleasantly surprised and seldom …

25919. The G-String Murders

Gypsy Rose Lee

The G-String Murders is a 1941 detective novel written by famed American burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee. There have been claims made that the novel was in fact written by Craig Rice but others have suggested that there is enough documented evidence in the form of manuscripts …

25923. The Southpaw

Mark Harris

The Southpaw was the first of the Henry Wiggen baseball novels by Mark Harris, published in 1953. Wiggen, star pitcher and narrator of the novel, tells of his early years in baseball and his debut with the New York Mammoths. It was followed by Bang the Drum Slowly.

25924. The Clocks of Iraz

L. Sprague de Camp

The Clocks of Iraz is a fantasy novel by American writer L. Sprague de Camp, the second book of both his Novarian series and the "Reluctant King" trilogy featuring King Jorian of Xylar. It was first published as a paperback by Pyramid Books in 1971 and later reprinted by Del Rey …

25925. White People

Allan Gurganus

White People is a 1991 novel by author Allan Gurganus.

25926. The Eternal Champion

Michael Moorcock

The Eternal Champion is a fantasy novel by Michael Moorcock. First published in 1970, it is based on stories Moorcock published in Avillion and Science Fantasy. It is the first in a trilogy of books about the Eternal Champion in his incarnation as Erekosë. The sequels are …

25928. Public Opinion

Walter Lippmann

Public Opinion is a book by Walter Lippmann, published in 1922, that is a critical assessment of functional democratic government, especially the irrational, and often self-serving, social perceptions that influence individual behavior, and prevent optimal societal cohesion. The …

25929. Dewey Decimated

Charles A. Goodrum

Dewey Decimated is an Edgar Award nominated book written by Charles A. Goodrum.

25930. Beast

Ally Kennen

Beast is a young adult novel by Ally Kennen, published in 2006. It won the 2007 Manchester Book Award, and was shortlisted for the 2006 Booktrust Teenage Prize, the 2007 Carnegie Medal and the 2007 Branford Boase Award. Like Berserk and Bedlam, there will be a new edition of the …

25931. Pubis Angelical

Manuel Puig

Pubis Angelical is a 1979 novel by acclaimed Argentine novelist Manuel Puig. It is perhaps Puig's work most influenced by pop culture. This can be seen in the montage imitating narrative technique, soap opera and science fiction elements. Also like other Puig works, it deals …

25933. The Biggest Bear

Lynd Ward

The Biggest Bear is a children's picture book by Lynd Ward, first published in 1952. It was illustrated using opaque watercolors, and won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1953. Johnny Orchard, a young boy, is jealous because his neighbors have bear pelts …

25936. Swastika Night

Katharine Burdekin

Swastika Night is a futuristic novel by Katharine Burdekin, writing under the pseudonym Murray Constantine, first published in 1937. The book was a Left Book Club selection in 1940. The novel is inspired by Adolf Hitler's claim that Nazism would create a "Thousand Year Reich". …

25937. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived.

25938. The Barbarians are Coming

David Wong Louie

The Barbarians are Coming is a novel by David Wong Louie. The novel tells the story of a Chinese American man trying to make it in the United States while dealing with his immigrant parents and their desires for their son. The book was released in 2001 by Penguin, and received …

25940. Conan the Destroyer

Robert Jordan

Conan the Destroyer is a fantasy novel written by Robert Jordan 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 paperback by Tor Books in 1984.

25942. Into the Out Of

Alan Dean Foster

Into the Out Of is a horror/fantasy novel written by Alan Dean Foster.

25945. Boomeritis

Ken Wilber

Boomeritis: A Novel That Will Set You Free is a polemical 2002 novel by American philosopher Ken Wilber principally designed to explain Wilber's integral theory and to explain his concept of "Boomeritis". Wilber characterizes this as the deadly combination of a modern liberal, …

25946. Doctor Dolittle in the Moon

Hugh Lofting

Doctor Dolittle in the Moon was intended to be the last of Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books, and differs considerably in tone from its predecessors; the stripped down narrative does not have room for any of the sub-plots and tales previously present. Instead there is a …

25947. The Solarians

Norman Spinrad

The Solarians is a science fiction novel by Norman Spinrad. It was first published in 1966. It was Spinrad's first published novel. Unlike Spinrad's controversial later work, this novel is a mainstream space opera featuring space battles, faster-than-light spacedrives, and an …

25948. Armageddon 2419 A.D.

Philip Francis Nowlan

Armageddon 2419 A.D. is Philip Francis Nowlan's novella which first appeared in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. A sequel called The Airlords of Han was published in the March 1929 issue of Amazing Stories. Both stories are now in the public domain in …

25949. A Stranger to Command

Sherwood Smith

A Stranger to Command is a fantasy novel written by Sherwood Smith. It was written as a prequel to her first published work that takes place on the actual Sartorias-deles, Crown Duel.

25950. Son of Spellsinger

Alan Dean Foster

Son of Spellsinger is a fantasy novel written by Alan Dean Foster. The book follows the continuing adventures of Jonathan Thomas Meriweather who is transported from our world into a land of talking animals and magic. It is the seventh book in the Spellsinger series.

25951. Nerilka's Story

Anne McCaffrey

Nerilka's Story is a science fiction novella by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. Nerilka's Story became the eighth book in the Dragonriders of Pern volume series. Moreta and its sequel Nerilka are companion stories, in that the latter narrates a second perspective on …

25952. Skinner's Rules

Quintin Jardine

Skinner's Rules is a 1993 novel by Quintin Jardine. It is the first of the Bob Skinner novels.

25960. Savage Sam

Fred Gipson

Savage Sam is a 1962 children's novel written by Fred Gipson, his second book concerning the Coates family of frontier Texas in the late 1860s. It is a sequel to 1956's Old Yeller. It was inspired by the story of former Apache captive Herman Lehmann, whom Gipson had seen give an …

25961. The Crystal Palace

Phyllis Eisenstein

The Crystal Palace is the second novel in "The Book of Elementals" series by Phyllis Eisenstein. The Crystal Palace was originally released in 1988 as a mass-market paperback from Signet. It was last in-print in both hardcover and trade paperback in the 2002 omnibus volume The …

25964. Live and Let Shop

Michael Spradlin

Live and Let Shop is a book written by Michael Spradlin.

25968. The Heaven Shop

Deborah Ellis

The Heaven Shop is a novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis. The story is set in Malawi and deals with HIV/AIDS orphans. The novel was written to dispel myths about Meraaj and celebrate the courage of child sufferers in Malawi. It was published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside in …

25969. Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution

Stephen Knight

Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution is a book written by Stephen Knight first published in 1976. It proposed a solution to five murders in Victorian London that were blamed on an unidentified serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper". In an attempt to solve the mystery, Knight …

25971. A Redwall Winter's Tale

Brian Jacques

A Redwall Winter's Tale was written by Brian Jacques and illustrated by the well-known Redwall artist, Christopher Denise.

25972. Stork Naked

Piers Anthony

Stork Naked is the thirtieth book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.

25976. Jacky Daydream

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacky Daydream is an autobiographical book about Jacqueline Wilson's childhood, first published in 2007. The book's title refers to a nickname given to the author when she was at school. The teacher, Mr Branson would give all the children nicknames according to their character; …

25977. Sword Play

Linda Joy Singleton

Sword Play is a book published in 2006 that was written by Linda Joy Singleton.

25980. The Weekend was Murder!

Joan Lowery Nixon

The Weekend was Murder! is an Edgar Award nominated book written by Joan Lowery Nixon.

25982. The Second Horror

R. L. Stine

The Second Horror is a book published in 1994 that was written by R. L. Stine.

25987. Dawkins' God

Alister McGrath

Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life is a book by Alister McGrath, a theologian who is currently Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. The book, published in 2004, aims to refute claims about religion made by another well-known professor at …

25990. Go Down, Moses

William Faulkner

Go Down, Moses is a collection of seven related pieces of short fiction by American author William Faulkner, sometimes considered a novel. The most prominent character and unifying voice is that of Isaac McCaslin, "Uncle Ike", who will live to be an old man; "uncle to half a …

25993. The Walking Dead, Vol. 14

Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead, Vol. 14 is a book written by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.

25995. The Other Side of Me

Sidney Sheldon

The Other Side Of Me is the autobiographical memoirs of American writer Sidney Sheldon published in 2005. It was also his final book.

25996. El ruido de las cosas al caer (Premio Alfaguara 2011)

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Sound of Things Falling is the third novel of Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Originally published in Spanish in 2011, the book explores the Colombian drug trade. It won the 2011 Alfaguara Prize. An English translation by Anne McLean was released in 2013 and won the …

25997. 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 …

25998. Death Comes to Pemberley

P. D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley is a British novel by P.D. James that continues Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery.

25999. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions …

Nate Silver

One of Wall Street Journal's Best Ten Works of Nonfiction in 2012 New York Times Bestseller “Not so different in spirit from the way public intellectuals like John Kenneth Galbraith once shaped discussions of economic policy and public figures like Walter Cronkite helped sway …

26000. We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

A New York Times BestsellerOne of James Patterson's "Favorite Thrillers for the Beach" (New York Times)"Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents." —Wall Street Journal "A rich, stunning summer …



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