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 …

25806. 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 …

25807. 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.

25808. 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.

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.

25825. 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 …

25826. 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 …

25834. 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.

25838. Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams

Catherynne M. Valente

Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams is a novel about a woman living as a hermit in ancient Japan written by Catherynne M. Valente.

25841. The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first …

25845. 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 …

25850. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 3

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Part 3 is a book by Garry Kasparov.

25854. And Quiet Flows the Don

Mikhail Sholokhov

And Quiet Flows the Don or Quietly Flows the Don is an epic novel in four volumes by Russian writer Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov. The first three volumes were written from 1925 to 1932 and published in the Soviet magazine October in 1928–1932, and the fourth volume was …

25865. Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the most famous philosophers of the twentieth century. The principle founder of existentialism, a political thinker and famous novelist and dramatist, his work has exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, politics and cultural …

25866. 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 …

25878. Last Day in Limbo

Peter O'Donnell

Last Day in Limbo is the title of the eighth novel chronicling the adventures of crime lord-turned-secret agent Modesty Blaise. The novel was first published in 1976 and was written by Peter O'Donnell, who had created the character for a comic strip in the early 1960s. The book …

25879. 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 …

25880. 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 …

25881. Home Is the Hunter

Dana Kramer-Rolls

Home Is the Hunter is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Dana Kramer-Rolls.

25888. According to Mark

Penelope Lively

According to Mark is a 1984 novel written by Penelope Lively. It was shortlisted for Booker Prize for fiction.

25890. No Hero

Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp, the team behind the fan-favorite BLACK SUMMER, are revolutionizing masked heroes yet again in this blockbuster epic! Dead heroes in the dirt. A killer capable of almost supernatural tortures. Five generations of the world's only superhuman group. …

25892. Arresting God in Kathmandu

Samrat Upadhyay

From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records …

25893. 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.

25897. TechnoKill

David Sherman

TechnoKill is the fifth novel of the military science fiction StarFist Saga, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. This book in the series once again follows 3rd Platoon, Company L, 34th FIST under Gunnery Sergeant Bass. This time they head to an alien planet to hatch open a …

25900. Justicia global

Che Guevara

Justicia global is a book written by Che Guevara.

25901. 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 …

25902. 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.

25903. 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 …

25905. Puttering About in a Small Land

Philip K. Dick

Puttering About in a Small Land is an early non-science fiction novel by noted science fiction author Philip K. Dick. It was written sometime in 1957, but remained unpublished until it was released posthumously in 1985.

25916. A Pretext for War

James Bamford

A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies is a 2004 book by journalist James Bamford that takes a highly critical view of the events around 9/11 and the subsequent Iraq War. The book is divided into three parts: "Destruction", "Detection", …

25917. Dealer's Choice

George Martin

Wild Cards XI: Dealer’s Choice is a fantasy book by George R.R. Martin.

25921. Line of Delirium

Sergei Lukyanenko

Line of Delirium and Emperors of Illusions are two 1995 books of a space opera trilogy by Russian science fiction writer Sergey Lukyanenko. The story is told in third person, usually from the viewpoint of Kay Dutch — a professional bodyguard living in a post-war galaxy. The …

25925. 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 …

25927. Hush!: A Thai Lullaby

Minfong Ho

Hush!: A Thai Lullaby is a book written by Minfong Ho and illustrated by Holly Meade.

25930. 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". …

25936. Polymorph

Scott Westerfeld

Polymorph is a 1997 cyberpunk novel by American science fiction author Scott Westerfeld.

25938. Vengeance of Orion

Ben Bova

Vengeance of Orion is a 1988 novel by science fiction author Ben Bova. It is the sequel to Orion and follows his adventures in the time of the Greek heroes Achilles and Odysseus in the siege of Troy. The story takes up many plot elements of Homer's "Iliad" but also includes …

25942. 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, …

25944. 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. 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.

25948. Skinner's Rules

Quintin Jardine

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

25955. The Blood Debt

Sean Williams

The Blood Debt is a book published in 2005 that was written by Sean Williams.

25967. Twig

Elizabeth Orton Jones

Twig is a children's fantasy novel written and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones. It was originally published by Macmillan in 1942. The book was reissued in a 60th Anniversary Edition by Purple House Press in 2002.

25976. Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories

James Patrick Kelly

Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories is a book written by James Patrick Kelly.

25980. Warrior's Return

Erin Hunter

Warrior’s Return is an original English-language manga volume written by Erin Hunter as part of the Warriors series. It is the third and final in a trilogy following Graystripe, a fictional wild cat trying to find his Clan. It was released on April 22, 2008. It is drawn by James …

25983. A Cure for Night

Justin Peacock

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year Edgar Nominee–Best First Novel Joel Deveraux is a rising star at a white-shoe law firm in Manhattan. But after a drug-related scandal costs him his job and nearly his law license, he slides down the corporate ladder to the Booklyn …

25987. Mathias Sandorf

Jules Verne

Mathias Sandorf was an 1885 adventure book by French writer Jules Verne. It was first serialized in Le Temps in 1885, and it was Verne's epic Mediterranean adventure. It employs many of the devices that had served well in his earlier novels: islands, cryptograms, surprise …

25990. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best …

25993. Torments of the Traitor

Ian Irvine

Torments of the Traitor / The Fate of the Fallen is the first novel in Ian Irvine's The Song of the Tears trilogy. Torments of the Traitor was released as The Fate of the Fallen in the UK.

25997. 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.

26000. 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 …



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