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.

26602. A thousand peaceful cities

Jerzy Pilch

"If laughter actually is the best medicine, fortunate readers of this wonderful novel will surely enjoy perfect health for the rest of their days."―Kirkus ReviewsA comic gem, Jerzy Pilch's A Thousand Peaceful Cities takes place in 1963, in the latter days of the Polish …

26609. Parables and Paradoxes

Franz Kafka

Parables and Paradoxes is a bilingual edition of selected writings by Franz Kafka edited by Nahum N. Glatzer. In this volume of collected pieces, Kafka re-examines and rewrites some basic mythical tales of Ancient Israel, Hellas, the Far East, and the West, as well as creations …

26610. The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of …

Patrick French

The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul is a biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul by Patrick French. It was published in 2008. The title is a quotation from Naipaul's book "A Bend in the River". The world is what it is; men who are …

26613. The Double Tongue

William Golding

The Double Tongue is a novel by William Golding. It was found in draft form after his death and published posthumously. Golding's final novel tells the story of the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo at Delphi. Arieka prophesies in the shadowy years of the 1st century BC when the …

26619. The Red Horse

Eugenio Corti

The Red Horse is an epic novel written by Eugenio Corti that follows an industrial family, the Rivas, in Nomana starting from the end of May 1940 through World War II and the new democratic Italy. The book is divided in three parts: The Red Horse, The Pale Horse, and The Tree of …

26629. Var the Stick

Piers Anthony

Var the Stick is a book published in 1972 that was written by Piers Anthony.

26630. French Leave

P. G. Wodehouse

French Leave is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 20 January 1956 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on 28 September 1959 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York. The title stems from the expression french leave - to leave …

26649. Always Forever

Mark Chadbourn

Always Forever is a book published in 2001 that was written by Mark Chadbourn.

26651. Another Beauty

Adam Zagajewski

Another Beauty is a 1998 memoir by the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski. It focuses on Zagajewski's student years and early time as a poet in Kraków in the 1960s and 1970s, and his involvement with the artist group "Now", leaving aestheticism behind to focus on contemporary politics …

26652. The Bellarosa Connection

Saul Bellow

The Bellarosa Connection is a 1989 novella by the American author Saul Bellow. The book takes the form of an ongoing dialogue between the Fonstein family about the impact of the Jewish Holocaust. This is an especially significant story as it represents, along with Mr. Sammler's …

26656. Terraplane

Jack Womack

Terraplane, published in 1988, is a Jack Womack science fiction novel. The Terraplane is a 1930s automobile, which plays a significant role in this novel. It is also a time machine from the corporate-dominated future of DryCo, a manipulative multinational corporation in "New" …

26665. Postmodernity and its discontents

Zygmunt Bauman

When Freud wrote his classic Civilization and its Discontents, he was concerned with repression. Modern civilization depends upon the constraint of impulse, the limiting of self expression. Today, in the time of modernity, Bauman argues, Freud's analysis no longer holds good, …

26666. Doctor Dolittle's Garden

Hugh Lofting

Doctor Dolittle's Garden is structurally the most disorganised of Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books. The first part would fit very well into Doctor Dolittle's Zoo, which this book follows. The rest of the book forms a reasonably coherent narrative. From now on, Lofting would …

26669. The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia

Bronisław Malinowski

The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia is a 1929 book by anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski. The work is his second in the trilogy on the Trobrianders, with the other two being Argonauts of the Western Pacific and Coral Gardens and Their Magic.

26671. City of Saints and Madmen

Jeff VanderMeer

City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Ambergris is the title of a collection of fantasy short stories by American writer Jeff VanderMeer, set in the fictional metropolis of Ambergris. The setting was further explored in the novels Shriek: An Afterword and Finch.

26672. Doctor Who and the Ark in Space

Ian Marter

At a time in the far off future, Earth has become inhospitable. A selection of humanity is placed deep frozen in a fully automated space station to await the day of their return to earth...

26678. Plato: Ion

Plato

26681. Riceyman Steps

Arnold Bennett

Riceyman Steps is a novel by British novelist Arnold Bennett, first published in 1923 and winner of that year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

26688. Intelligent Design

William A. Dembski

Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology is a 1999 book by William A. Dembski which presents an argument in support of intelligent design. Dembski defines the term "specified complexity", and argues that instances of it in nature cannot be explained by …

26699. Where Shall I Wander

John Ashbery

Where Shall I Wander is a 2005 poetry collection by the American writer John Ashbery. The title comes from the nursery rhyme "Goosey Goosey Gander". It is Ashbery's 23rd book of poetry and was published through Ecco Press. It was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry.

26700. A Curtain of Green

Eudora Welty

A Curtain of Green was the first collection of short stories written by Eudora Welty. In these stories Welty looks at the state of Mississippi through the eyes of its inhabitants, the common people, both black and white, and presents a realistic view of the racial relations that …

26708. The Mad King

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Mad King is a novel by "Tarzan" creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, originally published in two parts as "The Mad King" and "Barney Custer of Beatrice" in All-Story Weekly, in 1914 and 1915, respectively. These were combined for the book edition, first published in hardcover by A. …

26710. Double Solitaire

Melinda M. Snodgrass

Double Solitaire is a super-hero novel by American writer Melinda Snodgrass, the tenth entry and the first full novel in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. It was published in paperback in the USA in 1992.

26714. Life of Castruccio Castracani

Nicolas Machiavel

The Life of Castruccio Castracani is a short work by Niccolò Machiavelli. It is made in the form of a short biographical account of the life of the medieval Tuscan condottiere, Castruccio Castracani, who lived in and ruled Lucca. The book is thought to have been written during a …

26718. Summa Technologiae

Stanisław Lem

Summa Technologiae is a 1964 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem. Summa is one of the first collections of philosophical essays by Lem. The book exhibits depth of insight and irony usual for Lem's creations. The name is an allusion to Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas and to …

26721. The Happy Day

Ruth Krauss

The Happy Day is a book written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Marc Simont.

26728. Parenting, Inc

Pamela Paul

Parenting, Inc.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers -- And What It Means for Our Children is a 2008 book by American writer Pamela Paul, discussing the industry that provides goods …

26734. Mindsword's Story

Fred Saberhagen

Mindsword's Story is a book published in 1990 and written by Fred Saberhagen.

26735. A Thousand Lies

Laura Wilson

A Thousand Lies is a novel by British crime writer Laura Wilson, first published in 2006. It was shortlisted for the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the new incarnation of the Gold Dagger.

26760. Genesis and development of a scientific fact

Ludwik Fleck

Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and …

26763. The Knights of the Black Earth

Margaret & Don Perrin Weis

The Knights of the Black Earth is a book published in 1995 that was written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin.

26782. The Kiss of Death

Marcus Sedgwick

The Kiss of Death is a novel written by Marcus Sedgwick, and the sequel to My Swordhand is Singing. It is based in 18th Century Venice, and follows the story of a young boy called Marco, who is searching for his father who has gone missing. Soon enough, old adversaries emerge.

26790. We Open on Venus

Christopher Stasheff

We Open on Venus is a book published in 1993 that was written by Christopher Stasheff.

26793. Breakable You

Brian Morton

Breakable You is the fourth novel written by American author Brian Morton. It was published in 2007 by Harvest Books.

26797. Charmides

Plato

The Charmides is a dialogue of Plato, in which Socrates engages a handsome and popular boy in a conversation about the meaning of sophrosyne, a Greek word usually translated into English as "temperance", "self-control", or "restraint". As is typical with Platonic early …



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