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.

27004. Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Social …

Paul Ormerod

Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Social and Economic Behavior is a book by Paul Ormerod dealing with economic theory, published in 1999. The author uses a plethora of insect-related metaphors to show that an economy tends to function like a living organism and is …

27011. Silvercloak

Dave Duncan

Silvercloak is a book published in 2001 that was written by Dave Duncan.

27012. 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.

27023. 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.

27028. Voyages of Imagination

Jeff Ayers

Voyages of Imagination is a Star Trek reference guide written by Jeff Ayers. It covers every Star Trek novel published up to 2006 with interviews from authors and editors. It is 800 pages long. According to Marco Palmieri, the book is "conceived as a guide to the history of …

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Per Nilsson

27031. Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". First published as a book on 14 November 1883 by Cassell & Co., it was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881 …

27033. The Chimera's Curse

Julia Golding

The Chimera's Curse is a children's fantasy novel by Julia Golding, first published in 2007. It is the fourth and final book of the Companions Quartet. The rest of the quartet includes The Gorgon's Gaze, Mines of the Minotaur, and Secret of the Sirens. Golding has stated that …

27038. The Mysteries of Glass

Sue Gee

The Mysteries of Glass is a 2004 novel by British author Sue Gee. It was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.

27040. Beyond Wizardwall

Janet Morris

Beyond Wizardwall is a book written by Janet Morris in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. It is the third of the three -volume Beyond Sanctuary trilogy.

27041. Breakable You

Brian Morton

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

27043. What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their …

Richard Brookhiser

What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers is a 2006 non-fiction book by American journalist and historian Richard Brookhiser. The author discusses the viewpoints, backgrounds, and character traits of the American 'Founding Fathers', and he compares and contrasts …

27058. The Valley of Decision

Marcia Davenport

Originally published in 1942, The Valley of Decision was an instant success, and its story of four generations of the Scott family—owners and operators of a Pittsburgh iron and steel works—has since captured the imagination of generations of readers. Absorbing and complex, it …

27061. 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 …

27062. Reality and Dreams

Muriel Spark

Reality and Dreams is a novel by Scottish author Muriel Spark, published in 1996. It was identified by the New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1997.

27064. The Fallen Curtain

Ruth Rendell

The Fallen Curtain is a short story collection by British writer Ruth Rendell. The title story won the MWA Edgar Award for Best Short Story of the Year.

27066. Strumpet City

James Plunkett

Strumpet City is a 1963 historical novel by James Plunkett set in Dublin, Ireland, around the time of the 1913 Dublin Lock-out. In 1980, it was adapted into a successful TV drama by Hugh Leonard for RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster. The novel is an epic, tracing the lives of …

27069. Half Past Human

T. J. Bass

Half Past Human, by T. J. Bass is a fixup science fiction novel published in 1971. Two short stories were combined and fleshed out to form this novel: "Half Past Human", first published in Galaxy Science Fiction in December 1969, and "G.I.T.A.R.", first published in If in …

27073. 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 …

27075. The Devil in Velvet

John Dickson Carr

The Devil in Velvet, first published in 1951, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr. This novel is both a mystery and a historical novel, with elements of the supernatural.

27078. Laboratory Life

Bruno Latour

Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts is a 1979 book by sociologists of science Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar. This influential book in the field of science studies presents an anthropological study of Roger Guillemin's scientific laboratory at the Salk …

27079. The Company of Women

Mary Gordon

The Company of Women is a novel by Irish-American author Mary Gordon. First published in 1981, it is a coming-of-age story which details the sheltered upbringing of a well-educated Catholic girl named Felicitas, and how her values are challenged and altered by the turbulence of …

27080. The Rise of the Meritocracy

Michael Young

The Rise of the Meritocracy is a satirical essay by British sociologist and politician Michael Young which was first published in 1958. It describes as dystopian society in future Britain in which intelligence and merit have become the central tenet of society, replacing …

27081. Always Forever

Mark Chadbourn

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

27082. An Act of Terror

André Brink

An Act of Terror is a novel by Andre Brink, first published in 1991.

27083. Monkey Hunting

Cristina Garcia

Monkey Hunting is a 2003 novel by Cristina García.

27086. It's So Amazing

Robie Harris

Published in 1999, It’s So Amazing: a Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families is a children's book about pregnancy and childbirth. It is written by Robie Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley. It appeared as #37 in the ALA's list of Most Banned Books during the …

27089. Time and Relative

Kim Newman

Time and Relative is an original novella written by Kim Newman and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Set shortly before the first televised Doctor Who story, it features the First Doctor and Susan; their adversary is an entity known …

27094. Wagon Train to the Stars

Diane Carey

Wagon Train to the Stars is a Star Trek: New Earth novel written by Diane Carey.

27095. Dwellers in the Mirage

Abraham Merritt

Dwellers in the Mirage is a fantasy novel by A. Merritt. It was first published in book form in 1932 by Horace Liveright. The novel was originally serialized in six parts in the magazine Argosy beginning with the January 23, 1932 issue.

27096. Battledragon

Christopher Rowley

Battledragon is a fantasy novel written by Christopher Rowley. The book is the fourth in the Dragons of the Argonath series that follows the adventures of a human boy, Relkin, and his dragon, Bazil Broketail as they fight in the Argonath Legion’s 109th Marneri Dragons.

27098. Marco's Millions

William Sleator

Marco's Millions is a science fiction novel by William Sleator. It is a prequel to the main book, The Boxes.

27099. A World of Hurt

David Sherman

A World of Hurt, a science fiction novel by David Sherman and Dan Cragg, is the tenth novel in their StarFist series. A civilian analyst in the Confederation of Human Worlds' Development Control Division of the Department of Colonial Development, Population Control, and …

27100. The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 2001, is a collection of almost all science fiction stories written by Arthur C. Clarke: it includes 114 in all arranged in order of publication, "Travel by Wire!" in 1937 through to "Improving the Neighbourhood" in …

27101. They Used Dark Forces

Dennis Wheatley

They Used Dark Forces is the final part of Gregory Sallust's wartime experiences. In this novel Sallust is sent to investigate rumours of a German superweapon being built in Peenemünde. He is wounded following an air raid and encounters Ibrahim Mallacou a Jewish Satanist who …

27111. Nightmare Hour

R. L. Stine

Nightmare Hour is a 1999 horror collection by R. L. Stine. It is composed of 10 different short stories, ranging from "Pumpkinhead" to "The Ghostly Stare" and was a New York Times bestseller from the year 1999 to 2000.

27112. Canoeing with the Cree

Eric Sevareid

Canoeing with the Cree is a 1935 book by Eric Sevareid recounting a canoe trip by Sevareid and his friend Walter Port. During the 1930 trip, sponsored by the Minneapolis Star, Sevareid and Port canoed more than 2,250 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota to York Factory on the …

27119. Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men

Colin Bateman

Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men is the second novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 25 April 1996 through Harper Collins. The name of the novel is a reference to the John Steinbeck novella Of Mice and Men.

27120. Corrupting Dr. Nice

John Kessel

Corrupting Dr. Nice is a science fiction novel by John Kessel, published in 1997. It is a time travel novel modeled on the screwball comedies of the 1930s. The story follows the rich and klutzy Owen Vannice as he exports a dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period. On the way to the …

27132. The Road of Bones

Anne Fine

The Road of Bones is a 2006 young adult novel written by Anne Fine. It was shortlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Medal. The judges described it as being "incredibly well-written" and having "political resonance for young people".

27136. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of …

John Putnam Demos

Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England is a book by John Putnam Demos.

27144. German Romance III: Iwein, or The Knight with the …

Hartmann von Aue

Iwein, or The Knight with the Lion, is a free Middle High German adaptation of Chrétien de Troyes' Old French Arthurian romance, Yvain. Written c.1200 by a Swabian knight, Hartmann von Aue, Iwein charts the development towards maturity of a young knight who falls into error, …

27145. The Weavers

Gerhart Hauptmann

The Weavers is a play written by the German playwright Gerhart Hauptmann in 1892. The play sympathetically portrays a group of Silesian weavers who staged an uprising during the 1840s due to their concerns about the Industrial Revolution. The play was translated to Yiddish by …

27169. The Sweetness of Life

Paulus Hochgatterer

The sweetness of life is a book written by Paulus Hochgatterer.

27184. Repetition

Peter Handke

Repetition is a 1986 novel by the Austrian writer Peter Handke. It tells the story of an Austrian of mixed German and Slovenian heritage, who goes to communist Yugoslavia in a search for identity.



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