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.

27401. Part of the Solution

Ulrich Peltzer

It’s Berlin in the summer of 2003—sunshine for weeks on end, weather to fall in love. And that’s just what Christian Eich, the main character in Ulrich Peltzer’s acclaimed novel Part of the Solution, does; but that’s not all. Christian Eich, a thirty-something freelance …

27402. The God of Impertinence

Sten Nadolny

Freed after two thousand years of captivity, the god Hermes taps people's minds to study contemporary society, and he battles Hephaestus, the degenerate technology god. By the author of The Discovery of Slowness. "

27403. The Captain of Köpenick

Carl Zuckmayer

Released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, petty criminal Wilhelm Voight wanders 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazardous pursuit of identity papers. Luck changes when he picks up an abandoned military uniform in a fancy-dress shop and finds the city …

27404. In Custody

Anita Desai

Asked to interview India's greatest poet, Deven sees a way to escape the miseries of life as a small-town scholar. But the old man he finds deep in the bazaars of Old Delhi bears no resemblance to the idol of his youth. Deven is fooled, bullied and cheated, and drawn into a new …

27405. Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and …

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Originally published in 1766, the Laocoön has been called the first extended attempt in modern times to define the distinctive spheres of art and poetry.

27406. The Maid of Orleans

Friedrich Schiller

The Maid of Orleans is a tragedy by Friedrich Schiller, written in 1801 in Leipzig. During his lifetime, it was one of Schiller's most frequently-performed pieces.

27409. My year in the no-man's-bay

Peter Handke

"There was one time in my life when I experienced metamorphosis." A novel that begins with a sentence like this and also features a main character named Gregor obviously has serious ambitions from the get-go. But readers of Austrian writer Peter Handke's previous fiction would …

27410. Yes

Bernhard

Yes is a novel by Thomas Bernhard, originally published in German in 1978 and translated into English by Ewald Osers in 1992.

27411. Carl Haffner's Love of the Draw

Thomas Glavinic

Carl Haffner’s Love of the Draw is a 1998 chess novel by Austrian writer Thomas Glavinic. It was Glavinic's first novel and is about a shy and withdrawn Viennese chess master who in 1910 challenges the World Champion for his title. The book was translated into English in 1999 by …

27413. The Final Journey

Gudrun Pausewang

The Final Journey is a book written by Gudrun Pausewang.

27415. The Maracot Deep

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Maracot Deep is a short 1929 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle about the discovery of a sunken city of Atlantis by a team of explorers led by Professor Maracot. He is accompanied by Cyrus Headley, a young research zoologist and Bill Scanlan, an expert mechanic working with an iron …

27416. War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in its entirety in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. It is considered Tolstoy's finest literary achievement, along with his other major prose work, Anna …

27422. One Day a Year: 1960-2000

Christa Wolf

One Day a Year: 1960-2000 is a book by Christa Wolf.

27424. The Invisible Collection

Stefan Zweig

'This is the story of about the strangest thing that I've ever encountered, old art dealer that I am.' It is perhaps the finest art collection of its kind, acquired through a lifetime of sacrifice - but when a dealer comes to see it, he finds something quite unexpected, and is …

27437. The Safety Net

Heinrich Böll

The Safety Net is a 1979 novel by Heinrich Böll. An English translation by Leila Vennewitz was published in 1981.

27443. The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault on …

Hans-Peter Martin

The Global Trap is an extraordinary book that explores the spread of globalization and its effects. The authors provide an account that is highly informed, yet extremely readable, showing how internationalism, once an invention of social-democratic labor leaders, has firmly …

27448. Our Fathers

Andrew O'Hagan

Our Fathers is the debut novel by Scottish novelist Andrew O'Hagan. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was also nominated for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the IMPAC Literary Award. The book focuses on James Bawn revisiting his dying grandfather Hugh Bawn in …

27453. Two Planets

Kurd Lasswitz

Two Planets is an influential science fiction novel postulating intelligent life on Mars by Kurd Lasswitz. It was first published in hardcover by Felber in two volumes in 1897; there have been many editions since, including abridgements by the author's son Erich Lasswitz and …

27454. Nightrunners of Bengal

John Masters

Nightrunners of Bengal is the title of the first novel by John Masters. It is a work of historical fiction set against the background of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It was published in 1951 in the United Kingdom by Michael Joseph, London, and in the United States by the Viking …

27458. The Night of Wenceslas

Lionel Davidson

The Night of Wenceslas is the debut novel of British thriller and crime writer Lionel Davidson. It describes the reluctant adventures of Nicolas Whistler, a dissolute young man of mixed English and Czech parentage who finds himself caught up against his will in Cold War …

27468. The Theory of Communicative Action

Jürgen Habermas

The Theory of Communicative Action is a 1981 book by Jürgen Habermas, in which he continues his project set out in On the Logic of the Social Sciences of finding a way to ground "the social sciences in a theory of language." The two volumes are Reason and the Rationalization of …

27470. Rain Makes Applesauce

Julian Scheer

Rain Makes Applesauce is a book written by Julian Scheer and illustrated Marvin Bileck.

27474. The Mass Psychology of Fascism

Wilhelm Reich

In this classic study, Reich provides insight into the phenomenon of fascism, which continues to ravage the international community in ways great and small.Drawing on his medical expereinces with men and women of various classes, races, nations, and religious beliefs, Reich …

27477. The Floodgate

Elaine Cunningham

The Floodgate is a fantasy novel by Elaine Cunningham, set in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is the second novel in the "Counselors & Kings" series. It was published in paperback in April 2001.

27483. The Decoration of Houses

Edith Wharton

The Decoration of Houses, a manual of interior design written by Edith Wharton with architect Ogden Codman, was first published in 1897. In the book, the authors denounced Victorian-style interior decoration and interior design, especially those rooms that were decorated with …

27488. Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard (1950) is one of the most famous films in the history of Hollywood, and perhaps no film better represents Hollywood's vision of itself. Billy Wilder collaborated on the screenplay with the very able Charles Brackett, and with D. M. Marshman Jr., who later joined …

27493. The Danube Pilot

Jules Verne

The Danube Pilot is a novel by Jules Verne. It was first published in 1908, three years after his death, and like most of the books published posthumously, had been extensively revised by his son, Michel. Part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series, it recounts the adventures of …

27497. Enemy Unseen

V. E. Mitchell

Enemy Unseen is a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by V.E. Mitchell. The novel was originally set before "Where No Man Has Gone Before", but had to be rewritten at a late stage to be set after Star Trek: The Motion Picture, due to Paramount insisting that the Deltas …

27500. The Clue in the Old Album

Carolyn Keene

The Clue in the Old Album is the twenty-fourth volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. It was first published in 1947 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

27501. Give It Up! And Other Stories Kafka

Franz Kafka

Give It Up! is a comics adaptation of nine short stories by Franz Kafka drawn by Peter Kuper. In the introduction, by Jules Feiffer, Kuper's adaptations are described as "riffs, visual improvisations."

27502. The Jazz Theory Book

Mark Levine

The Jazz Theory Book is an influential jazz theory book by Mark Levine, first published in 1995. The book is a staple in jazz theory and the most comprehensive study of jazz harmony and theory ever published, and contains a wide range of jazz concepts from melodic minor scales …

27504. Ballroom of the Skies

John D. MacDonald

Ballroom of the Skies, a classic science fiction novel from John D. MacDonald, the beloved author of Cape Fear and the Travis McGee series, is now available as an eBook. Have you ever stopped to wonder why the world is eternally torn by war? Why men of goodwill, seeking only …

27514. The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse

Philip Larkin

The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse is a poetry anthology edited by Philip Larkin. It was published in 1973 by Oxford University Press with ISBN 0-19-812137-7. Larkin writes in the short preface that the selection is wide rather than deep; and also notes that for …

27515. "G" Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone

Natalie Hevener Kaufman

"G" Is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone is a book by Carol McGinnis Kay and Natalie Hevener Kaufman.

27517. Dinotopia: First Flight

James Gurney

Dinotopia: First Flight is a book published in 1999 that was written by James Gurney.

27520. The Birth of Biopolitics

Michel Foucault

The Birth of Biopolitics is a part of a lecture series by French philosopher Michel Foucault at the Collège de France between 1978 and 1979 and published posthumously based on audio recordings. In it, Foucault develops further the notion of biopolitics introduced in a previous …

27523. Legends from the End of Time

Michael Moorcock

Legends from the End of Time is a book published in 1976 and written by Michael Moorcock.

27526. The Theory of Money and Credit

Ludwig von Mises

The Theory of Money and Credit is a 1912 economics book written by Ludwig von Mises, originally published in German as Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel. In it Mises explains the origins of money through his "regression theorem", which is based on logic, not historic …

27528. Arrow in the Blue

Arthur Koestler

Arrow in the Blue is an autobiography covering the first 26 years of Arthur Koestler's life. It was published in 1952 by Collins with Hamish Hamilton Ltd. and has been reprinted several times.

27543. The Unquiet Earth

Denise Giardina

The Unquiet Earth is Denise Giardina's third novel. It was published in 1992 and won the W.D. Weatherford Award that year.

27552. Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!

Poul Anderson

Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! is a collection of science fiction stories by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. It was first published by Baen Books in 1998 and reprints the authors' earlier collection, Earthman's Burden, expanding with two additional stories from Hoka!. The story "Don Jones" …

27554. Night Sky Mine

Melissa Scott

Night Sky Mine is a 1997 science fiction novel by Melissa Scott set in a future after computer programs have run amok. After the Crash, an interface has been created that portrays programs as various floral, faunal and mythological species, depending on the characteristics of …

27556. Mouse Noses on Toast

Daren King

Mouse Noses on Toast is a children's book written by Daren King and illustrated by David Roberts, published in 2006. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award. Reviewers variously commented that it is a "quick" and "easy" read, and a "nice book to read aloud". The …

27557. The Covenant

James A. Michener

The Covenant is a historical novel by American author James A. Michener, published in 1980.

27565. The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's …

Krystyna Chiger

The Girl in the Green Sweater, written by coauthors Krystyna Chiger and Daniel Paisner, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2008.

27570. The Devil's Breath

David Gilman

The Devil's Breath is the first of three novels in the Danger Zone series by David Gilman, the second being Ice Claw, and the third Blood Sun.

27573. Poor Little Witch Girl

Marie Desplechin

At age eleven, Verbena hasn't shown a single sign of talent for witchcraft. And worse than that--she wants to be normal. In fact, she even dreams of settling down someday and getting married! But with a mother who tells you that a) you're a witch and b) a husband won't be much …

27574. When Harlie Was One

David Gerrold

When HARLIE Was One is a 1972 science fiction novel by David Gerrold. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972 and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973. The novel, a "fix-up" of previously published short stories, was published as an original paperback by …

27587. The Cosmic Logos

Traci Harding

the final fabulous story of the Celestial triad, which began with the Ancient Future trilogy. With the Nefilim gone, and all the human races united, it is time for tory and Maelgwn to unite into one soul-mind and assume their rightful place among the other ascended masters of …

27591. Fabre's Book of Insects

Jean-Henri Fabre

Fabre's Book of Insects is a non-fiction book that is a retelling of Alexander Teixeira de Mattos' translation of Jean-Henri Fabre's Souvenirs entomologiques. It was retold by Mrs. Rodolph Stawell and illustrated by Edward Detmold. It talks about insects in real life, mythology …

27592. A Daughter of Isis

Nawal El Saadawi

‘Against the white sand, the contours of my father's body were well defined, emphasized its existence in a world where everything was liquid, where the blue of the sea melted into the blue of the sky with nothing between. This independent existence was to become the outer world, …

27600. Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy)

Stephen King

1 New York Times bestseller In a high suspense race against time three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands Mr Mercedes is a rich resonant exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in …



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