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.

29601. The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, …

Ernst Mayr

The Growth of Biological Thought is a book written by Ernst Mayr, first published in 1982. It is subtitled Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance, and is as much a book of philosophy and history as it is of biology. It is a sweeping, academic study of the first 2,400 years of the …

29602. The Fall of the House of Usher

Edgar Allan Poe

"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe first published in 1839.

29603. New Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen

New Fairy Tales is a collection of four fairy tales written by Hans Christian Andersen and published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark on 10 November 1843. As was customary at the time however, the title page is dated 1844. The tales are completely Andersen's invention, …

29605. Morning watch

James Agee

Morning watch is a book written by James Agee.

29609. Passing Through: The Later Poems

Stanley Kunitz

Passing Through: The Later Poems is a book written by Stanley Kunitz.

29612. Debatable land

Candia McWilliam

Debatable Land is a Guardian Fiction Prize-winning novel by Scottish author Candia McWilliam. The novel seeks to raise questions about the direction in which Britain is moving in the 21st century. The title refers to the debatable lands, land lying between Scotland and England …

29616. Impossible Object

Nicholas Mosley

"The object of life is impossible; one cuts out fabrication and creates reality. A mirror is held to the back of the head and one's hand has to move the opposite way from what was intended." In these closing lines from Impossible Object, one has embodied both Nicholas Mosley's …

29620. The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Robert Anton Wilson

The Walls Came Tumbling Down is a film script written by author Robert Anton Wilson, first published in book form in 1997.

29621. Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of …

Douglas L. Wilson

Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words is a book written by Douglas L. Wilson.

29622. The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Upamanyu Chatterjee

The Mammaries of the Welfare State is an English-language Indian novel, the sequel to Upamanyu Chatterjee’s debut novel, English, August. It won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2004. The novel brought its author the 2004 Sahitya Akademi Award for English, by the Sahitya Akademi, …

29627. The big gold dream

Chester Himes

The big gold dream is a book that was written by Chester Himes.

29628. The 27th Kingdom

Alice Thomas Ellis

The 27th Kingdom is a book written by Anna Haycraft.

29629. A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the …

Russell Spurr

A Glorious Way to Die: The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato, April 1945 is a 1981 military history book by Russell Spurr about the suicide mission of the Japanese battleship Yamato against the American Pacific Fleet during the Battle of Okinawa near the end of World War …

29633. Calvin and Hobbes: Thereby Hangs a Tale v.1: Thereby …

Bill Watterson

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A collection of comic strips following the adventures of Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes.

29636. The Wizardwar

Elaine Cunningham

The Wizardwar 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 third and final novel in the "Counselors & Kings" series. It was published in paperback in March 2002.

29639. Fireflood and Other Stories

Vonda N. McIntyre

Fireflood and Other Stories is the first collection of short work by Vonda N. McIntyre, published in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin in 1979 and reprinted in paperback by Timescape Books in 1981. UK editions were issued by Gollancz in 1980 and by Pan Books in 1982; it was also …

29640. Flight to Opar

Philip José Farmer

Flight to Opar is a fantasy novel by Philip José Farmer, first published in paperback by DAW Books in June 1976, and reprinted twice through 1983. The first British edition was published by Magnum in 1977; it was reprinted by Methuen in 1983. It was later gathered together with …

29641. The Alabaster Staff

Edward Bolme

The Alabaster Staff is a Fantasy novel by Edward Bolme, set in the Forgotten Realms fictional universe. It is the first novel in "The Rogues" series.

29642. The saint of incipient insanities

Elif Shafak

The Saint of Incipient Insanities is the comic and heartbreaking story of a group of twenty-something friends, and their never-ending quest for fulfillment. Omer, Abed and Piyu are roommates, foreigners all recently arrived in the United States. Omer, from Istanbul, is a Ph.D. …

29643. The Waxworks Murder

John Dickson Carr

The Waxworks Murder, first published in 1932, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr featuring his series detective Henri Bencolin of the Parisian police. This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit.

29645. The City and the Pillar

Gore Vidal

The City and the Pillar is the third published novel by American writer Gore Vidal, written in 1946 and published on January 10, 1948. The story is about a young man who is coming of age and discovers his own homosexuality. The City and the Pillar is significant because it is …

29646. The Wailing Siren Mystery

Franklin W. Dixon

The Wailing Siren Mystery is Volume 30 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Andrew E. Svenson in 1951. Between 1959 and 1973 the first 38 volumes of this series were …

29647. The Clue of the Hissing Serpent

Franklin W. Dixon

The Clue of the Hissing Serpent is Volume 53 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Andrew E. Svenson in 1974.

29648. The Honor of Spies

W. E. B. Griffin

The Honor of Spies is a book written by W. E. B. Griffin.

29652. The Incomplete Enchanter

L. Sprague de Camp

The Incomplete Enchanter is a collection of two classic fantasy short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, the first volume in their Harold Shea series. The pieces were originally published in the magazine Unknown in the issues …

29654. Gods, demons, and others

R. K. Narayan

Gods, Demons and Others is a collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan adapted from Indian history and mythology, including epics like The Ramayana and The Mahabharatha. In this book, Narayan provides both vitality and an original viewpoint to ancient legends.

29655. The War Between the Classes

Gloria D. Miklowitz

The War Between The Classes is a novel written by Gloria D. Miklowitz. The novel explores how society can overcome the stereotypes taught by media through its teen-aged protagonist. The book focuses on the main character, Amy, as she struggles to keep a good relationship with …

29657. Eleven Kids, One Summer

Ann M. Martin

Eleven Kids, One Summer is a children's novel written by Ann M. Martin in 1991. It is the sequel to Ten Kids, No Pets.

29658. Dragon War

Laurence Yep

Dragon War is a fantasy novel Chinese-American author Laurence Yep first published in 1992. It is the fourth and final book in his Dragon series. Yep attempted to put the beauty and gallantry of dragons he had gleaned from his research of them in Chinese mythology into Dragon …

29661. The Lincoln Hunters

Wilson Tucker

The Lincoln Hunters is a 1958 novel by Wilson Tucker. The novel, set in the year 2578, details the story of a historian from the oppressive society of that year, who travels back in time to record Abraham Lincoln's Lost Speech of May 19, 1856 in Bloomington, Illinois. It …

29664. Only a Trillion

Isaac Asimov

Only a Trillion is a collection of ten science essays and three scientific spoof articles by Isaac Asimov. It was the first collection of science essays published by Asimov. It was first published by Abelard-Schuman in 1957. A paperback edition published by Ace Books in 1976 …

29665. Wine of the Dreamers

John D. MacDonald

Wine of the Dreamers is a 1951 science fiction novel written by John D. MacDonald. Wine of the Dreamers was his first science fiction novel and one of his earliest published novels altogether. Though he later also wrote the science fiction novels Ballroom of the Skies and The …

29666. Web of the City

Harlan Ellison

Web of the City is the first novel written by author Harlan Ellison. The novel follows the story of Rusty Santoro, a teenage member of the fictional Cougars street gang in the 1950s Brooklyn, New York. In order to research the book, Ellison spent time in an actual street gang in …

29667. Children of Tomorrow

A. E. van Vogt

Children of Tomorrow is a 1970 science fiction novel by American author A. E. van Vogt.

29670. The Magic of Blood

Dagoberto Gilb

The Magic of Blood is a short story collection by Dagoberto Gilb. It received the 1994 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the 1993 Whiting Writers' Award. The collection was released to rave reviews by several reputable critics, as well as authors, for its brutal realism and …

29672. To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and …

Joanna Russ

To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction is a collection of essays by Joanna Russ, published in 1995. Many of the essays previously appeared as letters, in anthologies, or in journals like Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and Chrysalis. Topics range …

29673. A Child of the Jago

Arthur Morrison

A Child of the Jago is an 1896 novel by Arthur Morrison.

29674. The Garments of Caean

Barrington J. Bayley

The Garments of Caean is the seventh novel by the science fiction author Barrington J. Bayley. He described it as being his attempt to create a Vancian space opera.

29675. The Light's on at Signpost

George MacDonald Fraser

The Light's on at Signpost is a memoir from George MacDonald Fraser covering his various adventures in screenwriting as well as essays on the state of modern-day England. It includes chapters on: working on The Three Musketeers with Richard Lester his relationship with Oliver …

29676. The Temple of Elemental Evil

Gary Gygax

The Temple of Elemental Evil is an adventure module for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, set in the game's World of Greyhawk campaign setting. The module was published by TSR, Inc. in 1985 for the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. It was …

29677. The Medici Seal

Theresa Breslin

The Medici Seal is a young adult novel written by Theresa Breslin, published in 2006. Set among the cultural life and political intrigues of Renaissance Italy, it is the story of a boy who initially calls himself Matteo and his master Leonardo da Vinci. It was shortlisted for …

29678. The Broken Vase

Rex Stout

The Broken Vase is a Tecumseh Fox mystery novel by Rex Stout, first published by Farrar & Rinehart in 1941, and later in paperback by Dell as mapback #115 and, later, by other publishers.

29679. William in Trouble

Richmal Crompton

William in Trouble is a book in the children's Just William series by Richmal Crompton. The book contains 10 short stories. It was first published in 1927.

29680. The Tricky Part: One Boy's Fall from Trespass into …

Martin Moran

The Tricky Part: One Boy's Fall from Trespass into Grace is a 2005 non-fiction book by Martin Moran. Between the age of 12 and 15, Martin Moran had a sexual relationship with Bob Doyle, a Vietnam veteran who was a counselor at a Catholic boys’ camp. Thirty years later, he meets …

29682. Guess What?

Mem Fox

Guess What? is a 1990 picture book for children, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Vivienne Goodman, about an old woman, with various witchlike qualities. The book has a steady phrasing, along the lines of: She looks like she has a _____! Guess what? She does! She looks like …

29685. Distributed systems: Principles and Paradigms

A. S. Tanenbaum

Distrbuted Systems is a book written by Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

29688. A Vicious Circle

Amanda Craig

A Vicious Circle is a novel by Amanda Craig which dissects and satirizes contemporary British society. In particular, it describes the world of publishing—its aspiring young authors, busy agents and opportunist literary critics. However, A Vicious Circle is also about falling in …

29691. The Ayn Rand cult

Jeff Walker

The Ayn Rand Cult is a book by journalist Jeff Walker, published by Open Court Publishing Company in 1999. Walker discusses the history of the Objectivist movement started by novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, which he describes as a cult.

29692. The Cookcamp

Gary Paulsen

The Cookcamp is a novel by Gary Paulsen. The story is about a boy who is sent to the north to live with his grandmother because of his parents being occupied with World War II. It was published on March 1, 1991 by Scholastic. In 1999 it was followed by the sequel Alida's Song.

29702. Digital Design

M. Morris Mano

Digital Design is a book written by Michael D. Ciletti and M. Morris Mano.

29703. The Enchanted Island of Yew

Lyman Frank Baum

The Enchanted Island of Yew: Whereon Prince Marvel Encountered the High Ki of Twi and Other Surprising People is a children's fantasy novel written by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Fanny Y. Cory, and published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1903. The first edition contained …

29708. The "Genius"

Theodore Dreiser

The "Genius" is a semi-autobiographical novel by Theodore Dreiser, first published in 1915. It concerns Eugene Witla, a talented painter of strong sexual desires who grapples with his commitment to his art and the force of his erotic needs. The book sold 8,000 copies in the …

29710. Zenobia

Gellu Naum

"Zenobia" is an experimental novel by Gellu Naum. The main subject of the book is Zenobia, an alias for Lyggia Naum, his wife and soulmate. It's a platonic love story, but it's also an autobiographical work, somewhat in the vein of Andre Breton's Nadja.

29712. Tine

Herman Bang

29715. The Merman's Children

Poul Anderson

The Merman's Children is a 1979 fantasy novel by Poul Anderson, inspired by Danish legends of Mermen and Mermaids from Danish folklore. Portions of the work had previously been published as an identically titled novella and the novelette "The Tupilak" in the anthologies Flashing …

29717. Under Plum Lake

Lionel Davidson

Under Plum Lake is a children's adventure novel by Lionel Davidson, first published in 1980.

29718. The Busy Body

Donald E. Westlake

The Busy Body is a novel written by Donald E. Westlake.

29719. Captain's Blood

William Shatner

Captain's Blood is a novel by William Shatner, co-written with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, based upon the television series Star Trek. The novel was released in 2002 in hardcover format. This is the second novel in the "Totality" trilogy. The story began with Captain's …

29723. Grill

Ib Michael

29725. Keeper of Dreams

Orson Scott Card

Keeper of Dreams is a short story collection by Orson Scott Card. It contains twenty-two stories by Card which do not appear in his collection Maps in a Mirror. This collection was released on April 15, 2008.

29728. Dead Calm

Charles Williams

Dead Calm is a 1963 novel by Charles F. Williams. It was the basis for the unfinished Orson Welles film, The Deep, and was adapted for the 1989 film Dead Calm by Phillip Noyce. It is the sequel to Williams' lesser-known 1960 romantic thriller, Aground.

29730. Ashes and Angel Wings

Greg Stolze

Ashes and Angel Wings is a book published in 2003 that was written by Greg Stolze.

29732. Clouded Sky

Miklós Radnóti

Clouded Sky is a book written by Miklós Radnóti.

29733. Hard Landing

Stephen Leather

Hard Landing is a 2004 thriller novel by British author Stephen Leather. Published in 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton, it is the first book in the Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd series. Hard Landing is an international bestseller and is available in ebook and paperback.

29734. The Marlows and the Traitor

Antonia Forest

In the introduction to the Girls Gone By edition of The Marlows and the Traitor, Antonia Forest admits she never intended to write a series of books about the Marlows. At the time of writing the Nuremberg Trials were happening and Forest decided to write a book about a traitor. …

29741. The Wyrmling Horde

Dave Wolverton

The Wyrmling Horde is the seventh installment in the Runelords series written by David Farland and was published September 16, 2008.

29753. The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and …

Joan Schenkar

The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith is a book by Joan Schenkar.

29756. Dark Nadir

Lisanne Norman

Dark Nadir is the fifth book of the Sholan Alliance series published in 1999 that was written by Lisanne Norman.

29759. Lights Out

Peter Abrahams

Lights Out is a book written by Peter Abrahams.

29761. The old man and the bureaucrats

Mircea Eliade

The Old Man and the Bureaucrats is a 1967 novella by the Romanian writer Mircea Eliade. It tells the story of a man who is interrogated by Romania's communist authorities, and puzzles the interrogators when he tells stories of local lore. The book was published in English in …

29767. Forensics for Dummies

D. P. Lyle, MD

Forensics for Dummies is a book by D. P. Lyle.

29770. 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 …

29781. Shadowmaker

Joan Lowery Nixon

Shadowmaker is a book written by Joan Lowery Nixon.

29788. The Best of Me

Nicholas Sparks

A Q&A with Author Nicholas SparksQ: What was your inspiration for writing The Best of Me? A: I suppose the inspiration was two-fold. It had been a long time since I’d done a “reunion” story (like The Notebook) so it was time to do another. At the same time, I wanted it to …

29800. Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

#1 New York Times Bestseller“Go Set a Watchman is such an important book, perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades… — New York Times (Opinion Pages)A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning …



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