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. Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera

John Barth

Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera is a novel by American writer John Barth, published in 1994. A character name John Barth and his female companion set sail on Chesapeake Bay on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America, but are unexpectedly caught in a tropical …

29604. 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. I Am the Great Horse

Katherine Roberts

I Am the Great Horse is a historical fantasy novel by Katherine Roberts, published in August, 2006 by The Chicken House and aimed at teens. It is about the life of Alexander the Great, told from the point of view of his horse, Bucephalus. The pair meet in Pella, Macedonia, and …

29609. Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend

Paul Feyerabend

Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend is an autobiography by philosopher Paul Feyerabend. The book details, amongst other things, Feyerabend's youth in Nazi-controlled Vienna, his military service, notorious academic career, and his multiple romantic conquests. The …

29611. Passing Through: The Later Poems

Stanley Kunitz

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

29614. 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 …

29615. The Three Trillion Dollar War

Joseph Stiglitz

The Three Trillion Dollar War is a 2008 book by Nobel Prize laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Professor Linda Bilmes, both of whom are American economists.

29616. Ralph Ellison

Arnold Rampersad

Ralph Ellison is a book by Arnold Rampersad.

29617. The Trespasser

D. H. Lawrence

The Trespasser is the second novel written by D. H. Lawrence, published in 1912. Originally it was entitled the Saga of Siegmund and drew upon the experiences of a friend of Lawrence, Helen Corke, and her adulterous relationship with a married man that ended with his suicide. …

29619. The Long Haul: An Autobiography

Myles Horton

The Long Haul is an autobiography of Myles Horton, labor organizer, founder of the Highlander School and perhaps the first practitioner of what would later be called popular education. Highlander used the principles of democratic education - where students were the authorities …

29622. 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 …

29623. The Breaks

Richard Price

The Breaks is a 1983 novel by Richard Price. The Breaks was Price's fourth novel.

29625. 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.

29626. Strega Nona, Her Story

Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona, Her Story is a book published in 1996 that was written by Tomie dePaola.

29631. The big gold dream

Chester Himes

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

29633. The Season of the Witch

James Leo Herlihy

The Season of the Witch is a novel by James Leo Herlihy. The story is written in the form of a journal that spans three months in the life of teenage runaway Gloria Glyczwych during the autumn of 1969.

29638. The Everglades: River of Grass

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The Everglades: River of Grass is a non-fiction book written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. Published the same year as the formal opening of Everglades National Park, the book was a call to attention about the degrading quality of life in the Everglades and remains an …

29643. 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 …

29644. Traitor to the Living

Philip José Farmer

Traitor to the Living is a science fiction novel by Philip José Farmer. The story follows Herald Childe, a private detective. Childe is also the lead character in two prior Farmer novels published as pornography by Essex House. In this non-erotic novel, the lead character is …

29646. The Kill-Off

Jim Thompson

The Kill-Off is an American crime novel by Jim Thompson first published in 1957, and reprinted by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard in 1999. The novel is a bleak tale of murder in a small, dying resort town being torn apart by gossip, racism, incest, alcoholism and financial …

29647. Pigeons from Hell

Robert E. Howard

"Pigeons from Hell" is a short story by Robert E. Howard written in late 1934 and published posthumously by Weird Tales in 1938. The story title derives from an image present in many of Howard's grandmother's ghost stories, that of an old deserted plantation mansion haunted by …

29649. What We Do Is Secret

Thorn Kief Hillsbery

What We Do Is Secret is a novel by Thorn Kief Hillsbery, published by Villard in 2005. What We Do Is Secret takes place in Los Angeles in 1981, six months after the death of Darby Crash. It is narrated by a gay street kid named Rockets Redglare, who knew Darby personally. All …

29650. The healing

Gayl Jones

The Healing is a book written by Gayl Jones.

29654. The Deathlord of Ixia

Joe Dever

The Deathlord of Ixia was the seventeenth book of the Lone Wolf book series, written by Joe Dever and now illustrated by Brian Williams.

29655. Under Compulsion

Thomas M. Disch

Under Compulsion is a collection of science fiction stories by Thomas M. Disch. It was first published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1968 in the UK. It was subsequently published in the US in 1970 by Doubleday under the title Fun with Your New Head. Most of the stories originally …

29659. 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 …

29660. Captain's Glory

William Shatner

Captain's Glory 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 2006 in hardcover format. This is the final novel in the "Totality" trilogy. The story began with Captain's …

29662. The Grass-Cutting Sword

Catherynne M. Valente

The Grass-Cutting Sword is a novella by Catherynne M. Valente. It was published by Prime Books in 2006.

29664. Children of Tomorrow

A. E. van Vogt

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

29665. 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 …

29668. 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 …

29670. 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 …

29672. The Crows of Pearblossom

Aldous Huxley

The Crows of Pearblossom is a children's book written by Aldous Huxley, the English novelist, essayist and critic. The story was published by Random House and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. A more recent picture book version was illustrated by Sophie Blackall and published by …

29673. Day of the Minotaur

Thomas Burnett Swann

Day of the Minotaur is a novel written by Thomas Burnett Swann.

29677. The Age of the Pussyfoot

edited by Frederik Pohl

The Age of the Pussyfoot is a science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl, first published as a novel in 1969. It was originally published as a serial in Galaxy Science Fiction in three parts, starting in October 1966.

29678. Carnival of Souls

Nancy Holder

Carnival of Souls is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

29688. Working Cotton

Sherley Anne Williams

Working Cotton is a book written by Sherley Anne Williams and illustrated by Carole Byard.

29689. A Very Special House

Ruth Krauss

A Very Special House, written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, is a 1953 picture book published by HarperCollins. A Very Special House was a Caldecott Medal Honor Book for 1954 and was Sendak's first Caldecott Honor Medal of a total of seven during his career. …

29690. Graven Images

Paul Fleischman

Graven Images: 3 stories is a 1982 children's book written by Paul Fleischman that was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1983.

29691. Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens

Patricia Lauber

Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens is a book by Patricia Lauber.

29692. Brother to a Dragonfly

Will D. Campbell

Brother to a Dragonfly is a book by Will Davis Campbell.

29693. Spilled Water

Sally Grindley

Spilled Water is a children's novel by Sally Grindley, published in 2004. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It tells the story of a Chinese girl, Lu Si-yan, who is sold into domestic service when she is just eleven …

29695. The Hienama: A Story of the Sulh

Storm Constantine

The Hienama: A Story of the Sulh is a book published in 2005 that was written by Storm Constantine.

29697. 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 …

29705. 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.

29707. The Modular Man

Roger MacBride Allen

The Modular Man is a science fiction novel by American writer Roger MacBride Allen. It is the fourth in the Next Wave series.

29708. Tine

Herman Bang

29709. The Wizard of Lovecraft's Cafe

Simon Hawke

The Wizard of Lovecraft's Cafe is a book published in 1993 that was written by Simon Hawke.

29710. 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 …

29711. Dark Horizon

K. W. Jeter

Dark Horizon is a book published in 1993 that was written by K.W. Jeter.

29712. T2: Rising Storm

S. M. Stirling

T2: Rising Storm is a book published in 2002 that was written by S. M. Stirling.

29714. 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 …

29715. The law of success in sixteen lessons

Napoleon Hill

The Law of Success is a 1925 book – actually in the form of a set of 15 separate booklets – by Napoleon Hill. It was released as a limited edition of 118 copies and was given to many of Americas most successful individuals, all of whom had contributed to the book's content. One …

29718. Learning SQL

Alan Beaulieu

Learning SQL is a book written by Alan Beaulieu.

29719. The Entropy Tango

Michael Moorcock

The Entropy Tango is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock. It is part of his long running Jerry Cornelius series.

29721. Seven Crows

John Vornholt

Seven Crows is an original novel based on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

29722. Grill

Ib Michael

29725. Before He Wakes

Jerry Bledsoe

Before He Wakes is a book written by Jerry Bledsoe.

29726. 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.

29728. Ashes and Angel Wings

Greg Stolze

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

29729. Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, commonly known as Gulliver's Travels, is a prose satire by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, that is both a satire on human …

29731. Clouded Sky

Miklós Radnóti

Clouded Sky is a book written by Miklós Radnóti.

29734. Gift Shop

Charlotte Armstrong

Gift Shop is a book written by Charlotte Armstrong.

29739. The Pig Scrolls

Paul Shipton

The Pig Scrolls, by Paul Shipton, is a young adult comedy adventure novel about a talking pig and his endeavours to save the world. The novel is set in Ancient Greece with many, often comical, references to ancient Greek mythology and life. The characters include all the major …

29751. A Gathering of Stones

Jo Clayton

A Gathering of Stones is a book published in 1989 that was written by Jo Clayton.

29752. Redemption

Mel Odom

Redemption is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel. Tagline: "History can repeat itself."

29755. Dark Nadir

Lisanne Norman

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

29758. Lights Out

Peter Abrahams

Lights Out is a book written by Peter Abrahams.

29760. Shadow Patriots

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Shadow Patriots is 2005 historical novel by Lucia St. Clair Robson. It tells of the Culper Ring, a group of George Washington's spies operating out of New York City during the Revolution. The story includes familiar names—Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benedict Arnold, Peggy …

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 …

29765. The Unwanteds

Lisa McMann

The Unwanteds is a fantasy book written by Lisa McMann and published in 2011 by Aladdin. The book in the first in a series, followed by Island of Silence, Island of Fire, Island of Legends, Island of Shipwrecks, and Island of Graves. The Unwanteds is recommended for readers ages …

29768. Forensics for Dummies

D. P. Lyle, MD

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

29773. Roxy's Baby

Catherine MacPhail

Roxy's Baby is a young adult novel by Catherine MacPhail, published in 2005. It is about a fifteen-year-old girl named Roxy who becomes pregnant and subsequently runs away from home. Roxy is a fourteen-year-old girl living with her mother, her younger sister, and her new …

29781. Shadowmaker

Joan Lowery Nixon

Shadowmaker is a book written by Joan Lowery Nixon.

29782. The Lady of the Rivers

Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers is a 2011 historical novel by Philippa Gregory, part of her series The Cousins' War. The story is narrated by Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, and covers the reign of the Lancastrian King Henry VI. The novel serves as a prequel to …

29789. Silver City

Cliff McNish

Silver City is a book published in 2004 that was written by Cliff McNish.

29800. The Rise of Nine

Pittacus Lore

The Rise of Nine is a young adult teen fiction novel by Pittacus Lore and the third novel in The Lorien Legacies. It is published by HarperCollins, & was released on August 21, 2012, in the US and by Penguin on August 30, 2012 in the UK. It is the first book in the series to …



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