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. 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 …

29602. 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, …

29606. 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 …

29607. Passing Through: The Later Poems

Stanley Kunitz

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

29613. Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos

Isaac Asimov

Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos is a book written by Isaac Asimov in 1982.

29616. 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.

29617. The Chaos Gate

Josepha Sherman

The Chaos Gate is a book published in 1994 that was written by Josepha Sherman.

29618. Strega Nona, Her Story

Tomie dePaola

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

29619. 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, …

29620. The Killing Star

Charles R. Pellegrino

The Killing Star is a hard science fiction novel by Charles R. Pellegrino and George Zebrowski, published in April, 1995. It covers several familiar speculative fiction ideas such as sublight interstellar travel, genetic cloning, virtual reality, advanced robotics, alien …

29621. Straight Life

Art Pepper

Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper is the biography of jazz musician Art Pepper, co-written by the saxophonist and his wife, Laurie Pepper. It was first published in 1979, by Schirmer Books.

29625. Mirandy and Brother Wind

Patricia McKissack

Mirandy and Brother Wind is a book written by Patricia McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

29631. Dragoncharm

Graham Edwards

Dragoncharm is a fantasy novel written by Graham Edwards. The novel was first published in 1995 by Voyager Books and HarperPrism. It is the first book in the Ultimate Dragon Saga trilogy, and its sequels are Dragonstorm and Dragonflame. Dragoncharm is written entirely from the …

29632. Death Trance

Graham Masterton

Desperate to see, once again, his brutally murdered wife and children, grief-stricken Randolph Clare enlists the aid of an Indonesian physician who claims to be able to help him enter the demon-haunted world of the dead

29635. The Venus Hunters

J. G. Ballard

The Venus Hunters is a collection of short stories by J. G. Ballard, first published in 1980 as a paperback by Panther Books, and reprinted as a hardback in 1986 by Victor Gollancz. It includes: "Now: Zero" "The Time-Tombs" "Track 12" "Passport to Eternity" "Escapement" "Time of …

29638. And Having Writ...

D. R Bensen

And Having Writ... is a 1978 science fiction/alternate history novel written by Donald R. Bensen. It was nominated for the 1979 John W. Campbell Award.

29639. 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 …

29640. 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. Homicide My Own

Darryl Ponicsan

Homicide My Own is a book written by Darryl Ponicsan.

29646. Data Structures and Algorithms in Java

Michael T. Goodrich

Data Structures and Algorithms in Java is a book written by Roberto Tamassia and Michael T. Goodrich.

29652. World Without End

Joe Haldeman

World Without End is a Star Trek novel, written in 1979 by Joe Haldeman.

29657. Wild Blood

Kate Thompson

Wild Blood is a fantasy novel by Kate Thompson. It concludes the stories of Tess, a young Irish shapeshifter, and Kevin, a former Switcher. It also introduces several other characters, such as Tess's three cousins and their father Maurice. The plot deals with the events leading …

29658. The Kachina Doll Mystery

Carolyn Keene

The Kachina Doll Mystery is the sixty-second volume in the Nancy Drew mystery series. It was first published in 1981 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

29659. 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 …

29661. Fly High, Fly Low

Don Freeman

Fly High, Fly Low is a book by Don Freeman.

29662. Children of Tomorrow

A. E. van Vogt

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

29665. 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 …

29666. 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.

29667. Collision With Chronos

Barrington J. Bayley

Collision Course is the fourth novel by the science fiction author Barrington J. Bayley. The novel was inspired by the time travel theories of J. W. Dunne. The plot centers on the collision of two alternate "presents", with disastrous implications for reality.

29668. The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia

Philip Sidney

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, also known simply as the Arcadia, is a long prose work by Sir Philip Sidney written towards the end of the 16th century. Having finished one version of his text, Sidney later significantly expanded and revised his work. Scholars today often …

29669. 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 …

29670. Open all night

Charles Bukowski

Open all night is a poetry book written by Charles Bukowski.

29671. 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 …

29672. Murmuring the Judges

Quintin Jardine

Murmuring the Judges is a 1998 novel by Quintin Jardine. It is the eighth of the Bob Skinner novels.

29673. A Shock to the System

Simon Brett

A Shock to the System is a book written by Simon Brett.

29674. Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories

R. K. Narayan

Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan, set in and around the fictitious town of Malgudi in South India. The stories range from the humorous to the serious and all are filled with Narayan's acute observations of human nature. …

29675. 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 …

29677. The Death of Economics

Paul Ormerod

The Death of Economics is a book written by Paul Ormerod. According to the author the title does not imply that the study of economies is not of great importance but rather it argues that conventional economics offers a misleading view of how the world operates and needs to be …

29678. Eight Lectures on Yoga

Aleister Crowley

Eight Lectures on Yoga is a book by English occultist and teacher Aleister Crowley about the practice of Yoga. The book is number 4 of volume 3 of the Equinox, which was published by the Ordo Templi Orientis. The work is largely a demystified look at yoga, using little to no …

29680. Failure

Philip Schultz

Failure is an award-winning collection of poetry by American poet Philip Shultz. Failure, along with Time and Materials by poet Robert Hass, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

29684. 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 Able McLaughlins

Margaret Wilson

The Able McLaughlins is a 1923 novel by Margaret Wilson first published by Harper & Brothers. It won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1924. It won the Harper Prize Novel Contest for 1922-23, the first time the prize was awarded. Wilson published a sequel, The Law and the …

29692. Working Cotton

Sherley Anne Williams

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

29693. 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.

29694. Brother to a Dragonfly

Will D. Campbell

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

29703. 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.

29705. Tine

Herman Bang

29706. Road to Mecca

Muhammad Asad

The Road to Mecca, also known as Road to Mecca or Road to Makkah, is the autobiography of Muslim scholar, intellectual, political theorist and diplomat Muhammad Asad. A timeless spiritual classic, this gripping and insightful autobiography of an Austrian journalist, who fully …

29707. 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.

29708. 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 …

29710. T2: Rising Storm

S. M. Stirling

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

29711. The Most Dangerous Game

Gavin Lyall

The Most Dangerous Game is a first person narrative novel by English author Gavin Lyall, first published in 1964. The plot of the novel is totally different from the Richard Connell short story The Most Dangerous Game.

29712. Dragonlance Campaign Setting

Margaret Weis

Dragonlance Campaign Setting is an accessory for the Dragonlance campaign setting, for the 3.5 edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

29713. The Busy Body

Donald E. Westlake

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

29715. 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 …

29716. Youth: WITH The Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness is a novella by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the story's narrator Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. …

29719. Boy Wonder

James Robert Baker

Boy Wonder is a novel by James Robert Baker published in 1988. The novel is a mock of oral history of Los Angeles, California in which we hear the life of Hollywood avant-garde film producer Shark Trager.

29720. Leaping to the Stars

David Gerrold

Leaping to the Stars is a book published in 2002 that was written by David Gerrold.

29721. Grill

Ib Michael

29724. 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.

29726. The Further Chronicles of Conan

Robert Jordan

The Further Chronicles of Conan is a collection of fantasy novels written by Robert Jordan featuring the sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, created by Robert E. Howard. The book was first published in hardcover in October 1999 by Tor Books, with a trade paperback …

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. Clouded Sky

Miklós Radnóti

Clouded Sky is a book written by Miklós Radnóti.

29731. A Coven of Vampires

Brian Lumley

A Coven of Vampires is a collection of horror short stories by author Brian Lumley. The stories all concern vampires. It was released in 1998 by Fedogan & Bremer in an edition of 1,100 copies, of which 100 were numbered and signed by the author, and illustrator. Most of the …

29733. Lepanto

G. K. Chesterton

Lepanto is a famous poem by G.K. Chesterton about the Battle of Lepanto. It is a rousing martial ballad which tells of the defeat of the Ottoman fleet of Ali Pasha by the Christian crusader, Don John of Austria. The poem was written in 1911 and its stirring verses helped inspire …

29735. Quicksilver Zenith

Stan Nicholls

Quicksilver Zenith is a book published in 2004 that was written by Stan Nicholls.

29741. Worlds of Weber

David Weber

Worlds of Weber: Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories is a collection of short works by David Weber published in hardcover in September 2008 by Subterranean Press. Mass market paperback and e-book editions were released in October 2009 by Baen Books.

29755. The Far Pavilions

M. M. Kaye

The Far Pavilions is an epic novel of British-Indian history by M. M. Kaye, first published in 1978, which tells the story of an English officer during the British Raj. The novel, rooted deeply in the romantic epics of the 19th century, has been hailed as a masterpiece of …

29759. 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 …

29760. 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 …

29766. Merlin Effect

T. A. Barron

The Merlin Effect is the third book in The Adventure of Kate trilogy by T. A. Barron. It was preceded by Heartlight and The Ancient One. The hardcover version of this book was published by Ace Books in 2004.

29769. The Bondwoman's Narrative

Hannah Crafts

The Bondwoman's Narrative is a best-selling novel by Hannah Crafts, a self-proclaimed slave escaped from North Carolina. She likely wrote the novel in the mid-19th century. The manuscript was authenticated and published in 2002. Scholars believe that the novel, possibly the …

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 …

29773. Native Son

Richard Wright

Native Son is a novel by American author Richard Wright. The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes, Wright portrays a …

29774. Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, revising it multiple times until his death. This resulted in vastly …

29782. Atlantis endgame

Andre Norton

Atlantis endgame is a book published in 2002 that was written by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith.

29799. 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 …

29800. The Spinoza Problem

Irvin D. Yalom

When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster’s office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. Rosenberg is stunned to …



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