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. Goethe: His Life and Times

Richard Friedenthal

“The study of Goethe’s life is a task that each generation must undertake anew.” Thus writes Richard Friedenthal, author of this rich biography. Spanning eight momentous decades of war, revolution, and social upheaval, Goethe’s life reveals itself as one of conflict and dynamic …

29602. Die Harzreise

Heinrich Heine

Die Harzreise is a travel report about a trip to the Harz Mountains by German poet and author, Heinrich Heine, compiled in autumn 1824, which was first published in January and February 1826 in the magazine, Der Gesellschafter, by Friedrich Wilhelm Gubitz and ran for fourteen …

29603. Soul of wood, & other stories

Jakov Lind

Soul of Wood made Jakov Lind’s reputation as one of the most boldy imaginative postwar writers and it remains his most celebrated achievement. In the title novella and six subsequent stories, Lind distorts and refashions reality to make the deepest horrors of the twentieth …

29607. The society of individuals

Norbert Elias

The Society of Individuals stands as testimony to the coherence of Norbert Elias's viewpoint over a long and distinguished career. Consisting of three interrelated essays, the first written in 1939, the second between 1940 and 1950, and the third in 1987, this book addresses the …

29611. New York interiors

Beate Wedekind

This volume contains a collection of the many fascinating ways in which people have made themselves feel at home in New York. It covers 42 different apartments and houses in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island - from a loft sprayed with graffiti to an elegant uptown apartment on …

29612. West-östlicher Diwan

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This English verse translation of Goethe's West-Eastern Divan aims to give English-readers a fair indication of the themes, quality and flavour of Goethe's major cycle of lyric poetry. As far as possible it remains faithful to Goethe's metrical and rhyming patterns. The Divan's …

29613. Night without day

Raphaële Billetdoux

When Blanche, a nightclub singer, and Lucas, a student, meet accidentally on the beach, their mutual attraction--and dislike--hurtles them into a short-lived affair in which the two lost souls look to each other for deliverance

29646. Theory of Colours

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Theory of Colours is a book by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about the poet's views on the nature of colours and how these are perceived by humans. Published in 1810, it contains detailed descriptions of phenomena such as coloured shadows, refraction, and chromatic aberration. The …

29654. The Man Without Qualities

Robert Musil

The Man Without Qualities is an unfinished novel in three books by the Austrian writer Robert Musil, considered one of the most significant European novels of the twentieth century. The novel is a "story of ideas", which takes place in the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy's …

29662. The Decline of the West

Oswald Spengler

The Decline of the West, or The Downfall of the Occident, is a two-volume work by Oswald Spengler, the first volume of which was published in the summer of 1918. Spengler revised this volume in 1922 and published the second volume, subtitled Perspectives of World History, in …

29665. 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 …

29666. The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies

Roland Barthes

The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies is a collection of essays by the French literary theorist Roland Barthes. It is a companion volume to his earlier book Mythologies and follows the same format of a series of short essays which explore a range of cultural phenomena, from the …

29673. Young Man Luther

Erik Erikson

Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History is a 1958 book by psychologist Erik Erikson, the founder of today's accepted depiction of the growth and evolution of the psyche throughout the lifelong cycle, and coiner of the term "identity crisis". It was one of the …

29676. The Romanian: Story of an Obsession

Bruce Benderson

The Romanian: Story of an Obsession is a true-to-life memoir by Bruce Benderson. The autobiographical text describes Benderson's encounters and journeys with a male Romanian street hustler through Romania and Hungary, whom he meets while on a journalism assignment and falls in …

29682. Bourbon Island 1730

Olivier Appollodorus

It is 1730 when Raphael Pommeroy arrives in the West Indies with his ornithology professor. They’re supposed to be in search of the almost-extinct dodo . . . but Raphael is quickly entranced with the piratical inhabitants of the island, becoming obsessed with their vision of a …

29697. 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 …

29701. 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 …

29709. The Condition of Muzak

Michael Moorcock

The Condition of Muzak is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock. It is the final novel of his long running Jerry Cornelius series. It was first published in its revised form in 1979. This novel won the 1977 Guardian Fiction Prize.

29717. Carnival of Souls

Nancy Holder

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

29724. Years of Grace

Margaret Ayer Barnes

Years of Grace is a 1930 novel by Margaret Ayer Barnes. It won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1931. Despite this, it is not her most well-known work; that honor belongs to Dishonored Lady, a play she co-wrote with Edward Sheldon, which was adapted twice into film. Barnes' …

29728. Brother to a Dragonfly

Will D. Campbell

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

29741. Park's Quest

Katherine Paterson

Park’s Quest is a 1988 children's novel written by American novelist Katherine Paterson.

29742. 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 …

29749. Ich

Karl May

29752. Under Plum Lake

Lionel Davidson

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

29760. The Brave Little Toaster

Thomas M. Disch

The Brave Little Toaster is a 1980 novel by Thomas M. Disch intended for children or as put by Disch, A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances. The story centers on a gang of five household appliances—a Tensor lamp, electric blanket, alarm clock/antique radio Hoover vacuum cleaner, …

29782. Fortune's Wheel

Lisanne Norman

Fortune's Wheel is the second book of the Sholan Alliance series published in 1995 that was written by Lisanne Norman.

29783. Lights Out

Peter Abrahams

Lights Out is a book written by Peter Abrahams.

29792. Don't Forget the Bacon!

Pat Hutchins

Don't Forget the Bacon! is a children's book written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins. It was published by Bodley Head in 1976. The story is about a little boy who tries to memorise a list of groceries his mother has asked him to buy. The book has been used as a teaching tool to …

29795. 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 …



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