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.

30001. 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 …

30003. The Waterfalls of Slunj

Heimito von Doderer

English industrialist Robert Clayton and his son, Donald, open a branch office of their business in Vienna and pursue their lives and fortunes in the years before World War I

30004. The autobiography of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe vol 2

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for …

30005. Pioneer, Go Home!

Richard P. Powell

This 50th anniversary edition restores Richard Powell s uproarious 1959 New York Times bestselling novel and includes a new preface by the author. Pioneer, Go Home! ranks among the most entertaining of Powell s 19 published novels. Originally released by Scribner s in 1959, it …

30007. 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 …

30010. 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 …

30011. The Casualty, early tales

Heinrich Böll

“This evocation of the great German humanistic tradition is salutary amid so much pain and absurdity. And no writer is more qualified than Heinrich Böll to evoke that tradition.” ―Washington Post These stories by Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll, written between 1946 and 1952 …

30013. 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 …

30015. He Wouldn't Kill Patience

John Dickson Carr

He Wouldn't Kill Patience is a mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr, who published it under the name of Carter Dickson. It is a locked room mystery and features the series detective Sir Henry Merrivale and his long-time associate, Scotland Yard's Chief …

30023. 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.

30027. Green Henry

Gottfried Keller

Green Henry is a partially autobiographical novel by the Swiss author Gottfried Keller, first published in 1855, and extensively revised in 1879. Truth is freely mingled with fiction, and there is a generalizing purpose to exhibit the psychic disease that affected the whole …

30037. Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos

Isaac Asimov

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

30041. 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 …

30042. 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.

30043. 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, …

30046. The Origin of German Tragic Drama

Walter Benjamin

The Origin of German Tragic Drama or Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels was the postdoctoral major academic work submitted by Walter Benjamin to the University of Frankfurt in 1925, and not published until 1928. The book is a study of German drama during the baroque period and …

30048. Collected Poems, 1951-1971

A. R. Ammons

Collected Poems, 1951-1971 is a book written by A. R. Ammons.

30056. 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 …

30058. 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 …

30069. 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.

30070. 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. …

30071. 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.

30072. Wandering Stars

Jack Dann

Wandering Stars is an anthology of Jewish fantasy and science fiction, edited by Jack Dann, originally published by Harper & Row in 1974. It represented, according to the book cover, "the first time in science fiction that the Jew - and the richness of his themes and …

30073. Demons by Daylight

Ramsey Campbell

Demons by Daylight is a collection of stories by author Ramsey Campbell. Released in 1973, it was the author's second short-story collection, after The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants. Like the earlier book, it was published by Arkham House. Campbell had …

30074. 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 …

30075. 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 …

30078. 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 …

30079. Homicide My Own

Darryl Ponicsan

Homicide My Own is a book written by Darryl Ponicsan.

30080. A Certain Ambiguity

Gaurav Suri

A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel is a mathematical fiction by Indian authors Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal. It is a story about finding certainty in mathematics and philosophy. In a certain ambiguity we meet Ravi Kapoor, who travels to America to further his …

30081. 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.

30082. Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Perihelion

William F. Wu

Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Perihelion is a book written in 1988 by William F. Wu. It is part of the series Isaac Asimov's Robot City, which was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Robot series.

30084. The Small Assassin

Ray Bradbury

The Small Assassin is a short story collection by Ray Bradbury. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Dime Mystery Magazine, Weird Tales, Harper's, Mademoiselle, and in Bradbury's first book, Dark Carnival.

30087. 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 …

30088. Galaxies

Timothy Ferris

Galaxies is a book written by Timothy Ferris.

30089. 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.

30090. 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.

30091. 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 …

30093. The Secret of Sinharat

Leigh Brackett

The Secret of Sinharat is a science fiction novel by Leigh Brackett set on the planet Mars, whose protagonist is Eric John Stark.

30094. The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum

Stanley G. Weinbaum

The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum is a collection of science fiction stories by Stanley G. Weinbaum, published in 1974 as an original paperback by Ballantine Books. The volume included an introduction by Isaac Asimov and an afterword by Robert Bloch. Ballantine reissued the …

30097. 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 …

30102. Rural Rides

William Cobbett

Rural Rides is the book for which the English journalist, agriculturist and political reformer William Cobbett is best known. At the time of writing in the early 1820s, Cobbett was a radical anti-Corn Law campaigner, newly returned to England from a spell of self-imposed …

30103. 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 …

30109. 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 …

30111. 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 …

30113. 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 …

30115. 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 …

30122. 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 …

30124. (Un)arranged Marriage

Bali Rai

The young-adult novel Arranged Marriage is the first novel by the British-Indian author Bali Rai.

30125. 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.

30126. 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' …

30127. Working Cotton

Sherley Anne Williams

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

30131. 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.

30139. Imaro

Charles R. Saunders

Imaro is a sword and sorcery novel written by Charles R. Saunders, and published by DAW Books in 1981. It may have been one of the first forays into the sword and sorcery genre by a black author. The novel is a collection of six short stories which were originally published in …

30140. Subspace Explorers

E. E. "Doc" Smith

Subspace Explorers is a science fiction novel by E. E. "Doc" Smith. It was first published in 1965 by Canaveral Press in an edition of 1,460 copies. The novel is an expansion of Smith's story "Subspace Survivors" which first appeared in the July 1960 issue of the magazine …

30141. Dark Horizon

K. W. Jeter

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

30145. Ich

Karl May

30154. The Wizard of Whitechapel

Simon Hawke

The Wizard of Whitechapel is a book published in 1988 that was written by Simon Hawke.

30155. The Whispering Road

Livi Michael

The Whispering Road is a children's book by Livi Michael, published in 2005. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award and the Stockton Children's Book of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Ottakar's Children's Book Prize.

30158. 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.

30163. Space Station Seventh Grade

Jerry Spinelli

Space Station Seventh Grade is a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli, published in 1982; it was his debut novel. It was inspired by an odd event when one of his six children ate some fried chicken that he had been saving for the next day. The novel was intended for adults but …

30166. 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 …

30169. 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.

30181. Victim: The Other Side of Murder

Gary Kinder

Victim: The Other Side of Murder is a 1982 true crime book by Gary Kinder. The book is based on real characters and events of the Hi-Fi Murders that occurred on April 22, 1974, in Ogden, Utah.

30182. Dark Nadir

Lisanne Norman

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

30183. Lights Out

Peter Abrahams

Lights Out is a book written by Peter Abrahams.

30190. 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 …

30195. 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 …

30200. 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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