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.

31201. A Kid for Two Farthings

Wolf Mankowitz

A Kid for Two Farthings is a 1953 novel by the British writer Wolf Mankowitz, based on the author's experiences of growing up within a Jewish community in London's East End. The title is a reference to the traditional Passover song, Chad Gadya, which begins "One little goat …

31203. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Vitezslav Nezval

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a novel by surrealist Czech writer Vítězslav Nezval, first published in 1945. It was made into a 1970 Czech film directed by Jaromil Jireš. With this novel, Nezval explored the gothic themes and settings of such novels as Mary Shelley's …

31207. The Man Who Wasn't Maigret

Patrick Marnham

The Man Who Wasn't Maigret is a book written by Patrick Marnham.

31209. Fact and Fancy

Isaac Asimov

Fact and Fancy is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the first in a series of books collecting his essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov's second book of science essays altogether. Doubleday & Company first …

31214. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a collection of science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick. It was first published by Random House in 2002. Many of the stories had originally appeared in the magazines Planet Stories, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Imagination, Space Science …

31216. Body Alchemy

Loren Cameron

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits is a 1996 book collecting photographs and writing of Loren Cameron. It documents the process of transition and everyday lives of the author and other transmen.

31217. The Firebird Rocket

Franklin W. Dixon

The Firebird Rocket is Volume 57 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. The book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Vincent Buranelli in 1978.

31219. The Dark Room

R. K. Narayan

The Dark Room is a novel written by R.K.Narayan, the well-known English-language novelist from India. Like most of his other works, this is a tale set in the fictitious town of Malgudi. This work of literature was first published in Great Britain in 1938 by Macmillan & Co., …

31221. The Chelsea Murders

Lionel Davidson

The Chelsea Murders is a thriller by Lionel Davidson. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award.

31223. The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov

Howard Nemerov

Collected Poems is a book written by Howard Nemerov.

31225. The Sheltering Sky

Paul Bowles

The Sheltering Sky is a 1949 novel of post-colonial alienation and existential despair by American writer and composer Paul Bowles.

31228. The Wishstone and the Wonderworkers

Hugh Cook

The Wishstone and the Wonderworkers is a book published in 1990 that was written by Hugh Cook.

31229. The Coral Sea

Patti Smith

The Coral Sea is a book by Patti Smith, published in 1996. In 2008 Smith released The Coral Sea as an album with musical accompaniment by Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, recorded during two live performances of the duo.

31230. The Literary Underground of the Old Regime

Robert Darnton

The Literary Underground of the Old Regime is a book written by Robert Darnton.

31231. A Voice Through A Cloud

Denton Welch

A Voice Through a Cloud is an autobiographical novel by Denton Welch, who became a writer after a serious accident which had long-term effects on his health. The book describes his bicycle accident when he was an art student, and subsequent experiences in hospitals wards and a …

31233. The Coachman Rat

David Henry Wilson

The Coachman Rat is an alternative account of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. It was published in 1989 and written by esteemed children's author David Henry Wilson.

31236. The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories

Mark Twain

The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories is an 1893 collection of short stories by American writer Mark Twain.

31240. The Prize in the Game

Jo Walton

The Prize in the Game is Jo Walton's third novel, published by Tor Books in December 2002. The novel is a prequel to Walton's first two novels, The King's Peace and The King's Name; its main characters appear as minor or off-stage characters in those books. The story was loosely …

31241. Once in a Blue Moon

Magnus Mills

Once in a Blue Moon is the second collection of short stories by Magnus Mills. As in his novels, each is told by an unnamed narrator : "Once in a Blue Moon" in which the narrator acts as negotiator in an armed siege between the police and his mother. "The Good Cop" in which he …

31243. Robert Frost

Jay Parini

Robert Frost: A Life is a 2000 biography of the American poet Robert Frost written by Jay Parini. It won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.

31244. Images

David Lynch

Images, first published in 1994, is a book by David Lynch.

31246. Bikini Planet

David S. Garnett

Bikini Planet is a science fiction comedy written by David S. Garnett and released exclusively in the United Kingdom as a paperback. It is written as a sub-sequel to an earlier story written by Garnett in 1994, entitled Stargonauts, which features the some of the same settings …

31247. The Chasm of Doom

Joe Dever

The Chasm of Doom is the fourth book in the award-winning Lone Wolf book series created by Joe Dever and illustrated by Gary Chalk.

31248. The Kingdoms of Terror

Joe Dever

The Kingdoms of Terror is the sixth book in the award-winning Lone Wolf book series created by Joe Dever. This is the first book in the "Magnakai" portion of the series, which begins after Lone Wolf has spent three years studying the Book of the Magnakai.

31249. The Gay Place

Billy Lee Brammer

The Gay Place is a series of three novellas, with interlocking plots and characters, by American author Billy Lee Brammer. The novellas, published in a single book, include The Flea Circus, Room Enough to Caper and Country Pleasures. Set in an unnamed state identical to Texas, …

31251. Edgar A Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance

Kenneth Silverman

"Edgar A Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance" is a biography of American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe, by Kenneth Silverman.

31252. The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp

W. H. Davies

The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp is an autobiography published in 1908 by the Welsh poet and writer W. H. Davies. A large part of the book's subject matter describes the way of life of the tramp in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States in the final decade of the …

31254. Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator Part 2

Kouhei Kadono

Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator Part 2 is the third novel in the Boogiepop series by Kouhei Kadono, and was illustrated by Kouji Ogata. It was released in English on October 15, 2006 by Seven Seas Entertainment.

31257. The Right to Arm Bears

Gordon R. Dickson

The Right to Arm Bears is a collection of Gordon R. Dickson's three science fiction novellas that occur on the planet Dilbia, where humans and an alien race known as Hemnoids are trying to win the support of the native bear-like population.

31258. Kingdom's Fury

David Sherman

The eighth novel of the military science fiction StarFist Saga, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. This is the second Starfist book taking place largely on the planet called Kingdom, a world with a crazy-quilt religious theocracy involving various flavors of Christians, …

31259. Mission to Minerva

James P. Hogan

Mission to Minerva is a book published in 2005 that was written by James P. Hogan.

31260. The Men's Club

Leonard Michaels

The Men's Club is a novel written by Leonard Michaels.

31262. The Secrets of Harry Bright

Joseph Wambaugh

The Secrets of Harry Bright is the seventh novel written by former Los Angeles Police Department detective Joseph Wambaugh. Published in 1985, the book continues a pattern of Wambaugh crime fiction beginning with The Choirboys that uses black humor to explore the psychological …

31263. The Mysterious Stranger

Mark Twain

The Mysterious Stranger is the final novel attempted by the American author Mark Twain. He worked on it periodically from 1897 through 1908. The body of work is a serious social commentary by Twain addressing his ideas of the Moral Sense and the "damned human race". Twain wrote …

31265. Taking Terri Mueller

Norma Fox Mazer

Taking Terri Mueller is a book by Norma Fox Mazer.

31266. The Hidden Side of the Moon

Joanna Russ

The Hidden Side of the Moon is a feminist science fiction collection of short stories by Joanna Russ, first published in 1987 by St. Martin's Press. The collection covers stories published from 1952 to 1983.

31274. The Redwall Cookbook

Brian Jacques

The Redwall Cookbook is a cookbook based on food from the Redwall series. It contains recipes mentioned in the books, from Deeper'n'Ever Pie and Summer Strawberry Fizz to Abbey Trifle and Great Hall Gooseberry Fool.

31275. Alma Cogan

Gordon Burn

Alma Cogan is a 1991 novel by Gordon Burn, reprinted in 2004. It was Burn's first novel and won the Whitbread Book Award in 1991. In the UK it was published in 1991 with the title Alma Cogan. In the US, it was initially published as Alma. In real life, Alma Cogan was a …

31276. The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia

Michael Gray

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is a compendium of articles written by Michael Gray covering the life and work of Bob Dylan. It includes reviews of varying length for each album and numerous songs in Dylan's musical output, but is not just a work of music criticism. The topics for …

31277. Quofum

Alan Dean Foster

Quofum is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster.

31278. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow

Thea Astley

The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is Thea Astley's second last novel. It won The Age Book of the Year in 1996, and was shortlisted for the 1997 Miles Franklin Award.

31284. Witch Water

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Witch Water is a book published in 1977 that was written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

31286. SH: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle


31287. Gaia's Toys

Rebecca Ore

Gaia's Toys is a science fiction adventure by Rebecca Ore. The story is set in the near future when gene-hacking, medical nanotechnology, and environmental damage are commonplace. The lives of several of society's misfits intertwine in accelerating action. The title is ironic …

31288. The Emperor and the Kite

Jane Yolen

The Emperor and the Kite is a book written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Ed Young.

31289. Tree of Freedom

Rebecca Caudill

Tree of Freedom is a children's historical novel by Rebecca Caudill. It is a pioneer story set in Kentucky at the time of the American Revolutionary War. The novel, illustrated by Dorothy Morse, was first published in 1949 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1950.

31292. Collected Stories and Later Writings

Paul Bowles

Collected Stories and Later Writings is a book written by Paul Bowles.

31298. More Flanimals

Ricky Gervais

More Flanimals is the sequel to Ricky Gervais' book Flanimals. Like Flanimals, the book features around 30 species of Flanimal, illustrated by Rob Steen, which make up their own imaginary ecosystem. Some notable Flanimals in this book include the Squat, the Psquirm and the Mung …

31300. Autopsy For An Empire: The Seven Leaders Who Built …

Dmitri Volkogonov

Autopsy For An Empire: The Seven Leaders Who Built the Soviet Regime is a book by Dmitri Volkogonov.

31301. David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

Gregory Prince

David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is the first book to draw upon the David O. McKay Papers at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, in addition to some two hundred interviews conducted by the authors, Gregory Prince and William Robert Wright. The …

31302. The last resort

Carmen Posadas

Rafael Molinet Rojas, an inconspicuous Spaniard living in London, regrettably finds that there is nothing worth living for when his closest companion–his mother–dies. Hoping to make a dignified–and, although he won’t admit it, dramatic–exit from this world, Molinet plots his …

31308. Flare

Roger Zelazny

Flare is a science fiction novel by American writers Roger Zelazny and Thomas Thurston Thomas, published in 1992. Flare describes the world as it may be in 2081, and the effects a future inter-planetary civilization would suffer if a solar flare occurred after almost 100 years …

31309. The Memory Cathedral

Jack Dann

The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci is a 1995 historical fantasy fiction novel by Jack Dann. It follows Leonardo da Vinci constructing his flying machine and then travelling to the East.

31310. The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction …

Lin Carter

The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter is a collection of horror short stories by science fiction and fantasy author Lin Carter, edited by Robert M. Price. It gathers together his "Xothic" tales and some of his other Cthulhu Mythos writings. It was …

31312. The Fan

Bob Randall

The Fan is an Edgar Awards nominated novel written by Bob Randall.

31313. Carnival evening

Linda Pastan

Carnival evening is the book written by Linda Pastan.

31316. A Writer's Life

Gay Talese

A Writer's Life is a 2006 autobiography by Gay Talese. The book focuses on many of the stories that Talese attempted to tell, but failed, such as spending six months working on a story about John and Lorena Bobbitt for The New Yorker only to have the piece rejected by New Yorker …

31318. Horsemen of the Esophagus: Competitive Eating and …

Jason Fagone

Horsemen of the Esophagus by Jason Fagone is a nonfiction book about the sport of competitive eating and the outsized American appetite. Horsemen follows three American "gurgitators" during a year on the pro eating circuit: Ohio housepainter David "Coondog" O'Karma, South Jersey …

31324. The Quincunx of Time

James Blish

The Quincunx of Time is a short science fiction novel by James Blish. It is an extended version of a short story entitled "Beep", published by Galaxy Science Fiction magazine in 1954. The novel form was first published in 1973.

31326. Whale Song

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Whale Song is a novel by Canadian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Whale Song was first self-published by Trafford Publishing in 2003. In the spring of 2006, the novel was picked up by Kunati Inc. Book Publishers, a Canadian publisher with offices in Ontario, Canada, and Florida, US …

31328. Persuasions of the witch's craft

T.M. Luhrmann

Persuasion's of the Witches' Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England is a study of several Wiccan and ceremonial magic groups that assembled in southern England during the 1980s. It was written by the American anthropologist Tanya M. Luhrmann of the University of California, …

31329. Written in Blood

Diane Fanning

Written in Blood is a book written by Diane Fanning.

31332. My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South …

Howell Raines

My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered is a book of oral history regarding the American Civil Rights Movement by journalist Howell Raines. It is based on interviews with people involved in — for and against — the struggle to end racial segregation in the …

31337. Basic Chess Endings

Reuben Fine

Basic Chess Endings is a book on chess endgames which was written by Grandmaster Reuben Fine and originally published on October 27, 1941. It is considered the first systematic book in English on the endgame phase of the game of chess. It is the best-known endgame book in …

31339. The Gully Dwarves

Dan Parkinson

The Gully Dwarves is a fantasy novel by Dan Parkinson, set in the world of Dragonlance, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is the fifth novel in the "Lost Histories" series. It was published in paperback in June 1996. It continues the short story The …

31341. Over the Wine Dark Sea

Harry Turtledove

Over the Wine Dark Sea is a historical novel by H.N. Turteltaub, first published by Forge Books in November 2001. The book was reissued under the author's real name as a trade paperback and ebook by Phoenix Pick in 2013. It takes place in the years shortly after the death of …

31345. Measle and the Mallockee

Ian Ogilvy

Measle and the Mallockee is a children's novel written by Ian Ogilvy and illustrated by Chris Mould. It is the third book in the Measle Stubbs series. The novel was first published in 2005 by OUP in the UK and Harper Collins in the US.

31346. Oxygen

Randall Ingermanson

Oxygen is a futuristic Christian novel by John B. Olson and Randall S. Ingermanson.

31347. Strega Nona Takes a Vacation

Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona Takes a Vacation is a book published in 2000 that was written by Tomie dePaola.

31348. The Traitor's Sword

Jan Siegel

The Traitor's Sword is a book published in 2005 that was written by Jan Siegel.

31355. On My Way

Tomie dePaola

On My Way is a book published in 2001 that was written by Tomie dePaola.

31358. Season of the Jew

Maurice Shadbolt

Season of the Jew is an historical novel by Maurice Shadbolt, published in 1987. Set in mid-nineteenth century New Zealand it is a semi-fictionalized account of the story of the Māori leader Te Kooti, told from the perspective of one of his pursuers, an officer in the colonial …

31360. Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright

Isaac Asimov

Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright is a collection of seventeen scientific essays by Isaac Asimov. It was the thirteenth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. These essays were first published between May 1976 and September 1977. It …

31362. Dragonwall

Troy Denning

Dragonwall is a fantasy novel by Troy Denning, set in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is the second novel in "The Empires Trilogy". It was published in paperback in paperback in August 1990.

31363. Warrior Angel

Margaret Weis

Once a dedicated soldier of the Knights Templar, Derek de Molay was betrayed and killed. So instead of an eternity in Heaven, he has decided to battle the Dark Angels of Hell. But as the war between good and evil rages, he is summoned back to the mortal realm to protect a woman …

31370. The Million Dollar Putt

Dan Gutman

The Million Dollar Putt is a realistic fiction novel written by Dan Gutman in 2006. It is about a young blind child's quest to learn golf and win a million dollar prize.

31382. Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is generally agreed to be his masterpiece and to be strongly autobiographical in nature, although Maugham stated, "This is a novel, not an autobiography, though much in it is autobiographical, more is pure invention." …

31389. Beware of the Purple Peanut Butter

R. L. Stine

"Reader beware--you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS! Your aunt and uncle told you to stay out of their basement. So, of course, you check it out. That's where you find the dusty old refrigerator. In the fridge there are two containers. One is filled with purple goop. …

31392. Flags of Our Fathers

James Bradley

Flags of Our Fathers is a New York Times bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers about the five United States Marines and one United States Navy Corpsman who would eventually be made famous by Joe Rosenthal's lauded photograph of the flag raising at Iwo Jima, one of …

31394. A Time to Run

Barbara Boxer

A Time to Run is a political novel written by Senator Barbara Boxer with Mary-Rose Hayes. It was published by Chronicle Books and released late in 2005, to mixed and frequently partisan reviews.

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