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.

33601. Henry, King of France

Heinrich Mann

In Henry, King of France, the sequel to Young Henry of Navarre, the compelling epic of Henry IV's reign over France is followed to its tragic destiny. The novel recounts two decades of chaos and war that led to the triumphant founding of the French Republic and culminated in the …

33602. Bertha Von Suttner: A Life for Peace (Syracuse …

Brigitte Hamann

Austrian writer and peace activist Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. As founder of the Austrian and German Peace Associations and the author of a number of novels and several works on peace, von Suttner's name became synonymous worldwide with …

33604. The Stars Look Down

A. J. Cronin

The Stars Look Down is a 1935 novel by A. J. Cronin which chronicles various injustices in an English coal mining community. A film version was produced in 1939, and television adaptations include both Italian and British versions. The novel is set in 'Sleescale,' a mining town …

33608. Roy & Al

Ralf König

Roy & Al is a book written by Ralf Konig.

33610. Serenity House

Christopher Hope

Serenity House is a book written by Christopher Hope.

33611. Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

John D'Emilio

Lost Prophet : The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin is a book written by John D'Emilio.

33612. No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the …

Edgardo Vega Yunqué

No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again is a 2003 novel by Edgardo Vega Yunqué. The author has called it a "jazz novel." Bill Bailey is set in New York City in the 1980s, and tells the saga of Billy …

33613. English Hours

Henry James

English Hours is a book of travel writing by Henry James published in 1905. The book collected various essays James had written on England over a period of more than thirty years, beginning in the 1870s. The essays had originally appeared in such periodicals as The Nation, The …

33615. Gorgeous lies

Martha McPhee

Gorgeous Lies is a 2002 novel written by Martha McPhee. It is a sequel to her first book, Bright Angel Time.

33616. Belchamber

Howard Sturgis

Belchamber is a 1904 novel by Howard Sturgis.

33624. The Monastery

Walter Scott

The Monastery: a Romance is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott. Along with The Abbot, it is one of Scott's Tales from Benedictine Sources and is set in the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Elizabethan period.

33626. Religio Medici

Thomas Browne

Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne is a spiritual testament and an early psychological self-portrait. Published in 1643 after an unauthorized version was distributed the previous year, it became a European best-seller which brought its author fame at home and abroad.

33627. Divina Trace

Robert Antoni

Divina Trace is an experimental novel by Robert Antoni, and the winner of the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first novel. It tells the story of the fictional island-nation of Corpus Christi coming into its own identity. The central narrator, Johnny Domingo, relays the …

33629. Fire in the Minds of Men

James H. Billington

Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith is a book about the spread of ideas written by James H. Billington, the current Librarian of Congress.

33630. The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon

Byron Preiss

The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon is a 1981 book by Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon and Byron Preiss.

33631. Black Fox of Lorne

Marguerite de Angeli

Black Fox of Lorne is a 1956 children's historical novel written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. This Newbery Honor Book is about tenth-century Viking twins who shipwreck on the Scottish coast and seek to avenge the death of their father. They encounter loyal clansmen …

33632. The Perilous Road

William O. Steele

The Perilous Road is a novel, published in 1958 by William O. Steele. The book is set in Eastern Tennessee during the time of the American Civil War. In 1959, The Perilous Road was awarded the Newbery Honor.

33633. Through a Glass, Clearly

Isaac Asimov

Through a Glass, Clearly is a collection of four short stories by Isaac Asimov. This book was only published in the United Kingdom, and not in the United States or Canada, and has generally not been available there. Its four stories were all published in other Asimov short story …

33638. Predator & Prey: Vampire

Carl Bowen

Predator & Prey: Vampire is a book published in 2000 that was written by Carl Bowen.

33639. Back

Henry Green

Back is a novel written by British writer Henry Green and published in 1946.

33641. The Burden

Agatha Christie

The Burden is a novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Heinemann on 12 November 1956. Initially not published in the US, it was later issued as a paperback by Dell Publishing in September 1963. It was the last of six novels Christie wrote under the …

33643. Songs of Stars and Shadows

George Martin

Songs of Stars and Shadows is the second short story collection by author George R.R. Martin. The collection was first published in July 1977 and contains nine short stories.

33645. The Grand Wheel

Barrington J. Bayley

The Grand Wheel is the eighth science fiction novel by Barrington J. Bayley. The novel follows Cheyne Scarne, a professor of "randomatics", as he is selected by the eponymous organization to represent humanity in a card game with infinitely varying rules. The name of the main …

33646. The Well at the World's End

William Morris

The Well at the World's End is a fantasy novel by the British artist, poet, and author William Morris. It was first published in 1896 and has been reprinted a number of times since, most notably in two parts as the twentieth and twenty-first volumes of the Ballantine Adult …

33647. The Coming of the New Deal, Vol. II, The Age of …

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The Coming of the New Deal, Vol. II, The Age of Roosevelt is a book written by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

33649. The Detective

Roderick Thorp

The Detective is a thriller/detective novel by author Roderick Thorp, first published hardcover in 1966. It was made into the 1968 movie of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra, as Detective Joe Leland. Billed as, "An adult look at police life," The Detective went on to become …

33650. Reef of Death

Paul Zindel

Reef of Death is a 1998 young adult novel by Paul Zindel published by HarperCollins and Hyperion and is the fifth book of "The Zone Unknown" series. Set in Australia, it is an adventure story with elements of horror.

33651. David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

David Copperfield, is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published as a serial in 1849–50, and as a book in 1850. Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens' own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of his novels. In the preface to the 1867 …

33652. Going Postal

Terry Pratchett

Going Postal is Terry Pratchett's 33rd Discworld novel, released in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2004. Unlike most of Pratchett's Discworld novels, Going Postal is divided into chapters, a feature previously seen only in Pratchett's children's books and the Science of …

33653. Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Prodigy

Arthur Byron Cover

Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Prodigy is a book written in 1988 by Arthur Byron Cover. It is part of the series Isaac Asimov's Robot City, which are inspired by Isaac Asimov's Robot series.

33654. Goats

Mark Poirier

Goats is a 2000 novel written by Mark Jude Poirier published by Hyperion with the strapline "Girls, ganga and goat-trekking"

33660. Boyracers

Alan Bissett

Boyracers is the debut novel of Scottish writer Alan Bissett. It was first published in 2001 by Edinburgh-based Polygon Books. The plot concerns four male teenagers growing up in the town of Falkirk, exploring the influences of popular culture, global capitalism and social class …

33661. Hotel Lautréamont

John Ashbery

Hotel Lautréamont is a 1992 poetry collection by the American writer John Ashbery. The title comes from the symbolist poet Comte de Lautréamont.

33662. Loot and Other Stories

Nadine Gordimer

Loot and Other Stories is set of ten short stories by the South African writer Nadine Gordimer, published in 2003.

33667. A Catalogue of Crime: A Reader's Guide to the …

Jacques Barzun

A Catalogue of Crime is a critique of crime fiction by Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor, first published in 1971. The book was awarded a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1972. A revised and enlarged edition was published in 1989.

33668. Eclipse Corona

John Shirley

Eclipse Corona is a book published in 1990 that was written by John Shirley.

33669. The American Language

H. L. Mencken

The American Language, first published in 1919, is H. L. Mencken's book about the English language as spoken in the United States. Mencken was inspired by "the argot of the colored waiters" in Washington, as well as one of his favorite authors, Mark Twain, and his experiences on …

33670. W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the …

David L. Lewis

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 is the second installment of historian David Levering Lewis's two-part biography of W.E.B. Du Bois published by Henry Holt and Company in 2000. The book deals with Du Bois's involvement in the Harlem …

33674. Exotica

David Toop

Exotica: Fabricated Soundscapes in a Real World is a 1999 non-fiction book by English musician and author David Toop. The work was first published on 15 June 1999 through Serpent's Tail and focuses on the musical genre exotica.

33675. The Wind's Twelve Quarters

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, named after a line from A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad and first published by Harper & Row in 1975. Described by Le Guin as a retrospective, it collects 17 previously published stories, four …

33677. Castle Rackrent

Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent, a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, is often regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first Anglo-Irish novel, the first Big House novel and the first saga novel. It is also widely regarded as the first …

33679. Jonestown: The Power and the Myth of Alan Jones

Chris Masters

Jonestown: The Power and The Myth of Alan Jones is a controversial 2006 biography of radio personality Alan Jones by Chris Masters. The biography deals in part with Jones's sexuality; Masters asserts that Jones is homosexual, something that Jones does not self-identify with. …

33682. Roger Fry

Virginia Woolf

Roger Fry: A Biography is a biography of Roger Fry written by Virginia Woolf.

33683. The North Ship

Philip Larkin

The North Ship is a collection of poems by Philip Larkin, and was published in 1945 by Reginald A. Caton's Fortune Press. Caton did not pay his writers and expected them to buy a certain number of copies themselves. A similar arrangement had been used in 1934 by Dylan Thomas for …

33687. Whispers in the Graveyard

Theresa Breslin

Whispers in the Graveyard is a children's novel by Theresa Breslin, published by Methuen in 1994. Breslin won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. In a retrospective award citation the …

33688. The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

Russell Freedman

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane is a book by Russell Freedman.

33689. Swimming in the volcano

Bob Shacochis

Swimming in the volcano is a book written by Bob Shacochis.

33690. That Pesky Rat

Lauren Child

That Pesky Rat is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Lauren Child and published by Orchard UK in 2002. It won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in ages category 6–8 years and it was commended runner up for the Kate Greenaway Medal from the professional librarians, …

33691. Moe Howard and the Three Stooges

Moe Howard

Moe Howard and the Three Stooges is the autobiography of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges. He spent his final days writing his autobiography, which he tentatively titled I Stooged to Conquer. However, Howard fell ill with lung cancer in May 1975 and died before it could be …

33692. My Present Age

Guy Vanderhaeghe

My Present Age is the title of a Canadian novel by Guy Vanderhaeghe which was first published in 1984. This was Vanderhaeghe's first full-length novel after his Governor General's Award-winning debut, the short story collection Man Descending. My Present Age is a continuation of …

33693. A Time for Judas

Morley Callaghan

A Time for Judas is a novel by Canadian author Morley Callaghan, published by Macmillan of Canada in 1983. It tells the story of a man in modern times who discovers tablets written by a scribe named Philo of Crete or Philo the Greek. In the story, these tablets are from the time …

33695. Red

Warren Ellis

33696. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny

Frank Burt Freidel

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny is a book written by Frank Burt Freidel.

33697. Driving Big Davie

Colin Bateman

Driving Big Davie is the sixth novel of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 5 April 2004 through Headline Publishing Group. Bateman started the novel in response to the death of Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, who he stated was a …

33699. Psycho House

Robert Bloch

Psycho House is a 1990 novel that Robert Bloch wrote as a sequel to his 1959 novel Psycho and 1982 novel Psycho II. The novel is not related to the 1986 film Psycho III or the 1990 film Psycho IV: The Beginning. However, it may have been inspired by the telefilm Bates Motel.

33706. Irish Cream

Andrew Greeley

Irish Cream is the eighth of the Nuala Anne McGrail series of mystery novels by Roman Catholic priest and author Father Andrew M. Greeley. It takes place in Chicago, Illinois in the present day, though the novel depicts flashbacks to events that took place in Donegal in the …

33712. The Ultimate Resource

Julian Lincoln Simon

The Ultimate Resource is a 1981 book written by Julian Lincoln Simon challenging the notion that humanity was running out of natural resources. It was revised in 1996 as The Ultimate Resource 2.

33713. Before the Golden Age

Isaac Asimov

Before the Golden Age: A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s is an anthology of 25 science fiction stories from 1930s pulp magazines, edited by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It also includes "Big Game", a short story written by Asimov in 1941 and never sold. The …

33714. The American Scene

Henry James

The American Scene is a book of travel writing by Henry James about his trip through the United States in 1904-1905. Ten of the fourteen chapters of the book were published in the North American Review, Harper's and the Fortnightly Review in 1905 and 1906. The first book …

33717. James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007

John Pearson

James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 by John Pearson, is a fictional biography of James Bond, first published in 1973; Pearson also wrote the biography The Life of Ian Fleming. The Authorized Biography of 007 was not commissioned by Glidrose Publications. It originated as …

33721. The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to …

Nina Bernstein

The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care is a book by Nina Bernstein.

33722. The Temple Bombing

Melissa Fay Greene

The Temple Bombing is a book written by Melissa Fay Greene.

33723. Red Strangers

Elspeth Huxley

Red Strangers is a 1939 novel by Elspeth Huxley. The story is an account of the arrival and effects of British colonialists, told through the eyes of four generations of Kikuyu tribesmen in Kenya. The book immerses the reader so completely in the pre-Western Kikuyu culture, that …

33725. The Unknown Industrial Prisoner

David Ireland

The Unknown Industrial Prisoner is a Miles Franklin Award winning novel by Australian author David Ireland.

33727. Windswept House: A Vatican Novel

Malachi Martin

Windswept House: A Vatican Novel is a novel by Roman Catholic priest and theologian Malachi Martin. The book charts the turmoil within the Catholic faith and within Vatican City.

33729. Judgment Night

C. L. Moore

Judgment Night is a 1952 collection of science fiction short stories by C. L. Moore. It was first published by Gnome Press in 1952 in an edition of 4,000 copies. The collection contains the stories that Moore selected as the best of her longer work. The stories all originally …

33730. Room On the Roof

Ruskin Bond

The Room on the Roof is a novel written by Ruskin Bond. It was Bond's first literary venture. The novel revolves around Rusty, an orphaned sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy living in Dehradun. Due to his guardian, Mr. Harrison's strict ways, he runs away from his home to live …

33732. The Christmas tree

Jennifer Johnston

The Christmas Tree is Irish author Jennifer Johnston's sixth novel, first published in 1981 by Hamish Hamilton. It has been suggested by The Irish Times as being her finest work, and was chosen by the Irish Independent to be published as one of the books its "Irish Women …

33733. Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism …

Chas S. Clifton

Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America is a historical study of Wicca and Contemporary Paganism in the United States. It was written by the American academic Chas S. Clifton of Colorado State University-Pueblo, and published by AltaMira Press in 2005. Her …

33741. Sweet Sixteen

Scott Ciencin

Sweet Sixteen is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

33742. The Fairy Caravan

Beatrix Potter

The Fairy Caravan is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter and first published in 1929.

33744. Gallery Whispers

Quintin Jardine

Gallery Whispers is a 1999 detective novel by Quintin Jardine. It is the ninth of the Bob Skinner novels.

33746. The Children of Pride

Robert Manson Myers

The Children of Pride is a book written by Robert Manson Myers.

33747. Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

Christopher Bishop

Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning is a book written by Christopher M. Bishop.

33748. Other Bells for Us to Ring

Robert Cormier

Other Bells for Us to Ring is the U.S. author Robert Cormier’s first novel for young readers. Prior to this he published three novels for adults, six novels for teenagers and one volume of short stories for teenagers. The book was published in the United Kingdom in 1991 under …

33751. The Hungry Tiger of Oz

Ruth Plumly Thompson

The Hungry Tiger of Oz is the twentieth in the series of Oz books created by L. Frank Baum and his successors, and the sixth written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. It was Illustrated by John R. Neill.

33752. Riding the Flume

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch

Riding the Flume is a book by Patricia Curtis Pfitsch.

33753. Flush!: The Scoop on Poop Throughout the Ages

Charise Mericle Harper

Flush!: The Scoop on Poop throughout the Ages is a 2007 non-fiction children's book written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper.

33754. The Sword of Cortes

Rob Kidd

The Sword of Cortes is a book published in 2006 that was written by Rob Kidd.

33759. The Grass Widow

Teri Holbrook

The Grass Widow is a book written by Teri Holbrook.

33762. Hopscotch

Brian Garfield

Hopscotch is a 1975 novel by Brian Garfield, in which a CIA field officer walks away from the Agency in order to keep from being retired in place behind a desk, and invites the Agency to pursue him by writing an exposé and mailing chapters of it piecemeal to all the major …

33763. What a Year!

Tomie dePaola

What a Year! is a book published in 2002 that was written by Tomie dePaola.

33764. Union Street

Pat Barker

Union Street is the first novel by English author Pat Barker, published by Virago Press in 1982. It describes the lives of seven working class women living on Union Street and how they respond to the changes brought about by deindustrialisation. It is set in northeastern England …

33773. Space Tug

Murray Leinster

Space Tug is a YA science fiction novel by author Murray Leinster. It was published in 1953 by Shasta Publishers in an edition of 5,000 copies. It is the second novel in the author's Joe Kenmore series. Groff Conklin gave it a mixed review in Galaxy, noting that it held "plenty …

33775. Night fall

Joan Aiken & Others

Night fall is a book by Joan Aiken.

33776. Venus and Adonis

William Shakespeare

Venus and Adonis is a poem by William Shakespeare, written in 1592–1593, with a plot based on passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses. It is a complex, kaleidoscopic work, using constantly shifting tone and perspective to present contrasting views of the nature of love.

33783. The Fifth Elephant

Terry Pratchett

The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. It introduces the clacks, a long-distance semaphore system. The novel was nominated for the Locus Award in 2000.

33784. Timeless

Gail Carriger

Timeless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel by Gail Carriger. Released on February 28, 2012, by Orbit Books, Timeless is the fifth and final book in the New York Times best-selling "The Parasol Protectorate" series, each featuring Alexia Tarabotti, a woman without a soul, …

33787. 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 …

33796. Eragon

Christopher Paolini

Eragon is the first novel in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, who began writing at the age of 15. After writing the first draft for a year, Paolini spent a second year rewriting and fleshing out the story and characters. Paolini's parents saw the final manuscript …

33798. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

David Sedaris

"Sedaris is a remarkably skilled storyteller and savvy essayist....And based, on this latest collection, he's getting only better." ---Los Angeles Times A guy walks into a bar car and...From here the story could take many turns. When the guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities …

33799. Bad Monkey

Carl Hiaasen

Andrew Yancy—late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office—has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the …

33800. Finders Keepers

Stephen King

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s …



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