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.

36601. The Mountain Is Young

Han Suyin

The Mountain Is Young is the fourth novel by Chinese-Flemish author Han Suyin. A love story set in Nepal, it was first published by Jonathan Cape, Ltd. London in 1958. It became a New York Times bestseller in Fiction that same year. It was republished by Penguin Books in 1962, …

36602. Don't Be Such a Scientist

Randy Olson

"You think too much! You mother [email protected]$#%&* think too much! You're nothing but an arrogant, pointy-headed intellectual — I want you out of my classroom and off the premises in five minutes or I'm calling the police and having you arrested for trespassing." — Hollywood acting …

36603. Heliopolis

Ernst Jünger

Heliopolis is an utopistic or dystopian novel by Ernst Jünger published in 1949. In the fictional city of Heliopolis the henchmen of a Proconsul and a Landvogt fight each other. Commander Lucius de Geer belongs to the staff of the Proconsul, but he stands more and more aloof …

36606. Death from a Top Hat

Clayton Rawson

Death from a Top Hat is a locked-room mystery novel written by Clayton Rawson. It is the first of four mysteries featuring The Great Merlini, a stage magician and Rawson's favorite protagonist. In a poll of 17 detective story writers and reviewers, this novel was voted as the …

36609. The Wild Irish Girl

Lady Morgan

The Wild Irish Girl; a National Tale is an epistolary novel written by Irish novelist Sydney Owenson in 1806.

36613. London Blues

Anthony Frewin

London Blues is a novel by Anthony Frewin first published in 1997 about Soho in the late 1950s and early 1960s and in particular about the early days of pornographic movie production in Britain. London Blues is a mystery novel in that it describes not just the dangerous life but …

36617. The museum of clear ideas

Donald Hall

The museum of clear ideas is a book by Donald Hall.

36618. The Sexual Brain

Simon LeVay

The Sexual Brain is a 1993 book by Simon LeVay, about brain mechanisms involved in sexual behavior and feelings.

36621. Vapor

Amanda Filipacchi

Vapor is the second novel by American writer Amanda Filipacchi. It was translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Polish. The novel was praised for an energetic originality showcasing a “prodigious postfeminist talent.”

36622. The Brighter Buccaneer

Leslie Charteris

The Brighter Buccaneer is a collection of short stories by Leslie Charteris, first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder and Stoughton in June 1933. This was the eleventh book to feature the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". It was the first volume to make use …

36623. Heroes of Battle

David Noonan

Heroes of Battle is a hardcover supplement to the 3.5 edition of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game.

36625. 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 …

36626. In Our Time

Tom Wolfe

In Our Time is a book of essays and illustrations written and drawn by Tom Wolfe, published in 1980.

36627. Churchill: The End of Glory

John Charmley

Churchill: The End of Glory is a biography of Winston Churchill by notable Churchill scholar John Charmley.

36628. Coolie

Mulk Raj Anand

Coolie is a novel by Mulk Raj Anand first published in 1936. The novel reinforced Anand's position as one of India's leading English authors. The book is highly critical of British rule in India and India's caste system. The plot revolves around a 14-year-old boy, Munoo, and his …

36629. A Moment in Time

H. E. Bates

A Moment in Time is a 1964 novel written by English author H. E. Bates. He based the setting for most of the story on Shopswyke House, a Georgion mansion in Tangmere, West Sussex to which Bates himself was assigned.

36630. Nightmare Movies

Kim Newman

Nightmare Movies is a non-fiction book about horror films by British critic and novelist Kim Newman. It was first published in 1985 and had later editions published in 1988, 1989, and 2011. The initial printing was 160 pages, but it has been expanded to 633 pages.

36631. Not in Front of the Children: "Indecency," …

Marjorie Heins

Not in Front of the Children: "Indecency," Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth is a non-fiction book by attorney and civil libertarian Marjorie Heins about freedom of speech and the relationship between censorship and the "think of the children" argument. The book presents a …

36649. Scarlet Dream

C. L. Moore

Scarlet Dream is a collection of science fiction short stories by C. L. Moore. It was first published in 1981 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,820 copies, of which 220 were bound in buckram, boxed, and signed by the author and artist. The stories feature …

36651. The Demoniacs

John Dickson Carr

The Demoniacs, first published in 1962, is a detective story/historical novel by John Dickson Carr set in the London of 1757. This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit as well as being a historical novel.

36656. The Left Leg

Phoebe Atwood Taylor

The Left Leg is a novel that was published in 1940 by Phoebe Atwood Taylor writing as Alice Tilton. It is the fourth of the eight Leonidas Witherall mysteries.

36660. Hating America: The New World Sport

John Gibson

Hating America: The New World Sport is a 2004 book by John Gibson, a Fox News pundit. The book discusses world reaction to the foreign policy of the United States after the September 11 Terrorist Attacks. The book received mixed reviews, typically down partisan and ideological …

36665. Impressions of Theophrastus Such

George Eliot

Impressions of Theophrastus Such is a work of fiction by George Eliot, first published in 1879. It was Eliot's last published writing and her most experimental, taking the form of a series of literary essays by an imaginary minor scholar whose eccentric character is revealed …

36666. The Mango Tree

Ronald McKie

The Mango Tree is a novel by Australian author Ronald McKie. In 1974, it won the Miles Franklin Award.

36668. Granny Was a Buffer Girl

Berlie Doherty

Granny Was a Buffer Girl is a realistic young-adult novel by Berlie Doherty, published by Methuen in 1986. It recounts stories of love, loyalty and change in several generations of a Sheffield family from the 1930s to the 1980s, linking them to the changing fortunes of that …

36669. Animals of the Bible

Helen Dean Fish

Animals of the Bible is a book illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop with text compiled by Helen Dean Fish. Released by J. B. Lippincott Company, it was the first recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1938.

36670. The river beyond the world

Janet Peery

The river beyond the world is a book written by Janet Peery.

36671. The Star Dwellers

James Blish

The Star Dwellers is a book publishedin 1961 that was written by James Blish.

36672. Empire of Two Worlds

Barrington J. Bayley

Empire of Two Worlds is the third science fiction novel by Barrington J. Bayley. The main characters are "tankless" inhabitants of a dim and dry colony world who attempt to find a lost gateway back to Earth.

36677. Underwater Adventure

Willard Price

Underwater Adventure is a 1954 children's book by the Canadian-born American author Willard Price featuring his "Adventure" series characters, Hal and Roger Hunt. The book is about how they go diving and snorkelling for the Oceanographic institute, with a braggish and …

36682. Night of the Werewolf

Franklin W. Dixon

Night of the Werewolf is the 59th title of the Hardy Boys series, written by Franklin W. Dixon. Grosset & Dunlap published it in 2005.

36686. A vision of Britain

Prince Charles

A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture is a 1989 book written by Charles, Prince of Wales.

36687. Pundits from Pakistan

Rahul Bhattacharya

Pundits from Pakistan is a book on cricket by Indian writer Rahul Bhattacharya. It covers the Indian cricket team’s tour of Pakistan in the year 2004. While the book is largely about cricket, it also tells of how the tour had an impact that went far beyond sub-continental …

36688. Autumn Street

Lois Lowry

Autumn Street is a 1980 novel by two-time Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry.

36690. Time will tell

Robin Jones Gunn

Time will tell is a book published in 1998 that was written by Robin Jones Gunn.

36702. Bodyguard of Lies

Anthony Cave Brown

Bodyguard of Lies is a 1975 non-fiction book written by Anthony Cave Brown, his first major historical work. Named for a wartime quote of Winston Churchill, it is a narrative account of Allied military deception operations during the Second World War. The British and American …

36703. Counting the Eons

Isaac Asimov

Counting the Eons is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov. It was the sixteenth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, these being first published between August 1980 and December 1981. It …

36717. The Story of the Glittering Plain

William Morris

The Story of the Glittering Plain is an 1891 fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. It is also important for its …

36718. The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto

Stephen Graham Jones

The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto is a murder mystery by Stephen Graham Jones. It was published in 2005 by Fiction Collective 2. The Bird is Gone: A Manifest is Jones' third novel.

36720. Ravensoul

James Barclay

Ravensoul is a book published in 2008 that was written by James Barclay.

36725. Eye for Eye

Orson Scott Card

Eye for Eye is a science fiction novella by Orson Scott Card. It first appeared in the March 1987 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. In 1990 it appeared in Card’s short story collection Maps in a Mirror and also as a Tor double novel, with The Tunesmith by Lloyd Biggle, …

36732. The days of the commune

Bertolt Brecht

The Days of the Commune is a play by the twentieth-century German dramatist Bertolt Brecht. It dramatises the rise and fall of the Paris Commune in 1871. The play is an adaptation of the 1937 play The Defeat by the Norwegian poet and dramatist Nordahl Grieg. Brecht's …

36734. My Brother, My Executioner

F. Sionil José

My Brother, My Executioner is a novel by Filipino author Francisco Sionil José written in Philippine English. A part of the so-called Rosales Saga - a series of five interconnected fiction novels - My Brother, My Executioner ranks third in terms of chronology. In the United …

36744. God's architect

Rosemary Hill

God's architect is the book written by Rosemary Hill.

36749. Science, Order, and Creativity

David Bohm

Science, Order, and Creativity is a book by theoretical physicist David Bohm and physicist and writer F. David Peat. It was originally published 1987 by Bantam Books, USA, then 1989 in Great Britain by Routledge. The second edition, published in 2000 after Bohm`s death, …

36752. The Bloody Sun

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Bloody Sun is a science fiction novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley in her Darkover series. It was first published by Ace Books in 1964. The novel was substantially rewritten, expanded, and republished under the same title in 1979; Bradley's short story "To Keep the Oath" was …

36756. The Dalek Factor

Simon Clark

The Dalek Factor is an original novella written by Simon Clark and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features a Doctor whose incarnation is unspecified. It was released both as a standard edition hardback and a deluxe edition …

36757. The Last Burden

Upamanyu Chatterjee

The Last Burden is a novel by Upamanyu Chatterjee that portrays life in an Indian middle-class family. In this novel, he travels the lives of different people constituting a joint family, expertly portraying their emotions, needs and desires. This is a portrayal of the …

36759. The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a …

John Steele Gordon

The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power: 1653–2000 is a non-fiction book on business history by John Steele Gordon. The book was initially published on November 16, 1999 by Scribner.

36766. The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace

Leslie Charteris

The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace is the title of a 1976 mystery novel featuring the character of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". The novel is written by Christopher Short, but per the custom at this time, the author credit on the cover goes to Leslie Charteris, who created …

36769. Locker 13

R. L. Stine

Locker 13 is a book published in 2000 that was written by R. L. Stine.

36771. Lemon in the Basket

Charlotte Armstrong

Lemon in the Basket is a book written by Charlotte Armstrong.

36774. The Isis Pedlar

Monica Hughes

The Isis Pedlar is a young adult science fiction novel by Monica Hughes, the third in the Isis series, following The Guardian of Isis. It was first published in 1982. The book takes place in the distant future on the fictional world of Isis. Nine years have passed since the …

36776. The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir

Daisy Bates

The Long Shadow of Little Rock: A Memoir is a book written by Daisy Bates.

36779. Finders, Keepers: Eight Collectors

Rosamond Purcell

Finders, Keepers: Eight Collectors is a book by Stephen Jay Gould and Rosamond Purcell.

36782. The Bloodwater Mysteries

Pete Hautman

The Bloodwater Mysteries is a book by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue.

36783. The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism

Max Weber

The Religion of China: Confucianism and Taoism is a book written by Max Weber, a German economist and sociologist. It was first published in German under the title Konfuzianismus und Taoismus in 1915 and an adapted version appeared in 1920. An English translation was made in …

36786. The 7 habits of highly effective teens

Sean Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a 1998 bestselling self-help book written by Sean Covey, the son of Stephen Covey. The book was published on October 9, 1998 through Touchstone Books and is largely based on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In 1999 Covey …

36788. A Town Like Alice

Nevil Shute

A Town Like Alice is an economic development and romance novel by Nevil Shute, published in 1950 when Shute had newly settled in Australia. Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman, becomes romantically interested in a fellow prisoner of World War II in Malaya, and after liberation …

36798. Frankenstein


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the English author Mary Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was …

36800. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert Caro


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