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.

39606. The young Hemingway

Michael Reynolds

The young Hemingway is a book written by Michael Reynolds.

39607. The Fair Maid of Perth

Walter Scott

The Fair Maid of Perth is a novel by Sir Walter Scott. Inspired by the strange story of the Battle of the North Inch, it is set in Perth and other parts of Scotland around 1400. The book had been intended to include two other stories in the same volume, "My Aunt Margaret's …

39614. A Scanner Darkly

Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly is a BSFA Award-winning 1977 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The semi-autobiographical story is set in a dystopian Orange County, California, in the then-future of June 1994, and includes an extensive portrayal of drug culture and drug …

39624. Modesty Blaise

Peter O'Donnell

Modesty Blaise is an action-adventure/spy fiction novel by Peter O'Donnell first published in 1965, featuring the character Modesty Blaise which O'Donnell had created for a comic strip in 1963.

39626. Conan and the Emerald Lotus

John C. Hocking

Conan and the Emerald Lotus is a fantasy novel written by John C. Hocking featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in trade paperback by Tor Books in November 1995; a regular paperback edition followed from the same …

39631. Rex Stout

John J. McAleer

Rex Stout is a book written by John J. McAleer.

39636. The Rationalists

John Cottingham

The Rationalists is a 1988 book by John Cottingham. It offers an overview of the most important exponents of rationalism, namely Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz. Other thinkers, such as Malebranche, are dealt with, too.

39640. The Trouble with Principle

Stanley Fish

The Trouble with Principle is a book by Stanley Fish.

39647. One Wide River to Cross

Barbara Emberley

One Wide River to Cross is a book written by Barbara Emberley and illustrated by Ed Emberley.

39648. Lion

William Pène du Bois

Lion is a book by William Pène du Bois.

39652. A Tenured Professor

John Kenneth Galbraith

A Tenured Professor is a satirical novel by Canadian/American economist and Professor Emeritus at Harvard, John Kenneth Galbraith, about a liberal university teacher who sets out to change American society by making money and then using it for the public good. Set at Harvard …

39658. The Confusions of Pleasure

Timothy Brook

The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China is an influential and frequently cited book which explores the economic and cultural history and the "influence of economic change on social and cultural life" in China during the Ming dynasty. The book is written by …

39659. The Man in the Moon

James Blaylock

The Man in the Moon was James Blaylock’s first completed novel, however it remained unpublished for decades. It was meant to be the first of fantasy series about a world peopled by elves, dwarves, goblins, and normal people, as well as a smattering of wizards, witches, and other …

39667. Reading Myself and Others

Philip Roth

Reading Myself and Others is an anthology of essays, interviews and criticism by the author Philip Roth. The first half of the book is built mainly upon Roth's assessment of his own published works at the time of the anthology's publication. The second half of the volume …

39676. Theaitet


39680. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best …

39686. The Saint in the Sun

Leslie Charteris

The Saint in the Sun is a collection of short stories by Leslie Charteris, featuring the Robin Hood-inspired crimefighter, Simon Templar, whom Charteris introduced in 1928. The book was first published in 1963 by The Crime Club in the United States and by Hodder and Stoughton in …

39690. Uncollected Stars

Piers Anthony

Uncollected Stars is an anthology of 16 science fiction themed short stories collected from other publications. It was published in 1986.

39694. Medallions

Zofia Nalkowska

Medallions is a book consisting of eight short stories by the Polish author Zofia Nałkowska. The book was originally published in 1946, soon after the end of the World War II. In it, Nałkowska calmly related selected stories of Nazi atrocities in Poland and the fates of their …

39696. The Last Day of Summer

Jock Sturges

The Last Day of Summer is a 1991 photography book by Jock Sturges. The book is Sturges' first and consists of 60 black-and-white images of both children and adults, many of which show nudity. Many photos were taken at nude beaches in France, including the image on the front …

39698. Uncle Target

Gavin Lyall

Uncle Target is a third person narrative novel by English author Gavin Lyall, first published in 1988, and the fourth and last in his series of novels with the character “Harry Maxim” as the main protagonist.

39704. Grammar of the Mexican language: with an explanation …

Horacio Carochi

The Arte de la lengua mexicana con la declaración de los adverbios della is a grammar of the Nahuatl language in Spanish by Jesuit grammarian Horacio Carochi. This classic work on the Classical Nahuatl language is now considered by linguists to be the finest and most useful of …

39769. The Autumn of the Patriarch

Gabriel García Márquez

The Autumn of the Patriarch is a novel written by Gabriel García Márquez in 1975. A "poem on the solitude of power" according to the author, the novel is a flowing tract on the life of an eternal dictator. The book is divided into six sections, each retelling the same story of …

39787. Scattered crumbs

Muhsin al-Ramli

Scattered Crumbs: is a novel written by the Iraqi author Muhsin al-Ramli. Al-Ramli's first novel, Scattered Crumbs, was published in Arabic in 2000, and its 2003 English translation received the Arabic Translation Award from the University of Arkansas Press. Set in an Iraqi …

39794. Hippias Minor


Hippias Minor, or On Lying, is thought to be one of Plato's early works. Socrates matches wits with an arrogant polymath who is also a smug literary critic. Hippias believes that Homer can be taken at face value, and that Achilles may be believed when he says he hates liars, …

39798. The Gods of Gotham

Lyndsay Fay

The Gods of Gotham is a 2012 novel by Lyndsay Fay.

39800. Narcopolis

Jeet Thayil

Narcopolis is the debut novel of Indian author Jeet Thayil, previously known for his poetry. It is a novel about opium and its effect, set in 1970s Old Bombay. The book sets out with the narrator arriving in Bombay, where he gets sucked into the opium underground. Gradually, …

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