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.

40603. Careful, He Might Hear You

Sumner Locke Elliott

Careful, He Might Hear You is a Miles Franklin Award winning novel by Australian author Sumner Locke Elliott. It was published in 1963. The 1983 film Careful, He Might Hear You was based on the novel.

40604. Upon Some Midnights Clear

K. C. Constantine

Upon Some Midnights Clear is a crime novel by the American writer K.C. Constantine set in 1980s Rocksburg, a fictional, blue-collar, Rustbelt town in Western Pennsylvania. Mario Balzic is the protagonist, an atypical detective for the genre, a Serbo-Italian American cop, …

40606. The Stain

Rikki Ducornet

The Stain is a 1984 novel of sexuality and religion by Rikki Ducornet, set in France's Loire Valley in the nineteenth century. It was Ducornet's first published novel; she has described it as being "about the Christian idea of sin".

40609. Mao and China

Stanley Karnow

Mao and China is a book written by Stanley Karnow.

40610. Kentucky Ham

William S. Burroughs, Jr.

Kentucky Ham, first published in 1973, was the second novel by William S. Burroughs, Jr., the son of Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs. Like its predecessor, Speed, the book is an autobiographical novel based upon Burroughs' own life. In this case it covers a range of …

40611. The Call of the Wild

Jack London

The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period in which strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in …

40614. The Samarkand Solution

Gary Gygax

The Samarkand Solution is a book written by Gary Gygax.

40615. Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Cyborg

William F. Wu

Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Cyborg is a 1987 novel by William F. Wu. It is part of the series Isaac Asimov's Robot City, which are inspired by Isaac Asimov's Robot series, and his Foundation novels.

40616. Dragonstorm

Graham Edwards

Dragonstorm is a fantasy novel written by Graham Edwards. The novel was first published in 1996 by Voyager Books and HarperPrism. It is the second book in the Ultimate Dragon Saga trilogy. This book introduces the dragon Archan, who returns in a larger role in Edwards' Stone …

40619. Alice James, A Biography

Jean Strouse

Alice James, A Biography is a book by Jean Strouse.

40620. Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, and was first published as a serial 1837–9. The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then apprenticed with an undertaker. He escapes from there and …

40621. Somewhere Around the Corner

Jackie French

Somewhere Around the Corner is a children's novel written by Australian author Jackie French. It was her first historical novel, and chronicles the adventures of a homeless girl from 1994 who goes 'around the corner' to another time - the Great Depression.

40624. The Roots of the Mountains

William Morris

The Roots of the Mountains: Wherein is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale, Their Friends, Their Neighbors, Their Foemen, and Their Fellows in Arms is a fantasy romance by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with an …

40625. 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 …

40626. A Flight of Pigeons

Ruskin Bond

A Flight of Pigeons is a novella by Indian author, Ruskin Bond. The story is set in 1857, and is about Ruth Labadoor and her family who take help of Hindus and Muslims to reach their relatives when the family's patriarch is killed in a church by the Indian rebels. The novella is …

40627. The Ebb-Tide

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and a Quartette is a short novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. It was published the year Stevenson died.

40628. Seaview

Toby Olson

Seaview is a novel by Toby Olson. It received the 1983 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

40631. The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee

Matthew Stadler

The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee is a 1993 American novel by Matthew Stadler. The book is a striking example of postmodern narrative technique, in which different genres and styles of expression are mixed together.

40632. Stranger on the Loose

D. Harlan Wilson

Stranger on the Loose is the second book by American author D. Harlan Wilson. It contains twenty-seven irreal short stories and flash fiction as well as a novella, "Igsnay Bürdd the Animal Trainer." Pieces in this collection originally appeared in magazines and journals such as …

40633. 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.

40638. Amityville: The Final Chapter

John G. Jones

Amityville: The Final Chapter is the third installment of the Amityville book series written by John G. Jones. Most of the book is believed to be fiction unrelated to the actual claims of the Lutz family.

40639. Moon Fate

James Axler

Moon Fate is the sixteenth book in the series of Deathlands. It was written by Laurence James under the house name James Axler.

40652. The Sleeping Sphinx

John Dickson Carr

The Sleeping Sphinx, first published in 1947, is a detective story by John Dickson Carr which features Carr's series detective Gideon Fell. This novel is a mystery of the type known as a whodunnit.

40657. Rivers and mountains

John Ashbery

Rivers and mountains is a collection of poems written by John Ashbery.

40658. Jackers

William H. Keith, Jr.

Jackers is a book published in 1994 that was written by William H. Keith, Jr.

40659. Welcome to Our Hillbrow

Phaswane Mpe

Welcome to Our Hillbrow, is a novel by South African novelist Phaswane Mpe which deals with issues of xenophobia, AIDS, tradition, and inner city status in the Hillbrow neighborhood of postcolonial Johannesburg. It was first published in 2001.

40660. The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales is the final collection of short stories published by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his lifetime, appearing in 1852.

40661. Shopping

Gavin Kramer

Shopping is the debut novel by British author Gavin Kramer published in 1998 by Fourth Estate, it won the David Higham Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and was short-listed for the Whitbread First Novel Award.

40662. Science-Fiction Handbook

L. Sprague de Camp

Science-Fiction Handbook is a guide to writing and marketing science fiction and fantasy by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, "one of the earliest books about modern sf." The original edition by L. Sprague de Camp alone, subtitled The Writing of Imaginative …

40664. The Sting of the Scorpion

Franklin W. Dixon

The Sting of the Scorpion is Volume 58 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by James D. Lawrence in 1979. The first four printings contained a plug for Night Of The Werewolf, but …

40665. Johnny's in the Basement

Louis Sachar

Johnny's in the Basement is a children's novel by the author Louis Sachar, the author of the National Book Award and Newbery Medal winning novel, Holes. This book was published in 1981, by Knopf. It is Sachar's second book. The book's title is a reference to the song …

40666. The Book of Mercy

Kathleen Cambor

The Book of Mercy is the debut novel of the American writer Kathleen Cambor. Narrated in alternate chapters by Edmund Mueller, an 83-year-old retired Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania firefighter, and his daughter, Anne, a 42-year-old psychiatrist and single mother, the novel weaves a …

40667. The Cave

Robert Penn Warren

The Cave is the 1959 novel by Robert Penn Warren.

40668. Honk the Moose

Phil Stong

Honk, the Moose is a children's book by Phil Stong. It tells the story of a moose who takes over a small town which causes an uproar when three young boys try to save the moose and make it through the cold Minnesota winter. The book, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, was first …

40669. The Horsecatcher

Mari Sandoz

The Horsecatcher is a 1957 adolescent novel by author Mari Sandoz. The Horsecatcher was a Newbery Medal Honor Book in 1958. The book is "dedicated to the two great Cheyennes named Elk River, both council chiefs and peace men, one Keeper of the Sacred Arrows of the Cheyenne …

40670. My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Becky Reyher

My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World is a book written by Becky Reyher and illustrated by Ruth Gannett.

40671. The Wave

Margaret Hodges

The Wave is a book written by Margaret Hodges and illustrated by Blair Lent.

40672. The Wonderful Year

Nancy Barnes

Wonderful Year is a children's novel by Nancy Barnes with illustrations by Kate Seredy. Wonderful Year was published in 1946 by publisher Julian Messner. It describes a year in the life of the Martin family, including 11-year-old Ellen, who moved from Kansas to a fruit ranch in …

40673. The Venom Trees of Sunga

L. Sprague de Camp

The Venom Trees of Sunga is a science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp, the twelfth book in the his Viagens Interplanetarias series and the second in its subseries of stories set on the fictional planet Kukulkan. It was first published in paperback by Del Rey Books in …

40674. Memoirs of Many in One

Patrick White

Memoirs of Many in One is a 1986 novel by Patrick White, in which White is taken to be editing the papers of a fictional Alex Gray.

40678. Safari Adventure

Willard Price

Safari Adventure is a 1966 children's book by the Canadian-born American author Willard Price featuring his "Adventure" series characters, Hal and Roger Hunt. The plot concerns the epic problem of poachers, who are killing off the wildlife in Tsavo Game reserve. The game warden, …

40680. The Horizontal Man

Helen Eustis

The Horizontal Man is a book by Helen Eustis.

40681. Ghostworld

Simon R. Green

Ghostworld is a book published in 1993 that was written by Simon R. Green.

40682. Hell's Pavement

Damon Knight

Hell's Pavement is a science fiction novel by Damon Knight. The story postulates a technique for dealing with asocial behavior by giving everyone an "analogue", a mental imprint of an authority figure that intervenes whenever violent or otherwise harmful acts are contemplated. …

40683. A New Universal History of Infamy

Rhys Hughes

A New Universal History of Infamy is the title of a 2004 collection of short fiction by Welsh fantasy writer Rhys Hughes. The book serves as a parody and homage to Jorge Luis Borges' collection A Universal History of Infamy, following the plan of the original closely but not …

40684. Angry Blonde


Angry Blonde is a 2000 non-fiction book by rapper Eminem. The book was first published on November 21, 2000 through HarperEntertainment and features Eminem's commentary of his songs as well as several pictures that had not been previously published at that point in time. A …

40685. Lighthead

Terrance Hayes

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry Watch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, coming in June of 2018 In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot …

40688. Lovecraft's Book

Richard A. Lupoff

Lovecraft's Book is a historical novel by author Richard A. Lupoff. It was released in 1985 by Arkham House in an edition of 3,544 copies. It was the author's first book published by Arkham House.

40689. 32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business is a book by Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

40690. Algorithms in C++ Parts 1-4: Fundamentals, Data …

Robert Sedgewick

Algorithms in C++ Parts 1-4: Fundamentals, Data Structure, Sorting, Searching, is a book written by Robert Sedgewick.

40691. Walking to the Bus Rider Blues

Harriette Gillem Robinet

Walking to the Bus Rider Blues is a book by Harriette Gillem Robinet.

40695. The Final Passage

Caryl Phillips

The Final Passage is Caryl Phillips's debut novel. First published in 1985, it is about the Caribbean diaspora exemplified in the lives of a young family from a small island of the British West Indies who decide to join the 1950s exodus to the mother country. They arrive in …

40698. Mention My Name in Atlantis

John Jakes

Mention My Name in Atlantis, being, at last, the true account of the calamitous destruction of the great island kingdom together with a narrative of its wondrous intercourses with a superior race of other-worldlings, as transcribed from the manuscript of a survivor, Hoptor the …

40701. Coronado's Children

J. Frank Dobie

Coronado's Children was the second book written by J. Frank Dobie, published by The Southwest Press in 1930. It deals with lore of lost mines and lost treasures in the American Southwest, for the most part in Texas. The Spanish explorer Coronado quested for the fabled Seven …

40704. The Kennel Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine

The Kennel Murder Case is a 1933 murder mystery novel, written by S. S. Van Dine, with fictional detective Philo Vance investigating a complex locked room mystery.

40705. The Gracie Allen Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine

The Gracie Allen Murder Case is the eleventh of twelve detective novels by S. S. Van Dine featuring his famous fictional detective of the 1920s and 1930s, Philo Vance. It also features the zany half of the Burns and Allen comedy team. It is in some ways a roman à clef, including …

40706. Saraband of Lost Time

Richard Grant

Saraband of Lost Time is a science fiction novel by Maine author Richard Grant, published by Avon Books in 1985. It is his first of several novels, labeled as science fiction. Saraband placed eighth in the annual Locus Poll for best first novel, and received a special citation …

40707. 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.

40708. 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.

40710. Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold …

Gary Taubes

Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion is book of science history by Gary Taubes about the early years of the cold fusion controversy.

40711. Lament for the Molly Maguires

Arthur H. Lewis

Lament for the Molly Maguires is a book written by Arthur H. Lewis.

40712. Wyrd Sisters

Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters is Terry Pratchett's sixth Discworld novel, published in 1988, and re-introduces Granny Weatherwax of Equal Rites.

40719. Slaine: The Exile

Steven Savile

Slaine: The Exile is a book published in 2006 that was written by Steven Savile.

40722. Mercenary from Tomorrow

Mack Reynolds

Mercenary from Tomorrow is a 1968 science fiction novel written by Mack Reynolds. It is the first in a series about Joe Mauser, a soldier in a rigid, caste-based society that makes it very difficult to better oneself.

40729. The Mahdi

A. J. Quinnell

The Mahdi is a 1981 thriller novel by Philip Nicholson, writing as A. J. Quinnell. The book was published in 1981 by Macmillan in the UK then in January 1982 by William Morrow & Co in the US and deals with political power struggles over a presumed Muslim prophet.

40730. Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future

Martin Caidin

Buck Rogers: A Life in the Future is the title of a science fiction novel by Martin Caidin published in 1995. The novel is a reimagining of Buck Rogers, a pulp fiction character created in the 1920s by Philip Francis Nowlan and later popularized in a long-running comic strip and …

40731. Never Kissed Goodnight

Edie Claire

Never Kissed Goodnight: A Leigh Koslow Mystery is a crime novel by the American writer Edie Claire set in contemporary Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It tells the story of advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow, whose cousin Cara's father abandoned her when she was a baby. Koslow seeks …

40733. Strike Three You're Dead

Richard Rosen

Strike Three You're Dead is a book by R. D. Rosen.

40735. Ancient Fire

Mark London Williams

Ancient Fire is a book published in 2000 that was written by Mark London Williams.

40736. Midget

Tim Bowler

Midget is the first novel by British author Tim Bowler, first published in 1994. It is a psychic and psychological thriller. It is set in Leigh-on-Sea, England.

40737. The Lone Star Ranger

Zane Grey

The Lone Star Ranger is a Western novel published by Zane Grey in 1915. It follows the life of Buck Duane, a man who becomes an outlaw and then redeems himself in the eyes of the law.

40738. Steel Brother

Gordon R. Dickson

Steel Brother is a collection of science fiction stories by Gordon R. Dickson. It was first published by Tor Books in 1985 and reprints most of the stories from Dickson's earlier collection, Dickson!, with one additional story. The stories originally appeared in the magazines …

40739. More Joy in Heaven

Morley Callaghan

More Joy in Heaven is a novel written by Canadian author Morley Callaghan and published in 1937. The central figure, Kip Caley, was inspired by Norman Ryan, a criminal who had committed a number of robberies in Quebec, Ontario and the United States. Callaghan's friend Ernest …

40743. Peter's Pence

Jon Cleary

Peter's Pence is a 1975 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary about an IRA plot to steal treasure from the Vatican with the help of an Irish-American journalist. They wind up kidnapping the Pope instead. The book won Best Novel at the 1975 Edgar Awards.

40744. The bush soldiers

John Hooker

The Bush Soldiers is a 1984 alternate history novel by New Zealand-born author John Hooker, set in Australia in 1943. During the Second World War, the Japanese have successfully conquered and occupied most of the coastal fringe of the country. Five Allied soldiers attempt to …

40748. Spirit of the Wind

Chris Pierson

Spirit of the Wind is a fantasy novel by Chris Pierson, set in the world of Dragonlance, which is based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

40754. Against the Day

Michael Cronin

Against the Day is a book published in 1998 that was written by Michael Cronin.

40758. The Money Harvest

Ross Thomas

The Money Harvest is a book written by Ross Thomas.

40762. The Secret Life of Dilly McBean

Dorothy Haas

The Secret Life of Dilly McBean is a book by Dorothy Haas.

40779. Blues for an Alabama sky

Pearl Cleage

Blues for an Alabama sky is a GLAAD Media Awards nominated play by Pearl Cleage.

40782. Democracy and Islam in the New Constitution of …

Khaled Abou El Fadl

Reports on a conference held to identify ways in which the new constitution of Afghanistan could help put the country on the path to a strong, stable democracy characterized by good governance and rule of law. The participants identified practical ideas for those involved in …

40785. The well of life

Nawal El Saadawi

The well of life is a book written by Nawal El Saadawi.

40793. The Bloodwater Mysteries

Pete Hautman

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

40799. Us

David Nicholls

From David Nicholls, author of the mega-bestselling fiction sensation One Day, comes a highly anticipated new novel that follows one man’s efforts to salvage his marriage—and repair his troubled relationship with his teenaged son—during the course of a trip around EuropeRenowned …

40800. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

William Finnegan

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**“Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of …

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