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.

41601. Appointment with Venus

Jerrard Tickell

Appointment with Venus is a novel by Jerrard Tickell published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1951, leading to a British film adaptation the same year and a Danish film adaptation in 1962. The story is based on a real incident of the evacuation of Alderney cattle from the Channel …

41603. Megaprojects and Risk

Bent Flyvbjerg

Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition is a 2003 book by Bent Flyvbjerg, Nils Bruzelius, and Werner Rothengatter, published by Cambridge University Press. According to chief economist and director of transportation policy at Infrastructure Management Group, Inc., Porter …

41605. Bracebridge Hall

Washington Irving

Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley was written by Washington Irving in 1821, while he lived in England, and published in 1822. This episodic novel was originally published under his pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon.

41606. The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country …

41608. Asking Questions

H. R. F. Keating

It is the twentieth novel in the Inspector Ghote series and the twenty-second book, due to the publication of two short story collections.

41609. The Sun Chemist

Lionel Davidson

The Sun Chemist is a thriller by Lionel Davidson.

41610. The Art of Chesley Bonestell

Ron Miller

The Art of Chesley Bonestell is a book by Ron Miller, Melvin H. Schuetz and Frederick C. Durant, III.

41612. The Arms Bazaar: From Lebanon to Lockheed

Anthony Sampson

The Arms Bazaar: From Lebanon to Lockheed is an investigation and anatomical study of the international arms trade by Anthony Sampson.

41613. The Lord God Bird

Russell Hill

The Lord God Bird is a book written by Russell Hill.

41614. (Not That You Asked) Rants, Exploits and Obsessions

Steve Almond

(Not That You Asked) Rants, Exploits and Obsessions is a collection of essays by the New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond. The collection's entries divulge the author's thoughts on such topics as his sexual failures, fatherhood, and Kurt Vonnegut. The book was …

41616. The Plain Dealer

William Wycherley

The Plain Dealer is a Restoration comedy by William Wycherley, first performed on 11 December 1676. The play is based on Molière's Le Misanthrope, and is generally considered Wycherley's finest work along with The Country Wife. The play was highly praised by John Dryden and John …

41620. Dragon Dance

John Christopher

Dragon Dance is a young adult alternative history novel by John Christopher. The last novel of the Fireball Trilogy, it was first published in 1986.

41621. Across the Far Mountain

Niel Hancock

Across the Far Mountain is a book published in 1982 that was written by Niel Hancock.

41624. Duende

Tracy K. Smith

Duende: Poems is a book written by Tracy K. Smith.

41625. The crack in everything

Alicia Suskin Ostriker

The crack in everything is the book written by Alicia Ostriker.

41629. Babylon South

Jon Cleary

Babylon South is a 1989 novel from Australian author Jon Cleary. It was the sixth book featuring Sydney homicide detective Scobie Malone, and deals with Malone coming across an old case of his - the 1966 disappearance of the head of ASIO. He also has to investigate another …

41634. Alice Rose & Sam

Kathryn Lasky

Alice Rose & Sam is a book by Kathryn Lasky.

41637. Bribery, Corruption Also

H. R. F. Keating

Bribery, Corruption Also is a crime novel by H. R. F. Keating. It is the twenty-third novel in the Inspector Ghote series.

41639. Socratic Puzzles

Robert Nozick

Socratic Puzzles is a 1997 collection of essays by libertarian philosopher Robert Nozick.

41640. A Separate Creation

Chandler Burr

A Separate Creation: The Search for the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation is a 1996 book about the development of sexual orientation by journalist Chandler Burr.

41641. The Cocaine Wars

Paul Eddy

The Cocaine Wars is a book written by Paul Eddy, Hugo Sabogal and Sara Walden.

41643. The Green Round

Arthur Machen

The Green Round is a horror novel by Welsh author Arthur Machen. It was originally published by Ernest Benn Limited in 1933. The first U.S. edition was published by Arkham House in 1968 in an edition of 2,058 copies. It was the only book by Machen to be published by Arkham …

41644. Combat in the erogenous zone

Ingrid Bengis

Combat in the erogenous zone is a book written by Ingrid Bengis.

41645. A kindness cup

Thea Astley

A Kindness Cup is a novel by Australian author Thea Astley. It won the 1975 The Age Book of the Year Award.

41646. Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle

Henri Blocher

Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle is a short theological monograph based on Lectures given by Henri Blocher in 1995 at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. It articulates the major contours of the Christian doctrine of original sin. D. A. Carson, a theologian from …

41647. An American ABC

Maud Petersham

An American ABC is a book by Maud and Miska Petersham.

41648. Big Tree

Mary Buff

Big Tree is a children's novel written and illustrated by Mary and Conrad Buff. In the book a personified 5,000-year-old giant sequoia tells its life story. The novel was first published in 1946 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1947.

41649. Farragan's retreat

Tom McHale

Farragan's retreat is the 1971 book written by Tom McHale.

41650. The Mighty Hunter

Berta Hader

The Mighty Hunter is a book by Berta Hader and Elmer Hader.

41651. T-Bone: The Baby Sitter

Clare Turlay Newberry

T-Bone: The Baby Sitter is a book by Clare Newberry.

41652. The Zanzibar Cat

Joanna Russ

The Zanzibar Cat is a feminist science fiction collection of short stories by Joanna Russ, first published in 1983 by Arkham House. It was the author's first collection of short fiction and was published in an edition of 3,526 copies. The story, "When It Changed", won a Nebula …

41653. An Album of Fluid Motion

Milton Van Dyke

The book An Album of Fluid Motion is a collection of black-and-white photographs of flow visualizations for different types of fluid flows. These flows include: Creeping flow Laminar flow Flow separation Vortices Fluid instability Fluid turbulence Free-surface flow Natural …

41657. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written …

41659. Dateline: Toronto

Ernest Hemingway

Dateline: Toronto is a collection of most of the stories that Ernest Hemingway wrote as a stringer and later staff writer and foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star between 1920 and 1924. The stories were written while Hemingway was in his early 20s before he became …

41660. Witch House

Evangeline Walton

Witch House is a novel by author Evangeline Walton. It was published in 1945 by Arkham House in an edition of 3,000 copies. It was the first full-length novel to be published by Arkham House and was listed as the initial book in the Library of Arkham House Novels of Fantasy and …

41663. Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet

James Atlas

Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet is a book by James Atlas.

41664. Simply Scheme: Introducing Computer Science

Brian Harvey

Simply Scheme: Introducing Computer Science is a book written by Brian Harvey and Matthew Wright.

41665. The Flight to Lucifer

Harold Bloom

The Flight to Lucifer is a 1979 book by the American literary critic Harold Bloom. His only novel, it was composed as a sequel to the David Lindsay 1920 novel A Voyage to Arcturus, which supplied the concept of a voyage through space to a distant planet created by a demiurge, …

41667. The Intriguers

Donald Hamilton

The Intriguers, first published in 1972, was the fourteenth novel in the Matt Helm spy series by Donald Hamilton.

41668. The Threateners

Donald Hamilton

The Threateners is the title of a spy novel by Donald Hamilton first published in 1992. It was the twenty-sixth installment of the Matt Helm series, and saw the return of the character after a three-year hiatus.

41669. The Persistence of Memory

Tony Eprile

The Persistence of Memory is a novel by Tony Eprile. It was published in 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. The story portrays 1960s and 1970s South Africa through the experiences of Paul Sweetbread, a young Jewish South African with a photographic memory. The novel follows …

41672. Counterrevolution and Revolt

Herbert Marcuse

Counterrevolution and Revolt is a 1972 book by philosopher Herbert Marcuse.

41674. A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

John Jacob Astor IV

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future is a science fiction novel by John Jacob Astor IV, published in 1894.

41675. The Steel Throne

Edward Bolme

The Steel Throne is a book published in 2002 that was written by Edward Bolme.

41677. The story Bible

Pearl S. Buck

The Story Bible is a book by Pearl S. Buck summarizing the whole Bible in two separate volumes: Vol. 1, The Old Testament, and Vol. 2, The New Testament, while particularly emphasizing literal elements and fables. It is described as a paraphrase. The Story Bible The Story Bible …

41678. Company K

William March

Company K is a 1933 novel by William March, first serialised in parts in the New York magazine The Forum from 1930 to 1932, and published in its entirety by Smith and Haas on 19 January 1933, in New York. The book's title was taken from the Marine company that March served in …

41680. The Big Bang

Joseph Silk

The Big Bang is a book written by Joe Silk.

41682. X Stands for Unknown

Isaac Asimov

'X' Stands for Unknown is a collection of seventeen nonfiction science essays written by Isaac Asimov. It was the seventeenth of a series of books collecting essays from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, these being first published between January 1982 and May 1983. …

41684. The Transsexual Empire

Janice Raymond

The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male is a 1979 book by the American radical feminist author and activist Janice Raymond.

41685. Mutants

Gordon R. Dickson

Mutants is a collection of science fiction stories by Gordon R. Dickson. It was first published by Macmillan in 1970. The stories originally appeared in the magazines Astounding, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Galaxy Science Fiction and Fantasy and Science Fiction.

41686. City at the Edge of Time

Janet Morris

City at the Edge of Time is a novel in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe written by Janet and Chris Morris and Book Five in The Sacred Band series of books. In City at the Edge of Time, Stealth, called Nikodemos, separated from the Sacred Band, falls from the sky into the …

41687. Apocalypse Memories

Laura J. Burns

Apocalypse Memories is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

41689. Deathscape

Peter David

Deathscape is a book published in 1991 that was written by Peter David.

41692. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult

E. E. Knight

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult is a book published in 2004 that was written by E. E. Knight.

41695. Aller retour New York

Henry Miller

Aller Retour New York is a novel by American writer Henry Miller, published in 1935 by Obelisk Press in Paris, France. Published after his breakthrough book Tropic of Cancer, Aller Retour New York takes the form of a long letter from Miller to his friend Alfred Perlès in Paris. …

41696. Newtons Sleep

Daniel O'Mahony

Newtons Sleep is an original novel by Daniel O'Mahony set in the Faction Paradox universe. It is the only Faction Paradox novel to be published by Random Static. Although taking place in a shared universe, it is a stand-alone work that does not require any prior knowledge of …

41697. The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of …

John Duignan

The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology is a non-fiction book about the organization and practices of the Church of Scientology, written by former Scientologist John Duignan with Nicola Tallant. The book was published in Ireland on October …

41698. A New Barker in the House

Tomie dePaola

A New Barker in the House is a book published in 2002 that was written by Tomie dePaola.

41705. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn

Eric Wright

The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn is a book written by Eric Wright.

41706. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

Dorothy L. Sayers

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club is a 1928 mystery novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, her fourth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.

41707. Hazed

Franklin W. Dixon

Hazed is the 14th book in The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers series. It was first published in February 2007 by Aladdin Paperbacks an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

41708. The Hydrofoil Mystery

Eric Walters

The Hydrofoil Mystery was written in 2003 by Canadian author Eric Walters. It is about a teenage boy named Billy McCracken whose mother arranges for him to go away for the summer to work with none other than the well-known inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. Billy …

41709. The Monster Bed

Jeanne Willis

The Monster Bed is a children's book by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Susan Varley that revolves around the twist on the common "monsters under the bed" story that frighten children. The book is a young reader, normally aimed for 4 years or older. The main character, the …

41710. Venus with Pistol

Gavin Lyall

Venus With Pistol is a first person narrative novel by English author Gavin Lyall, first published in 1969.

41711. Jasper Johns

Michael Crichton

Jasper Johns is a non-fiction coffee table book written by Michael Crichton about the artist Jasper Johns. It was originally published in 1977 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a second revised edition was published in 1994. The …

41713. Sanditon

Jane Austen

Sanditon is an unfinished novel by the English writer Jane Austen.

41715. Blue Blood and Mutiny

Patricia Beard

Blue Blood and Mutiny: The Fight for the Soul of Morgan Stanley is a non-fiction book by American journalist and historian Patricia Beard. The book was initially published by William Morrow on September 18, 2007.

41716. Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook

David M. Carroll

Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook is a book written by David M. Carroll.

41717. Armada of Antares

Kenneth Bulmer

Armada of Antares is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers, and is volume eleven in his extensive Dray Prescot series of sword and planet novels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antares star system in the …

41722. Watching my language

William Safire

"You needn't have pondered the difference between formalists and notionalists or stayed awake wondering why English speakers often substitute a periphrastic modal phrase for the simple subjunctive to appreciate Safire's latest collection of "On Language" columns from the New …

41723. Munich: The Price of Peace

Telford Taylor

Munich: The Price of Peace is a book written by Telford Taylor.

41727. The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life

Ray Kurzweil

The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life is a health book written by computer scientist Raymond Kurzweil in which he explains to readers "How to Reduce Fat in Your Diet and Eliminate Virtually All Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer". Some of his recommendations have been updated and …

41732. Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social & …

Hermann Scheer

Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social & Technological Case for Renewable Energy is a 2006 book written by Hermann Scheer. It was first published on December 1, 2006 through Routledge and discusses the topic of renewable energy.

41733. Home Again, Home Again

Susan Rogers Cooper

Home Again, Home Again is a book written by Susan Rogers Cooper.

41734. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892, though the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June …

41735. Evil Ascending

Michael A. Stackpole

Evil Ascending is a book published in 1991 that was written by Michael A. Stackpole.

41737. Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories

Joe R. Lansdale

Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories, is a collection of short stories by Joe R. Lansdale, first published in 2004 in a limited edition by Subterranean Press. It was reissued in paperback in 2006 by Golden Gryphon Press. Both Subterranean Press editions have long sold out. It …

41738. Conan the Valiant

Roland J. Green

Conan the Valiant is a fantasy novel written by Roland Green featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in trade paperback by Tor Books in October 1988; a regular paperback edition followed from the same publisher in August …

41740. Shaman of Oberstdorf: Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the …

Wolfgang Behringer

Shaman of Oberstdorf: Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the Phantoms of the Night is a study of the arrest and trial of Chonrad Stoecklin, a German herdsman from the town of Oberstdorf who was accused and executed for the crime of witchcraft after experiencing a series of visions. Written …

41742. Actress in the house

Joseph McElroy

Actress in the House is Joseph McElroy's eighth novel. Lawyer Bill Daley follows up an unusual phone call from stage actress Becca Lang by attending her show. Daley is appalled when Becca is slugged rather brutally in what was clearly supposed to have been a stage slap. He stays …

41745. The key word and other mysteries

Isaac Asimov

The Key Word and Other Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov, featuring his boy detective Larry. The book was illustrated by Rod Burke. It was first published in hardcover by Walker & Company in 1977, and in paperback by Avon …

41746. Silent Words

Joan M. Drury

Silent Words is a book written by Joan M. Drury.

41747. Tales of a Traveller

Washington Irving

Tales of a Traveller, by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. is a collection of essays and short stories composed by Washington Irving while he was living in Europe, primarily in Germany and Paris. The collection was published using Irving's pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon.

41748. Impressions

Doranna Durgin

Impressions is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel. Tagline: "Evil always leaves an impact."

41749. The Atmospheric Railway

Shena Mackay

The Atmospheric Railway: New and Selected Stories, is a 2008 short story collection by British author Shena Mackay comprising thirteen new stories, and twenty-three selected from earlier collections.

41750. Cross of Blood

K. W. Jeter

Cross of Blood is a book published in 1995 that was written by K.W. Jeter.

41751. Fearless

Doranna Durgin

Fearless is a novel based on the U.S. television series Angel. Tagline: "Even heroes can know human weakness"

41754. The Empire Strikes Back

Donald F. Glut

The Empire Strikes Back is a science fiction novel written by Donald F. Glut and first published on April 12, 1980 by Del Rey. It is based on the script of the film of the same name. Glut's novelisation was originally released in two forms; a standard edition and a special Young …

41757. Red Cap

G. Clifton Wisler

'Red Cap' is a historical fiction book, first published by G. Clifton Wisler in 1991 by Lodestar Books. It was published again in 1994 by Puffin Books. The book takes placed during the American Civil War in 1862. Ransom J. Powell, a boy who lives in Frostburg, Maryland, decides …

41758. Trimalchio's Feast and Other Mini-mysteries

Caroline Lawrence

Trimalchio's Feast and other mini-mysteries is a collection of stories by Caroline Lawrence, published in 2007 as part of the Roman Mysteries series. The stories are set in Ostia and Rome between AD 79 and AD 81, in the intervals of time between the novels. In addition to the …

41761. A Mouthful of Air

Amy Koppelman

Through sparse, elegant prose,Amy Koppelman'sbrutally honest portrayal of family and self shows the reader that real problems are indiscriminate of money or birthright.A Mouthful of Airbrings to light the complexity and fragility of the human psyche.A Mouthful of Airbegins a few …

41762. The Life I Lead

Keith Banner

The Life I Lead is the debut novel of Keith Banner. It tells the story of David Brewer, married to Tara and with an infant daughter Brittany. Dave is a pedophile and has become attracted to a number of young boys over the years and molested them. He has never been caught. He …

41763. The Night of the Dance

James Hime

The Night of the Dance is a book written by James Hime.

41764. Lincoln at home

David Herbert Donald

Lincoln at Home is a book written by David Herbert Donald.

41766. War of the Worlds: New Millennium

Douglas Niles

War of the Worlds: New Millennium is a science fiction novel by Douglas Niles, released in 2005 by Tor Books. After the most recent unmanned mission to Mars inexplicably fails, interest in the Red Planet is still high. The whole world watches as a bright spot of light appears …

41768. 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 …

41771. The Art of Computer Game Design

Chris Crawford

The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford is the first book devoted to the theory of computer and video games. It was originally published in Berkeley, California by McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media in 1984. The original edition is now out-of-print but from 1997 became …

41776. April Twilights

Willa Cather

April Twilights is a 1903 collection of poems by Willa Cather. It was reedited by Cather in 1923 and 1933. The poems were first published in many literary reviews, often under pen names.

41779. No place like home

Gary Younge

No place like home is a book written by Gary Younge.

41785. Life in the Crystal Palace

Alan Harrington

Life in the Crystal Palace is a book written by Alan Harrington.

41786. I Have This Nifty Idea...Now What Do I Do with It?

Mike Resnick

I Have This Nifty Idea...Now What Do I Do with It? is a book written by Mike Resnick.

41787. The Betrayal of the American Right

Murray Rothbard

The Betrayal of the American Right is a book by Murray Rothbard written in the early 1970s and published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute in 2007. In it, Rothbard describes the takeover of the Old Right by neoconservatives and cold warriors during the 1950s and 1960s.

41788. In Lunacy

William F. Wu

In Lunacy is a book published in 1993 that was written by William F. Wu.

41791. Life in the Iron Mills

Rebecca Harding Davis

Life in the Iron Mills is a short story written by Rebecca Harding Davis in 1861, set in the factory world of the nineteenth century. It is one of the earliest American realist works, and is an important text for those who study labor and women's issues. It was immediately …

41796. Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor

Chris Metzen

Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor is the fourth novel set in Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe. Although being released as the third book in the series, it is set chronologically after the fourth book, Warcraft: The Last Guardian. The book is written by series co-creator …

41797. The Historian

Elizabeth Kozova

The Historian is the 2005 debut novel of American author Elizabeth Kostova. The plot blends the history and folklore of Vlad Țepeș and his fictional equivalent Count Dracula. Kostova's father told her stories about Dracula when she was a child, and later in life she was inspired …

41800. Fortunately, the Milk

Neil Gaiman

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.""Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then …



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