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.

42002. An American Tragedy: 2

Theodore Dreiser

An American Tragedy is a novel by the American writer Theodore Dreiser.

42007. Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but long enough …

42008. A Political Fable

Robert Coover

A Political Fable is a 1980 novella by Robert Coover. It was originally published, in slightly different form, in New American Review in 1968, under the title "The Cat in the Hat for President".

42009. Anne of Geierstein

Walter Scott

Anne of Geierstein, or The Maiden of the Mist is a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It is set in Central Europe, mainly in Switzerland, shortly after the Yorkist victory at the Battle of Tewkesbury. It covers the period of Swiss involvement in the Burgundian Wars.

42010. Valley of the Squinting Windows

Brinsley MacNamara

The Valley of the Squinting Windows is a novel by Brinsley MacNamara, set in the fictional village of Garradrimna, in central Ireland.

42012. The Sun Chemist

Lionel Davidson

The Sun Chemist is a thriller by Lionel Davidson.

42014. Predator & Prey: Executioner

Gherbod Fleming

Predator & Grey: Executioner is a book published in 2002 that was written by Gherbold Fleming.

42015. Criminal Enterprise

S. D. Perry

Criminal Enterprise is a book published in 2008 that was written by Stephani Perry.

42016. Kecksies and Other Twilight Tales

Marjorie Bowen

Kecksies and Other Twilight Tales is a collection of stories by author Marjorie Bowen. It was released in 1976 and was the author's first collection of stories published in the U.S.. It was published by Arkham House in an edition of 4,391 copies.

42017. Blowfish Live in the Sea

Paula Fox

Blowfish Live in the Sea is a book written by Paula Fox.

42019. The Lord God Bird

Russell Hill

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

42020. The Gate of Time

Philip José Farmer

The Gate of Time is an alternate history novel by Philip José Farmer. It was first published in paperback editions by Belmont Books in the United States in October 1966 and by Quartet in the United Kingdom in September 1974. Later it was revised and expanded as Two Hawks from …

42022. A Memory of Murder

Ray Bradbury

A Memory of Murder is a collection of fifteen short stories by Ray Bradbury. They were originally published from 1944 to 1948 in pulp magazines owned by Popular Publications, Inc. that specialized in detective and crime fiction. Bradbury tried his hand in the genre but found the …

42023. The White Abacus

Damien Broderick

The White Abacus is a 1997 science fiction novel by Damien Broderick. It follows the story of Telmah Lord Cima who travels to Earth from a far-off world and becomes friends with a computer-augmented being called Ratio.

42025. Jeffrey and Sloth

Kari-Lynn Winters

Jeffrey and Sloth is a children's book by Kari-Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson. It was published in March 2007 by Orca Book Publishers. Jeffrey and Sloth first appeared in a 2004 issue of Chameleon, a children's magazine published by the University of British Columbia, as "Jeffrey's …

42026. Cadet Kirk

Diane Carey

Cadet Kirk is a book published in 1996 that was written by Diane Carey.

42033. Duende

Tracy K. Smith

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

42037. Daisy, In the Sun

Connie Willis

Daisy, In the Sun is a short story written by Connie Willis.

42043. A Man to Match His Mountains

Eknath Easwaran

Nonviolent Soldier of Islam is a biography of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, an ally of Gandhi's in the Indian independence movement. Originally written by Eknath Easwaran in English, foreign editions have also been published in Arabic and several other languages. The book was …

42046. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Edgar Allan Poe

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" is a short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe about a mesmerist who puts a man in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death. An example of a tale of suspense and horror, it is also, to a certain degree, a hoax, as it was …

42051. Socratic Puzzles

Robert Nozick

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

42056. Hurry freedom

Jerry Stanley

Hurry Freedom is a book written by Jerry Stanley.

42057. Beyond deserving

Sandra Scofield

Beyond deserving is a book written by Sandra Scofield.

42058. 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.

42060. 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 …

42061. 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 …

42062. Zaddik

David Rosenbaum

Zaddik is a book written by David Rosenbaum.

42066. Seekers of Tomorrow

Sam Moskowitz

Seekers of Tomorrow: Masters of Modern Science Fiction is a work of collective biography on the formative authors of the science fiction genre by Sam Moskowitz, first published in hardcover by the World Publishing Company in 1965. The first paperback edition was issued by …

42067. The New Totalitarians

Roland Huntford

The New Totalitarians is a 1971 book by British author Roland Huntford. Huntford analyzes the political and social climate of early 1970s Sweden, and argues that it resembles a benevolent totalitarian state in the mould of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. The main thesis was …

42068. Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

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 …

42070. Conan of Venarium

Harry Turtledove

Conan of Venarium is a fantasy novel written by Harry Turtledove and edited by Teresa Nielsen Hayden featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in hardcover by Tor Books in July 2003; a regular paperback edition …

42072. The Terrorizers

Donald Hamilton

The Terrorizers was the eighteenth novel in the Matt Helm secret agent novel series by Donald Hamilton. It was first published in 1977. Following the publication of this book, Hamilton put his longtime character on hiatus; the next Matt Helm novel, The Revengers, would not be …

42073. The Intriguers

Donald Hamilton

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

42075. Dragonflight

Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It is the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series. Dragonflight was first published by Ballantine Books in July 1968. It is a fix-up of novellas, including two which made McCaffrey the …

42076. My Secret Life on the McJob: Lessons from Behind the …

Jerry Newman

My Secret Life on the McJob: Lessons from Behind the Counter Guaranteed to Supersize Any Management Style is a book by Jerry Newman about low-wage work in fast-food outlets. Newman is a distinguished professor at University at Buffalo School of Management who has taught business …

42078. The Wounded Surgeon

Adam Kirsch

The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets is a book by Adam Kirsch, published in 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company. The book considers in turn the work of six poets whose work has often been labelled 'confessional': Robert Lowell, Elizabeth …

42084. Lindbergh: The Crime

Noel Behn

Lindbergh: The Crime is a book written by Noel Behn.

42086. 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. …

42088. Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld

Susan Greenwood

Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld: An Anthropology is an anthropological study of contemporary Pagan and ceremonial magic groups that practiced magic in London, England during the 1990s. It was written by English anthropologist Susan Greenwood based upon her doctoral research …

42089. Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating …

Chris Fair

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations is a political satire-based cook book written with a left-leaning point of view authored by C. Christine Fair. Inspired by George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union …

42091. Radiant Identities

Jock Sturges

Radiant Identities is a 1994 photography book by Jock Sturges. The book consists of 60 black-and-white images of both children and adults, many of which show nudity. Photos were taken primarily at nude beaches in France and California. The girl on the front cover is Misty Dawn, …

42092. Featuring the Saint

Leslie Charteris

Featuring the Saint is a collection of three mystery novellas by Leslie Charteris, first published in the United Kingdom in February 1931 by Hodder and Stoughton. This was the fifth book to feature the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". It was the first novella …

42093. 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 …

42094. The Best of Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

The Best of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1971 is a collection of science fiction short stories by Arthur C. Clarke originally published in 1973. The stories, written between 1937 and 1971 originally appeared in a number of periodicals including Amateur Science Stories, Zenith, The …

42096. Hiding Place

John Edgar Wideman

Hiding Place is a novel by the American writer John Edgar Wideman set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1970s. The novel tells the story of Tommy, a character who first appeared in Wideman's short story collection Damballah. Tommy is a party to a bungled smash-and-grab raid …

42097. Polyphemus

Michael Shea

Polyphemus is a collection of Science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by author Michael Shea. It was released in 1987 by Arkham House . It was published in an edition of 3,528 copies and was the author's first hardcover book. Most of the stories originally appeared in The …

42100. Rider in the Dark

Victoria Holmes

Rider in the Dark is a book published in 2004 that was written by Victoria Holmes.

42103. Caught!

Willo Davis Roberts

Caught! is a book by Willo Davis Roberts.

42107. The Penguins of Doom

Greg R. Fishbone

The Penguins of Doom is an epistolary humor novel for children written and illustrated by Greg R. Fishbone. The book was published in October 2007 by Blooming Tree Press.

42109. Night Cry

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Night Cry is a book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

42113. Rates of Exchange

Malcolm Bradbury

Rates of Exchange is a novel written by Malcolm Bradbury.

42115. Never Again Britain 45/51

Peter Hennessy

Never Again: Britain 1945-1951 is a book written by Peter Hennessy.

42117. Detour for Emmy

Marilyn Reynolds

Detour for Emmy is a young adult novel by Marilyn Reynolds. It won the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award for 1995-1996. It deals with the impact of an unexpected pregnancy on a teenage girl. Like other novels by the author, it is based on the life challenges of her students. …

42120. 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.

42121. 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 …

42125. Cinnabar Shadows

Lynn Abbey

Cinnabar Shadows is a book published in 1995 that was written by Lynn Abbey.

42126. Dragon Fire

Humphrey Hawksley

Dragon Fire is a 2000 novel by BBC political and foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley about a 2007 war between China, India and Pakistan, which draws in Australia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Tibet, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and threatens to escalate …

42129. 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 …

42132. The Hugo Winners

Isaac Asimov

The Hugo Winners was a series of books which collected science fiction and fantasy stories that won a Hugo Award for Short Story, Novelette or Novella at the World Science Fiction Convention between 1955 and 1982. Each volume was edited by Isaac Asimov, who wrote the …

42133. Whisper of Waves

Philip Athans

Whisper of Waves is a fantasy novel by Philip Athans, set in the world of the Forgotten Realms, and based on the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It is the first novel in "The Watercouse Trilogy". It was published in paperback in November 2005.

42134. The course of German history

A. J. P. Taylor

The Course of German History is a non-fiction book by the English historian A. J. P. Taylor. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Hamish Hamilton in July 1945.

42135. Double Trouble Squared

Kathryn Lasky

Double Trouble Squared is a book by Kathryn Lasky.

42136. Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An …

David Allyn

Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An Unfettered History is a 2001 book by David Allyn.

42138. The Kidnap Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine

The Kidnap Murder Case is a 1936 murder mystery novel by S. S. Van Dine, the tenth of twelve books featuring fictional detective Philo Vance.

42140. Stone and Sky

Graham Edwards

Stone and Sky is a fantasy novel written by Graham Edwards. The novel was first published in 1999 by Voyager Books and HarperPrism. It is the first book in the Stone trilogy, which also includes Stone and Sea and Stone and Sun. The trilogy is a follow-up to Edwards' Ultimate …

42143. Grace and Truth

Jennifer Johnston

Grace and Truth is a novel by Irish writer Jennifer Johnston, first published in 2005 by Headline Books.

42144. 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.

42146. Terminator 3: Terminator Dreams

Aaron Allston

Terminator 3: Terminator Dreams is a book published in 2003 that was written by Aaron Allston.

42147. 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 …

42148. Pentagon

Allen Drury

Pentagon is a 1986 political novel by Allen Drury which follows the American military bureaucracy as it reacts to a crisis with the Soviet Union. It is a standalone work set in a different fictional timeline from Drury's 1959 novel Advise and Consent, which earned him a Pulitzer …

42153. Alida's Song

Gary Paulsen

Alida's Song is the sequel to The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen. The story is about "the boy" who receives a letter from his grandmother offering him a job as a farm hand on the farm where she cooks. It was published on June 8, 1999 by Dell Publishing.

42156. Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed

Stuart M. Kaminsky

Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed by Stuart Kaminsky and Photographed by Laurie Roberts is a book by Stuart M. Kaminsky.

42157. Sophie Pitt-Turnbull Discovers America

Dyan Sheldon

Sophie Pitt-Turnbull discovers America is a young adult novel by Dyan Sheldon. It follows the adventures of a narrow-minded, very conventional girl, Sophie, as she ventures to America to stay with her mother's old friend, Mrs Salamanca. Initially she hates life in America and …

42158. 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.

42159. 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 …

42160. Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation

Steven Muchnick

Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation is a book written by Steven Muchnick.

42161. 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 …

42165. What Happened to Mr. Forster?

Gary W. Bargar

What Happened to Mr. Forster? is a 1981 novel by Gary W. Bargar. It is a story of a young boy's first encounter with the complexities of the adult world. The Alan Review has recommended the novel be taught at the middle-school level. 'It is appropriate for a young audience as it …

42166. Night In Werewolf Woods

R. L. Stine

"Reader beware--you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS! Get out your bathing suit! You and your family are off on a summer vacation to a place called WoodsWorld. You can't wait to mess around down at the lake. Then at the Kids only Campfire you hear the rumor about …

42167. Half in Shadow

Mary Elizabeth Counselman

Half in Shadow is a collection of stories by author Mary Elizabeth Counselman. It had first been published as a fourteen story collection as a Consul paperback by World Distributors, UK, in 1964. It was released in 1978 by Arkham House with fourteen stories and was the author's …

42170. Unsafe at any speed

Ralph Nader

Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile by Ralph Nader, published in 1965, is a book accusing car manufacturers of resistance to the introduction of safety features, like seat belts, and their general reluctance to spend money on improving safety. …

42174. 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 …

42176. My Name Is Brain Brian

Jeanne Betancourt

This "outstanding" (School Library Journal) book for children is the sensitive portrayal of a boy who struggles to hide his dyslexia from his friends. Based on the author's personal experience as a dyslexic, this novel is "drawn from real insight". Kirkus Reviews.

42180. 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.

42182. Alien Scream

Chris Archer

Alien Scream is a book published in 1997 that was written by Chris Archer.

42183. Alien Blood

Chris Archer

Alien Blood is a book published in 1997 that was written by Chris Archer.

42184. America Behind The Color Line

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

America Behind The Color Line is a book written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

42185. The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie

The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. As with his previous books, Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the …

42186. Dear Socks, Dear Buddy

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets is a 1998 children's book written by First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton. It concerns the two pets that lived in the White House during the Clinton administration: Socks the cat and Buddy the dog. It …

42187. The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and …

Daniel Pipes

The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West is a book written by historian Daniel Pipes, published in 1990. It focuses on events surrounding The Satanic Verses. The afterword was written by Koenraad Elst. The first part of the book describes the The Satanic Verses …

42190. Public Murders

Bill Granger

The heat this long Chicago summer was so intense that the pavement itself seemed to steam. It drove everyone from the streets, day and night. That's why the breeze wafting over Grant Park seemed particularly inviting to the attractive blonde. She didn't know it was an invitation …

42192. My Son the Fanatic

Hanif Kureishi

My Son the Fanatic is a short story written by Hanif Kureishi first published in The New Yorker, 1994. It was reprinted in Kureishi's 1997 collection of short stories, Love in a Blue Time, and also as a supplement to some editions of The Black Album. The short story was also …

42194. Siege of Tarr-Hostigos

John F. Carr

Siege of Tarr-Hostigos by John F. Carr, 2003, is the fourth book in the Kalvan series.

42199. Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern

Anne McCaffrey

From the New York Times bestselling mother-and-son team of Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey comes the final installment in the riveting Pern saga that began with Todd’s solo novel, Dragonsblood. Now, with all of Pern imperiled by the aftereffects of a plague that killed scores …

42200. The Beginner's Goodbye

Anne Tyler

The Beginner's Goodbye is a book written by Anne Tyler.

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