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.

44001. Man's Place in Nature

Thomas H. Huxley

Known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his impassioned defense of evolutionary theory, Thomas Huxley published this, his most famous book, just a few years after Darwin's The Origin of the Species. Unlike Origin, this book focuses on human ancestry and offers a concise, nontechnical …

44002. An American Tragedy: 2

Theodore Dreiser

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

44004. CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics

Eric W. Weisstein

CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics is a bestselling book by American author Eric W. Weisstein.

44008. Volpone

Ben Jonson

Volpone is a comedy play by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in 1605-06, drawing on elements of city comedy and beast fable. A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson's most-performed play, and it is ranked among the finest Jacobean Era comedies.

44009. 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.

44011. The Hermaphrodite

Julia Ward Howe

The Hermaphrodite is an incomplete novel by Julia Ward Howe about a hermaphrodite raised as a male, but whose underlying gender ambiguity often creates havoc in his life. Its date of creation is uncertain; University of Idaho professor Gary Williams hypothesizes that it was …

44013. What's Wrong with Timmy?

Maria Shriver

What's Wrong with Timmy? is a children's book (ages 4-8) written by award-winning American journalist and best-selling author Maria Shriver.

44014. Rising Tide

Jean Thesman

Rising Tide is a historical young-adult novel by Jean Thesman and a sequel to her novel A Sea So Far.

44015. The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and …

Henry S. Commager

The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment is a book written by Henry Steele Commager.

44017. Sex, sin, and blasphemy

Marjorie Heins

Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America's Censorship Wars is a non-fiction book by lawyer and civil libertarian Marjorie Heins, about freedom of speech and the censorship of works of art in the early 1990s by the U.S. government. The book was published in 1993 by The New …

44019. 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 …

44020. Dead Man's Thoughts

Carolyn Wheat

Dead Man's Thoughts is a book written by Carolyn Wheat.

44021. 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 …

44025. Shockscape

James Axler

Shockscape is the eighteenth book in the series of Deathlands. It was written by Laurence James under the house name James Axler.

44026. Pick-Up Sticks

Sarah Ellis

Pick-Up Sticks is a children's novel by Canadian author Sarah Ellis. The novel received the 1991 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature. The story is told from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old girl, Polly, as she experiences the struggles of losing her home and …

44029. Alice Rose & Sam

Kathryn Lasky

Alice Rose & Sam is a book by Kathryn Lasky.

44031. Voyage of the Snake Lady

Theresa Tomlinson

The Voyage of the Snake Lady is a teenage/young adult novel by the British author Theresa Tomlinson first published in 2007. It is the follow-up to the novel The Moon Riders.

44032. 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 …

44038. The Cocaine Wars

Paul Eddy

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

44041. The Murderer

Roy Heath

The murderer is a novel written by Roy Heath.

44042. Combat in the erogenous zone

Ingrid Bengis

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

44043. The Grange at High Force

Philip Turner

The Grange at High Force is a children's novel by Philip Turner, published by Oxford in 1965 with illustrations by William Papas. It was the second book published in the author's Darnley Mills series. Turner won the annual Carnegie Medal, recognising the year's best children's …

44044. Pop Corn & Ma Goodness

Edna Mitchell Preston

Pop Corn & Ma Goodness is a book written by Edna Mitchell Preston and illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker.

44045. An American ABC

Maud Petersham

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

44046. The Boats on the River

Marjorie Flack

The Boats on the River is a book written by Marjorie Flack and illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum.

44047. Farragan's retreat

Tom McHale

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

44048. Pran of Albania

Elizabeth Cleveland Miller

Pran of Albania is a children's historical novel by Elizabeth Miller. Set in the early nineteenth century among the mountain tribes of northern Albania, it tells the story of a fourteen-year-old girl, Pran, who, by tribal tradition, is old enough to be betrothed. To avoid an …

44052. Gideon's Fire

John Creasey

Gideon's Fire is a book by John Creasey.

44053. 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 …

44056. What's going on

Nathan McCall

What's Going On is a book collection of personal essays by Nathan McCall.

44057. Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet

James Atlas

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

44058. 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 …

44061. 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 …

44062. 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 …

44063. Through the Hidden Door

Rosemary Wells

Through the Hidden Door is a young adult novel by Rosemary Wells. This book was a runner-up for a 1988 Edgar Allan Poe Award. The book details the story of Barney Penniman, an awkward eighth-grader with a lisp who is attending a boarding school. Barney deals with bullies and a …

44064. Facts of Life

Maureen Howard

Facts of life is a book by Maureen Howard.

44065. Counterrevolution and Revolt

Herbert Marcuse

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

44066. The Bones of Zora

L. Sprague de Camp

The Bones of Zora is a science fiction novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, the ninth book of the former's Viagens Interplanetarias series and the seventh of its subseries of stories set on the fictional planet Krishna. Chronologically it is the sixth …

44069. 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 …

44070. Wind of Honor

Ree Soesbee

Wind of Honor is a book published in 2002 that was written by Ree Soesbee.

44072. The Zoot Suit Murders

Thomas Sanchez

The Zoot Suit Murders by Thomas Sanchez is a murder mystery set in Los Angeles of the 1940s and employing the true historical events of the Zoot suit riots as a backdrop.

44073. The Unicorn & Other Poems

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Unicorn & Other Poems is a book written by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

44077. Catch the Saint

Leslie Charteris

Catch the Saint is a collection of two mystery novellas by Fleming Lee, based upon stories by Norman Worker continuing the adventures of the sleuth Simon Templar aka "The Saint", created by Leslie Charteris. Following usual practice at this point in the series, the front cover …

44082. The Big Bang

Joseph Silk

The Big Bang is a book written by Joe Silk.

44083. Dead Air

Mike Lupica

Dead Air is a book written by Mike Lupica.

44085. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years

Carl Sandburg

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years is a book written by Carl Sandburg.

44086. Apocalypse Memories

Laura J. Burns

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

44087. Deathscape

Peter David

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

44088. The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction

Samuel R. Delany

The Complete Nebula Award-Winning Fiction is a 1986 collection of short stories and novellas by Samuel R. Delany. The collection includes those works by Delany that have won the Nebula Award.

44090. All Our Yesterdays

Harry Warner, Jr.

All Our Yesterdays by Harry Warner, Jr., is a history of science fiction fandom of the 1940s, an essential reference work in the field. It was originally published by Advent in 1969; the members of the World Science Fiction Society voted its author the Hugo Award for Best Fan …

44091. 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 …

44093. Bring me the head of Oliver Plunkett

Colin Bateman

Bring Me the Head of Oliver Plunkett is the second novel of the Eddie & the Gang with No Name trilogy by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, published on 13 May 2004 through Hodder Children's Books.

44101. Kept in the Dark

Nina Bawden

Kept in the Dark is a book by Nina Bawden.

44104. Sniper

Theodore Taylor

Sniper is a book written by Theodore Taylor.

44105. 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 …

44106. Venus with Pistol

Gavin Lyall

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

44107. The Post-War Dream

Mitch Cullin

The Post-War Dream is the eighth book by American author Mitch Cullin and was published by Random House in March 2008. Initial reviews of the novel were mixed, with Kirkus calling it "a misstep in Cullin's unpredictable, adventurous and, alas, frustratingly uneven oeuvre," and …

44109. 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. …

44111. Unmarked Graves

Shaun Hutson

Unmarked Graves is a horror novel written by Shaun Hutson.

44112. Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, is a humorous account by English writer Jerome K. Jerome of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of …

44115. Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book Three

Alan Moore

Continuing Alan Moore's award-winning run on THE SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, this third volume is brimming with visceral horrors including underwater vampires, a werewolf with an unusual curse, the hideous madman called Nukeface. Best of all, this volume features the comics debut …

44116. The Tides of Kregen

Kenneth Bulmer

The Tides of Kregen is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers, and is volume twelve 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 …

44117. Bladesman of Antares

Kenneth Bulmer

Bladesman of Antares is a science fiction novel written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pseudonym of Alan Burt Akers, and is volume nine 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 …

44119. Murphy's Revenge


Murphy's Revenge is the second novel of the Martin Murphy series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, published on 4 April 2005 through Headline Publishing Group.

44124. Blood Will Tell

Gary Cartwright

Blood Will Tell is a book written by Gary Cartwright.

44128. Kandide and the Secret of the Mists

Diana S. Zimmerman

Kandide and the Secret of the Mists is the first novel by American author Diana S. Zimmerman and the first book in the Calabiyau Chronicles trilogy. The fantasy novel, set in the fairy kingdom of Calabiyau, relates the story of Princess Kandide’s banishment to the Veil of the …

44129. The Snake's Pass

Bram Stoker

The Snake's Pass is an 1890 novel by Bram Stoker. It centers on the legend of Saint Patrick defeating the King of the Snakes in Ireland. The novel also centers on the troubled romance between the main character and a local peasant girl. The Snake's Pass was Bram Stoker's second …

44134. 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 …

44135. The Writing on the Hearth

Cynthia Harnett

The Writing on the Hearth is a children's historical novel by Cynthia Harnett and illustrated by Gareth Floyd. It was first published in 1971 and was reissued in a special edition by Ewelme School in 2002.

44136. Wilders Walk Away

Herbert Brean

Wilders Walk Away is a book written by Herbert Brean.

44137. Legacy

Alan Judd

Set in the 1970s London, Legacy is a spy novel by English author Alan Judd. Published in 2001 it continues the story of Charles Thoroughgood, first introduced in his debut novel, A Breed of Heroes, published 20 years earlier. British historian Peter Hennessy described it as 'one …

44138. Ledfeather

Stephen Graham Jones

Ledfeather is a 2008 novel by Native American author Stephen Graham Jones, published by FC2.

44140. 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 …

44141. 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.

44142. The Spaceships of Ezekiel

Josef F. Blumrich

The Spaceships of Ezekiel is a book by Josef F. Blumrich about a spaceship that was supposedly observed by the prophet Ezekiel, written while the author was chief of NASA's systems layout branch of the program development office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. It was …

44144. 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.

44145. They Wouldn't Be Chessmen

A. E. W. Mason

They Wouldn't Be Chessmen is a 1934 British detective novel by A.E.W. Mason. It is the fourth book in the Inspector Hanaud series of novels.

44147. Beaver Towers

Nigel Hinton

Beaver Towers is a novel by British author Nigel Hinton which was first published in 1980 and was his first novel to be written for children. It is the first installment in the Beaver Towers series. It follows the story a schoolboy named Philip who was dragged off by his kite to …

44150. The Century for Young People

Peter Jennings

The Century for Young People is a non-fiction history book written by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster. This book is an adapted version of The Century, adapted by Jennifer Armstrong. The book contains over 200 pictures to depict the 100 years of history.

44152. Deepwater Black

Ken Catran

Deepwater Black is a 1995 novel, first in the Deepwater trilogy, by the New Zealand science fiction writer Ken Catran, where a cast of young characters are supposedly stranded in space while a virus ravages Earth. The book series itself is quite different from the television …

44153. Deepwater Landing

Ken Catran

Deepwater Landing is a book published in 1993 that was written by Ken Catran.

44154. The Solar Pons Omnibus

August Derleth

The Solar Pons Omnibus is a collection of detective fiction stories by author August Derleth. It was released in 1982 by Arkham House in an edition of 3,031 copies. The collection was published in two volumes with a slipcase. The set collects all of the Solar Pons stories of …

44155. 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 …

44160. 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 …

44161. The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You

Frank Stanford

The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You is a 15,283-line epic poem by the poet Frank Stanford. First published in 1977 as a 542-page book, the poem is visually characterized by its absence of stanzas and punctuation. Stanford worked on the manuscript for many years prior …

44162. 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 …

44163. 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 …

44164. 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 …

44165. The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first …

44167. The Wealth of Nations

Adam Smith

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first …

44168. Finding Buck McHenry

Alfred Slote

Finding Buck McHenry is a book by Alfred Slote.

44179. Tony's Justice

Eugene Izzi

Tony's Justice is a book written by Eugene Izzi.

44180. Swimming Home

Deborah Levy

Swimming Home is a novel by British writer Deborah Levy, published on 10 September 2012. The short novel deals with the experiences of poet Joe Jacobs, when his family vacation is interrupted by a fanatical reader. Critical reception for the novel was generally favourable. On …

44182. The Old Dick

L. A. Morse

The Old Dick is a book written by L. A. Morse.

44184. 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 …

44187. Siege of Tarr-Hostigos

John F. Carr

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

44188. Spin State

Christopher Moriarity

Spin State is a book written by Chris Moriarty.

44192. The Next Always

Nora Roberts

“America's favorite writer” (The New Yorker) begins a trilogy inspired by the inn she owns and the town she loves.The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery …

44195. 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 …

44197. 32 Battalion

Piet Nortje

32 Battalion: The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit is a book written by Piet Nortje. For his entire adult life he had been a soldier. Half of his military career he spent with 32 Battalion. During early 1993 he volunteered to compile the story of 32 Battalion. …

44198. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Nathan Englander

These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary …

44199. The Beginner's Goodbye

Anne Tyler

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

44200. Prodigy: A Legend Novel

Marie Lu

Featured on Entertainment Weekly's MUST-LIST!The highly anticipated second book in Marie Lu's New York Times bestseller, LEGEND—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son …

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