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.

48601. The Bonfire of the Vanities

Tom James Wolfe

The Bonfire of the Vanities is a 1987 novel by Tom Wolfe. The story is a drama about ambition, racism, social class, politics, and greed in 1980s New York City and centers on three main characters: WASP bond trader Sherman McCoy, Jewish assistant district attorney Larry Kramer, …

48602. The Dragon Masters

Jack Vance

The Dragon Masters is a science fiction novella by American author Jack Vance. It was first published in Galaxy magazine, August 1962, and in 1963 in book form, as half of Ace Double F-185. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1963. The story describes a human society …

48606. Presentation Piece

EDITOR MARILYN HACKER

Presentation Piece is a book written by Marilyn Hacker.

48607. Restoring the Lost Constitution

Randy Barnett

Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty is a 2003 book about the United States Constitution written by Randy Barnett, a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. In the book, Barnett outlines his theory of constitutional legitimacy, …

48613. From Hell

Alan Moore

From Hell is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1996 and collected in 1999, speculating upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. The title is taken from the first words of the "From Hell" …

48614. The Walrus and the Carpenter

Lewis Carroll

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is a narrative poem by Lewis Carroll that appeared in his book Through the Looking-Glass, published in December 1871. The poem is recited in chapter four, by Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Alice. The poem is composed of 18 stanzas and contains 108 …

48623. Time for a Tiger

Anthony Burgess

Time for a Tiger is part one of Anthony Burgess's Malayan Trilogy The Long Day Wanes, "the first panel of a triptych" set in the twilight of British rule of the peninsula. Dedicated, in Jawi script on the first page of the book, "to all my Malayan friends", it was Burgess's …

48624. Miss MacIntosh, my darling

Marguerite Young

Miss MacIntosh, My Darling is a novel by Marguerite Young. She has described it as "an exploration of the illusions, hallucinations, errors of judgment in individual lives, the central scene of the novel being an opium addict's paradise." The novel is 11th on the Wikipedia List …

48629. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

Laurence Sterne

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by Laurence Sterne, written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death. In 1765, Sterne travelled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe his travels from a …

48631. Birdless Summer

Han Suyin

Birdless Summer is an autobiography by Han Suyin. It covers the years 1938 to 1948, her work as a midwife in Chengtu and then going to London with her husband, who was a military attaché there. Also her training as a doctor, the start of the last phase of the Chinese Civil War, …

48633. The Story of Your Home

Agnes Allen

The Story of Your Home is a non-fiction book for children about domestic architecture and domestic life in Great Britain from cave dwellings to blocks of flats. It was written by Agnes Allen, illustrated by the author and her husband Jack, and published by Faber in 1949. Agnes …

48634. The Big Tree of Bunlahy

Padraic Colum

The Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside is a children's short story collection by Padraic Colum. It contains thirteen stories based on the tales told to the author in his home town of Bunlahy in County Longford, Ireland. The first edition was illustrated by Jack …

48635. The Railroad to Freedom: A Story of the Civil War

Hildegarde Swift

The Railroad to Freedom: A Story of the Civil War is a children's book by Hildegarde Hoyt Swift. It is a fictionalized biography of Araminta Ross telling of her life in slavery and her work on the Underground Railroad. The book, illustrated by James Daugherty, was first …

48636. Runaway Papoose

Grace Moon

Runaway Papoose is a children's novel by Grace Moon. It is a contemporary story of Native American children from the southwestern United States. Illustrated by the author's husband, Carl Moon, the novel was first published in 1928 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1929.

48637. The Story of Appleby Capple

Anne Parrish

The Story of Appleby Capple is a complex children's alphabet book by Anne Parrish in which alliterative narrative, each chapter focusing on a different letter, is used to tell a story. Appleby Capple is a five-year-old on his way to Cousin Clement's 99th birthday party; he has a …

48638. Always Comes Evening

Robert E. Howard

Always Comes Evening is a collection of poems by Robert E. Howard. It was released in 1957 and was the author's second book to be published by Arkham House. It was released in an edition of 636 copies. The publication was subsidized by Howard's literary executor, Glenn Lord who …

48639. Tales from Underwood

David H. Keller

Tales from Underwood is a collection of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories by author David H. Keller. It was released in 1952 and was the author's first collection published in association with Arkham House. It was also the first of only two books published by …

48640. Selected Poems

Clark Ashton Smith

Selected Poems is a collection of poems by Clark Ashton Smith. It was released in 1971 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,118 copies. The collection also includes several translations of French and Spanish poems. Christophe des Laurieres and Clérigo Herrero, however, are not …

48643. Deadly Perfume

Gordon Thomas

Deadly Perfume is a 1991 thriller novel written by Gordon Thomas. It follows Lieutenant Colonel David Morton, a Mossad agent, trying to prevent the international terrorist, Raza, from releasing a highly lethal form of Anthrax.

48644. Fanshawe

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Fanshawe is a novel written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was his first published work, which he published anonymously in 1828.

48646. Benita, An African Romance

H. Rider Haggard

Benita: An African Romance is a 1906 novel by H Rider Haggard.

48647. Gaston de Blondeville

Ann Radcliffe

Gaston de Blondeville is an 1826 Gothic novel by noted English author Ann Radcliffe.

48652. Shaker, why don't you sing?

Maya Angelou

Shaker, Why Don't You Sing? is author and poet Maya Angelou's fourth volume of poetry, published by Random House in 1983. It was published during one of the most productive periods in Angelou's career; she had written four autobiographies and published three other volumes of …

48653. Between Two Worlds

Upton Sinclair, Jr.

Between Two Worlds is the second novel in Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd series. First published in 1941, the story covers the period from 1919 to 1929.

48655. Conan The Free Lance

Steve Perry

Conan the Free Lance is a fantasy novel written by Steve Perry featuring Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Tor Books in February 1990. It was reprinted by Tor in December 1997.

48656. Conan and the Mists of Doom

Roland J. Green

Conan and the Mists of Doom 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 paperback by Tor Books in August 1995.

48659. The New Poets

M. L. Rosenthal

The New Poets is a book written by M. L. Rosenthal.

48660. Anyone's Daughter

Shana Alexander

Anyone's Daughter is a book written by Shana Alexander.

48661. The Gorilla Hunters

R. M. Ballantyne

The Gorilla Hunters: A Tale of the Wilds of Africa is a boys' adventure novel by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne. A sequel to his hugely successful 1858 novel The Coral Island and set in "darkest Africa", its main characters are the earlier novel's three boys: Ralph, Peterkin …

48662. Imperialism: A Study

John Atkinson Hobson

Imperialism: A Study, by John A. Hobson, is a politico–economic discourse about the negative financial, economic, and moral aspects of imperialism as a nationalistic business enterprise.

48664. 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 …

48665. The Minister and the Choir Singer

William Kunstler

The Hall-Mills Murder Case: The Minister and the Choir Singer is a book by William Kunstler.

48674. A Thief in the Night

E. W. Hornung

A Thief in the Night is a 1905 collection of short stories by Ernest William Hornung, featuring his popular character A. J. Raffles. It was the third book in the series, and the final collection of short stories. In it, Raffles, a gentleman thief, commits a number of burglaries …

48677. Batman: Dead White

John Shirley

Batman: Dead White is an action political novel written by John Shirley, based upon the DC Comics superhero Batman. It is the first book in a trilogy of Batman-themed novels published by Del Rey Books.

48678. The Problem of Cell 13

Jacques Futrelle

"The Problem of Cell 13" is a short story by Jacques Futrelle first published in 1905 and later collected in The Thinking Machine, which was featured in crime writer H. R. F. Keating's list of the 100 best crime and mystery books ever published. The story was selected by science …

48679. Black Empire

George Schuyler

Black Empire was a tongue-in-cheek speculative fiction novel by conservative African American writer George S. Schuyler originally published under his pseudonym of Samuel I. Brooks. The two halves of the book originally ran as weekly serials in the Pittsburgh Courier. "Black …

48681. High Priest

Warren Murphy

High Priest is a book published in 1987 that was written by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy.

48684. Tribes of Redwall Mice

Brian Jacques

Tribes of Redwall Mice was published in 2003 as an accessory to the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. It was illustrated by Jonathan Walker. This booklet about mice in the Redwall series features trivia questions, a giant poster, and profiles of many of the mouse characters in …

48686. Out of the Dark

Welwyn Wilton Katz

Out of the Dark is a children's novel by Canadian author Welwyn Wilton Katz. It centres on a young boy who had recently lost his mother, and who has just moved with his remaining family to a small village near L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. The book deals with his attempts …

48688. The Third Horror

R. L. Stine

The Third Horror is a book published in 1994 that was written by R. L. Stine.

48689. The Babylon Game

Katherine Roberts

The Babylon Game is a fantasy novel by Katherine Roberts which is the second novel in The Seven Fabulous Wonders series and the sequel to The Great Pyramid Robbery.

48691. The Dragon Who Ate His Tail

Ray Bradbury

The Dragon Who Ate His Tail is a collection of short stories, screenplay fragments and manuscript facsimiles by Ray Bradbury. It was published by Gauntlet Press in 2007 as a chapbook. The title story was previously unpublished.

48693. The Squirrel Wife

Philippa Pearce

The Squirrel Wife is the title of a children's fairy tale written by Philippa Pearce and first illustrated by Derek Collard. This original fairy tale published by Longman Young in 1971 has subsequently been republished in Middlesex: New York; Paris and Madrid. Bill Geldart is …

48694. The Voyage of the Poppykettle

Robert Ingpen

The Voyage of the Poppykettle is a 1980 children's book about a group of "hairy Peruvians" setting out from Peru to discover Australia. It was written and illustrated by Robert Ingpen, who also wrote the sequel, The Unchosen Land. The story of the Poppykettle was later updated …

48697. People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science …

Lavie Tidhar

From Sholom Aleichem to Avram Davidson, Isaac Bashevis Singer to Tony Kushner, the Jewish literary tradition has always been one rich in the supernatural and the fantastic. In these pages, gathered from the best short fiction of the last ten years, twenty authors prove that …

48698. The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide

Christina Scull

The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, following their 2005 The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion is a two volume work of reference on J. R. R. Tolkien and Tolkien studies. Volume 1 "Reader's Guide" has information on people, …

48702. A Dark Winter

Dave Luckett

A Dark Winter is a 1998 fantasy novel by Dave Luckett. It follows the story of Willan "Will" de Parkin who along with Silvus and Sister Winterridge have set out to defeat the Dark armies and save the castle of Ys.

48705. The Expanse

Jeanne Kalogridis

The Expanse is a Star Trek: Enterprise novel, which was released in October 2003.

48706. Storm Seed

Janet and Chris Morris

Storm Seed (1990) is a book set in The Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe and part of The Sacred Band literary series written by Janet and Chris Morris. In Storm Seed, using Lemuria's arcane power, Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons travel to the future to bring gods …

48708. Escape From Roksamur

Mark Shepherd

Escape From Roksamur is a book published in 1997 that was written by Mark Shepherd.

48712. Butcher's Broom

Neil M. Gunn

Butcher's Broom is an epic, historical novel by Neil M. Gunn written in 1934. Based on a semi-fictionalised account of the Highland Clearances in Sutherland, the novel deals with the decline of Highland culture in a wide scope of pre-Clearance and post-Clearance life, as well as …

48717. The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti

Stephen Graham Jones

The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti is a novel written by Native American author Stephen Graham Jones published in 2008.

48719. The Lighthouse War

Adrian McKinty

The Lighthouse War is a book published in 2007 that was written by Adrian McKinty.

48722. The Essential Tension

Thomas Kuhn

The Essential Tension is a book written by Thomas Samuel Kuhn.

48725. The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire

Doris Lessing

The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire is a 1983 science fiction novel by Nobel Prize in Literature-winner Doris Lessing. It is the fifth book in her five-book Canopus in Argos series and comprises a set of documents that describe the final days of the Volyen Empire, …

48727. The Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester

The Stars My Destination is a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester. Originally serialized in Galaxy magazine in four parts beginning with the October 1956 issue, it first appeared in book form in the United Kingdom as Tiger! Tiger! – after William Blake's poem "The Tyger", the …

48728. The Fires of Windameir

Niel Hancock

The Fires of Windameir is a book published in 1985 that was written by Niel Hancock.

48730. The Sea of Silence

Niel Hancock

The Sea of Silence is a book published in 1987 that was written by Niel Hancock.

48733. King of the Hustlers

Eugene Izzi

King of the Hustlers is a book written by Eugene Izzi.

48734. Ask for a Convertible

Danit Brown

When eleven-year-old Osnat Greenberg and her parents move to Michigan from Tel Aviv, they arrive in a place that feels too quiet, too damp and too big. Kids are taken aback by Osnat’s origins — “You lived in Israel? Weren’t you scared?” — and make fun of her name: “Why are you …

48735. Spellbound

Anna Dale

Spellbound is a 2008 fantasy/magic novel for children and the 3rd to have been written by British author Anna Dale, the author of Whispering to Witches and Dawn Undercover. Spellbound is used by the University of Winchester as an example of a book produced by an alumnus of their …

48738. Time of our Darkness

Stephen Gray

Time of our Darkness is a novel by South African author Stephen Gray. It tells the story of a homosexual teacher in 1980s Apartheid South Africa and his relationship with his long-term partner and a young black boy. 13-year-old Disley D. Mashanini is the sole black pupil at a …

48741. The Dominica Story

Lennox Honychurch

The Dominica Story: A History of the Island is a history book from 1975, written by famed Dominican historian Lennox Honychurch. Originally presented as a miniseries for Radio Dominica in 1974, the inaugural edition covered every aspect of local history from prehistory up to the …

48742. 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 …

48745. Inclusion and Democracy

Iris Marion Young

Inclusion and Democracy is a 2001 book by Iris Marion Young, published by Oxford University Press.

48746. O My America

Johanna Kaplan

O My America is a book by Johanna Kaplan.

48748. The Head of the House of Coombe

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Head of the House of Coombe is a 1922 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Head of the House of Coombe follows the relationships between a group of pre–World War One English nobles and commoners. It also offers both some interesting editorial commentary on the political …

48749. Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success. It originally appeared anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine, where it gained a wide readership. Critical notices were plentiful and mostly positive. Hardy revised the …

48753. Red Diamond, Private Eye

Mark Schorr

Red Diamond, Private Eye is a book written by Mark Schorr.

48755. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman …

Edward Gibbon

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. It was published in six volumes. Volume …

48761. Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island is a best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, published by Harper Collins in April 2003. A film adaptation was released in February 2010. Lehane has said he sought to write a novel that would be a homage to Gothic settings, B movies, and pulp. He described the novel …

48762. Olivia

Rosie Rushton

Olivia is the second book in The Girls series by Rosie Rushton. It was published in 1997 by Piccadilly Press Ltd.

48763. The Ugly Duckling

Jerry Pinkney

The Ugly Duckling is a book by Jerry Pinkney.

48770. From the devotions

Carl Phillips

From the devotions is the book written by Carl Phillips.

48771. Puck of Pook's Hill

Rudyard Kipling

Puck of Pook's Hill is a fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of English history. It can count both as historical fantasy – since some of the stories told of the past have clear magical elements, and as …

48774. Doctor Thorne

Anthony Trollope

Doctor Thorne is the third novel in Anthony Trollope's series known as the "Chronicles of Barsetshire". It is mainly concerned with the romantic problems of Mary Thorne, niece of Doctor Thomas Thorne, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the local squire, although Trollope as the …

48776. The Strain

Guillermo and Hogan Toro, Chuck Del

The Strain is a 2009 vampire horror novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It is the first installment in The Strain Trilogy, and was followed by The Fall and The Night Eternal. Del Toro first envisioned the story line as a television series, but was unable to find a buyer …

48779. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Michael Lewis

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game is a book by Michael Lewis released in 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. It focuses on American football.

48781. The Early Long

Frank Belknap Long

The Early Long is a collection of stories by Frank Belknap Long. Released in 1975, more than 50 years after the start of Long's career, it contains some of Long's best stories, together with an introduction which casts light on his early life and work. Many of the stories had …

48783. Lady Athlyne

Bram Stoker

Lady Athlyne is a romance novel by Bram Stoker, written in 1908. It was published one year before the release of Stoker's The Lady of the Shroud.

48795. A Rising Thunder

David Weber

A Rising Thunder by David Weber, released on March 6, 2012 by Baen Books, is the thirteenth novel set in the Honorverse in the main Honor Harrington series. This book was originally so large that it resulted in an editing decision to split it into two books, thus the delay in …

48796. Misery

Stephen King

Misery is a 1987 psychological horror novel by Stephen King. The novel was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988, and was later made into a Hollywood film and an off-Broadway play of the same name. When King was writing Misery in 1985 he planned the book …

48798. The Price of Inequality

Joseph Stiglitz

A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist. America currently has the most inequality, and the least equality of opportunity, among the advanced countries. While market forces play a role in this stark picture, …

48800. Raising Steam (Discworld)

Terry Pratchett

Steam is rising over Discworld. . . . Mister Simnel has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements—earth, air, fire, and water—and it’s soon drawing astonished crowds. To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork’s formidable Patrician, …



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