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.

49001. 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 …

49003. Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and …

Dwight A. McBride

Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality is a book regarding ethno-relational mores in contemporary gay African America with a nod to black, feminist and queer cultural contexts "dedicated to integrating sexuality and race into black and queer studies." It …

49005. Rain Stones

Jackie French

Rain Stones is a 1991 short story collection by acclaimed Australian author Jackie French. It is notable for being the first children's book written by the author.

49009. Survival!

Gordon R. Dickson

Survival! is a collection of science fiction stories by Gordon R. Dickson. It was first published by Baen Books in 1984. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines Astounding, Fantasy and Science Fiction, If, Imagination, Fantastic, Infinity Science Fiction, Future …

49012. Crisis on Vulcan

Brad Strickland

Crisis on Vulcan is a book published in 1996 that was written by Barbara Strickland and Brad Strickland.

49013. Obituaries

William Saroyan

Obituaries is a book written by William Saroyan.

49014. 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" …

49017. Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die

Francis M. Nevins, Jr.

Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die is a book written by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.

49023. And I Worked at the Writer's Trade: Chapters of …

Malcolm Cowley

And I Worked at the Writer's Trade: Chapters of Literary History 1918-1978 is a book written by Malcolm Cowley.

49028. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Agatha Christie

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and a Selection of Entrées is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 24 October 1960. It is the only Christie first edition published in the UK that contains stories …

49031. Visitors from London

Kitty Barne

Visitors from London is a children's novel written by Kitty Barne, illustrated with 40 drawings by Ruth Gervis, published by Dent in 1940. Set in Sussex, it is a story of World War II on the home front; it features preparing for and hosting children evacuated from London. Barne …

49032. 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 …

49034. The Company

John Ehrlichman

The Company is a political fiction roman à clef novel written by John Ehrlichman, a former close aide to President Richard Nixon and a figure in the Watergate scandal, first published in 1976 by Simon & Schuster. The title is an insider nickname for the Central Intelligence …

49035. The Conan Chronicles II

Robert Jordan

The Conan Chronicles II is a collection of fantasy novels written by Robert Jordan featuring the sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, created by Robert E. Howard. The book was published in 1997 by Legend Books and collects three novels originally published by Tor Books.

49036. The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor

Ernest Bornemann

The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor is a 1937 crime novel by Ernest Borneman writing as Cameron McCabe. It was first published in London. The book makes use of the false document technique: It pretends to be the true story of a 38-year-old Scotsman called Cameron McCabe who …

49037. The blue bedspread

Raj Kamal Jha

The blue bedspread is a book written by Raj Kamal Jha.

49038. Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that …

Clifton Taulbert

Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values That Build Strong Communities is a memoir by Clifton Taulbert, first published in 1997. It recounts the eight lessons that he learned while growing up in the Mississippi Delta, United States, lessons he attributes to the "front …

49041. 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.

49044. The New Poets

M. L. Rosenthal

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

49047. The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln

Kenneth J. Winkle

The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln is a book written by Kenneth J. Winkle.

49048. Anyone's Daughter

Shana Alexander

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

49052. 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.

49055. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a novel written by Ken Kesey. Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the narrative serves as a study of the institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of behaviorism and a celebration of humanistic principles. Published in …

49056. Inside U.S.A.

John Gunther

Inside U.S.A. is a nonfiction book by John Gunther, first published in 1947 and one of that year's best-selling nonfiction books in the United States. It describes the author's observations during 13 months of travel through the 48 U.S. states beginning in November 1944.

49057. Rapture

Susan Mitchell

Rapture is a book written by Susan Mitchell.

49060. Ross MacDonald

Tom Nolan

Ross MacDonald: A Biography is a book by Tom Nolan.

49062. The Return of the Mucker

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Return of the Mucker is a book published in 1916 that was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

49063. The Rise of Mormonism

Rodney Stark

The Rise of Mormonism is a 2005 book by the sociologist of religions Rodney Stark. It was reviewed in Journal of Mormon History.

49065. Windy McPherson's Son

Sherwood Anderson

Windy McPherson's Son is a 1916 novel by American author Sherwood Anderson. It was published by John Lane as part of a three book contract. Windy McPherson's Son is Sherwood Anderson's first novel.

49066. The Slow Natives

Thea Astley

The Slow Natives is a Miles Franklin Award winning novel by Australian author Thea Astley, the first of her record number of four wins. It also won the 1965 Moomba Award.

49069. Salvage for the Saint

Leslie Charteris

Salvage for the Saint is the title of a 1983 mystery novel featuring the character of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". The novel was written by Peter Bloxsom based on the two-part Return of the Saint episode, "Collision Course" by John Kruse, but per the custom at this time, …

49071. Harlem renaissance

Nathan Huggins

Harlem renaissance is a book written by Harlem renaissance.

49073. The wrong Doyle

Robert Girardi

The Wrong Doyle is a Mystery, or Crime novel by Robert Girardi.

49074. The copper elephant

Adam Rapp

The Copper Elephant is a young adult science fiction novel by Adam Rapp. It was published 2 November 1999 by Front Street, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press. The story is told from the perspective on an eleven-year-old girl, Whensday Bluehouse. She lives in a future ruled by a …

49075. Reefer Madness

Larry Sloman

Reefer Madness: The History of Marijuana in America is a book by Larry "Ratso" Sloman, originally published in 1979. The book is a history of social marijuana use in the United States. The book was reissued in 1998 with an introduction by William S. Burroughs.

49076. 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 …

49077. Facing Mount Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta

Facing Mount Kenya, first published in 1938, is an anthropological study of the people of the Kikuyu ethnicity of central Kenya. It was written by native Kikuyu and future Kenyan president Jomo Kenyatta. The book's introduction was written by anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski, …

49079. Ballet Shoes

Noel Streatfeild

Ballet Shoes: a story of three children on the stage is a children's novel by Noel Streatfeild, published by Dent in 1936. It was her first book for children and it inaugurated the Shoes series that has been popular worldwide. Streatfeild and Ballet Shoes were a commended runner …

49084. Southern Latitudes

Stephen J. Clark

Southern Latitudes is a book written by Stephen J. Clark.

49086. Twelve Rounds to Glory

Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali is a 2007 illustrated biography of Muhammad Ali for children written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated by Bryan Collier. Smith won an author honor at the 2008 Coretta Scott King Book Awards for this book.

49087. Uncovering Sadie's Secrets

Libby Sternberg

Uncovering Sadie's Secrets is a book written by Libby Sternberg.

49089. Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu

Chikamatsu Monzaemon

Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu is a collection of four major dramas by the famous Japanese playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon. The four plays were first translated by Donald Keene in 1961, and have appeared in various collections and books over the years; Four Major Plays contains …

49090. The Revolt of Aphrodite

Lawrence Durrell

The Revolt of Aphrodite consists of two novels by British writer Lawrence Durrell, published in 1968 and 1970. The individual volumes, Tunc and Nunquam, were less successful that his earlier The Alexandria Quartet, in part because they deviate significantly from his earlier …

49092. Murder in the Dog Days

P. M. Carlson

Murder in the Dog Days is a book written by P. M. Carlson.

49095. Death of a Whaler

Nerida Newton

In a small seaside town, a young whaler, Flinch, is involved in a horrible accident that leaves a fellow whaler dead and a stunned Flinch holding onto a bloody knife. Trapped by his shame, Flinch grows into manhood as a recluse, unable to move beyond the fatal event. His town’s …

49100. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

John Hattendorf

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, John B. Hattendorf, editor in chief, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007. The work was issued in four volumes in print and online in the Oxford Digital Library. The encyclopedia is devoted to global maritime history and …

49101. Talked To Death

Stephen Singular

Talked To Death is a book written by Stephen Singular.

49104. The Dragon Murder Case

S. S. Van Dine

The Dragon Murder Case is a novel in a series by S. S. Van Dine about fictional detective Philo Vance. It was also adapted to a film version in 1934, starring Warren William as Vance. A guest at an estate in northern Manhattan dives into the swimming pool and disappears. His …

49106. 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 …

49107. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in the autumn of 1910, and was first published in its entirety in 1911. It is now one of Burnett's most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English …

49108. Stone and Sea

Graham Edwards

Stone and Sea is a fantasy novel written by Graham Edwards. The novel was first published in 2000 by Voyager Books and HarperPrism. It is the second book in the Stone trilogy, which also includes Stone and Sky and Stone and Sun. The trilogy is a follow-up to Edwards' Ultimate …

49109. Dragonflame

Graham Edwards

Dragonflame is a fantasy novel written by Graham Edwards. The novel was first published in 1997, by Voyager Books and HarperPrism. It is the final book in the Ultimate Dragon Saga trilogy. The book contains loose connections and foreshadowing to Edwards' later trilogy, the Stone …

49110. Gameprey

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers or Net Force Explorers is a series of young adult novels created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik as a spin-off of the military fiction series Tom Clancy's Net Force.

49111. Terminal Freedom

Daniel Keys Moran

Terminal Freedom is a book published in 1997 that was written by Daniel Keys Moran.

49115. Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now

Steve Turner

Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now is a biography of musician Van Morrison, written by Steve Turner. It was first published in 1993 in the United States by Penguin Group, and in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing. Turner first met Van Morrison in 1985; he interviewed …

49116. 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.

49119. The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the …

49123. The House in Lordship Lane

A. E. W. Mason

The House in Lordship Lane is a 1946 British detective novel written by A.E.W. Mason. It is the fifth and final novel in the Hanaud series of stories featuring Inspector Hanaud of the French police. Unlike the rest of the series, the story is set in England in the Lordship Lane …

49125. Tolkien's Legendarium

Verlyn Flieger

Tolkien's Legendarium is a collection of scholarly essays edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter on the History of Middle-earth series of books relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. It was published by Greenwood …

49136. 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 …

49139. 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 …

49141. The Restless Supermarket

Ivan Vladislavic

The Restless Supermarket is a novel by Croatian-South African author Ivan Vladislavic, which tracks the changes in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, during the 1990s, through the eyes of a grumpy, retired proof-reader who spends his life in one café. Though well reviewed, the novel is …

49153. The Borders Just Beyond

Joseph Payne Brennan

The Borders Just Beyond is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by Joseph Payne Brennan. It was first published in 1986 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 750 copies, all of which were signed by the author. Many of the stories originally appeared in …

49154. The Beechers

Milton Rugoff

The Beechers is a book written by Milton Rugoff.

49155. Red Diamond, Private Eye

Mark Schorr

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

49158. The Right-Hand Man

K. M. Peyton

The Right-Hand Man is a young adult historical novel by K. M. Peyton, first published in 1977. The book is set in 1818 in Essex and London, during the Georgian era. It tells the story of Ned Rowlands, a talented stagecoach driver who meets the three creatures he loves best on …

49161. Zones

Damien Broderick

Zones is a 1997 young-adult science fiction novel by Damien Broderick & Rory Barnes. It follows the story of Jenny who receives a phone call from another year.

49162. The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to …

Cary Reich

The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller: Worlds to Conquer, 1908-1958 is a book by Cary Reich.

49164. Science of Survival

L. Ron Hubbard

Science of Survival is a book published in 1951 by L. Ron Hubbard, extending his earlier writings on Dianetics. Its original subtitle was "simplified, faster dianetic techniques",although more recent editions have the subtitle "Prediction of human behavior". It is one of the …

49170. Join My Cult

James Curcio

Join My Cult is a subversive, satirical novel written by James Curcio and released by New Falcon Publications. It is a work of collaborative fiction based on real events. In a subsequent interview the author said the book was meant to be a prologue for his second novel, Fallen …

49171. 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 …

49172. 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 …

49173. Three essays on religion

John Stuart Mill

Three essays on religion is a book written by John Stuart Mill.

49175. Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1722. It purports to be the true account of the life of the eponymous Moll, detailing her exploits from birth until old age. By 1721, Defoe had become a recognised novelist, …

49179. 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.

49180. To Protect and to Serve

Joe Domanick

To Protect and to Serve is a book written by Joe Domanick.

49181. Loudspeaker Design Cookbook

Vance Dickason

Loudspeaker Design Cookbook by Vance Dickason is a resource for the design and construction of audio loudspeakers.

49186. The loo sanction

Tevanian

The Loo Sanction is a 1973 sequel novel to The Eiger Sanction written by Trevanian.

49189. Night Cruise

Billie Sue Mosiman

Night Cruise is a book written by Billie Sue Mosiman.

49195. Alan Moore's Neonomicon Signed Limited Hardcover

Alan Moore

Alan Moore, the best-selling graphic novelist of all time, delivers an original, chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror!Comic book legend Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, FROM HELL) and brilliant artist Jacen Burrows deliver a chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror! Brears and Lamper, two …

49196. Supergod Volume 1 TP

Warren Ellis

Praying to be saved by a man who can fly will get you killed! From Warren Ellis, the creator of THE AUTHORITY and PLANETARY, comes the most horrifying superhero comic you’ll ever read! When scientists build messianic super-humans to save the world, no one thought about how these …

49197. White Noise

Don DeLillo

White Noise is the eighth novel by Don DeLillo, published by Viking Press in 1985. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. White Noise is an example of postmodern literature. It is widely considered DeLillo's "breakout" work and brought him to the attention of a much …

49198. The Son

Philipp Meyer

Pub Date: 2013-05-28 Pages: 576 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US A Globe & Mail 100 SelectionPart epic of Texas. part classic coming- of-age story. part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power. The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the …

49199. Winter of the World

Ken Follett

"This book is truly epic. . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington PostPicking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated …

49200. Sharp Ends: Stories from the World of the First Law

Joe Abercrombie

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one …



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