Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – June

Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

We’ve been running our monthly reader chart here at For Reading Addicts for almost two years and over that time it’s been one of our most popular features. However, in recent months interest in the chart has declined so it’s with regret that we announce that this will be our final monthly Hit of the Lits. We will return with a new format and a new idea at the end of the summer, so if you love this feature then don’t worry too much!

That aside, it’s time for our final Hit of the Lits monthly chart where we share what you’ve loved over the past month with other readers. Thanks to all who joined in and voting for their June favourites, here’s the top 40!


I See You – Clare Mackintosh

This twisty turny thriller has been a favourite with many of you this month and it’s straight into our top 40 chart at number 1.

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Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Ready Player One is dystopia sci-fi brilliant, award winning and unputdownable, and it’s straight into our chart as a new entry at number 2 this month.

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Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow has featured in our charts for several consecutive months now. Set in Moscow in the 1920s the historical fiction came in at number 2 last month and is down one place to number 3 for our chart.

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The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

A classic World War II novel, adapted into a very well known movie, The English Patient is a favourite with you this month, a new entry at number 4.

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American Gods – Neil Gaiman

The brilliance that is American Gods has just been adapted for television and if you’ve just finished season 1, you’ll know what a true adaptation it is! As such this epic fantasy has featured in our charts for several months now, up four places to number 5 this month.

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Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes some magical YA fiction and Carry On has proven to be a firm favourite with our readers, putting it straight into our chart at number 6 this month.

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Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

We’ve heard big wonderful things about this book from our reading group in recent months and Small Great Things has been in the Hit of the Lits chart for months now, up 17 places this month to number 7.

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The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad has been one of the most talked about books of the last year, last month it made number 20 in our charts and it’s up 12 places this month and back into our top 10!

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

This debut novel has turned out to be one of the hottest books of the summer. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine hit number 11 in our charts last month and is up two places to number 9.

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

We love it when a classic hits our list, showing the books that never really go out of fashion and so completing our top ten this month is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein!

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11. The Bone People – Keri Hulme (new)

12. Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson (new)

13. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton (new)

15. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (new)

16. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (new)

17. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig (new)

18. Behind her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough (new)

19. A Stranger in the Mirror – Sidney Sheldon (new)

20. Call of the Wild – Jack London (new)

21. Night Shift – Stephen King (new)

22. The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett (new)

23. Hillbilly Elegy – J. D Vance (-11)

24. Let’s Take the Long Way Home – Gail Caldwell (-19)

25. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series – Sarah J. Maas (new)

26. A Piece of Cake – Cupcake Brown (new)

27. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (new)

28. A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab (new)

29. Men at War – Ernest Hemingway (new)

30. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor (new)

31. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness (new)

32. Mississippi Blood – Greg Iles (new)

33. Sutton – J. R. Moehringer (new)

34. Animal Farm – George Orwell (new)

35. Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurier (new)

36. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (new)

37. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson (new)

38. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (new)

39. Captail Correlli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (new)

40. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerland (new)

Harry, Meghan and the Race of the Royal Wedding Books

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The latest royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – has publishers and royal writers all up in a tiz and the race is on for the first of the Royal Wedding books. Royal journalists have been hurry to get published books out there in the market with Andrew Morton understandably winning the race, but if you want a souvenir book about the latest royal wedding then there are plenty to choose from, released and coming soon.

Today we’re going to take a look at the best new releases, out or coming out soon that feature the latest royal couple. Here they are, along with release dates and information.
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8 Books that Capture Caribbean Voices and the Spirit of the Windrush Generation

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Dominating the news in the UK and around the world this week is the despicable treatment of the Windrush generation, a generation of Caribbean migrants who came to Britain after World War II to provide labour.

The name comes from HMT Windrush, a troopship that brought 492 migrant workers to Tilbury Docks, London on 22nd June 1948. These people were the first to land on our shores, and the name came to mean anyone that arrived in this movement, which lasted until 1971. Read More

Harriet Tubman Day – 5 Great Reads

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Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who went on to become a saviour to many, an abolitionist and anti-slavery activist. Born into slavery in around 1822, Tubman escaped to freedom, and subsequently made some thirteen missions back to the south, helping to rescue around 70 families using a network of safe houses known as the underground railroad.

When the Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army and was the first woman to lead an armed expedition when she led the raid at Combahee Ferry, which liberated more then 700 slaves. Read More

5 Characters from Literature We’d Love to Party With

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Literature remains one of our favourite pastimes because books are able to transport us from our own lives and bring us exciting new adventures we could only have dreamed of. With the help of literature, we can visit far off places, meet wonderful new people, explore fantasy worlds, embark on epic quests, solve crimes, visit bygone eras of history and, every now and then, attend really awesome parties. In today’s article, we’re looking at five characters from literature we’d love to party with. Read More

New York Bookstore Features Books from Sh*thole Countries

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Turning negatives into positives is always a good thing, and right now we’re in love with Rough Draft Bar and Books in New York for their display featuring authors from ‘shithole countries’.

Since he has taken office, President Trump has done a pretty good job at offending the rest of the world. A while ago he banned travellers from many Muslim countries and we responded by featuring a list of books from the Muslim ban list. Read More

7 Box Set Book Series for the Fantasy Fan in Your Life

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It’s the time of year for buying gifts, and while we all know that books make fabulous presents it can be hard to know what to buy. If you have a friend who loves fantasy then today we can help by recommending 7 box set book series, all from the broad fantasy genre.

All the series we’ve chosen are complete so there’s no waiting for the next book in the series, and they’re all available as complete box sets, with lovely cover art, making the perfect complete gift. Read More

5 Best Books About the JFK Assassination

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The assassination of John F. Kennedy is one of the best known events in American history and with so many files from the assassination finding themselves classified, it’s an event that has always attracted conspiracy theorists. Over the years the subject has been discussed extensively, and many books on the subject have been written. You’d think we may have exhausted the subject but with the release of a cache of classified files last week, the subject is back in the forefront of the minds of many. Read More

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  • Bookzio says:

    Great list – shame you’re dropping this feature as I’ve only just found it! But look forward to whatever is next.
    We run lists over at Bookzio.com also…

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