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)

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: October

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month we see the same book in the number 1 spot for a second month, it’s proven to be a massive bestseller and is now the top of our top 20 for two months running! Have you read any of the books below? We hope you enjoy the recommendations. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: September

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Another month has passed as the year races by and now we’re into September and if you’re looking for some reading suggestions then we have the FRA Top 20, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

Every month we ask the group members to let us know what their favourite read was from the previous month. Those results are then collated, giving us a top 20 recommended reads for the following month. Here’s September!  Read More

Obama Shares What He’s Been Reading This Summer

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It’s always interesting to know what any public figure has been reading lately, but even more so when that public figure also happens to have been the 44th President of the United States. Every so often, Barack Obama takes to his official Facebook page to let us know what he’s been reading and what he’d recommend.

Obama published a post on Sunday evening detailing five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that he’s been reading over the Summer. “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon,” he wrote. “This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Read More

4 Brilliant Leon Uris Books

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Leon Uris (3rd August, 1924 – June 21, 2003) was an American author of historical fiction who wrote many bestselling books. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Uris was the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Uris. His father was a Polish born immigrant, his mother a first generation Russian American.

Uris was six years old when he was first recognised for his literary skills when he wrote an operetta inspired by the death of his dog. He would go on to write many bestselling works, based around major political and historic events. Today we’re going to recommend four books you may like to try. Read More

FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: August

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Those who have been around a while will remember our Hit of the Lits feature, a top 20 of the books you’ve loved in the previous month. Well on popular request we’re giving this feature a reboot with a new name and a new layout.

Last month we created a poll in our reading group The Cwts, and that poll has run all month giving you the chance to add your favourite read from the last thirty days. With July now over we have our top 20 for August and here it is, the readers’ choice top 20 for August.

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Obama Reveals What He’s Been Reading Prior to Visiting Africa

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For the first time since he left office, the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, has returned to Africa where he spent time in both Kenya (his ancestral home) and South Africa. There he met 200 young leaders from all over the continent and made a speech to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Prior to his visit, Obama published a post on his official Facebook page where he wrote about his love for his ancestral home, and revealed what books he’s been reading in the build up to his trip. As you would expect, the books are from and about the continent of Africa and show what a diverse, historic, sometimes troubled, but also extraordinary continent it is. Not only has Obama recommended the books, but also provided a quick insight as to why he found them interesting. Read More

Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! 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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