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!

1

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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2

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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3

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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4

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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5

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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6

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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7

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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8

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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9

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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10

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)

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On 31st August 1888, the body of Mary Ann Nichols was found in London, sparking a reign of terror so terrible the story would live in through the centuries. Mary Ann Nichols is thought to have been the first victim of the serial killer who would be known as Jack the Ripper. T

The Ripper was never caught and it’s maybe this that ensures his place as one of the most infamous serial killers in history. The stories and theories over the years have kept armchair detectives riveted and many, many books have been written about the subject. Read More

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We all love a good thriller, and the genre has never been so popular. After Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl rewrote the genre we’ve seen so many exciting thrillers, often with strong female characters, all designed to make you change your loyalties from page to page, and that trend is continuing with some fantastic books released this year, filling the void perfectly.

There are hundreds of new thrillers out this year, but for this post we’re specifically featuring books that we think could be this year’s “Gone Girl”, the thriller that kept us all on a roller coaster ride before being made into a major movie. Read More

Penguin Random House Shows Pride with LGBTQ Reading List

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Publishers Penguin Random House has taken to the streets of central London this week to march in support of Pride, an annual event marking the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

This year was the year’s fiftieth anniversary and Penguin Random House UK was in partnership with Stonewall to celebrate the importance of representation of LGBTQ people in literature and the progressions of LGBT equality through literature. Read More

Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – June

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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!

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The 10 Coolest Books on African Culture

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African culture is very diverse, beautiful, and it can be shocking sometimes. African ethnicity is extremely complicated. According to rough estimates, the continent has about 50 nations and nationalities, and 3 thousand different tribes speaking a thousand languages.

There are so many interesting books by African writers. If you are interested in African culture, here is a top 10 best novels about Africa. Read More

Top 10 Motivational Books for Students

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Most of those recommendations are not the usual self-help books especially for 17-18-year-old students because it is more important to gain a perspective on the world, the culture, about yourself at this age rather than diving into the conventional self-help novels. But if you are a lack of inspiration, the motivation can be found in books. After all, you guys are just entering college or studying there during this time! 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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