Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – May

Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we collate your reading habits to create a Top 40 chart of your reads from the previous month. Last month’s list was totally dominated with television and movie adaptations as many of you rushed to read the book before you read the adaptation, and this month is also thoroughly influenced by things coming to the big screen pretty soon!

Thanks so much to the 500 people who voted on their favourite reads, giving us a list of over 150 books and a top 40 that we’ll share with you now!


Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies has been up and down our chart since the news of the television adaptation and after coming in at Number 20 last month, the exciting thriller is back in the top spot this month!

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Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

Set in 1920s Soviet Russia, A Gentleman in Moscow has been a firm favourite with our readers and is up 17 places from Number 18 to Number 2 this month.

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The beautiful WWII tale of a young girl who loves books is never out of our chart for long. It didn’t make it into the top 40 last month but it’s Number 3 for June.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s dystopian hell has been at the top of the Amazon charts for several weeks, this time it’s powered by the adaptation, but it’s barely been out of the bestsellers list since the American Presidential election and it’s down two places to Number 4 in our chart this month.

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Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything is another book currently being adapted to movie. The young adult book about a girl who is allergic to everything is my own daughter’s favourite book right now and it’s a new entry at Number 5 this month.

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Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train was a hot book with our readers so it’s little wonder than Paula Hawkins second thriller, Into the Water is straight into our charts at Number 6 this month.

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A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Ove is the most popular grumpy old man of them all among our readers, and he’s back in the charts again after missing last month, putting this touching tale at Number 7 in our charts.

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A Court of Thorn and Roses Series – Sarah J. Maas

With the third book in the series out last month, A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas’ fantasy saga is a new entry at Number 8 in our charts this month.

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American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Is anyone else living for Monday nights right now and the American Gods adaptation? I read this weird, fantasy epic a couple of years ago but many of you are wading through it before you watch, putting it at Number 9, down one place from last month!

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Dark Tower Series – Stephen King

Idris Elba looks pretty impressive as Roland Deschain in the Dark Tower movie trailer and the upcoming film has many of you investing in the books before you watch, completing our top 10 for June!

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11. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (new)

12. Hillbilly Elegy – J. D Vance (+6)

15. Harry Potter Series – J. K Rowling (-11)

16. It – Stephen King (-10)

17. The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lapedusa (new)

18. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Housseni (new)

19. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (new)

20. Underground Railroad – Carson Whitehead (-19)

21. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (new)

22. Mischling – Affinity Konar (-12)

23. The Green Mile – Stephen King (new)

24. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult (-19)

25. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (new)

26. The Girl Before – JP Delaney (new)

27. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Nifnegger (new)

28. The Year of The Flood – Margaret Atwood (new)

29. It Can’t Happen Here – Sinclair Lewis (new)

30. 1984 – George Orwell (new)

31. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (new)

32. Flashman – George McDonald Fraser (new)

33. And Then There were None – Agatha Christie (new)

34. The Dinner – Herman Koch (new)

35. For One More Day – Mitch Albom (new)

36. The Catcher in the Rye – J. D Salinger (new)

37. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith (new)

38. The Quiet American – Graham Greene (new)

39. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie (new)

40. Wool Trilogy – Hugh Howey (new)

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

6 Jack the Ripper Books to Give You the Chills

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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

7 New Twisty Turny Thrillers That Could be This Year’s Gone Girl

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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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