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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
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)
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