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!

1

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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2

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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3

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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4

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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5

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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6

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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7

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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8

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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9

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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10

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)

50 Children’s Books All Adults Should Read

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For our latest on site poll we quizzed you for some recommendations on children’s books that have a good message for adults too. We counted almost a thousand replies and from those we have a list of 50 children’s books all adults should read.

Of course we don’t want to dictate what you should read, but from your votes we have a list of fifty children’s books that you recommended! We’re sure many of you will have your own suggestions too, feel free to add them in the comments. Read More

Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – May

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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!

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To us, the literary characters we read are read people who live inside our heads. We want to be some of them, we want to be with others, then there are the ones that are absolutely vile and truly toxic. So today we’re going in for a little literary man-bashing as we look at the most toxic men from literature.

These are my personal suggestions, and we’re sure you’ll have a few of your own too. Let’s see if you agree with my top ten creeps from the pages of our favourite novels. Read More

10 Literary Badasses You’d Want Backing You up in a Bar Fight

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Picture the scene: You’re in a quiet pub or bar, catching up with your friends and telling one another about the latest books you’ve been reading. Suddenly a group of rowdy drunkards come over and start hassling you. Being the good natured bibliophile you are, you try to politely brush them off, but they’re just not getting the hint. Suddenly the unthinkable happens. One of the goons picks up a book from your bag, creases the spine and then, to your horror, tears out a page. Patrons rush to leave the bar as fast as they can as you flip the table and snatch your book back. It’s only then that the thugs realise your friends happen to be 10 of the most badass characters from fiction. As fisticuffs ensue, you feel reassured to know you’re being covered by the following tough cookies…

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40 Reads for Canine Lovers

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If you are a die-hard dog lover like me, you surely know what I am talking about when I say Lassie or Marley. We hardly ever miss any dog movie or novel. I often go for such movies with a packet of tissues for nobody seems to be able to tug at our heart strings the way these four-pawed furry friends do.

Here is a list of novels canine lovers will enjoy. Many have been adapted into films but the written word is always special for us! Read More

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