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Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 Books – May

By June 1, 2016Hit of the Lits!

Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we ask our For Reading Addicts community for their favourite reads for our monthly chart and this month we received many replies from the community and had a whopping 180 books suggested. From that list, and according to your votes we have a Top 40 Books for May and as always it’s a mixed bag.

Here, including all the movers and shakers from April’s Top 40 is the FRA Top 40 Books for May. Last month we saw The Road to Little Dribbling at the number 1 spot but it didn’t even make the top 40 this month. Let’s see what we have!


Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

With the movie release in just a few days we’re not surprised to see Me Before You in the top spot this month. Zooming straight in at number 1, it hasn’t been in the FRA charts since February.

Me Before You US
Me Before You UK

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The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R Carey

Another new entry at Number 2 with the original take on zombie fiction, The Girl With All The Gifts. This has been a particular favourite in our book club this month, no doubt accounting for many votes.

The Girl With All The Gifts US
The Girl With All The Gifts UK

Review of The Girl With All The Gifts


The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale hasn’t been out of the FRA Top 40 for months! It was number 9 for April, and now we see it take number 3 for May. This one comes highly recommended by our community

The Nightingale US
The Nightingale UK

Review of The Nightingale


A Game of Thrones – G. R. R. Martin

No doubt spurred on by the popularity of the television show it seems new readers are still picking up the Song of Ice and Fire series. Games of Thrones is a new entry at Number 4, and Clash of Kings also got a mention for this poll.

A Game of Thrones US
A Game of Thrones UK

Review of A Game of Thrones


The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstein

Up nine places from April is The Night Circus and the fourth time it’s appeared in the top 40. Intrigue and magic, what’s not to love?

The Night Circus US
The Night Circus UK

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I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

Another new entry at Number 6 is I Am Malala, this one has proved popular with our readers and is a remarkable story of a girl in search of education against the Taliban.

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I am Malala UK

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After You – JoJo Moyes

With two entries in the top ten is Jojo Moyes. After You is the natural book to progress to once you have read Me Before You.

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After You UK

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Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter

Released in 2012, Beautiful Ruins is a social satire on Hollywood culture, and it’s proving popular with our readers this month, a new entry at Number 8.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

I really love this new detective series from J. K Rowling, and it seems you do too as two of the three books make our Top 40 this month. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a new entry at Number 9.

The Cuckoo’s Calling US
The Cuckoo’s Calling UK

Review of The Cuckoo’s Calling


The Raven King – Maggie Steivater

Just released in the UK, The Raven King was a new entry at Number 32 last month but it’s proved popular as it’s up to Number 10 this month, completing the Hit of the Lits Top 10.

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11. Winter – Marissa Meyer (New)

12. Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith (New) (review)

13. Defending Jacob – William Landay (New)

14. The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen (New)

15. The Thirteenth Tale – Diana Setterfield (New)

16. Girl Waits with Gun – Amy Stewart (New)

17. Any Human Heart – William Boyd (New)

18. American Gods – Neil Gaiman (+19) (review)

19. Geek Love – Katharine Dunn (New)

20. I am the Messenger – Marcus Zusak (New)

21. The Last Mile – David Baldacci (New)

22. The Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas (New)

23. Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig    (New)

24. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden    (New)

25. By the Piedra River – Paulo Coelho (New)

26. Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (New)

27. The Gentleman Bastards – Scott Lynch (New)

28. Moby Dick – Hermann Melville    (New)

29. Life of Pi – Yann Martel (New)

30. The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle   (New)

31. Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling (New)

32. Looking for Alaska – John Green (New)

33. Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter  (New)

34. Disclaimer – Renee Knight (New)

35. Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Jundera (New)

36. About the Donner Party – Daniel James Brown (New)

37. The Widow – Fiona Barton (+2)

38. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart (New)

39. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (New)

40. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee (New)

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