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Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 Books – November

By November 30, 2015Hit of the Lits!

Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

We’re starting a brand new monthly feature here at For Reading Addicts! Hit of the Lits will be a monthly top 40 chart based on the books you read this month. For those who saw and replied to our poll question this month, thank you. There were over 1,300 replies with around 500 books mentioned in all! December’s post will go up on our Facebook page on the 20th of the month so you can vote for next month’s book then.

Just like the charts, we’ll have a Top 10 featured, and then the full Top 40, and we’ll feature all the ‘shakers and movers’ each month. And just like the music charts, it’s unlikely to be just new releases that feature as events in popular culture push books to the top of your reading pile, and perennial books that stay popular forever.


November 9 – Colleen Hoover

Topping our very first FRA chart is November 9 from New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover.

November 9 US
November 9 UK

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The Martian – Andy Weir

Not a new release, but many of you have loved the Martian this month as it’s pushed back into the top of the reading list thanks to the movie release.

The Martian US
The Martian UK

Review of the Martian


Miss Peregrine Series – Ransom Riggs

Every time a new book in a series is released it pushes the entire series back into the reading lists and with Library of Souls released back in September, many of you are at some stage of this series.

Library of Souls US
Library of Souls UK

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Harry Potter Series – J. K Rowling

It seems the launch of the Harry Potter illustrated version has many of you reading this old favourite again!

Harry Potter Illustrated US
Harry Potter Illustrated UK

Review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


Song of Ice and Fire Series – George R. R. Martin

Martin hasn’t released a new novel since 2011, maybe it’s the prequel release A Knight of Seven Kingdoms that has you all reading the series, or maybe given the verbosity of the author, you’re still trying to get through it all.

A Knight of Seven Kingdoms US
A Knight of Seven Kingdoms UK

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Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon

I’ve come to the conclusion that at any point in time, at least twenty of you are reading Outlander, often for the tenth time!

Outlander box set US
Outlander box set UK

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Maze Runner Series – James Dashner

Maze Runner the movie seems to have brought this one back into fashion and with the sixth book to be released in 2016 we can see why you’re playing catch up!

Maze Runner Trilogy US
Maze Runner Trilogy UK

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The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

This is probably the book that has most divided our page this year. You love it, you hate it, you love it but you hate the characters, you wanted to defenestrate the whole thing! Enough of you love it to put it in November’s top ten though!

The Girl on the Train US
The Girl on the Train UK

The Girl on the Train Review


A Man Called Ove – Fredrick Backman

The heart warming story that has had our reading group ablaze with chat all year comes in at number 9, it seems you all love Ove! Backman’s second novel also came in at number 89, not making the top 40 but worth a mention.

A Man Called Ove US
A Man Called Ove UK

Review of A Man Called Ove


Winter – Marissa Meyer

Book four in the Lunar Chronicles is Winter, and makes number 10 on our list. Most of you who voted are reading Winter, but I also included votes from those who are catching up with the series.

Winter US
Winter UK

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11. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

12. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (review)

13. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

14. Room – Emma Donoghue

15. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

16. The Lake House – Kate Morton

17. 11/22/63 – Stephen King (review)

18. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (review)

19. All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

20. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

21. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – Stephen King

22. The God Delusion – Richard Hawkins

23. Little Paris Bookshop – Nine George

24. Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith

25. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

26. Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

27. Station Eleven – Emily St John

28. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

29. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

30. 1984 – George Orwell

31. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

32. Still Alice – Lisa Genova

33. Confess – Colleen Hoover

34. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

35. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff

36. The Unlikely Event – Judy Blume

37. A Fifty Year Silence – Miranda Richmond

38. The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Jim Butcher

39. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

40. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

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