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Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – January

By February 7, 2017Hit of the Lits!

Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we run a poll on site asking you for your favourite reads for the previous month, a kind of bookish top of the pops. For the first month of 2017 we received over 400 replies with over 200 different boos being mentioned. As we always do, and according to your votes we’ve whittled that list down to a Top 40 Hit of the Lits, and we have that here for you now!

January’s list is the usual mix of books (probably made up of a lot of Christmas present reads) along with several titles that seem to be forever in someone’s hands being read. Enough from me, I shall leave you to enjoy the full Top 40, including all the ‘movers and shakers’ from last month, here’s the Hit of the Lits, top 40 for December.


All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Up eight places to top our chart this month is a regular in our Top 40, Anthony Doer’s novel set in occupied France during World War II.

All the Light we Cannot See US
All the Light we Cannot See UK

Review of All the Light we Cannot See


Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

A sixteen place jump to second spot for Jodi Picoult’s novel about the ways death of a new born baby will change the lives of those involved and left behind.

Small Great Things US
Small Great Things UK

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A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

One of my favourite books and with yet another month in our charts it seems many of you agree with me. A jump of five places up to number three this month.

A Man Called Ove US
A Man Called Ove UK

A Man Called Ove review


American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Returning to our top 40 this month is this epic tale of ancient Gods battling for survival in modern America.

American Gods US
American Gods UK

American Gods Review


Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi

A brand new book to the site let alone to our charts is this inspirational tale of eight women who defied the confines of life in revolutionary Iran through the joy and power of literature.

Reading Lolita in Tehran US
Reading Lolita in Tehran UK

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Gerald’s Game – Stephen King

Stephen King’s horrific tale of a woman left in an impossibly vulnerable situation has seen a real resurgence in popularity since news f a TV adaptation was announced. Up from number 20.

Gerald’s Game US
Gerald’s Game UK

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 Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

A new entry for David Keyes’ novel about a daring experiment in human intelligence.

Flowers for Algernon US
Flowers for Algernon UK

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I am number four – Pittacus Lore

The first book in the Lorien Legacies series this new entry follows John Smith, also known as number four; which is probably not a good thing when:
They killed Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.

I am number four US
I am number four UK

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Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

It never ceases to amaze me just how many people are still reading these classics. A new entry, Dickens shows us why he is so well loved with this tale of Pip as he grows from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character.

Great Expectations US
Great Expectations UK

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The Light Between Oceans – M L Stedman

A new entry as Tom and his wife Izzy, lighthouse keepers on a small island stumble across a small boat with a dead man and a crying baby inside.

The Light Between Oceans US
The Light Between Oceans UK

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11. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness (-6)

12. The Star Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi (New)

13.  My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – Fredrick Backman (New)

14. Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama (New)

15.  Me before You – Jojo Moyes (+14)

16. Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon (-10)

18. The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Jim Butcher (New)

19. Faithful – Alice Hoffman (New)

20. The reader on the 6.27 – Jean-Paul Didierlaurent (New)

21. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells (New)

22. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling (New)

23. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts (New)

24. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – Stephen King (New)

25. The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen (New)

26. The Chemist – Stephanie Meyer (New)

27. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern (New)

28. The Fireman – Joe Hill (New)

29. Immortal Bird – Doron Weber (New)

30. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe (New)

31. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (New)

32. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey (New)

33. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (-20)

34. Soldier Spy – Tom Marcus (New)

35. Finch – Jeff Vandermeer (New)

36. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney (New)

37. IT – Stephen King (New)

38. Skylarking – Kate Mildenhall (New)

39. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton (-3)

40. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (New)

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