One of my favorite awards to use to help adults find a compelling and yet still thought provoking reads is the Alex Awards.
Okay, some of you are already confused because you are asking, "Becky, isn't the Alex Award given to adult books that are great options for teens?" And you are correct, but just because the list is meant to be for teen patrons doesn't mean you are forbidden from using the list to assist adult readers, I mean they are adult market titles.
I love using the Alex Awards as a "sure bet" option for adults who are not stuck on a specific genre and simply want compelling, original, and thought provoking reads. In other words quick reads that aren't just typical, adrenaline titles [thrillers, suspense, etc...]. Titles that are for adults, have some complexity and yet will still move briskly. You would be surprised how hard these are to find, and this difficulty is exacerbated when, as often occurs, these adult readers are in a hurry and need something for a trip that is immediately impending.
This is what the Alex Award titles are a sure bet options for adults who want a "good read" and can't really tell you much more. Add in the fact that these titles embrace the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, encompassing many genres and #ownvoices titles and come with wonderful annotations for each title, written but the committee to make it even easier for you to hand-sell all titles to any reader.
Below is the current annotated list and the link to all previous lists too [because current titles may not be immediately available, but the backlist ones will be, and they work just as well].
2019 Bram Stoker Award Finalists - Click here for the full press release. Congrats to everyone! THE 2019 BRAM STOKER AWARD FINALISTS *The 2019 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot Special Inter...
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