Adult Reading Lists

Are you looking for a certain kind of book to read?  Adult Services has compiled a series of lists just for you!  Check the online catalog for item availability.  These resources are not created or controlled by GHPLD.

Award Winners

Aspen Words Literary Prize
Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
Man Booker Prize
Man Booker International Prize
National Book Awards for Fiction
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
Nobel Prize in Literature
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

National Book Awards for Nonfiction
National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, Autobiography, and Biography
Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
Pulitzer Prize for History

The Edgar Award

Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Hugo Award
The Nebula Award

The Bram Stoker Award

Diverse Voices
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity.

Arab American Book Award
Sponsored by the Arab American National Museum, The Arab American Book Award is an honor given each year to outstanding books written by or about Arab Americans.

International Latino Book Awards
Annual awards given to authors, translators, and illustrators for books written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Awards are distributed across more than 100 categories, each consisting of gold, silver, and bronze divisions, in addition to honorable mentions.

National Jewish Book Awards
The Awards are intend­ed to rec­og­nize authors, and encour­age read­ing, of out­stand­ing Eng­lish-lan­guage books of Jew­ish interest pre­sent­ed in over eigh­teen cat­e­gories.

Stonewall Book Awards
The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ adult literature, adult non-fiction, children and young adult books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table.

The WILLA Literary Award
The WILLA Literary Awards, named in honor of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Willa Cather, recognizes the best in literature, featuring women’s or girls’ stories set in the North American West that are published each year.

Recommended Resources from Adult Services Staff

Annual Lists
ALA Notable List
Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.
Chicago Public Library Foundation Awards
NPR’s Book Concierge

Trusted Lists and Recommendations
The Guardian’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books
The Guardian’s selections for best nonfiction books.

The Guardian’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time
The Guardian’s selections for best novels.

The Kirkus Prizes
Kirkus Reviews selects best fiction and nonfiction of the year.

Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction
Modern Library’s best picks for nonfiction books of the 20th century.

Modern Library 100 Best Novels
Modern Library’s best picks for novels of the 20th century.

PBS Books
Features monthly book recommendations, curated collections, behind the scenes interviews with authors, a digital library and more. by The Library of Congress
Sponsored by the Center for the Book, this is a reading community with free curated lists, interviews, awards, ebooks and more for all ages.

Librarian Recommend Resources
NoveList Plus
OCLC WorldCat
Shelf Talk

Book Recommendation Services

Fun Websites for Readers
Book Riot
Electric Literature
Literary Hub
The Millions
The Rumpus
We Need Diverse Books

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