ALA 2016 Reading List Winners

The American Library Association announced their 2016 Reading List winners and honor titles, given to the best in genre fiction for adult readers. They were announced January 9, 2016 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Categories including work of SF/F interest follow.


  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace)
  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor)

Historical Fiction

  • Crooked Heart, Lissa Evans (Harper)
  • Jam on the Vine, LaShonda Katrice Barnett (Grove)
  • The Truth According to Us, Annie Barrows (The Dial Press)
  • The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s)
  • Paradise Sky, Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland )
  • Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


  • The Fifth House of the Heart, Ben Tripp (Gallery)
  • When We Were Animals, Joshua Gaylord (Mulholland)
  • The Silence, Tim Lebbon (Titan)
  • Little Girls, Ronald Malfi (Kensington)
  • A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Science Fiction

  • Golden Son, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf)
  • Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
  • Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, David Wong (Thomas Dunne)

Winners were selected by the Reading List Council, “whose members include twelve expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians.”

For more information, including the full list of categories, see the ALA’s official announcement.