ALA 2021 Reading List

The American Library Association announced their 2021 Reading List winners and honor titles, given to the best in genre fiction for adult readers. They were announced February 4, 2021 at the Book & Media Awards Virtual Ceremony. Categories including work of SF/F interest follow.


  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s)
  • The Doors of Eden, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit)
  • Hench, Natalie Zina Walschots (William Morrow)
  • A Pale Light in the Black, K.B. Wagers (Harper Voyager)


  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik (Del)
  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)


  • The Hollow Places, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
  • The Return, Rachel Harrison (Berkley)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)


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

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

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