GBC 2012

The winners and short-listed nominees of the Reading List were announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX. The reading schedule will follow the 2011 schedule.


  • Winner: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
  • Shortlist:
    • Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
    • Spiral by Paul McEuen
    • The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
    • You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz


  • Winner: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Shortlist:
    • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
    • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
    • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Historical Fiction

  • Winner: Doc by Mary Doria Russell
  • Shortlist:
    • Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith
    • Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
    • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    • The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning


  • Winner: The Ridge by Michael Koryta
  • Shortlist:
    • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
    • The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
    • Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
    • The White Devil by Justin Evans


  • Winner: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
  • Shortlist:
    • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
    • Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
    • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
    • A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny


  • Winner: Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase
  • Shortlist:
    • Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
    • A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran
    • My One And Only by Kristan Higgins
    • When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

Science Fiction

  • Winner: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey
  • Shortlist:
    • Embassytown by China Miéville
    • The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Women’s Fiction

  • Winner: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Shortlist:
    • Deep Down True by Juliette Fay
    • Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
    • The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
    • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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