Because of this blog's focus, I'll specifically list just the winners that fit with the genre of historical fiction.
Reading List, the year's best in genre fiction:
In Historical Fiction, the winner was Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens (Thomas Dunne, 2014), a retelling of "Rapunzel" set in 17th-century France and a century earlier in Italy. Read my interview with Kate, which was based on the original Australian edition. It's great to see the novel receiving such acclaim in the US.
The Historical Fiction shortlist included Amy Belding Brown's Flight of the Sparrow (colonial New England); Nicola Griffith's Hild (Anglo-Saxon England); James Lee Burke's Wayfaring Stranger (1940s US); and Ariel Lawhon's The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress (Jazz Age Manhattan).
In Mystery, the winner was Ashley Weaver's Murder at the Brightwell (Minotaur, 2014), a Golden Age-style murder mystery set at a resort in '30s England. Read my review from last fall.
On the Mystery shortlist was Bruce Holsinger's historical thriller A Burnable Book.
Among the 26 titles on ALA's list of Notable Books, a best-of list for adult readers, was Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See (WWII France) and Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North (WWII-era POWs in southeast Asia; the recent Booker Prize winner).
Congrats also to my Booklist editor, Brad Hooper, for winning the 2015 Louis Shores Award for book reviewing. Very well deserved!