Reader Recommends #8: Steampunk

Reader Recommends is a fun meme created here at Ramblings on Readings where we recommend 3-5 books (or more!) based on certain given topics. This is a great way to see what other readers are enjoying in your favorite genres, or maybe find a new favorite series!
Every Thursday, I’ll be posting the current Reader Recommends, along with the topic for the next edition. Choose up to five books or series you would recommend based on the topic or genre. If you haven’t read the topic, you can post books you are interested in reading based on the topic. I will usually post 1-2 books I’m interested in reading in the future in that genre/topic. You’ll find next week’s topic at the bottom of this post.Add your post to the Link-up at the bottom of each Reader Recommends post to see other bloggers’ suggestions, and make some new friends! Be sure to comment on my post if this is your first time so I can be sure to stop by your blog! Have a suggestion for a topic? Email me at!

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This week’s topic: Steampunk

Victorian Clothing, dirigibles, steam powered everything, gears, goggles, automatons…you know the drill. What Steampunk books should every reader have on their shelves?


 Soulless by Gail Carriger

Hilarious, romantic, charming…it’s one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in the past year. I really adored Soulless, and the steampunk elements are just such a fun addition to the paranormal conflict.

The Falconer

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Far less light than Soulless, though still an entertaining read. The heroine of The Falconer is motivated by revenge; this is cultivated by a dangerous and mysterious fae who teachers her to fight. Lots of cool steampunk elements here as well, though a little overshadowed by the fae storyline.

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I read this before I even knew what steampunk was. If you like The Mortal Instruments, chances are you’ll like The Infernal Devices. Our heroine, Tessa, spends a good amount of time being chased by automatons. So there’s that.

Masque of the Red Death

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

This is based on a work by Edgar Allen Poe, so it’s a rather dark tale. Mysterious and romantic. I haven’t heard good things about the sequel, but I really enjoyed this one.

Steampunk Books I want to read:

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

It’s sitting on my shelf, begging to be read. I’ve heard amazing things about this series.

Dearly, Departed

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

This one was suggested to me on the “Zombies” edition of Reader Recommends, and now it’s sitting on my shelf as well, keeping Something Strange and Deadly company.

What are your favorite Steampunk books?

Next Week’s Topic: John Green

-He’ll make you laugh, and then he’ll turn around and rip your heart out and slash it into a million pieces. What books do you recommend after John Green annihilates your soul?


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