Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderfully creative folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about book clubs – specifically, my personal Top 10 for book clubs that are interested in reading steampunk novels! Steampunk is loosely defined as Victorian science fiction: all the perks of 19th century steam-powered machinery (commonly mixed with fantasy or historical elements) create the richest aesthetic in literature I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Whether you’re a reader of YA lit, adult urban fantasy, general historical fiction, or even graphic novels, there’s a little bit of steampunk everywhere if you just know where to look.
→ Leviathan by Scott Westerfield: I’ve had this book on another one of my TTTs, but it is also the very first steampunk novel I read back in 2011. 10/10 would recommend.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: While still solidly a Shadowhunter novel, the steampunk aspect comes from the clockwork creatures (aka super creepy automatons) that attack our faves and are nearly impossible to kill because they aren’t human, merely robotic brass beings that wear the skin of others. Gross, right? Luckily, they don’t dwell on how absolutely horrifying that is for too long. The good bits far outweigh the weirdness and make this a book I highly recommend.
→ Soulless by Gail Carriger: Similar to Clockwork Angel, the villains in this story are automatons, however they are created with science that is more reminiscent of the original Frankenstein than from clock scrap parts. The steampunk aspect is not as prevalent in this one because the paranormal theme is the biggest draw of the novel, but the background is rich and saturated with the best Victorian science fiction can offer.
Timekeeper by Tara Sim: The official release date for this is November 8th and I have not read it yet, so I don’t have much to say about it YET. I’ve heard incredible things so far, and believe it deserves a place on this list.
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto: Victorian meets Western in a fabulous pinnacle of steampunk lit. That’s it, that’s my tagline. If your book club reads this, tweet me where you’re meeting. I’ll be there.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher: I love all of his urban fantasy; James Marsters reads the audiobooks for the entire Dresden Files series, and it’s a goddamn gift. This book is a very different style and approach than anything I’ve seen from him before, yet still just as captivating and worth listening to (Spike has me addicted to audiobooks, for real) for anyone who wants to explore more of his work.
→ The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross: Okay but Kady is SUCH A SWEETHEART, hung out with my mom at a steampunk convention, I got to read an ARC of this book before I even knew what ARCs were, and I just really care about her please go read her novels. ❤
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Fairytale retelling + steampunk elements = a pretty rad twisted fantasy that is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. Also the first book I reviewed for this blog, if I’m not mistaken. Hopefully I’ll actually post a review of Scarlet at some point. Here’s hoping!
This was formatted super weird today because I had a rough day and I’m tired, but guess what? I still wanna hear your thoughts!
Have you read any of these books? Are there any steampunk books you’d recommend to a book club? Link me your own TTT in the comments below!