Jay Kristoff transports the steampunk genre from Victorian London's oft-trodden streets to feudal Japan. In a world brimming with mythical beasts, strange technologies, and dark conspiracies, a young woman sent on a seemingly impossible quest must find her way home and outwit the Shogun who never intended for her to return.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…