These books kept your head spinning from start to finish, perhaps with the occasional heart murmur and twisted gut.
  1. Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
    I only made it about five pages before I had to put it down for a few days and adapt to the cold and cruel world of the 1850s lawless west. Despite the effort, I never could shake the grotesque feeling of voyeurism in that violent, violent world. The book is brilliant and blew me away, but I had a knot in my stomach the whole time.
  2. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
    OK, try not to judge me. I read a lot. Rarely does a book surprise me. This is the only YA book to do so. I read YA books because I am a teacher and I am always looking for books to recommend to students. The raw emotion in this book rocked me to my core. I have read it at least 6 times and I still have to stop because I sob.
    Suggested by @ljsee
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    Another YA suggestion.... Don't spoil it for yourself. The end is a total shock.
    Suggested by @jenward
  4. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
    Endlessly compelling and intriguing.
    Suggested by @MatthewAlmont
  5. House of leaves by Mark Danielewski
    Reconceptualized "modern" and "thriller". A Superb ten year effort resulting in a magnus opus
    Suggested by @isabelashe
  6. Come to the Edge by Christina Haag
    Romantic and heartbreaking and glamorous and beautifully written.
    Suggested by @bookishclaire
  7. The Wrath & the Dawn, by Renée Ahdieh
    Gorgeous. Luscious. Romantic. Clever. Brilliant. There are not enough adjectives...
    Suggested by @srsharms
  8. Disgrace, by JM Coetzee. It's so fucked up, but in this perfectly human way.
    Suggested by @anniebanannie