I like lists. A lot. This list is my personal opinion. If you would like to play along, please do. I'd love to see what books didn't let you down.
In no particular order...
NOS4A2 and Krampus are perfect examples of "There is no way in hell these books are as good as their concepts need them to be." In my opinion, both books blew away my expectations and were even greater than I anticipated.
You was a flashbang in a cave. Completely unexpected and shockingly illuminating. I sure didn't think I would enjoy it as much as everyone was telling me I would. I will continue to play cheerleader for Caroline Kepnes until she writes a bad book. So far, with You and Hidden Bodies, she has yet to let me down.
Grasshopper Jungle had absolutely no right to be as good as it was. It's B-rated science fiction laced with poignant and sharp-witted social commentary. Grasshopper Jungle is as close to a new Vonnegut book as one is likely to receive in today's world.
And, finally, a book written by a disturbed mind is bound to be just as whacked out as it deserves to be. Will Elliott had some issues while writing The Pilo Family Circus, and his mental illness nearly drips from the page. I'm glad it was recommended it to me or else I might never have found it. It's one of those books that gets better every time I think about it.
That's my top five. Do you have one? Let me know in the comments below, or create your own post. Maybe we'll make this a weekly thing.
*hugs and high fives*
~ Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Dutton 2014)