1) Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese
After reading this book, I immediately went back to the library and took out every other book Boese had written. He covers unique, fascinating nonfiction topics (including his work on historical hoaxes) and is a great writer to boot.
2. The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
Everything Abbott writes is brilliant, and this is no exception. She is especially adept at writing psychological thrillers that also explore the deep, complex bonds between female friends.
3. Extracurricular Activities by Maggie Barbieri
The Murder 101 books make up a really fun cozy mystery series. As a teacher myself, the fact that the protagonist is a teacher is a bonus.
4. The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter
This is one of those books that I immediately recommended to others as soon as I finished it. Carter expertly weaves together deep discussions about race, class, and familial ties, all while spinning together a gripping mystery.
5. The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker
This is a fictionalized take on the possible conspiracy surrounding Marilyn Monroe's death, and a book that will leave you thinking about it long after you've closed the cover.