1. The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Kickass female assassins pitted against each other! A company that protects the universe from evil! The end of the world! This book is a pure romp and completely worthy of the exclamation point in its title. Gonzales is a creative mastermind, and this world will have you ferociously turning the pages.
2. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
This book is pure gold, the kind of adventure every reader longs for. I triple-checked if it was actually YA, because it has so many aspects that will appeal to YA-lovers. When Charlie Nancy's father dies, he's surprised to find out that he was actually Anansi, the trickster god. And to make matters more complicated, Charlie's mysterious estranged brother, Shadow, has shown up to stir up trouble. (Pro-tip: Even though it's technically a companion book to American Gods, you don't have to read American Gods first, and a lot of people actually like Anansi Boys better.)
3. Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
This list would be incomplete without a dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel on it, and Gold Fame Citrus is a must-read. Set in the near-future, California has become a water-less wasteland, and Ray and Luz are some of the only inhabitants left. But when they discover a mysterious child, seeds of hope for a new future are planted. This book is so eery at times that your skin will be crawling.
4. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Historical fiction buffs, this one's for you. Set in 19th century Paris, this is the story of a famous opera singer, Lilliet Berne. When Lilliet finds out she's been betrayed by someone close to her, she tells you the story of her wild beginnings, trying to suss out which one of her confidants has been spilling her secrets. Don't let the length of this one scare you off — you'll get sucked in and fly right through it.
5. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
As a girl, Rose accidentally discovers a gigantic, metal hand in the earth. Now, grown up and a leading physicist, she's close to unraveling the mystery of the hand, and what it could mean for all of humanity. This is an adventure that will pull you along all kinds of twisting paths.
6. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
If you're a fan of Rainbow Rowell, try this romance on for size. Henry uncontrollably travels through time, often pulled to his wife's childhood. As a result, Claire has known Henry since she was six years old, even though he doesn't meet her until his 30s. This is the story of their strange romance. It's powerful, it's engrossing, and it will make you feel every emotion.
7. The Assistants by Camille Perri
The equivalent of a high school dramedy for the young professional world. When an executive assistant to a media mogul accidentally steals enough money from her boss to pay off her student loans, the situation snowballs until her life becomes amazingly tangled. Budding romance and new friendship weave throughout this book, drawing you in completely. A scoop of pure, vindictive fun — especially if you've ever had an assistant job.