When looking for a new book, I usually spend at least an hour searching The New York Times Best Seller’s list and cross-referencing the books with Amazon reviews. After my meticulous searches, I usually end up with pretty fantastic books. Because of this, I’ve decided to make the search a little bit easier for you with brief reviews of three books I think are worth spending your summer with.

11/23/63 by Stephen King 

If you’ve been meaning to read a Stephen King novel, but are a scaredy-cat like me, this is the book for you. A longer novel, at 880 pages, Stephen King perfectly unravels this story, intertwining the lives of Jake, a high school English teacher, Al, a local restaurant owner, and Lee Harvey Oswald, President JFK’s assassin. A novel about time travel and the huge implications one event can have on the future, this mesmerizing story will keep you up reading all night. Unable to put this book down, I was grateful the phenomenal Amazon reviews, which gave the book 4.5/5 stars, convinced me to read this thought-provoking novel.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

An easy beach read, my friends and I have been a little obsessed with this book for the past few years. Tugging at your heartstrings in a way Fifty Shades is simply incapable of doing, this novel is perfect for young adults and college kids like myself. The book descriptions will seem very cheesy – detailing how shy bookworm, Abby Abernathy makes a deal with Travis Maddox, a fighter and known man-whore. If Abby wins, Travis must stay celibate for a month, but if Travis wins, Abby moves into his apartment for a month. I know, I know, worse than you thought. But please please please do not let this obvious set-up deter you from reading this fantastic book. Abby and Travis’ story will truly consume you in and leave you searching for your Travis. Readers on Amazon agreed, giving this novel 4.5/5 well-deserved stars.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green 

You will cry. Possibly a lot. Maybe on a plane, next to a stranger, as I did. But it will be worth it. This beautifully written, soulful novel is a story about life and death and what it takes to overcome the fear of both. Based on the lives of two cancer-stricken teenagers, author John Green, pens a lovely story chronicling the relationship between Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. These two witty, sarcastic, insightful teenagers will have you laughing and crying as you partake on this wonderful journey with them. Receiving a whopping 5 stars on Amazon, I would highly recommend this raw and inspiring novel to people of all ages.