Admittedly, the school year is usually too crazy for students to have any extra time on their hands to read for pleasure, but summer break offers a chance to relax and catch up on some really great books. With just a few weeks of class left this semester, consider the following list for your summertime reading:

  1. “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffery Toobin

The Run of His LifeThis book, which earlier this year became the basis of the new FX miniseries “American Crime Story,” presents the true tale of the most watched and controversial legal trail of all time. Jeffery Toobin recounts, in detail, the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the arrest of athlete O.J. Simpson, and the epic trial and media extravaganza to follow. Published in 1996, “The Run of His Life” has regained the public’s interest since the show — starring Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson — became such a hit.

  1. “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman

The Walking DeadNot only is “The Walking Dead” the number one show on television but was first a highly-acclaimed zombie apocalypse comic book series written by Robert Kirkman with artist Tony Moore. Originally published in 2003, with over 150 issues (or 26 volumes) to date, the series is ongoing and releases new issues monthly. Fans of the AMC show will be interested to see how the two stories deviate from one another, and newbies will be immediately enthralled by the suspenseful drama following Rick Grimes and his group.

  1. “End of Watch” by Stephen King

End of WatchThis crime novel — set to be published on June 7 — will be the final installment of Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes” trilogy, featuring retired detective Bill Hodges and his sidekicks Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson. Bringing about the return of the Mercedes killer, Brady Hartsfield, “End of Watch” is said to merge the hard-boiled detective genre with the supernatural themes King is known for. After a traumatic blow to the head, Brady awakens in a clinic with the power to control other human beings, which he uses to drive people to suicide as part of his overall plot for revenge.

  1. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Cursed Child“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a two-part play set in the wizarding world being produced in the U.K. this summer, which (for those of us who are not able to fly to London for the performance) will also be released as a book in the U.S. on July 31 (Harry Potter’s birthday). The story will pick up nineteen years after the events of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows” and follow Harry, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter, as they attempt to deal with darkness from their past returning in unexpected ways.

  1. “Bullseye” by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

BullseyeJames Patterson is the multi-talented author of over 147 books, writing children’s stories by day and mystery crime novels by night. Being released on Aug. 1, “Bullseye” is one of his most recent achievements and will be the ninth book in his Michael Bennett detective series. The novel will feature a husband and wife team of assassins who set their sights on the President of the United States! With a tagline of “Caught in the crossfire of a deadly standoff, Detective Michael Bennett must kill…or be killed,” this novel promises to be one of Patterson’s better thrillers.