I recently asked some fellow photographers to share with me the last fiction book they read that they would consider a “page turner.” Here are 5 of the books that they highly recommended, worthy of hitching a ride in your pool or beach bag this summer. I’ve also included MY all-time favorite page-turner, which ironically is the longest, yet quickest book I’ve ever read.

1. “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover

Category: Romantic Suspense. This book and the accompanying music are pure gold through and through. In “Maybe Someday” Colleen Hoover gives you the unique experience of reading a fabulous story and listening to the music as the characters are writing it. There is nothing out there like this and the concept came together brilliantly.

2. “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Category: Literary Fiction. Very refreshing story of a young woman who has never belonged or been understood until she learns the language of flowers from the first mother she has ever really known. A wonderful story line, alternating between the past and present in Victoria’s life as she deals with her own skewed view of the world and how she fits in.

3. “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir

Category: Young Adult Fiction/Science Fiction/Romance. This is the kind of book you lose yourself in for days. Totally addictive, with masterful storytelling, perfect world building, great and complex characters to root for and excellent writing to boot. A book with huge, broad appeal and not to be missed.

4. “11/22/63” by Stephen King

Category: Suspense Fiction. At 880 pages, this is no quick read, but at Chapter 2, you’ll be hooked and you’ll strive to finish this book as quickly as possible. This is my favorite page-turner of all time, and I’d categorize it as a suspenseful romance novel with supernatural, political, historical, and legal elements. I know it sounds like every genre rolled up into one book, but the combination just works.

5. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel

Category: Literary Fiction. Thought provoking, beautifully written novel about the end of the world as we know it. The characters are rich, compelling, and believable. There’s much beauty in this book — in the way Mandel describes life on earth before the end of the world. Much about this life we don’t appreciate or can’t appreciate until it is gone.

6. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

Category: Literary Fiction/Suspense & Thriller. This book seems to the “it” book right now, and is commonly compared to the equally addicting book “Gone Girl.” You will not put this down until you have finished the whole book. Terrifically inventive with lots of surprise plot twists and turns.