Top Ten Summer Books to Get You Through This Hurricane Season

We can all agree that summer is pretty awesome. Even if you're a "grown up" who doesn't go to school anymore, summers are always that much sweeter than the rest of the year. And for Miamians, it can sometimes feel like summer all year round.

But summertime is also hurricane season in Miami, meaning we're subject to long stretches of time confined indoors, often without electricity. One way to fill that time is by picking up a book, and exercising your magical brain powers by reading. C'mon, you know you want to.

There's this crazy thing called "reading for pleasure;" it's quite enjoyable you should try it sometime. Like, now.

If the words "summer reading" remind you of long lists filled with foreign words like "Dickens," "Prejudice," and "Miserables," and the thought of doing schoolwork during a time that's meant to be filled with sun bathing and nap time make you cringe, fear not. We've compiled a list that you'll actually want to read.

So take your pick:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Living among us are evil monsters and demons, and it is the duty of a select gifted people called Shadowhunters to protect us mere mortals. So goes the premise of City of Bones. The first installment of Clare's The Mortal Instruments series introduces readers to the fantastical realm of the Shadowhunters through the novel's protagonist, Clary.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

With Rowling's first attempt at adult fiction, The Casual Vacancy tells the story of a very small, and very English town. In her usual detailed and imaginative manner, Rowling meshes together the lives of nosy neighbors in the town of Pagford. Old rivalries and grudges resurface as Pagford looks to fill a recent vacancy in the parish council.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou is a feisty teen with blue hair living on her own in Prague. Aside from her hair color, Karou's after school job makes her unique: she runs errands for a demon-like chimaera, who also happens to have raised her. Taylor manages to fuse together a romantic place like Prague with another world that once was equally romantic. Daughter of Smoke and Bone will keep you in suspense as you journey with Karou to uncover the truths of her past and discover who she really is. The adventure doesn't end here, so you should consider having the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, at the ready.

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