(yes, I know that isn’t grammatically correct.)
Like many parts of the country, Chicagoland is experiencing temperatures hotter than you-know-where. Today the temperature peaked at 97 degrees and with the humidity it felt even warmer. It is just not comfortable to be outside for any length of time. I’m not one to have the air-conditioning on all the time, but right now it is the only way to go.
So I got to thinking (!) about books with cold settings that might temporarily let me escape the heat, if only in my mind. I took a brief survey of the books on my shelves and came up with three:
- Winter: Five Windows on the Season by Adam Gopnik (this is a re-read)
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (I’m basing the cold factor on scenes I’ve seen from the movie version)
It seems there are a lot more books with warm weather settings; I get that, I know most people would rather be sitting on a beach than trying to thaw out from shovelling the driveway. But I am not most people. I want to feel cold!
Does anyone have suggestions for cold reads?