During the summer, I can't go out too much. And to forget about the heat, I tend to read books that deal in cold places.
For the past few summers, I've reading books set in Antarctica and anything about Ernest Shackleton. But this year, I've been heading toward the Arctic region and it's all been by chance.
Simon blogged about getting a Hesperus Press book from his library, so I decided to find some. I want to borrow The Frozen Deep by Wilke Collins but I received Under the Management of Mr. Charles Dickens - His Production of The Frozen Deep, edited by Robert Louis Brannan. Both of these work deals with Captain Franklin and his doomed trip in his search for the Northwest Passage.
I am now on a search for 4 Arctic books about Captain Franklin. Kevin recommended Lady Franklin's Revenge by Ken McGoogan. Whispering Gums told me about Richard Flanagan's Wanting and Andrea Barrett's The Voyage of the Narwhal. I want to read The Man Who Ate His Boots by Anthony Brandt.
And, I've been going to other parts of the Arctic. Trevor wrote about Archipelago last year, and I wanted to get a few. When I received a bookstore gift card, I ordered A Dream of Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu. It's set in Siberian. A Canadian, John MacLennan, lives with the Chukcki.
I've been reading stories about other cold places. Recently I was in Leningrad during WWII, thanks to Helen Dunmore. I will be soon "travel" to Fort Amity: A Story of Canadian Life in the Time of Wolfe and Montcalm by A.T. Quiller-Couch, the last of my Wigtown, Scotland book buys.
Summers are always hot and humid in New Orleans. Real temperatures can reach up to 100F (38C) but with the humidity and lack of rain makes it feel like 110F (43C). I park my car in a covered garage at work, so it's in a shaded area. But walking to my car drains me. I turn on the air conditioning, but the interior is still hot. My lungs have been hurting lately due to particulate release during burning of oily glob in the Gulf of Mexico; I don't know when that will be over.
So reading keeps my mind off the weather and the glob and hurricanes.
Don't feel sorry for me. I enjoy my mild winters.