Summer is officially here, and with it brings a heat wave. Ever felt like you’re just too hot to even move, let alone write a novel? So what better way to deal with the heat then by finding a shady spot and reading your favorite books about heat waves?
Here are some recommendations I have. They tend to be a bit on the scarier side of things, but that’s to keep your mind off this terrifying heat:
Cujo by Stephen King: A mother and son get trapped inside a Ford Pinto during the hottest summer in 30 years. A rabid dog waits to pounce if they attempt to leave. Uplifting reading, best done on a sweaty subway car surrounded by almost-rabid commuters.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Our precocious narrator Scout describes that fateful summer, “Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square; Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning; Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.” A novel best read while lazing in your backyard, wondering about why the world is the way it is — then forgetting about that and jumping into a creek.
Romeo and Juliet: Summer love, gone awry. Not that they weren’t warned by the cool-headed Benvolio, “The day is hot, the Capels are abroad; / And if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl, / For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” Best read while reminiscing about that summer love, and resisting the urge to look him or her up on Facebook.
A Time to Kill: Set during a sweltering southern summer inside of a claustrophobic courtroom, this drama won’t make you feel any cooler, but will keep you on edge long enough to forget about the heat. Best read while drinking a large lemonade while wearing far too much clothing.
Heat Wave: Dylan Terrey’s book, published at the beginning of the month on Lulu, follows NYPD detective Nikki Heat as she deals with a smooth-talking journalist whose been assigned to write about her latest murder investigation.
How many of you have a bit of heat in your books? What books do you think should be added to our sizzlin’ summer list?