Discussions & Confessions – Cold Reads

Discussions & Confessions is an opportunity for me to get to ramble on about stuff. Things that happen in my bookish world or otherwise. I like to discuss, confess and chatter about things that I think about. So this will be my opportunity.

Cold Reads

About three-ish weeks ago, my house was a living hell. I mean, seriously, it was freaking hot. Virginia experienced the first of its summer heat waves and, as a native Michigander, my body is simply not good at handling 90F+ temperatures. Add to the fact that I have a heart condition that basically means I can’t regulate my body temperature very well (read: I don’t sweat… like ever). So, you’re all probably scratching your heads and saying, “Well why don’t you just go sit in some air conditioning and cool off?” To which I would respond, “That sounds amazing. Heavenly, if we’re continuing with the heaven and hell word play here. Unfortunately, for about two and a half weeks, my air conditioning was nonexistent. Dead. Kaput. Useless. Literally blowing hot air.”

Yeah. It was miserable. Danny and I bought a ton of fans. We kept all lights off. Thor was regularly sprayed with water (because, like his momma, and as a bulldog, he can’t regulate his body temperature either). And, to no avail. Keeping cool was just about impossible. Sitting on our leather couch was so not comfortable. Blankets were hidden from view because the mere idea of needing warmth was a miserable one to behold. We don’t really have window treatments right now and it still didn’t make us shy about living a nudist’s life. Yeah, I admitted that. This is confessions, m’kay?

So, I took to Twitter:

My social media prowess has followed in the footsteps of my blogging regularity: aka, there is none. So, I put this out there without ever really thinking that I would get a bite. I was so wrong and I thank goodness for that because simply reading the synopses for the books that were suggested to me helped my temperature come down, at least to some degree (pun abso-freaking-lutely intended). Lili from Lili’s Reflections (@LiliReflects) and Shannon, formerly of Stalking the Bookshelves (@StalkintheBooks) were the main contributors and here’s what they suggested:

  • Survive by Alex Morel
  • Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (read)
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  • Shiver (and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series) by Maggie Stiefvater (read Shiver, not the rest of the series)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

All of which seemed like great options. I bought two – How to Save a Life and Survive – because they seemed the chilliest and the most likely to really put me into the situation of feeling cold. Might even create a shiver in me, or two. But I haven’t read either of them. Mostly because I’m in a bit of a reading funk and not really picking up books like I used to. Partly because the air conditioning has since been fixed so I’m not so hot anymore. But I have them now and intend to read them soon-ish. : )

Let me add a couple to this list, just in case somebody else out there is looking for some cold reads for themselves:

  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
So, do you do this? Do you read books that might create a certain feeling for you? Are there any other cold reads that you might consider adding to this list? Do books make you feel a certain way all the time, sometimes or never? Let’s discuss!

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