Hot Reads, Cold Reads: Taking a Book’s Temperature
John Steinbeck, warm. Steve Almond's Candyfreak, melted milk chocolate warm.
Grimm's Fairy Tales, cold. Ditto The Metamorphosis and anything by a Russian. Nabokov's Pale Fire case in point, how cold it is is right in the title for gosh's sakes. Some people find Austen cool as a wet washcloth on a fevered brow.
Zorba The Greek, dry heat. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Florida swamp heat. Annie Dillard skates on thick Midwestern pond ice.