Last month I read The Lacuna, and The Help. The Lacuna dragged and dragged and finally at the end I was like, "Ooooooooooooh. I get it. It's about how we thought we left McCarthyism behind, but between the media, and the Sarah Palins of the world we are reliving it."
As for The Help, I have heard a million people say that I need to read it, but I thought they meant, I need to read it like I need to watch An Inconvenient Truth. Like, I should do it, because it's the right thing to do. But maybe they were saying I should read it because the story is so good, you can't put it down. It took about a month and $2.40 in late charges to read The Lacuna, and I read The Help in about 27 hours.