I do hate to give up on a book, but I think I'm going to have to put Vanity Fair back on the shelf until a later day (or better edition). The surgery didn't help, as I was too stoned to comprehend anything more complex than "Do you need more water?" and therefore went quite some time without picking it up.
It's not that the book is boring, per se, so much as that it requires a more in-depth knowledge of early 19th century London than I currently have. So I find myself constantly flipping to the end of the book, which is incredibly annoying. What's wrong with footnotes? If it's so vital that you need to include a note on it, shouldn't you include it on the SAME DANG PAGE? But also, please don't give away the plot in the notes. This edition kind of did, which also makes me not as eager to finish it. (When I was in college, a professor forbade us from reading the footnotes of a particular novel, as they freely discussed the plot and would ruin it. I accidentally read one, which gave away the whole ending. Lame.)
Of course, on the flipside of that is the completely unnecessary notes. "In the manuscript, Becky goes on to say..." is not really something I need to know. I'm not reading the book to learn everything I possibly can about the process of writing it, nor am I reading it to determine how thorough the editor's research was. I just want to read the book. THOSE are the notes that belong at the very end of the book.
So yes, I'm moving on. I'm currently in the middle of both The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Tennis Shoes among the Nephites, the latter being really rather terrible thus far. FH reminds me that it is a children's book, but I say that has nothing to do with it. Harry Potter is ostensibly a children's series, and I think it's wonderful, so there. I think the mark of a really good children's book is that it doesn't talk down to them, but instead invites them to step up to a higher level. (One of these days I'm going to make a vocabulary test to show how not-childlike the language is. Also, my kids will be extra cool because I have the British edition, so it will be multicultural, too.)
What are you reading?