I've kicked the weekend off by checking out a stack of books from the library and I just have to publicly mock the two I tried to read today.
1) A supposedly not-too academic book about "terroir" in American food... Within the first two pages of the PREFACE? The author uses the word quotidian TWICE. yello?? editors?? I hurriedly skipped to the introduction. The first sentence begins: "When I was in my early thirties, just finishing my doctoral dissertation..." I put the book down and backed away.
2) On the other end of things, I optimistically tried my hand at a second Regency Romance, a recent award winner purported to be well-written and "not your average romance." I made it through about 100 pages of your stock prattle about finding eligible matches during The Season. Then it started to get "racy," and boy do I use that term loosely. Let's just say I should have listened to my instincts and dropped this one at the "rising musk" and "thrilling pathos of unfulfilled desire" on page 3.