Re: What have I learned so far?
If you do an 'advanced search' and look for 'book report' and check the 'title only' box, you might find that the books you're interested in have already had a synopsis and discussion done that might serve as either a super condensed readers digest version, or at least a pre-read of the book for content.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.