Part of my problem is that I have very little tolerance for things like romance novels or "women's fiction." I didn't make it past the second page of The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. While I've tried to keep up with what's happening in fiction so I can build a small collection at our school library, I do that "keeping up" mainly by reading reviews. Another part of my problem is that there's very little fiction out there that relates to real life, or at least my real life. Some people would say that's the point; after all, the best-selling fiction is romance (at least as e-books). But I wish there were space between the nouveau-Roth writing of Franzen and the blandness of Sparks to put a novel written with the "mature" (you know what that means) reader in mind. Novels that addressed faith but weren't of the "Amish" variety. Or novels that tackled the downright weirdness of life but knew that weirdness doesn't necessarily mean O'Connor characters. (Real people are weird enough.) Or novels that realized that most people don't have that many partners in the space of a lifetime, let alone 300 pages. So far I haven't found any novels like that.
But if I did, I still probably wouldn't have time to read them.