Chief, I think you hit it on the nose regarding Kevin. I feel the same way. I was on vacation over the last 10 days and left the book on the back of the toilet.
As for the code at the intro to each chapter, no I haven't deciphered it, but I haven't given it any thought either. I have intentions on trying after things settle down some around here.
As for the next book, here is what is next on my reading list, I think.Damned
, Chuck Palahniuk, 2011, Horror/Thriller
The author has described the novel as "if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume." and "it's kind of like The Breakfast Club set in Hell."
I really need to find a book that keeps my interest enough to finish reading it. Lately, that hasn't been the case.