Actually, Rollo, the good thing about the JA series is that the books are short (120-170 pages). I can read a whole book whil ein the bathroom! (Uh, did I just say that? D'oh!) I mean, on a trip to the grocery store. Yeah! Whew! Now they'll believe that!
I too have a gift card to B n N awaiting some good SW books, but hardcovers get read from the library and bought when the softcover is released.