I'm currently reading Middlemarch by George Eliot. I'm really enjoying the main plot but due to my OCD I'm becoming irate with all of the references. You see whenever I come across a bit of history or references to other literature I'm not familiar with I feel the need to research said reference. I've had this problem with several other novels I've read over the years. For instance I recently completed The Marble Faun and was constantly having to look up the references to Italian art, this made an other wise short novel a very long process to get through. I'm just curious if any one else has this problem?