I wrote my MA thesis about House of Leaves. There's a lot of value in it, but the author's such a fucking troll. You have to have a sense of humor about academia to appreciate the extra-textual stuff that's going on. I agree with what everyone else has said - it's definitely not a people-pleaser (I wouldn't recommend it to my mom), and while it's very intelligent and I found it entertaining, it's not something that you can judge people for disliking. Give it a try.