When I first read the Krug readings, I thought that author basically hit Web usability concepts on the nose. I found these readings very easy to read. In fact, a lot of the ideas and tips that he expressed were used in the book. The subjects were clear and straight forward, the text was broken up which included images to make things easier to understand.
I liked how the author was personal in the intro. He expressed his experience with watching users surf the web but made it clear that as a designer, you don't have to have a professional looking over your shoulder telling you what not to do. Creating web pages is all about being creative and using your experiences on the web and putting that into your page so people don't have the same problems that you have run into before. However, he mentions sticking with certain styles and themes in websites; like headings at the top of a newspaper, linking things in the same general place as to not confuse browsers.
I like his concept of making things simple. It's so true that as designers, we think that viewers will read and notice every detail on a site. But.. as a user, we don't. We scan for the things that we want and need and click on a few things until we get what we want. That's actually pretty sad considering how much work some designers put into some web pages. So it is good to stick with simple so you can spare yourself some time and frustration! I like it when I can easily navigate through a site and know when a link is a link and how to search for something.
One side note: I thought the bit about how some users put in URL's into Yahoo search engines and expect to get to the website immediately, was pretty amusing. No offense to people who have done that before but mixing up the yahoo search tab with the actual internet URL bar is a beginner's mistake.
As for the muddling through pages, I have to say that I'm not really a muddler. I push through the rough spots and stick with it usually. However, thanks to google, it is easy to press the back button and look for another site that has similar information.
This book kind of reminds me of some of the same concepts discussed in the Kilian readings. I'm seeing some common themes here but I suppose that they will be stuck in my head when I'm viewing and creating web pages. I do like the layout of the book. Krug makes it easy to follow his thoughts and I like that he expresses them in honesty.