This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I have never read straight through the JLS and I wouldn't expect anyone to. Seems like a waste of time, if you ask me. However, you certainly should be able to reference the JLS and quickly find what you're looking for. If you can handle that, you can handle just about anything you'd run into. Corey