Leah, you've posted recently with a few books you disliked. Can you list a few that you've enjoyed, and tell why?
Oooooh. Great idea for a future topic. You can hold off on responding, if you want.
Okay, I won't give away too much, but in general, the books I enjoy are very much plot-driven. If it's a story that's not interesting to me, I can't get into the story. In fact, I'll read abysmal writing (to a certain degree) if the plot is halfway decent. That's why I'll put up with lame Christian stuff if it's a good cheesy romance. Honestly, though, I will skip the "sermon" parts of the book. That's also why I couldn't make it through The Hunchback of Notre Dame
back in high school (I literally could not find the plot - to this day I have no idea what happened, since I never saw the movie either), and why I'll still read children's and YA books. I like all kinds of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. But if there's no plot, be sure that I'll probably shelve it (or delete to my Kindle archives).
That said, my favorite books are The Giver
by Lois Lowry (will be a movie this summer!), Redeeming Love
by Francine Rivers, & Perpetua
by Amy Rachel Peterson (I'm friends with her sister). I have several more that I really like, but those ones I can read over and over again. They may not be the best examples of good literature, but they have a solid plot and I can see the characters in my mind. They also challenge me, which I realize is an important component to the kinds of things I like to fill my head. I am inspired to be a better person when I read them, and a better Christian.
And to backtrack a little, I liked Divergent more probably because I saw the movie first (and 3 more times because I liked it so much). I'll probably go see it a few more when it hits the $3 theatre. I know that many more people liked The Hunger Games series and I have yet to read it. But I really liked the plot of Divergent - it's quite action-packed, so there you go. That's my personal preference. Other people like descriptions and scenery and flowery prose, but I like plot and barebones characters, so I can imagine the story in my own mind.