One thing I love about reading a variety of books is that they give me many things to think about. Both about the actual book, and not! Ever since I began The Almond Picker, I started wondering why I was liking it so much. I realised that it was because of the strong, interesting, and diverse people that were presented in the novel, and the strong family ties that resulted.
I also noticed, though, that there wasn't much action in terms of the plot. There wasn't any adventure, there wasn't any boldness! It didn't matter, because the characters and dialog were already at the forefront of the book. This is what is making me love the book so far, even with the absence of the classic, entertaining storyline.
That's not to say that I don't appreciate an addictive plot - no way! If books like that didn't exist, reading would likely become very monotonous. Plus, there's an endless selection of books that include both realistic characters and a great plot. An example that comes to mind is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. The books in that series are practically pure perfection with respect to what I've been talking about. Since we're all so unique and different as readers, I'd love to know your opinion on this topic!
Would you be able to enjoy a book without an engaging story if the characters made up for it? Is an exciting plot essential to you? What are some books you've read that include both these elements?