Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
At some point, I stopped noticing how irritating the writing style was and fell into the book. Instead of impatiently waiting for the 50 page mark so I could make the decision whether to DNF, I blew right past it without noticing.
There's still plenty of self-important navel-gazing, but now there's action and interesting insights.