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.
I'm a third of the way through this book, and I'm not sure what to make of it so far. I'm enjoying the writing, the characters, and the atmosphere, but I just don't know about the story. Because there doesn't seem to *be* any story. By which I mean, nothing is actually happening. Characters talk, and think, and reflect, and do things. We find out about who they are, sometimes even as they themselves are finding out who they are.
I like character-driven stories. But I do expect there to be some kind of story.