While being published is still quite new to me, I've been writing for as long as I can remember. This tends to affect how you read -- at least it has for me. You tend to analyze what is working and what is not working in a book.
In my case, it also affects what I read. I find it inspiring to read about writing, or just about the creative process in general. Yet there are some widely held truths in writing instruction that catch me up.
One in particular is about writing style. Don't get hung up on style, these books warn. As long as your writing style doesn't get in the way of the reader, it's fine. Most readers are more interested in plot.
These things are probably all very true. My problem is that writing style is what turns me on or off a book very quickly. If I don't like the writing style, I really don't care how good the plot is because I can't move forward on the page. And there have been some very popular authors whose styles made their books impossible for me to read.
How about you guys? Is there an element of a book that is a dealbreaker? Is writing style a crucial part of your reading pleasure?