I just love a good book. Not a great book, because a great book stands alone and lets you ponder possibilities. A great book will suck you in so quickly that you won't have time to think about how you feel until later. A great book will tell you how to think or feel and we go with it, because it feels good to give up our own thoughts for a while, to know that everyone else is thinking the same thing, because they too are sucked right in. A great book is good on occasion, but a good book...
A good book is like a new friend. You start out curious, what is the back story, who are the characters, will you like them? Then, it draws you in, giving you the opportunity and the responsibility to invest as much or little of yourself into the storyline as you choose. This allows you to walk away at some point, while still having questions. Later, you can return and pick up right were you left off having contemplated what you knew so far, having thought about your own reactions to any given situation introduced thus far.
The greatest thing about a good book is a sequel, another chapter to follow, letting you in a little bit more. Cross-over characters or storylines. When you meet someone you like, someone you connect with, you are draw back to them over and over. If they never said anything new, why go back? There wouldn't be anything worth investing in. A sequel or spin of has already laid the groundwork for the type of relationship you will have with any future storylines.
What attracts us to the individual stories differs due to our personalities, life experiences and most importantly why we are reading. Are you escaping to a new world, escaping from your real life or just checking out another view on something? For me it depends on my day, my mood and sometimes, regretfully, my selection of choices.
How do you read? Why do you read? What do you read?
I can love a cheesy storyline just as easily as a deep plot twist. A laugh is just as appealing as bloodshed, sadness can be just as moving as love, depending on my mood.
PS - I love how spell check doesn't like "storylines". My options are: story lines, story-lines, or storyline... Go figure.