Re: Should reading be easy...?
It depends on the season in my life what I am looking for. Something more challenging when I can read a book in a night, I was a teen or at uni then sure.
Now I have 3 kids under eight who need more attention I prefer entertainment. I've always read all kind of books, but personally I don't like a book that is constantly drawing me out of the story to run for the dictionary or to tell me how smart the author is. I've nothing against rich and varied use of language but a good author for me will place the word in the text in such a way I can hazard a guess at what it means and then look it up properly later.
I don't intentionally write anything that is difficult to read. However my current story is about a detective and a criminologist who are civil partners, one of them is raped. It is not an easy, cosy read.