I enjoy literature. I majored in it in college. I love to read. I am relatively well-read, though I by no means have read everything.
But I have to tell you, as much as all of that has trained me to recognize quality literature, that doesn't mean I like it all.
For example, there are two "classic" novels that I absolutely, positively detest and would have to be paid a lot of money to read again: Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Tess of the d'Urbervilles (aka Tess the Twit in my head) by Thomas Hardy.
Are Golding and Hardy good writers? Yes, of course. They produce quality work. Do I like these books? Hell no!
The behavior of the boys in Lord of the Flies (cause it's a very male world, except when a wild animal comes along for a figurative rape) is savage and despicable. I had a visceral reaction to it, one of repugnance. (Low brow translation: it totally made me want to barf.) I have no desire to re-experience it.
So what books do I like? Well, my two favorite novels happen to be of the highest quality: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Both written by women, which possibly influenced my selections.
But that is not to say I don't read "crap" as well. I like what I like, and I'm confident enough that I don't particularly care if someone else approves or not. I have read more than my share of books for critical reasons; now I get to read what I want to read!
Man, now I just want to go home and read.