Would you rather readers admire your writing, or become engrossed in the story?
Um...BOTH? *heh heh* :D
According to Noah Lukeman, who wrote THE FIRST FIVE PAGES, "You must realize that when a reader gets lost in your story, turns pages rapidly and does not notice your writing, they are paying you the HIGHEST compliment. "
And I get that now. I mean, I want my sentences to be pretty, but I also want my readers to have a hard time putting the book down.
Even still, I fiddle around with word choice and sentence structure constantly. It's how you grow.
What do you think?