well F*** ... I dislike the novels that don't really impact the universe. At the end there's always the sense of no real progression leaving me wondering why I just spent hours reading a book that went nowhere. Which is why I loved Destiny so much, 'cause it changed everything. Ugh, I guess more Star Trek pulp it is ...
I'm feeling myself take the opposite stance at this point. The current Trek Lit universe has changed so much over the last few years. New ships, characters, politics. It is almost unrecognizable to someone just jumping in from watching the TV shows. There have been so many wars, and universe spanning crises- promotions, and deaths- that its a little difficult to keep track of. Memory Beta is a huge resource for me.
I much prefer at this point in time, for (mostly) self-contained stories without constant massive universe/character redefining moments. At least for awhile.