Growing up, I devoured books. Seriously. There wasn't a book in sight that I wouldn't read, so long as it had a fantastical twist to it.
Then there were Goosebumps. Oh man, those would scare the bejeezus out of me. I remember many nights where I laid under my covers, wondering if those stories could possibly be true.
Then came Harry Potter.
Oh, J.K. Rowling, how you forever altered my childhood. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I truly will never be able to express how much the fantastical world you created expanded my imagination.
In college a friend introduced me to the Twilight series. I was a bit behind on the craze, but hey, I got in there. :)
There has always been a book in my hand.
That is, until I started writing.
I darn near quit reading.
It's been way, WAY too long since I've genuinely sat down and enjoyed a book. I'm remedying this. Today I bought a Kindle Fire, and loaded it with every single book I've wanted to read for the past 6 months. Life's been busy, what with my son being born and writing my books.
But, that's no excuse.
I wholeheartedly believe that to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. A dear friend of mine said to read both great books and god-awful books, just so you know what works and what doesn't. She's wise.
I'm going to make a goal of reading at least 60 books this year, and I'll post reviews and keep tabs on my progress on here. No, this won't end up being a book blogging site I don't think, but I will post my thoughts on what I read. Plus, you guys can keep me honest. :)
Right now I'm reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin...and I'm SO impressed! If you haven't read it, pick it up. I'm really enjoying the way she leaves her chapters un-put-downable. Seriously, you all need to read this book. SO good!
So, what do you guys think? Writers, do you think reading hones your craft? Do you read your genre you write, or do you venture out? What's on your to-read list? I need to know these things, because I need more books to read this year, and I'd love to hear what you guys think on the topic! :)