We all know, as writers, that it's important for us to read. Read within our genre. Read outside our genre. Read the back of that cereal box before you put the groceries away. (You never know what inspiration may strike from a box of Cornflakes. Aliens attack and the only weapon strong enough to defeat them is their intolerance to cereal products. It could happen, right? *grins*)
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."
But there's something about reading that stirs something inside a writer. Whether it be the fantastic craft book you read that helps you solve that plot problem. The wonderful YA book that you connect with. The book that makes you strive to write something that makes others feel what you just experienced in that moment. The book with beautiful, lyrical writing. The imagery. Even the book you couldn't seem to finish can help with your own WIP. What made you stop? How can you avoid that in your own story?
And then there is reading for the pleasure of it. The book that sucks us in, makes us forget about the craft and enjoy the story.
All writers read. We read to learn. We read for pleasure. We read to help us write. We write what we'd like to read. We read.
What are you reading at the moment?