I always found it interesting that people would say it was important for writers to be readers. But now that I’m old(er) and wiser, I can see that over the years my writing output went down as my To Be Read pile got higher and dustier. Somewhat this is just because of that nasty, four letter word: Time. I don’t have any more time to read than I have to write.
I have done a few beta reads for writers I know, so I haven’t completely stopped reading, but I simply haven’t read enough books solely for pleasure in recent years. Last year I listened to some books on CD: “Wherever I Wind Up” by R.A. Dickey, “I Am America (And So Can You!)” by Stephen Colbert and “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle (because, why not?). I also read the comics page in the newspaper every day, but I don’t think that really counts, does it? But in all seriousness, that’s not enough reading for me to be doing in a year.
Time is an excuse. So I am going to blow the dust off of my To Be Read pile and get started on it. I have one more book on CD which I’ll start this week: “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris. I know nothing about this book, but I received it as a gift some time ago so I should give it a go. After that, I’ll have to tackle a real book. I don’t know if I will go with an old standby like Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, or start with a book in my To Be Read pile that I have never read, such as Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book”. I’ll let you know what I decide.
In the meantime, I’d like to know what you are reading and whether you think reading is an important part of writing. Let me know in the comments.