Sometimes my reading list feels like a hungry creature rattling the cage of my nightstand. I try to feed it, really I do because reading constantly and voraciously seems like the truest path to making me a better writer.
Typically I read a book a week. Which is a lot, I know.
I can already hear slower, more methodical readers shaking their heads at my book wanton ways. And they're right. Even though I read and read and read, I'm quite certain the details of each book I read aren't as crystal clear in three months time as they are to say, someone like my daughter, who takes her time and savors every teensy word.
Be that as it may, I believe the cumulative effect of my reading habit helps to shape my prose. Style, sentence structure and pacing seep in through those hours of reading and become something like correct grammar for small children. It's innate. They know it when they hear it, even if they can't quite explain the rules. At least that's the hoped for effect of my reading obsession.
Even if my obsession never makes perfect prose my native language, I can take comfort in the knowledge it buoys my favorite market. As long as writers keep writing, I'll keep reading, one book and one week at at time.
Here's what's waiting on my nightstand for March.
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mosin Hamid
The Earl's Engagement by Anne Gallagher
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Have you read any of them? Are you an insatiable reader? What are your favorite genres?