I have recently read somewhere that there are now more (self-professed) writers than readers. If it is indeed true, it is rather disturbing - I know I am not the first one to say that in order to be a good writer one needs to be a good reader first. As writers we must read more than we write; we have to let our imagination soar and utilize what we learn by reading the works of other writers, whether established or just starting out.
That said, I am terribly behind on both my reading and my writing. I am still on the last draft of my work-in-progess / first novel and I dread reading it. I think I am afraid that after two full years of writing and editing, I may find it still lacking here or there - and I fear having to rework it.
As for my reading, I simply don't know what title to pick up next! Can you help me out?
I just finished reading Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story. Before that, I read Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. I tend to reach for classics, literary fiction, or YA, especially if it is by Laurie Halse Anderson.