I've managed to get in more reading than usual. Two big reasons: I get free books from Amazon Vine as long as I'm willing to review them. It gives me the opportunity to read books I wouldn't otherwise. Lately, I've been choosing Young Adult books and they've been amazing. The latest one I read was Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby.
Simon and Schuster has also been sending me books.The latest was Camilla Lackberg's, The Preacher.Though it's been compared to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for me the only similarity was that it's set in a Scandinavian country. Though the mystery is complicated and dark, the main characters were far easier to relate to because they seem like normal people, living normal lives. The Detective, Patrik Hedstrom and his pregnant significant other, Erica Falk are expecting their first baby when a murdered young girl is discovered along with two skeletons of missing girls from years ago. Patrik must interrupt his vacation to take on the investigation while Erica has uninvited guests drop in.
I'm reading a lighter mystery on my Kindle which I'll tell more about when I've finished. I enjoyed reading Stephen King's latest that was influenced by President Kennedy's assassination. Because of the number of pages, I was happy I read that one on my Kindle too.
I read most anything that tickles my imagination, but I'm partial to mysteries. I'm least fond of what I call the silly mysterious--the ones that work too hard to be funny. Now a bit of subtle humor like Mike Ordenduff's puts in his Pot Thief mysteries is wonderful. I also like dark, complicated tales, and I enjoy a bit of the supernatural too.
Does reading affect my writing? Not really because I only read in spare moments and the evening hours. I only do my own writing in the morning. And no, I don't pick up the style of other writers. Though I certainly envy those writers who seem to be able to capture something that goes beyond ordinary story telling.
Of course reading is what led me to writing. I've been a voracious reader since childhood--10 books a week from the library when I was a kid. I also read all of my mother's books from the Book of the Month Club--even those she told me I couldn't read. It seemed inevitable that I would start writing my own stories.
Wasn't so easy to get them published though--but that's a whole other topic.