As all of you may already know: Writers must be Readers.
Today I will quickly explain the different books you should be reading and why.
First you must ask the question: What Genre do you write for? If you cannot answer this question then I would highly recommend you to start going through every section in the bookstore, grab the books that interest you, and decide what you think you would like to write on. More than likely you write what you usually read. If you can find a genre that you love that’s great, but for most of us it isn’t that simple.
In order to write well you must broaden your reading. If you normally stick to YA paranormal romance, than move to the MG fantasy, or adult literature. You should have a taste of what different genres are about so you know your limits in your area of writing.
To know other genres will help you focus your attention on what is important.
For example: If you only read YA fantasy, you are so used to the trends of the fighting mixed with the romance that you don’t even notice it anymore. Once you go pick up a book of literature, a book of adult romance, and a book of children’s fiction, you can tell what is appropriate for your general audience and what might be more appropriate for another genre.
So instead of picking up the same old books you always read, expand your knowledge and embrace the journey to a better writer.
(Don’t kill yourself though. The requirement is one book of each genre not ten! You may go back to your normal books after that)
Enjoy your reading!