We all know that in order to be a good writer, we have to be good readers. I had an epiphany recently that I was reading primarily one genre and writing another, and while that is okay, I needed to incorporate more of the genre I'm writing - women's lit. So I glanced through some books on my to read list, looked through some of the best sellers and grabbed a few sparse choices from my local library. I even played at this really fun website - What Should I Read Next - which aligns books of similarity for choices. Not sure it's perfect, yet, but I think it's a fun idea.
But this got me thinking about the connection of what we read to what we write. I have both teens and adults in my WIP, so I really think reading YA is of benefit to me, and I teach teenagers who I just want to read period. But I began to be worried that my adult characters, one who is the MC, were sounding too young.
I have read highly recommended books that I just can't get why people enjoy (Moby Dick), books that are just to be brain candy but really impress me, non-fiction that intrigues me, etc.
So, here's my question for you - why do you read what you read. I know many buy books to support bloggers, etc. and I LOVE that about this community, but say you just got $50 to spend on books - do you go off of stars on seller sites or goodreads? Friend's opinions? Pretty covers?
What determines what you read? Do you have any suggestions of more grown-up lit that I just have to read? What was the last book that you read that is still sticking with you?