One of the greatest benefits of being a writer is that reading in and out of your chosen genre is a definite requirement.
How many people can say that the mystery or romance novel they’re enjoying is work related—a learning tool, in fact? I love it!
Of course, with all good things, there are some downfalls. I find it more difficult to get fully engrossed in a novel now that I naturally gravitate to critiquing it as I read.
Yes, I grow in my writing craft with each additional book I devour, but sometimes I long for the days when a book was solely entertainment to me. I know it’s a really good book when I need to take a second read to figure out the author’s writing techniques.
Read for pleasure and learning--it's the best of both worlds!
Blessings to us all,