One of the most important things you can do in order to become a better writer is to be an avid reader. It teaches you, even when you’re not fully concentrating on learning. Whether the book is terrible and you can’t finish it or it’s a masterpiece and you can’t put it down, reading is the best way to figure out what works in writing. Plus it’s super fun.
So without further preamble, here are just a few of the books I plan to read in 2012:
Love in the Time of Cholera
The God of Small Things
Girl with a Pearl Earring
How to be an American Housewife
These is My Words
The Poisonwood Bible
The 19th Wife
And of course…your manuscripts!