Over the past few weeks, for example, though I have several great paranormal romances and urban fantasies in my tbr pile, I've read some non-fiction, some thrillers, and several articles in trade magazines. I love my chosen genre, and as soon as this next book is turned in, I know I'll be going on a massive reading binge within it, but for now I'll probably continue to raid the non-fiction shelves.
However, I have several friends who prefer to read directly in the genre they're writing in, while deep into their own work. Often, they'll read favorite authors, becoming inspired by those well-loved books.
Which side of the line do you fall? Do you find yourself gravitating toward the genre you're working in, or heading outward? Any particular reasons why?
~ Nalini Singh