I definitely read A LOT, well, at least I think it's a lot. I counted how many books I've completed this year (there are two I did not/ will not complete...just didn't like them...but that's another post). I counted 14. Honestly, I was disappointed. I really thought I'd read more than that! But I have time to increase that number.
I mostly read High Fantasy. Do I write that genre? NOPE! But someday I'd love to. Just like, someday, I'd like to write a historical fiction with a touch of romance in it (I don't read that genre at all, but have a list of mentor texts).
I'm currently reading a few different series: The Stormlight series from Brandon Sanderson, the Elminster series by Ed Greenwood and the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I do read others along with these: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert among others. But Fantasy is where it's at for me!
I write for kids. I have some picture book, and early chapter book manuscripts I've been working on for a while, as I also write new stuff because, well, I love to write!
Do I read this genre? Oh yeah! I do teach second grade after all!! But, do I analyze them like a writer? Do I treat them as a mentor text? No! But I sure need to. I read many kids books each week, along with hearing kids read them, too. I think I focus on them so much as a teacher for questioning, or for the kids enjoyment, that I do not look at them as a writer.
My goal, over the next month, is to really pick away at the text of a few books that the kids and I are drawn to, and really analyze them, compare them to what I write, see what I need to work on.
What are you reading? What are you writing? Do you "mentor text"?