Reading (and reading widely, both within your genre and without) is crucial for writers, helping them to develop basic skills and to craft a personal style of writing.
Each month I will include titles I have been reading throughout the month, from most recent backwards. Feel free to post yours in the comment section. Be sure to warn us if you were not satisfied with a particular read.
To make it easy for readers to check out your recommendations, please include a live, clickable link with your comment [Amazon links are great, because the provide both reviews and a means of purchase]. There are two ways to add a link: first, you can compose your comment as a new blog post, add the links in the usual way, then copy it, HTML and all, into the comments section here; or you can write it yourself like this:
[a href="http://paste.amazon.address.here"]write title of book here[/a]
Don't forget to change the web address and name the title of the book. Then replace those two pairs of square brackets  with pointy ones <>, or the link won't work.
Kicking it off was quite a diverse group of books:
- Dreamland by Sarah Dessen [my current selection]
- Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
- Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
- These Three Remain (third title in the 'Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman' trilogy) by Pamela Aidan
- On Becoming Toddlerwise by Gary Ezzo [a regular reference book for me]