This is my favorite time. When I give myself a break from the writing and relax with some good books. I'm not one of those writers who can compartmentalize what they read and what they write. If I were to read, say, Alexander McCall Smith and then try to write my own characters dialogue I'd end up with Annie sounding like Precious from The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Lorna sounding like someone from 44 Scotland Street. This would be a frustrating disaster so I have my "input" days. Before I start outlining book 3 The Rot is Deep I've chose 4 books for myself.
In case you can't see that it's: Left Hand of Darkness. To Kill a Mockingbird. The Mandelbaum Gate. and F is for Fugitive. (Okay you shut up. I like Sue Grafton.)
It's quite a variety. But all very well written. I wasn't always very conscious about my input days, I read as much of anything and everything I could get my hands on. But as I get less and less of these days I'm more careful. I think maybe my input days are directly correlated to my output days (days spent writing and rewriting). And I no longer want to read things that are not as close to perfect in syntax, grammar, and story arc as they can be. It is an experiment, so we'll see.