I'm Ashley, poet, novelist and teacher from Australia. Big fan of the speculative fiction genres, poetry and biographies.
Once, I used to read a lot.
Even during the years when I was publishing poetry more regularly, I spent more time reading than I did writing. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, whatever. It was all good.
But now that I'm also writing fiction things have changed. Over the last four years my average 'books read' count is an average of ten and I probably used to triple that (which isn't huge in an of itself either, but still, I'm reading 2/3rds less than I used to, which bugs me).
2015 my plan was to read all the Tintin books and I'm still going to make it (I'm pretty sure) but looking toward 2016 I plan to read more books! Many more. From all the genres and styles :D
That's the dream, anyway.
Of course, I'll still be writing but reading cannot be so diminished next year!
(Later, I plan to make a list, which I'll put up here and we'll see how many I manage)