Normally, I read young adult books. Mostly fantasy, or at least fiction. Like "If I Wake," or "Fangirl." But I'm not too pretentious to read children's books, even though I don't have kids. I'm also not too afraid to try out more pretentious books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Last year I read "Little Women" for the first time. Let me tell you, reading the old classics is much more fun when you're not required to do so for school. I mean, I love discussing books with other people, but I do not want to be told how quickly to read it, what to think about it, or given tests on it.
I'd strongly recommend reading a classic every now and then, as well as a children's book. There's a lot of value there you might be missing out on. More difficult reading increases your vocabulary, and improves your writing style. Also, you won't miss references to the classics, and you'll come across smarter in general.
Children's books are hugely beneficial, too. They take you back to your childhood, uncovering memories, imagination, and inspiration. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it's almost impossible to get to a quiet place in your mind to write. Reading children's books helps you get in touch with your roots.
A few of my favorite children's books:
"The Magic Half" and "Magic in the Mix," by Annie Barrows. Both are adorable books that I actually learned some history from, because they involve time travel. Also, twins.
"A Tangle of Knots," by Lisa Graff. Super cute, interconnected stories with a touch of magic. Also, a hot air balloon.
Remember you two golden rules. Real a lot, and not just in your favorite genre. Uncharted territory means more learning and discovery.
Ugh, I sound like an inspirational quote stuck on a Pinterest board. Time to stop. Anyway, happy Tuesday, and happy writing!