I was thinking the other day about how, as an (unpublished) author, there's a ton of books out there that everyone has listed as classics and must-reads, that I have never gotten to. I've never read Starship Troopers or Dune or The Last Unicorn or Chronicles of Narnia, just to name a few.
Two reasons for this: one is I can never get around to it. There's too many books coming out now, that I barely have time for. The ones that everyone's talking about like Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. When can I fit in anything else before the next big thing comes along?
The other reason is that I have no real interest in reading these books. I'm not a fan of military SF or dry, hard SF like The Martian Chronicles. I already know the story of Dune and I didn't like reading 2001. Life is too short to read books I don't really want to read. But I'm not sure if I should be reading these to be a writer with a capital 'W' - if I'm missing out.
So my question is, should I be reading the books I want to read or the books I should read?