Should I Be Reading?

When I wrote the first draft of The Queen’s Butterflies, I made it a point to read only non-fiction.  I was trying to solidify my own voice and writing skills, and I wanted to avoid sounding like anyone else.

Now that I am (supposedly) writing the sequel and a short story at the same time, I’m wondering if I should put a similar ban on fiction into effect.  I started re-reading the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind recently.  These are books that suck me in to their world.  I’m not sure how easy it will be to fall back into Diaea and Molva once I start getting wrapped up in the Midlands and the Old World. 

I’ll give it a try for the first book of the series, and if it becomes a problem I’ll switch back to non-fiction.  Going without fantasy is not too big of a deal; I love good non-fiction almost as much as fiction, and it will give me an impetus and reward to finish With Honor and maybe even Butterflies 2.