Reading like a writer means reading to learn from other authors. By understanding the creative choices used in novels you admire, you can better apply those tools and techniques to your own writing. Literary analysis can involve taking an “academic” approach to fiction, but it doesn’t need to be a dry, boring endeavor. Engage with stories in ways that feel valuable and interesting to you and your writing process. Moreover, not every book needs to be dissected with a surgical knife—sometimes it’s more enjoyable to read solely for pleasure.