Rest assured, I am still reading (and writing/brainstorming/plotting).
Right now I'm in the middle of:
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (for probably the 7th time)
The Legend of Eli Monpress, Book 2: The Spirit Rebellion (fascinating!) by Rachel Aaron
How to Be A Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play by Barbara Baig
I just read the entirety of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde -- out loud (with an attempt at a British accent).
A friend and I discovered we both loved a) reading out loud and b) Oscar Wilde plays so a few nights ago we each grabbed our own copies (electronic, both of them -- something funny about that) and a chair and picked our parts. My favorite character in any Oscar Wilde play is the witty, pretend-to-be-flighty-but-actually-wise character. So of course I wanted to read Algernon. Since there were two of us, I also got to read Gwendolen and Miss Prism's lines.
Here's a taste of the delectable words:
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very
tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete
impossibility!" -- Algernon (Act 1)
"It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read
and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what
one shouldn't read." -- Algernon (Act 1)
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." -- Gwendolen (Act 2)
"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means." -- Miss Prism (Act 2)
The movie adaptation is just wonderful -- apart from a few changes here and there, it is faithful to the original and the cast is lovely (Rupert Everett plays Algernon, Colin Firth plays Jack/Ernest).
My favorite play of Oscar Wilde's, however, is An Ideal Husband, and that movie adaptation is also my favorite.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of either of those (or Lady Windermere's Fan). They're hilarious and insightful and his writing is such that even while you're taking in the deep societal insights, there's a lightness to the story that keep the insights from being too plain. (And there's a bit of absurdity that I love as well)
I will be back in a few days with a review of some kind.
For now, I leave you with these words from the book on writing I'm perusing at the moment:
"Creativity is simply the ability to make things, not by following a read-made recipe or a pattern, but by taking materials and combining them in one's own way."