- Spacehounds of IPC by E.E. "Doc" Smith.
- Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken.
- Primetime Propaganda by Ben Shapiro.
The purpose, besides being informed or entertained, is to see how they did what they did. Picking it apart, looking at how they put the work together, and learning both from their mistakes as well as their successes- that's the point of keeping up a regular reading habit as a writer. You do it as part of ongoing learning about the craft of writing, about what practices are best for which purposes, and so continue to hone your skill as you persist in your efforts.
So, that's what I'm reading and why. If you care to share yours, leave a comment below.