This is my pile of books to be read. I know, it is an embarrassment of riches. Some of these are books I've been waiting months to get my hands on. So why am I writing about the books instead of snuggled up in bed with one right now? Because I'm in writing mode. When I'm in writing mode, I live with my character's voices in my head. Essentially, I live in a world that I'm making. When I read, I'm transported to the world someone else created. Sometimes, I find coming back hard. (As I write this, I'm imagining a sort of portal between worlds--there are inherent risks to travel!) Seriously though, days I settle down with a book are rarely days I make any progress on my own stories. So, I ask my fellow writers--how about you? Does reading ever interfere with your writing? Do you have any tricks for overcoming this challenge?