I don’t believe reading influences writing other than to give you a taste of good vocabulary and sentence construction. This, of course, means you need to read good writing. After a while you become more discriminating and I no longer try to persist in reading a book that’s clumsily written or with incorrect word choices. I love most of the books I read because I don’t finish those I don’t love. I think you can tell when a writer isn’t a great reader.
I’ve discovered some fantastic authors new to me this year. I shan’t list them because you’d nod off reading the list. I have a few authors whose new work I jump on as soon as I can, but I also love to find new favourites. Some are traditionally published but some are self-published. Many writers get hung-up on whether self published authors are real authors. In my experience the readers don’t notice who the publisher is for the most part. A good read is a good read.
I wish you many good reads for 2019.