I'm not sure why I don't have heavy readers in my gallery of characters. They confine themselves to literature that's pertinent to their jobs or interests, almost never including fiction or reading for relaxation. For example:
• Dr. Gloria Lamerino, retired physicist, reads Physics Today, Scientific American, and the New Yorker cartoons.
• Gerry Porter, retired English teacher and miniaturist, often quotes Shakespeare, but not once in 8 books has she picked up a volume and had a quiet read. She does occasionally leaf through a miniatures or crafts magazine.
• Professor Sophie Knowles, college math teacher, reads and contributes to mathematics journals and puzzle magazines. No fiction.
Finally, with my 4th series, I might have a reader.
• Cassie Miller (debuting in 2015), postmaster in a small Massachusetts town, reads crime fiction. Though I don't give specific titles, I do have Cassie commenting on certain plot devices, and actually trying to read crime novels or watch crime dramas before bedtime. Granted she's quickly distracted and turns to focusing on "the case" at hand.
One reason my amateur sleuths don't read: they're very busy people! In general, they solve a murder case in a week or at most two weeks. That's pretty quick, considering real cops sometimes take months, often years. Also, a reading scene is very passive, as opposed to, say, a car chase, a shoot-out, or even a quiet stalking scene.
I'm in no such hurry, however, and under no obligation to live an action-packed life, so here's what I'm reading.
Literary Fiction – recently finished The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, by Jonas Jonasson, not as "original" IMO, as his The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
Mystery Fiction – often a cozy and a thriller going at the same time. Now: re-reading California Roll by John Vorhaus, for a book club, and Peter Pan Must Die, a thriller by John Verdon.
Nonfiction – in the middle of Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind, by Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. (From nerd to billionaire, an easy journey in hindsight.)
Also Nonfiction: Just starting The Power of Negative Thinking, by Bob Knight. I'm reading a book by a basketball coach! Tired of pie in the sky, follow your heart, and so on; not sure this is so different.
Technical – A new edition of my text for a fall class, Society and Technological Change, by Rudy Volti.
Assorted Magazines: Writers Digest, Publishers Weekly, the New Yorker (cartoons + articles), and for a real break, Real Simple.
A few years ago, Hallmark produced a TV movie based on Citizen Jane, a true crime book by James Dalessandro. In one scene, Jane's aunt is pictured sitting comfortably, reading. The book: my first, The Hydrogen Murder! She holds it up, the cover plain as day.
And then she's murdered. The book falls out of her hands and onto the floor, cover-side up, immortalized as a part of the crime scene.
So, although my characters aren't reading, someone is reading my characters!