I love books. All sorts of books. Art books, cookbooks, reference books, you name it. We must have over 1000 titles in the ARTCO library, and I'm adding to it all the time.
A 'well read' person has a greater background of knowledge from which to draw. Now mind you, there is a difference between 'book smart' and actual experience. But, it's far less painfull (and cheaper, too!) to learn from other people's mistakes, especially when they write them down. That's what books are, after all.
I tend to classify books into three catagories:
Here are some that books that I recommend. Most are more 'technical' in nature, but I have included one or two to feed the heart or soul.