Reading in your target language is a wonderful way to improve your language skills, especially when you hit the intermediate/advanced plateau. It broadens your vocabulary and familiarizes you with those more complicated grammatical structures. It opens a window on the cultural – and pop-cultural – context of the language. And it gives you a tiny peek into the underlying joy and mischief of the language: the rules you can break, the words you can play on, the poetry underlying the strict straight lines of the grammar.
For Spanish language students, here’s a taste of some of the treasures on my bookshelf, in approximate order of difficulty.