I just discovered (thanks to Between Two Worlds) a few interesting articles on how to read and write better.
Firstly, if you can humble yourself enough to read an article titled "learning to read," go here. There's some great thoughts on how to develop your critical reading skills.
I found this helpful, and you probably will too, if you write book reviews.
And if you go here you will find humorous and understandable advice on how to write a book. You will also want to read this if you want to find out the context for this quote: "we write as though we were dead."