I recently read two books outside my genre and found them very helpful in terms of writing craft.
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber.
I liked the writing in this book and thought the pace moved quickly. Although the romance didn't draw me in, I was impressed with how the author used omniscient pov. Writers are encouraged to use deep pov, but this book showed me that it's not always necessary for a great, fast-moving story. This book was a good example of a plot-driven book, I thought.
The Dark Man by Marc Schooley is Christian Speculative Fiction, a genre I don't read often. I was completely impressed by it. Loved the writing and the pacing. The story intrigued me and I found the premise very believable. It's set in a futuristic type America in which our basic freedoms are gone. One of the intriguing things about the craft in this book was how Schooley used pov. There was a mix of omniscient, third and second. For example, the characters are most often written in third pov, but their thoughts were in second pov, no italics. I'm not sure I've seen that style often but it was pretty effective once I got used to it. I also loved the romantic angles of the story. I'd recommend this book to a lot of people.
So I've learned a lot from reading outside my genre. What fiction outside the norm have you read lately? What did you learn from it?