There are so many different kinds of writing out there, and everything isn’t meant for everybody. Everyone writes differently and, likewise, everyone reads differently. If Chekhov isn’t your speed then find someone else. I’ve always been told to find a writing style you admire, and read that. Of course writers should always try to branch out and read more than just their favorites, but that doesn’t mean you absolutely have to read everything by one person. Classics are classics for a reason, but not all classics are exciting or attention grabbing. Read what you want, and read what you can. You’ll pick up writing habits that you like from whoever or whatever you read.