Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?
I think my reading is inspired by the need to know about the lives of others, about what is going on in the world, and about human nature. I'm also inspired by the need to become better in expressing myself through words. I take in so much of what I read but with more important needs to address, kids, school, and life, I don't have the time to reflect as well as I can. Though I want to know more about the world, I rarely read non-fiction. I don't have the time.
Some of my favorite authors have helped me to look at familiar things in a different way; Steinbeck's East of Eden on the issue of free will and his Of Mice and Men on the importance of dreaming, the works of Barbara Kingsolver and Anne Lamott on being a mother, and others when it comes to things sacred and divine.
Currently my reading is also inspired by the need to earn good grades. Being a college student and taking classes ranging from anthropology to literature, library science to human sexuality, my reading includes the works of classic poets, manuals on how to serve difficult people in library settings, and also various religions.
I'm also inspired by book challenges, book reviews, and the many unread books on my bursting shelves.