Thursday, January 22, 2009
Since “Inspiration” is (or should be) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?
My inspiration comes from so many places that it would be hard to describe them all but I do get a lot of my inspiration from fellow book bloggers. In fact, sometimes I tell myself..."Staci, yes that book sounds great and wouldn't you like to go to Egypt, but look at the stack of books you got from the library! You haven't even made a dent in those and here you are adding more books to your list!! " I've found that reading other people's blogs and book reviews can be a very dangerous but oh so fun addiction. The reviews I read are so enlightening, thoughtful, and insightful that I become INSPIRED by the feelings of the blogger and then feel the NEED to read the book being highlighted.
I also get inspiration from the world. When I watch something on television and want to learn more about it I start poking around on Amazon and Goodreads. I really liked it when Oprah spotlighted a book for her book club. Some of the selections I truly loved while there were others that either left me puzzled or I really did not care for them in the end.
Right now my current inspiration is my Ipod and all the cool author talks, book chats, and reading clubs that I can download and listen to whenever the mood strikes me. I love hearing the author's voice. For me it is a connection to that person and makes reading that book somehow more personal. I just finished listening to Gary Paulsen on a Barnes and Noble interview. He was hilarious and I know the kids at school would love to hear that he thinks it is so funny that teachers love to use his books because he hated school....barely graduating even!!
Those are just some of the things that inspire me to read!!