Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?
First of all, let me just say, you're making me think way too hard...
Well, I guess there are about a gazillion "inspirations".
My mood is probably the first and last. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something light, sometimes serious, sometimes mystery, sometimes history...well, you see where I'm going here. I'm a very complicated person.
So, my mood sends me to the bookstore (completely ignoring the hundreds of un-read books at home) and decides whether I'm heading to fiction or non-fiction.
This is when my "inspiration" moves to my eyeballs.
I love bookcovers. If the cover art and/or design isn't interesting to me, I'm not likely to pick up the book. That's not engraved in stone, it's just most likely. Now, having said that, there are certain words in a title that will get my attention... "freak", "anomalies", "medical", "chimp", "dwarf (or midget)", "giant"...You see where I'm going...
The thing is, I like reading about things that I could never possibly understand without reading about them (or living many lives allowing me to meet many different people. But then I'd have to talk to people, and we can't have that).
I also like reading things that I can very much relate to (ended with a preposition!). So anything linking to things that I've done...TV news, theatre, radio, art, retail (oddly, don't find a lot of those), working with animals...I guess that's kind of my "comfort food".
The next step has to do with what I'm reading. One book often leads to another, even, if only by my own logic. Sometimes the only common thread will be the location of the story or the time period or, even something mentioned only on a single page.
And then the whole convoluted process begins again...
Can I get off the couch now, doctor?