Thursday, January 22, 2009


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Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?

A house overflowing with books, a job in a university library with more than a million volumes and a nearby public library system with at least that many as well; book-sized packages left on the front porch by the postal system and UPS; book lists and book blogs and message boards devoted to books; the desire to be entertained and educated and enthralled; the capacity to enter into another's mind; the need for more voices inside my own head.

Just life itself. Everything.

Booking By Thursday


  1. lol Oh yes, you're well motivated to read! Happy BTT.

  2. Hehehe...I'd forgotten about the lovely UPS packages. Oh, those definitely inspire me. :-)

  3. Anonymous2:35 PM

    A good book will helps, but there is my craving and mood.

    Reading choices are always like double-edged sword. I want to be part of others' reading context but my whim sometimes just won't allow it.

    In short, what inspires me is my own volition and whim.

  4. Oh, book blogs. Can't believe I forgot that one!

    Definitely agree with all of yours.
    esp. life itself. And book lists. And the desire to be entertained and educated and enthralled. And the capacity to enter one's mind. And book packages on the porch :)

  5. Great answer, so well written. I can see your home and books now.

  6. You have said it perfectly. Everything is an inspiration to read: events, life, questions, the simple curiosity of what sits behind all those spines on the shelves.

  7. > the desire to be entertained and educated and enthralled

    This desire definitely is the source of my inspiration regarding what to read. It seems that what I read (novels, non-fiction, articles, blogs) is a quest to connect the dots, and in reading (sort of along the lines of James Burke's "Connections") I connect dots that I can perceive and find new dots in an ever emerging picture.

    I tend to read along threads--right now the primary thread is Victorian Lit, the last two years involved the ancient world, but they are connected by Shakespeare and Austen.


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