Well. This week’s Booking Through Thursday is one of those seemingly simple – but complex – questions:
What inspires your reading?
First and foremost, I’m inspired by what books are. Books themselves are such things of beauty. The ability of writers to fashion words into sentences and sentences into whole breathing novels – that inspires me the most of all, I think.
Then aesthetics, i.e. covers. When I’m at the bookstore, I’ll look out specifically for books I’ve been meaning to read, but covers are oh-so-important. If there’s a book I want to buy but I dislike the cover, I won’t purchase it. Even my shelves are arranged in colour order (that makes me sound so neurotic). Sometimes I think I see book titles in colours. So I go by “feel”.
Spontaneity isn’t really my thing though. I love to compile list and organise them into ‘projects’ – short-term and long-term – and these inspire me. I really do get inspired by being organised.
Apart from that, at eighteen years of age, I haven’t seen much of life, and I like the thought of perceiving the human condition through another’s eyes. This is turning into a “why I read” more than what inspires me, but I also love the thought that there are thousands of books and writers out there, undiscovered (by me) and I’m not limited by anything but myself. I’m opening up my mind, one book at a time, and that in itself inspires me. So I suppose the thirst for knowledge is another inspiration.
I’m not sure if I interpreted this question correctly, but I enjoyed its thought-provoking-ness.