While perusing Facebook over a bowl of cereal, I found this link and thought it worth posting: A Writer's Booklist. The author, John Rember, suggests 5 books for writers to inspire new writing. I have to admit, I've only read Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood's horrifying dystopian novel -- only slightly more horrifying than The Handmaid's Tale -- but his reasons for listing these 5 books are sound. I may have to give Robert Pirsig and Kurt Vonnegut another try (since last picking up in high school).
In other news: I can't seem to finish the whisper-thin book Night. I read a page, grimace and put it down.
Instead, I've been slowly finishing the last Harry Potter (yes, still -- 6 pages a night before bed in an 800 page novel takes a while) and have begun Patti Smith's most amazing memoir, Just Kids. More on that to come. Just wow.