Anything well written. I love a good wordsmith.
Reading tends to depress me as a writer, either it is too good and I will never meet those standards or it is so heinous I can't understand how it got published in the first place. I love reading and enjoy it for its own sake.
Everything that takes my fancy. It can be a book, but also an article on a site.
Bad stories or stories that are to cliche inspiring my writing. There have been times when I've gone into the bookstore picked up a book that many people have told me I MUST read I will read it. Then, I end up knowing the ending 10 chapters before the end. It's hard as a writer to find books that truly surprise up to the end. So, I get inspired by the books I don't like.
Billboards because they're the hardest thing to write -- 7 words or less and tell a story with a beginning, middle and ending . . . AND be persuasive!
I try not to read to much that would ever influence what I write.
All types, really. Though reading a book I don't particularly care for found rather poorly done always tends to make me want to write something better.
I find inspiration in all sorts of work. I never know what will catch my eye. Sometimes I will read something just for fun and become completely absorbed in it, which was definitely the case with the "Hunger Games" trilogy, which I did not expect to like and wound up enjoying immensely. I'm sure I would never have written my memoirs had I not read Rosanne Cash's beautifully crafted "Composed," Frank Bruni's "Born Round" and the books of Wade Rouse and Susan Orlean. I also went back to Isak Dinesen's "Out of Africa" and some other much older autobiographies. I am drawn to insightful, in-depth profile pieces and books in which the authors go beyond "this is what happened" and delve into "this is what happened, why it happened, what it felt like when it happened and what happened afterward."
Reading authors like Cecelia Ahern and Khalid Hosseini.
People who connect the heart and the mind -- people who bring personal passion and a strong personal voice to the issues they are writing about, which can really be anything.
I really love reading books in the children's literature genre, since that is the audience I write for. But I also find inspiration in books written for adults. There is a beauty in words, whether in a picture book or a full-length novel, that completely inspires me. Words are our greatest allies and our sharpest weapons. Words change world.
Pretty much anything, to be perfectly honest. Every author has their own unique style and one can borrow techniques from them.