Everything I read inspires me!
I read widely, and appreciate especially those authors who 1) write with clarity and 2)write in a way to retain my interest.
Integrated focused and creative writing. That which excites your curiosity and induces you to read on.
Actually, children's book that are not my favorite. They inspire me to write to offer better stories to children.
It depends on what kind of novel I am in the process of writing. I write in several sub-genres of the speculative fiction genre: magic realisim, urban and dark fantasy, horror, SF/futuristic, supernatural/paranormal romance, dark romance, and alternate history. I am a devout fan of John Saul, Dean Koontz, and John Sandford, so if I'm reading their latest release, I am usually influenced to write in the same genres. If I am reading books by Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon or Kresley Cole, chances are good my writing will take on the dark romance/paranormal influences.
Chuck Palahniuk, Dave Barry, Elmore Leonard, Mark Twain.
Low fantasy and really good Science Fiction. Even comic books.
Memoirs and non-fiction. I actually learn more about character development in fiction by reading true stories. Characters and plots are not created out of a vacuum. They have simple reality as a basis. Strong characterization makes any story no matter what genre.
I don't read.
The writing that drives me crazy would have to be the ones that take something like a catch phrase and express it in their on thoughts. I love when people use their words just as creatively as they use there characters personalities. When you read it out loud it hits you with an emotion, or when it has a double meaning. When it comes to writing you don’t have to be the best at grammar and punctuation. These will come to you with time, but the best writers would have to be the ones that can express their feeling on the page. The kind of writer that drops a tear on a word and when you read it you can help but feel the emotion.
I'm working on a new novel right now that was inspired by videos that I saw on you tube, about the future of the world and the coming of the New World Order. It will have a Christian theme and deal with the second coming of Christ.
Not so much as reading as living!
Any. There is nothing that doesn't spark an idea, reading or not.
Anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., J.D. Salinger, or Dave Eggers. Recently, I've become a huge fan of Tao Lin's absurdist fiction and poetry. It always inspires me to take a more obscure look at things before writing. I also like to read any coming-of-age novels because this is the type of story that seems to intrigue me the most. In fact, my first novel, Good God Bird, is very much a coming-of-age story.
Reading does not inspire me to write. People and their stories inspire me.