Thursday, January 22, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Inspired

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

My Response:
I love learning, and I like to learn while I read. When I stumble upon a book that has an interesting story line, believable characters, and information that I had not known prior reading, I am inspired. Learning new things makes me smile.

As a caveat, I must say that profanity and graphic sex turn me off. I actually threw a book in the trash can after I read only one page and found it full of the famous f-word. I don't need to fill my brain with garbage. You've heard, "What goes in, must come out." I intend to protect what goes in.

I appreciate reading to experience problem-solving, distant lands, diverse cultures, and the goodness of God in man. I revel in books that make me THINK. I enjoy books with happy endings. The best moments are when I close the cover of a well-written novel and sigh, hoping that author writes again.

What is your reading inspired by?

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April said...

Hi Sally,

I, like you, have tossed out books when I found out they were full of lewdness or vulgarity. It's a major turn-off to me, as well.

I most enjoy reading non-fiction books about someone's life, particularly their struggles, and life lessons they've learned. One of my favorite books is "Letters to Emily". It's a book about a grandfather who had Alzheimer's Disease and what he did so that his granddaughter would remember him, one day. I've read it several times...and I never tire of it.

Dixie said...

Good Morning Sally... Books... I love them. I love them because I can learn something new... because they take me to a place and time long ago... because they reveal the inter-twinings of someone else's life... I like self-improvement books, deocrating and design books, books of poetry, mystery, adventure... I like biographys and auto-biographys (I'm finishing Einstein, His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson this month)... but truthfully, my favorite books are the classics... Of Mice and Men is my favorite book. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights. I usually read 2 or 3 books at a time, but for the past month... only Einstein!

I've never actually thrown a book away... don't know if I could do that.. however, I did rid myself of a book once. I was pregnant with my youngest (now 21-years), and started reading Stephen King's book "It"... It gave me the creeps, so I gave the book to the library (it was a 5-pound hard cover). After I gave birth to the little peanut, I went back and checked the book out and read it.

I view books much like TV. If I don't like it, I can change the channel... thanks for making my brain work on such an early morning with my first cup o' coffee.

Hugs... Dixie

sara said...

love this comment: The best moments are when I close the cover of a well-written novel and sigh, hoping that author writes again.

I agree!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, loved this! I really should join you with my post today. It's all about books.

I agree... I don't like violence and have a hard time dealing with profanity.

Thanks for sharing. Sending you warm wishes in today's brrrrr Miami! ;-)



squawmama said...

Good Morning Sally... I couldn't agree with you more... I don't like books, movies or music with all that bad language and violence in it... It is the downfall of our youth... Thanks for the great post...


Darlene said...

I mainly read fiction but it has to "grab" me right from the start!

Needled Mom said...

"What goes in..must come out." I like that statement. Teachers should be using it. I am with you on the trashy books. There is only one place for them and that is the trash can.

The Raggedy Girl said...

I cannot read books that put unsavory thoughts into my head, you can never get them out. Oh be careful little girl what you read and watch and say.....
Roberta Anne

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Good Morning Sally, I enjoying reading non-fiction--books where I can learn something from the author. I especially enjoy reading books on holistic health. I am very anti-prescription drugs, so am always looking for alternatives. When I read something I did not know, it truly inspires me.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sally. Many of the things that inspire you also inspire me. Happy BTT!

Anonymous said...

Could not agree with you more!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I so agree with you Sally...I can't stand that word in movie or books..just no place for it...hope you have a great day dear friend..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Killlashandra said...

Excessive profanity is a terrible thing anywhere, whether it be in books or in conversation or movies. I've been surrounded by enough cowboys and military people and oil field workers to have had quite my fill of it. I get the your a prude a look when I tell them to stop. I think swearing jars should become a thing of the future. :) I'd sure be rich.

Shimmy Mom said...

Personally, I also like books that I can learn something from. I think that's why I enjoy the classics so much. Even if the theme of the book isn't historical, it happened so long ago that you learn something about the lifestyles of those times.

I especially like when there is a religious undertone to the book. I am a very religious person and I love when spirituality is worked into a story even if it isn't what the story is about. Like in Jane Eyre for example.

I know that a book is really good when you finish it and wished that there was just one more chapter.


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Lately my kids have been recommending books they are reading for me to I am being a good mom and reading them!

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nikkicrumpet said...

That was very well written...and I totally agree with you! I love learning new stuff while being entertained. And I've become very adept at skimming through the sex stuff. I mean come many ways can you describe it before it just gets ridiculous. I don't think any man has EVER "drowned in my sea of femininity"! LOL

Grandma Faith said...

Thank you so much for coming to visit me on my blog. I have been having trouble fitting everything I need and want to do in my life lately. I miss my blog friends and think of you wistfully. Love, Faith

Blondie's Journal said...

I adore books, I have a serious problem with avoiding bookstores. They are like candy to me. I have never met a book I didn't like so it is hard for me to narrow down exactly what I look for in a book. My choice has to be reliable because I have a hard and fast rule that once I start a book, I must finish it. I'm not sure why, maybe I am hoping the book will get better, that it will have been worth my time!

One thing I really abhor is sloppy editing. I once read a book by a popular author. The heroine had blue eyes at the beginning of the book and brown near the end!

Thanks for asking!!


~♥~ Monica S said...

I LOVE to read about REAL history in story-telling versions!! With characters etc. that's when history comes to life!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sally! I have to agree - the writer doesn't have to use valgarity and I don't like it either.
You're so right, I posted pictures early and was going to come back and write - but didn't! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

tammy said...

I hate reading the f-word over and over too. I like most of my books to have happy endings too, but it's okay if once in awhile they surprise me and don't have a happy ending. I love finding a new author and then finding out they have lots more books for me to hurry and read instead of waiting for a new one to come out. I really should spend less time blogging, and more time reading my books!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally
Your last paragraph sums up how I feel too.
I enjoy reading a book that I don't want to end where I don't want to lose the characters because I've enjoyed everything about the story.

I don't like to read profanity or creepy books. There's enough of that going around in real life...

On that note I'm going to go read...
have a lovely evening.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Sally, I wanted to THANK YOU, so much for the prayers for my family over the last week, and your encouraging comments! We appreciate them more than you can know! :)

I am inspired by inspirational Christian fiction, and fiction based in the South, preferably North or South Carolina. I can identify with the landmarks and seems much more real, as I read!

I got tickled at your post below! ...fallen eyelashes, I love that expression! But, unfortunately I don't like that I sometimes suffer from them too! Ugh! LOL! My grandmother used to get them, and one cousin was designated to pluck them. Much as I loved her, I was so glad that was not my duty! LOL!

Thanks again for your prayers! You are a dear friend! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally, boy am I late today with my visit to you. I fell asleep all evening because Bill was bowling. All of a sudden I realized I didn't get to your post. I agree with you about profanity in a book. I won't read a book that is graphic and profane in excess. I love a well written novel that makes me sad when it ends leaving me wanting to read more.


Kim said...

Like you I hate that nasty f word! I have several authors who make me sigh when I finish and make me hope they will write something else soon! Great answer....
Happy Reading!

kari and kijsa said...

Just catching up on our blogging...stopping by to say hello!
kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on every point here.