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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23 comments:

milet said...

that's a nice answer. you got a nice giveaway here, unfortunately i reside in the philippines.

thanks for dropping by my BTT.

violetcrush said...

I so agree with you on happy endings. It makes me feel content as opposed to reading a novel with a sad ending.

Yvonne said...

Lovely answer. I always enjoy the books with the happy endings the best.

Happy Thursday!

JonJon said...

Being protective to what goes in is the right measure to control the output. Me too would totally ended-up my reading when I found the 'f' word.
Have a blessed Thursday!

jlshall said...

I have problems with books that include a lot of graphic sex and profanity, too. And violence. I just don't read them. I suppose I might have been more tolerant of such things when I was younger. But I've grown up and these days I really prefer to read books that don't "fill my brain with garbage."

Mervi said...

I agree. I also like to learn.

Scobberlotcher said...

Simply wonderful.

MizB said...

I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only reading "censor"... I don't read stuff with a lot of course language, either -- there's some I'll tolerate, but there's much that I won't. People call me a "prude" because of this, but ya know, it's my right to choose what I want to "put in" and what I won't allow. ;)

Good answer! Thanks! ;)

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Great answer! I agree about the profanity and graphic ***. I can't stand it and won't read it, either.

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Beth F said...

I'm not bothered by sex or language in books, but I like books with well-developed characters too.

Carrie said...

I'm with you!

http://www.readingtoknow.com/2009/01/booking-through-thursday_22.html

I think it's good to protect what goes in.

Alyce said...

I like your answer.

I have only thrown one book away, and that was because it had such a twisted and perverse take on Christianity that I thought it belonged in the garbage. (It was a self-published book that in addition was not well written.)

Sunny said...

I agree with the garbage in, garbage out. I'd rather not fill my head with those things.

xinef said...

I agree about books that make me think. That is why I read a lot of SF.

http://xinef.livejournal.com/324639.html

carolsnotebook said...

I'm not bothered by sex or profanity, unless it seems added for shock value and not an integral part of the story. I love to get lost in books, so wrapped up in it that I can't put it down.

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

Sometimes sex and profanity bother me as well. It didn't use to but the older I get...things change.

Shanna said...

I love to learn while reading as well. Inspiring my children to read has really become my passion. Reading is such a necessary foundation in life. I am appalled that illiteracy still exists even here in the US.

Great post, thanks for sharing.

Matt said...

A good book will helps, but there is my craving and mood.

Reading choices are always like double-edged sword. I want to be part of others' reading context but my whim sometimes just won't allow it.

In short, what inspires me is my own volition and whim.

Amy said...

I also enjoy reading to learn, and I love a happy ending too!

Kat said...

I have to say that yes, a book with a guaranteed happy ending does inspire me to read! :D

Maggie said...

I like books that make me think as well. If they have a happy ending, so much the better. One of my favorite things to read is biography and memoir. I love learning how others deal with life. One of the most inspirational memoirs I've read so far this year has to be Terrell Dougan's That Went Well... which is about her relationship with her sister who has special needs.

miaomiao said...

it makes you think; "does this author actually have a story to tell, besides profanity?"

i like happy endings too, but not always. sometimes a sad ending ends a book even better, in a quirky way.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

Your last paragraph is a great summary of what inspires you. Yes, a SIGH upon reaching the end of a book is the clincher for me!