Welcome to Whoseywhatsit Thursday with a little EXTRA!
Yeah, so, this summer has spun both my writing career and personal life into a tailspin. No worries, though. All is good. Actually, better than good, which I'll explain in September. HOWever...I mention this because I totally forgot to post my TBR Tuesday pick last week.
What I've decided to do is explore my past TBRs, now read, and how they've inspired me as reader and writer.
In my younger days, Charlotte's Web was a favorite of mine, probably because of the friendship E.B. White developed between such odd main characters. Then there were my middle grade years, where I fell in love with Judy Blume. Period. Her presentation of the angst of junior high was masterful. I remember relating perfectly to her developed settings, world, and story lines.
Because Of Winn Dixie was a favorite of my children. There was a rawness to the story and characters, yet an over-arching sense of purity and honesty.
As an adult and aspiring Young Adult writer, I've sought out YA books that moved me in a personal way but also challenged me as adult and writer. Abandon gave a sense of the ancient and the need to include humanities past in our stories - no matter what level. Beautiful Chaos forced me to challenge my characters even when it hurt. Ink Exchange taught me that it's okay to push the extreme to make readers meditate on life.
Lastly, Dancing on My Grave is an adult book but explores the journey of a young dancer's life and death. I read this in high school. I can't tell you how much it affected me. The story was a biography in itself. But there was more. The structure reeled me in and never let me go.
Today, try to remember books that inspired you to become a writer and/or avid reader. Use those in your work today.
What are they?