I love reading, watching movies & TV, taking classes, and basically soaking up information like a sponge. So I wanted to share with you some books, movies, and whatever else that is inspiring me. There are no affiliate links on this page, no links at all in fact. These are simply things I’ve loved and want to share with you.
This is honestly the hardest section. I’ve read so many books–seriously, thousands of books in my 25 years–so it’s so hard to choose. There’s not really any rhyme or reason to the list I’m about to give you aside from the fact that out of the thousands, these books still stick with me.
Miss Match – it’s one of the handful of books I’ve read twice and it had me in stitches both times
The Circle Trilogy (excluding White) – particularly book one for the beautiful world building and book two for the incredible new perspective it gave me.
Pascal’s Wager – I wasn’t looking forward to this book, in no small part due to the cover. I read the first 25 pages, put it down. When I picked it up to read the next 25 pages, I spent the next 5 hours reading it through to the end. It began my love of all books Nancy Rue, who is now an incredible mentor and friend.
Submerged – Dani Pettrey is the hot new Romantic Suspense author. Her books move at a whip-fast pace and I am simply in awe of her stories.
Faking Grace – This is another stitch in my side kind of read that begins with every stereotype you’ve ever heard and even a few you haven’t about Christianity in the funniest way possible.
This is where I hang my head and admit that the non-fiction I read is almost exclusively about writing. I’m working on changing that, but until I do the list is sparse.
A Brief Guide to World Domination by Chris Guillebeau (It’s free on his site, I wrote an article about it here.)
Class 11: Inside the CIA’s First Post-9/11 Spy Class by T.J. Waters
My favorite TV shows run down every side of the law. They’re action-packed and contain fabulous characters that you grow to love (or hate) pretty quickly. I can’t list all of them here, because the internet may not be big enough… I’m a bit of a TV junkie at times. But here are some of the Faves.
Covert Affairs (the earlier seasons were the best)
Lie to Me
Person of Interest
Murdoch Mysteries (Victorian time period with a curious/funny twist)
For non-crime-centered TV shows, my all time favorite is The West Wing. If you haven’t watched it at least three times, your life is missing something.
This is probably my most ecletic group yet. I have a wide range of likes.
Courageous (Crying, laughing, more crying, pride. I can’t watch it too often due to the roller coaster of emotions, but it’s totally worth the ride.)
Shine (Not for kids, but a truly phenominal story.)
Letter to Juliet (I love Italy!)
Ever After (I am also a romantic sap, but I love a twist and the realistic bent.)
Much Ado About Nothing (If you have delicate sensibilites like me, once they start running down the hill at the beginning of the movie, avert your eyes! There are a lot of butts!)
For starters, I’m going to admit that I am an odd duck and listen to mostly audiobooks. Before I figured out my calling to be a writer I was going to be a musical theater major, so there’s that too. Like I said, odd duck, but it’s great stuff!
Ragtime: The Musical
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Phantom of the Opera
Jekyll and Hyde
In the Heights
Light in the Piazza
Aida (Elton John)
Simple Song – Matt Bogart
The Lost Get Found – Britt Nicole
Restart – Newboys
Deep Enough to Dream – Chris Rice
Hundred More Years – Francesca Battistelli
Not Without Love – Jimmy Needham
The Best of Mark Schultz
Into the Light – Matthew West
These Simple Truths – Sidewalk Prophets
Soundtracks to work/write to:
The Hobit: Battle of the Five Armies
Pirates of the Carribbean
World War Z
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K.M. Weiland
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson
Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration: Learn to Nurture a Lifestyle of Creativity by K.M. Weiland
How to Make a Living as a Writer by James Scott Bell
Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb
Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book by Tim Grahl
Dictate Your Book: How To Write Your Book Faster, Better, and Smarter by Monica Leonelle
Thank you for joining me in this crazy, odd list of things I’ve enjoyed through the years. It’s been really fun walk through the halls of my mind, seeing what’s shaped me. Check back periodically to see what I’ve added, because I’m constantly reading, watching, and learning.
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