To expound on my great love for Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants"?
Yes, I am about six years late in reading it. I generally shy away from any book that gets many accolades and ends up on the NYT Bestsellers List. Actually I avoid anything that is popular. As an aside, I have a confession to make: I have not and will not read the Harry Potter books.
So... What books have inspired you? Both as a reader and as a writer?