Untouched word count: 16,500.
Good. Very good. I might be able to adhere to these new goals after all! :)
(Still, I'm only at 16,500. My journey is only just beginning.)
Books at the top of my "To Read" list:
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
I've already read The Lovely Bones once before, but I've been meaning to re-read it. I picked up Odd Thomas from my boss, and if I like it I will be reading the complete series (and I'm pretty sure I will- eight pages in and I'm already entranced by the story.)
The Lovely Bones deals with death, moving on and growth. Odd Thomas, (from what I can tell from the back cover) deals with death, communicating with the dead and the crossroads between life and death. I think both will give me some insight and inspiration with my story.
Now I just have to make sure I don't get so involved in the books that I forget about my writing goals!