I have the pleasure of knowing a few writers and it's very interesting seeing them explore their craft, explore each other's craft, support each other and strive to be better writers. One such friend, Dan Carpenter, writes a blog that he uses to study individual components of writing and writing influences (amongst other things). He once wrote about the one book that inspired him the most to be a writer, Iain Bank's The Wasp Factory. He then asked fellow writers to blog about theirs and form a blog trail. Although all interesting, the one that stood out for me was David Hartley, with his obsession (probably too strong a word) with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Have a read and be inspired by their love for these works.