Elizabeth George's novels are incredible. Her plots are tricky and each of her characters seem to have some fatal flaw. Wonderful books which I read over and over again. My only complaint is that sometimes she sounds like she swallowed a dictionary for breakfast but I admit that reading her books has increased my vocabulary!
No one will replace the late, ever lamented Erma Bombeck. The humanity that shines through in each of her books is beyond measure. Always good for a giggle with situations that have me nodding in recognition. I'm sure she's making God laugh.
Nothing to watch on TV? Get yourself anything written by Aaron Sorkin. His dialogue is crisp, comedy appears at the most eccentric times, and some speeches will bring tears to your eyes. You can agree or disagree with what he's saying, but how he says it is pure genius. When I am feeling uninspired I put on a copy of The West Wing to remind me what good writing is capable of achieving.
Who are your favourites? I'd be curious to know? Do you read all types of books or mainly in the genre that you write?