I have a dark and terrible confession to make, internet: I'm not that into "how-to" books. Don't get me wrong, I've most certainly delved into the occasional cookbook (before giving up and making pasta), and I own a distressing number of books on how to "upcycle" one's t-shirts into slightly different t-shirts. But when it comes to the craft of writing, I tend to find that personally, reading "how-to-write" books is an excellent way to procrastinate on doing any actual writing. Novels, on the other hand, remind me what it is I like about writing in the first place. So if you're looking for some writing inspiration that doesn't come in an instruction manual, pick up one of these novels and get to work.
Of course, your mileage may vary when it comes to which novels are the most inspirational. Everyone writes differently, and everyone draws on different fictional fodder when it comes to crafting new ideas. Some may draw creative energy from lengthy Russian tomes, while others may find the most artistry in the sexy vampire canon. There's no wrong way to find writing inspiration. But if you're looking for a little extra help along the way, these books are an excellent place to start: