I read 70 books in 2011 and at least 50 in 2012 and 2013. My go-to
books are Blue Water (reread it every year), any of Jodi Picoult's
books, The Alchemist, Angela's Ashes, The Five People You Meet In
Heaven (believe it or not, the Hallmark movie of this book is
wonderful), The Secret Life of Bees, Stieg Larsson's trilogy, and
anything by Patricia Cornwell. I also liked the Harry Potter Series
back in the day as well as The Hunger Games Trilogy. Read Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle last year and it made me want to learn more
about growing my own food. Finished The Book Thief a couple of
weeks ago and I loved it! Now I need to see the film...
Movies I can watch over and over again include: The Shawshank
Redemption, The Departed, Forrest Gump, The Color Purple, Legends
of the Fall, Into the Wild, GoodFellas, The Count of Monte Cristo,
The Blindside, Pursuit of Happyness, The Client, Clueless, It's
Complicated (I love Meryl Streep), Far and Away, The Silence of the
Lambs (so creepy but good), Cinema Paradiso, and a few dozen
others. Love 80's movies from my childhood starring John Candy and
Rodney Dangerfield. I also adore silly comedies featuring actors
like Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Kristin Wiig (as
well as non-SNL alums)...plus, Romy & Michelle's High School
Reunion, Wedding Crashers, Knocked Up, View From The Top, etc.
Action flicks are cool too, like Taken, the Indiana Jones movies,
the Rocky series (IV especially), True Lies (Dana, grab hold of the
choppa!), or the James Bond series, for example. Recently watched
Moonlight Kingdom and found it to be so charming.
Music: (in random order) Sade, John Mayer, Miles Davis &
Coltrane, select 80's & 90's songs from Michael & Janet
Jackson, Toni Braxton, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Measure,
Robin Thicke, Jamie Lidell, Pharrell, Madonna, Mariah, the
late-great Whitney Houston, J. Timberlake, Foreigner, Boyz II Men,
Chicago, Hall & Oates, 112, Babyface, Drake, Notorious
BIG/Junior Mafia, Ray LaMontagne, Kenny G (I find it sexy
sounding), Bump-n-Grind R&B songs, popular stuff on the radio,
and music that makes me wanna dance, like MGMT's "Electric Feel"
and Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied".
TV Shows: Family Guy (bonus if you can quote it), Top Chef, Bizarre
Foods (met Andrew Zimmern twice), Hello Ladies, various reality
shows like Millionaire Matchmaker & Extreme Home Makeover
(makes me cry every time), 20/20, documentaries, and "old school"
shows like Who's the Boss, Full House, A Different World, The
Wonder Years (how come Kevin and Winnie didn't end up
together?)...you get the picture.
Food: Dark chocolate, goat cheese & sharp cheddar (and cheese
in general), loads of seasonal veggies from the farmers market
(brussels sprouts have recently become one of my specialties),
pizza, seafood (not salmon though...yuck!), red licorice or gummy
bears when I'm craving candy, tapas/small plates to share. I eat
healthy food a lot of the time but don't "diet" or deny myself
life's high cal culinary pleasures. My favorite cuisines are New
American, Mexican, Italian (and Indian, and African, and Asian...).