Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books that have shaped me at a fundamental level: Dorothy L.
Sayers' "Gaudy Night," the Divine Comedy, Sigrid Undset's "Kristin
Lavransdatter", the Narnia Chronicles. More recent discoveries:
Diana Gabaldon, Tana French, Chris Bohjalian, Joanna Trollope, Neil
Gaiman, Emma Donoghue, Gail Godwin, Michael Pollan, Barbara
Kingsolver, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (yes, I read women's social
history like novels).
Music: my Pandora shuffle cycles between Great Big Sea, Vampire
Weekend, Franz Ferdinand, Steeleye Span, Natalie McMaster, TMBG and
as much random bhangra, bossa nova and Afro-pop as I can convince
the algorithm to let me listen to. I also love chant, classical,
and choral music. Plus, yeah, Broadway musicals. My two favorites,
improbably enough, are "Chess" and "The Secret Garden".
TV and movies: still catching up, since I've only had a Netflix sub
for a year (late adopter, what can I say), but Call the Midwife is
the best TV ever. I like costume dramas and character-driven
shows/films in general, and have a low tolerance for violence,
explosions and mindless sex.
Food: I'm a loca-omnivore, just don't try to feed me sushi. Oh, and
while we're on the subject of food, if you're looking for a woman
who can eat you under the table and belongs to that tiny minority
of American females with no noticeable food or body issues, you've
found your gal. I have a wicked sweet tooth and particularly enjoy
the sensation of chugging cold milk and feeling it spread down the
inside of my throat. And yet, I weigh 135 at 5'4". I guess I just
have the world's most inefficient metabolism.