Fun reading: Jacqueline Carey, Brian Jacques, Robert Jordan, Terry
Pratchett, Shakespeare, Neal Stephenson
More serious stuff: Guns, Germs, and Steel, The Happiness
Hypothesis, Cadillac Desert, Unweaving the Rainbow, Zinn and the
Art of Road Bike Maintenance. There are few things to compare with
a sunny afternoon, a good book, and a bottle of wine.
Movies and Shows: Not a big one for passive entertainments.
Generally prefer movies that leave me with something to think about
(Inception), or documentaries (Thank you for Smoking, Food, Inc).
Things like Fraiser, Big Bang Theory, and How I met your Mother are
always good for a laugh, and cooking shows usually send me
scurrying to the kitchen to try something new.
Food: Italian will always be my favorite. (I've always been jealous
of my cousins, who have Italian family on their other side.) My
philosophy is to try anything, as long as I can get a fork in it
before it runs off my plate. So far I haven't been given a reason
to reconsider this!