Books: Anything by Ben Elton, Joanne Harris, Douglas Adams, Orson
Scott Card, Jonathan Tropper, David Eddings, René Barjavel, Fred
Vargas, Harlan Coben, Nick Hornby, Christopher Moore and generally
books about predictive science-fiction, immigrant stories (the
Namesake, Middlesex, 'Tis, A good indian wife...), and lately
scandinavian authors (Larsson, Jonasson, Mazetti, Mankel...).
And I'm always reading on the side a 'serious' book for research
purposes (McGonigal, Gladwell, Gardner, Brown, de la
Shows: I'm seriously addicted (and having so much time lately
doesn't help) and I guess most of the shows I watch can be labeled
'guilty pleasures'- so to help you judge my taste, I will say that
for me the best show from last season is The Newsroom (last year
winner is Game of thrones and the previous is Misfits - and this
year is Orphan Black). Whose line and Mock the week will lighten up
any gloomy days. And the only shows I could watch over and over are
Friends and Firefly.
I watch TEDTalks whenever I can.
Movies: Love action movies and scifi on big screens and drama,
foreign and compelling ones comfortably on my couch (and good
company). Not big on horror or comedy (but absolutely loved Hot
Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead). I have a sweet spot for Bollywood
movies. And the movies I've kept rewatching as the years go by are
Groundhog day, The Gods must be crazy, Much Ado About Nothing and
Music: Pretty eccletic taste. Of course, salsa, merengue, cha cha,
bachata... anything that will get me dancing till the wee hours,
pretty much any band with brass instruments, a wide range of world
music (tablas are my favorite instruments), indie rock, 90's hip
hop, electro swing... Right now, I'm listening to Paolo Nutini,
Explosions in the Sky, The XX, The Cat Empire, Stars, Girl Talk,
Sergent Garcia, Zoufris Maracas...
I played piano for 7 years and for some reason the only pieces that
stuck were from Erik Satie and I'm not complaining!