I've been a student for most of my life and will continue to be one for many years still, so my philosophy is to live now! I'm generally a very happy person - I sing around my apartment, dance at every opportunity, and try to make people laugh as often as possible.
Bel Canto and The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (this is a very funny book! everyone should check it out again as an adult at least once :))
Movies: Amelie, The Cider House Rules, The Fellowship of the Ring, Down with Love, Inception, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Black Swan, V for Vendetta, 50/50, Rent, Moulin Rouge, Newsies, Chocolat, The Dark Knight, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, The Notebook (yes, I know), Good Will Hunting, Donnie Darko, The Importance of Being Earnest, Proof
I'm a big musical theater person! But I also enjoy groups like OneRepublic, Coldplay, Lady Antebellum, James Taylor, Maroon 5, Rockapella, Sara Bareilles, Five for Fighting, Train, and various Celtic groups. And I've sung in some classical choirs.
Right now I'm watching Mad Men, Parks and Rec, and Game of Thrones. And I loved Lost.