Fiction: The Orphan Master's Son, The Goldfinch, The Secret History, All the Light We Cannot See, Middlesex, Windup Girl, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Book Thief, Kavalier & Clay, The Poisonwood Bible, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Life of Pi, A Hundred Years of Solitude, Corelli's Mandolin, The Shipping News, A Thousand Acres, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Nonfiction: The Swerve, Guns Germs and Steel, 1491, 1493, The Devil in the White City, In The Garden of Beasts, Unbroken, The River of Doubt, Destiny of the Republic, She's Not There. In general, I love American and world history, anything about math, anything about physics, and anything about the brain.
Movies: Way too many to create a representative list. A Serious Man, Whiplash (just saw it - fabulous), Les Intouchables, The Pianist, Pulp Fiction, Lord of the Rings, all the classics.
Music: Indie rock (New Pornographers, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead), Classic rock (Dead, Stones, Beatles), Bluegrass (Del McCoury, James King, Ricky Skaggs), Jazz (Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon), World (Caetano Veloso, Cesaria Evora, Ali Farka Toure, Afro-Cuban All Stars)
Food: Sushi, Thai, authentic (not American) Chinese, hot pastrami sandwiches