The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (Yeah I'm very into Tolkien lately), Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Good Omens, Artemis Fowl, Alex Rider, The Hunger Games, Eragon, His Dark Materials, Dexter, The Host, The Night Circus, Cloud Atlas, Leviathan, Heist Society, Let the Right One In, Sophie's World, Ways to Live Forever, 1984, Wolf Hall, The Vampire Chronicles
Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, The Omen, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fight Club, Inception, Black Swan, The King's Speech, Gattaca, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Les Choristes, X-men
Tom Hiddleston, Matt Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham Carter
Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, Joe Hisaishi, Phantom of the Opera, Vox Angeli, Vocaloid, miscellaneous anime OPs & EDs (:D), Chinese folksongs
Things to do in general:
Picking up trivia, telling stories, winning, staring at beautiful things, organising my bookshelf (or library, to be more precise), admiring my own penmanship (narcissistic, I know, but it really is a cause for pride), singing in the shower...
Things I look for in a good anime:
1. PLOT DEVELOPMENT.
I particularly love plot twists (that make sense) and good endings (which frankly and sadly most anime do not possess).
2. INTELLIGENT CHARACTERS.
This is not a must, but their presence usually guarantees thrilling plot.
3. HIGH-QUALITY ARTWORK.
That's why I don't want to pick up Dragon Ball Z no matter how many people recommend it. Call me superficial if you will, but visual satisfaction is one of the most important elements in anime.
4. SUBTLY WRITTEN LINES.
No preaching. No narm. Spelling out the moral of the story downgrades an anime into some kiddy cartoon. As the Chinese idiom goes: there is no need to add in legs when drawing a snake.
5. MINIMAL FANSERVICE.
I don't hate it, as long as it does not affect the storytelling.
Again, this is not a must, but hey. No one would mind having a good laugh.