The Book Thief, The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Good Omens, Artemis Fowl, The Hunger Games, His Dark Materials, The Host, The Night Circus, Cloud Atlas, The Song of Achilles, Let the Right One In, Wolf Hall, The Vampire Chronicles, Norwegian Wood
Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Amélie, Midnight in Paris, The Omen, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fight Club, Inception, Black Swan, Gattaca,
Tom Hiddleston, Matt Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham Carter, Scarlett Johansson
Eason Chan, movie soundtracks, Joe Hisaishi, Anime soundtracks, Phantom of the Opera, classical music
Things to do in general:
Scanlating, Picking up trivia, telling stories, winning, staring at beautiful things, organising my bookshelf (or library, to be more precise), 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.