Some Favorite Things

“If you want to get to know a person, learn about their favorite books …” (or something like that). Here are some of my favorite things – books, films, music albums, and all the other niceties that have inspired me over the years and make life worth living.

They are limited to one artist per category and determined by a combination of objective artistic quality and subjective influence on myself.

 

Top 10 Books:

  1. Andrzej Sapkowski: Geralt of Rivia Cycle (German Translation)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
  3. J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter series
  4. Michael Ende: Die unendliche Geschichte
  5. Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves
  6. George R.R. Martin: Dying of the Light
  7. John Fowles: The Magus
  8. Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass
  9. Brett Easton Ellis: American Psycho
  10. China Miéville: Perdido Street Station

Honorable Mentions: Stephen King: It, Michael Herr: Dispatches, Bernhard Hennen: Die Elfen, Patrick Rothfuss: The Name of the Wind, Walter Moers: Die 13½ Leben des Käpt’n Blaubär, John Green: Paper Towns, Hans Bemmann: Stein und Flöte, Neil Gaiman: American Gods, plus so many more than I could ever list …

 

Top 10 Albums:

  1. Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.
  2. Tiamat: Wildhoney
  3. Lin-Manuel Miranda: Hamilton Cast Recording
  4. Supertramp: Crime of the Century
  5. Nightwish: Imaginarium
  6. Howard Shore: The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack
  7. Pink Floyd: The Wall
  8. Guns’n’Roses: Appetite for Destruction
  9. Kamelot: The Black Halo
  10. Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way

Honorable Mentions: Porcupine Tree: Deadwing, Yes: Fragile, David Bowie: Blackstar, The Dear Hunter: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional, Dream Theater: Metropolis pt. II – Scenes from a Memory, Blackfield: Blackfield II, Marillion: Misplaced Childhood, Foreigner: 4, Avantasia: The Wicked Symphony

 

Top 10 Movies and TV Shows:

  1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  2. Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Noah Hawley’s Fargo
  5. HBO’s Westworld
  6. Inception
  7. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
  8. It: The First Chapter
  9. Inglorious Basterds
  10. Black Mirror

Honorable Mentions: Rick and Morty, The Princess Bride, Whiplash, Get Out, Sherlock, Game of Thrones (mostly until season 5), Breaking Bad, Fight Club, Over the Garden Wall, Monty Python’s Holy Grail

 

Other Little Things in Life:

  1. Coffee
  2. Starry summer nights
  3. The ocean (especially the Pacific!)
  4. Red wine
  5. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
  6. Great heights (be it on top cliffs, sky scrapers, roller coasters or suspended by a rope while climbing)
  7. Snakes
  8. Tiramisú. Tiramisú with mango in it ❤
  9. The colors burgundy and midnight blue
  10. The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt

 

 

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