Here are some of my favorite books, films, and music. See links for fuller lists.

Novels:
Austen, Jane. Emma; Mansfield Park, Persuasion, . . .
Barry, Sebastian. The Secret Scripture (2008)
Brontë, Charlotte. Villette (1853)
Burney, Fanny. Evelina (1778)—also Cecilia, Camilla, and The Wanderer
Chabon, Michael. The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
Davies, Robertson. The Deptford Trilogy(1970-75)
Dickens, Charles. Bleak House (1852-53); *Our Mutual Friend . . .*Great Expectations . . . Dombey and Son . . .
Edgeworth, Maria. Belinda (1801)
Eliot, George. Middlemarch (1871-72)
Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South (1854-55)
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1989)
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany
James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady . . . (1881 . . . 1908)
Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News (1993)
Rachman, Tom. The Imperfectionists (2010)
Richardson, Samuel. Clarissa; Or, the History of a Young Lady (1747-48)
Robinson, Marilyn. Housekeeping (1980)
Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth (1905)
Williams, John. Stoner (1965)

Films and TV too:
The Wire (best show in history of television)
The (BBC) Office and The Office Special  

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Freaks and Geeks
Breaking Bad (incredible)
Leave It to Beaver, Dick Van Dyke Show and so on (many excellent to very good shows that stretch back ) ...to recent/current series: The Protectors, The Americans, The Bridge (Danish and American versions), Game of Thrones (of course!), Wallander (Swedish and American versions), Broadchurch, Dicte, Salamander, The Bletchley Circle, Top of the Lake, Jack Taylor, Happy Valley, Annika Bengtzon, The Code

By the way, following Game of Thrones? then check out especially Andy Greenwald's columns following each episode--and for different depth, also Jason Concepcion, both on Grantland's Game of Thrones site and for a different, somewhat counterpoint voice, also Alyssa Rosenberg at the Washington Post--see this two posts, for instance, on a recent controversial episode--an overarching defense/opinion piece with her regular column on that particular episode (Season 5, Episode 6). As with movie critics, it's interesting to follow the sentiments/sensibilities/perspectives and analysis/arguments of these critics over a long story arc for this show.


Films (most dates accurate):

8 1⁄2 (1963, including excellent commentary in Criterion collection release)       
Annie Hall (1977)
Birdman (2014)
Breaking Away (1979)
Bullitt (1968)
Casablanca (1942)
L'Eclisse (1962)
Fargo (1996)
Fresh (1994)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)   
Her (2013)  
Holiday (1938)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2 (2003/2004)
Manhattan (1979)
My Dinner With Andre (1981)
North by Northwest (1959)        
Persona (1967)            
Pulp Fiction (1994)      
Rear Window (1954)  
Roman Holiday (1953)   
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Stop Making Sense (1984)    
The 400 Blows (1959, Les Quatre cents coups, including excellent Criterion Collection critic's commentary)
Three Colours: BLUE(1993), Three Colours: WHITE (1993), Three Colours: RED(1994)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)             
Top Hat (1935)
12 Angry Men (1957, see also 1997 remake, plus "12", a fascinating 2007 Russian version)
Wait Until Dark (1967)

Music:

Talking Heads
The Shins
The New Pornographers
Imogen Heap
DJ Tiesto (Oakenfold's Southern Sun)
Animal Collective
Beirut

Chvrches

Cut Copy
M83
Phantogram
Polica
Daft Punk
Fountains of Wayne
Gianluca Motta (Not Alone, Deadmaus5 Remix feat. Molly)

Highasakite
Metric

Now Now

Patrick Watson

Radiohead (The King of Limbs)
Robyn (wonderful, esp. album Body Talk)
Regina Spektor

Sufjan Stevens-Age of Adz

The Avalanches

Ladytron

Waxahatchee
Wye Oak (great, esp. album Civilian)
The xx
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

 

Podcasts:

The New Yorker Fiction (contemporary writers read favorite pieces published by other writers in The New Yorker , then discuss briefly with fiction editor)

The Tobolowsky Files (character actor Stephen Tobolowsky's wonderful stories about "life, love, and the entertainment industry"

NPR: Live Concerts

KEXP Song of the Day

PRI: Selected Shorts

Coffee Break Spanish (delightful way to learn/review)

Coffee Break French

Moby Dick-The Big Read

 

Online Radio: Tune In Radio--KING FM Opera, Operavore, Swissradio Opera

KUOI 89.3! (I did a stint with my then 13 yr. old son Ben as a KUOI DJ with a weekly 3 hr. radio show one summer many years ago!)

 

Boardgames to check out: 7 Wonders Game; Ticket to Ride Europe