I like to read. A lot. My tastes generally run to escapism with a preference for history and Science fiction and an occasional peek at mystery.
My Top Ten favorite books:
Sharpe's Eagle, by Bernard Cornwell
Isle of the Dead, by Roger Zelazny
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
Flashman, by George MacDonald Fraser.
Return from the Stars, by Stanislas Lem
The Warriors Apprentice, by Lois McMaster Bujold
By Hook or by Crook, by Emma Lathen
The Road to Gandolfo, by Robert Ludlum
The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
...listed in no particular order. I recommend them all.
With the inevitable passage of time, some of these authors have died or gone commercial but some of the ones still producing readable works have inspired web sites:
The Bujold Nexus - Has lots of stuff on the best space opera around.
The Royal Flashman Society - If only all history was written this way!