I've been reading books since I was a teenager, spending hours upon hours on everything from Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum to Orson Scott Card, Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear, Dan Brown and so on. My favorite genres tend to be science fiction and adventure/thriller type books. Historical fiction, such as Pillars of the Earth, is also very fascinating. .
Outside of reading science fiction anytime I can, I love science in general and specifically in those areas that tie into science fiction in any way. I'm also an avid reader of history. My own writing tends to lean towards science fiction. I have participated in several Nanowrimo's and also the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest.
The common thread: anything that lets my creativity be brought to life I tend to be attracted to, whatever it may be.