Tolkien's works, playing and listening to Celtic music, and space history for the most part. I still pay attention to what's going on in Alaska as I lived there during my senior year and college. Severe cold, dog mushing, and a few other adventures made college quite different from what I thought it'd be.
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
Three friends introduced me to it in 2003 and it's been my favorite book ever since.