I read a book or two. I'm exasperatingly trying to write one. When I do I'll update my status. Almost have a first draft finished!
The Hobbit, Silmarillion, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, John Sandford's 'Prey' series, the Thomas Covenant books, Jim Butcher's Dresden books, Bernard Cornwall's Arthurian series and basically everything he's written, Neal Gaiman...
Why be a stranger when you can be the strangest?