1. The Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay
The only depressing thing about this series is that it's only two books. Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors
2. Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
Written in a fresh multi-POV perspective, these books are like crack. Literally. A thousand page paper brick full of nothing but naughty fun. My biggest beef with this series is that it's far from complete and you need to wait patiently for the next book.
3. Firefly Series
I got this as a birthday present and what a gift!! Unfortunately it didn't last longer than one season, but it has an impressive production value and solid storytelling. In a way it reminds me of the anime Cowboy Bebop.
4. Mad Men, Sopranos, Dexter are all riveting dramas that I felt the need to watch once... and only once. Horatio Hornblower on the other hand is a heart warming series that takes you to another time and place, especially when all you want to do is escape.
5. Audiobooks anyone? The 1981 BBC version of Lord of the Rings was done exceptionally well. Frodo was even voiced by a younger Ian Holm. A great adventure to relive while you finally do a bit of spring cleaning.