My favourite book changes so often that it sometimes seems a bit dishonest to put it down. But I still remember the feeling of awe and discovery upon reading 1984 all at once on a transatlantic red-eye; and that book will always be special to me.
Right now the favourite is Crime and Punishment. For the the wonderful, and worryingly sympathetic, character of Raskolnikov; the potent symbology; and the message of redemption at a time when I needed it.
As for my wider personality…. I like ale and whisky, books and writing, cigars and conversation, and the sunshine.