The Verge staffers aren't just people who love technology. They're people who love stuff. We spend as much time talking and thinking about our favorite books, music, and movies as we do debating the best smartphone to buy or what point-and-shoot has the tightest macro. We thought it would make sense to share our latest obsessions with Verge readers, and we hope you're encouraged to share your favorites with us. Thus a long, healthy debate will ensue where we all end up with new things to read, listen to, or try on.

Justin Cronin - The Passage Trilogy

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Books about vampires — how original. I know that the genre is over-done to death, but so is the zombie genre, and that still throws up surprises every once in a while. The Passage was one of those surprises. An immersive world, characters you care about, and an epic narrative that spans centuries completely hooked me, and the inevitable mysteries left me itching for more. Part two, The Twelve, was released at the end of October, and while it hasn’t had quite the same impact, it’s a worthy follow-up. Perhaps it’s a bad idea to praise a trilogy after reading just two parts, but I’ll definitely be picking up the third, The City of Mirrors, when it’s released in 2014.

In the Mood for Love

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Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love probably isn’t my favorite film, but it’s been up there for over a decade now. Set in early sixties Hong Kong, it’s a tale of two strangers who, often finding themselves left alone, are brought together by their partners’ infidelity. I won’t say much more as to not spoil the plot for those that haven’t seen it, but it’s worth watching for the cinematography and use of music — Yumeji’s Theme will stay with you for weeks — alone.

Shaun Inman

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Shaun Inman is a developer and game designer I’ve followed for some time. With The Last Rocket and Flip’s Escape, Inman created two of my favorite games on iOS, and I still have a quick session of Chunks or Horror Vacui 2 from time to time. He also designed Day O, which I use in place of OS X’s menu bar clock. Recently, Inman successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign, the Retro Game Crunch, and is currently aiming to make six games in six months.

r/wheredidthesodago

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While others dedicated a Favorite to a particular GIF, I’m opting to go with an entire subreddit dedicated to GIFs. r/wheredidthesodago plays host to GIFs from infomercials presented without context. It’s not a daily visit of mine, but at least once a week I’ll head over and give an hour of my life that i’ll never get back. Some of my favorites include Mustache Donut, Science, and Cordless Phone.

E Cigarettes

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I’ve been smoking for over half my life and have neither the drive nor the willpower to give up. I first tried an electronic cigarette a few years ago — a huge unweildy thing that needed topping up with nicotine juice and leaked everywhere — but quickly switched back to my favorite brand of cancer stick. Recently, however, the situation has got much better, and all sorts of companies sell lightweight, portable, cigarette alternatives that let me satisfy my habit — indoors, in spite of the UK’s ban on indoor smoking — without filling my body with tar and carbon monoxide. There are still some question marks over whether they’re as harmless as the manufacturers claim, but I find it hard to believe they could be more toxic than the real thing.