it varies upon my mood...
i would say my favorite philosophers to read are probably hume, nietzsche, and sartre, but i've never found one i could wholly agree with as i have found answers beyond their questions and/or read into them in a certain light that i have never seen talked about.
as for metaphysics, i tend to linger towards asian religion... i ching, taoism, etc.
i classify myself more of a thinker than a philosopher... but that i guess does make me a philosopher.
i was lucky enough to have a few professors that REALLY challenged the class to develop hard answers to difficult questions. my intro class had three papers: 1) does the "soul" exist after death? prove why/why not. 2) is there a god? prove why/why not. 3) is there a meaning of life? if yes, what is it and prove why, if no prove why not. the guy was probably the hardest grader i've ever come across. latter half of my experiences with philosophy in acadamia were more focused upon contemporary philosophers working on moral philosophy on societal/cultural issues.