Five Fandom Friday: 5 Geeky Guilty Pleasures

We all have little things that we do, things that make us cringe when we consider telling anyone else. What will they think of us when they know we secretly love these things?! You can envision your social life crumbling between your fingers.

It’s okay. EVERYBODY has something they’re too afraid to share.

Really, it is.

I promise.

Here, I’ll show it to you. Here are five geeky guilty pleasures of my own!

Mystery Novels

I’m not even talking about anything as thrilling as Gone Girl. I’m talking about chintzy and dorky cozy mysteries. The kind that are about some amateur stumbling in on a murder victim and taking it upon themselves to catch the killer.

My favorite cozy mysteries are…culinary mysteries. Does that even sound like it should be a thing? Well, it is. And I love it. The protagonist’s day job usually has something to do with food and they spend a lot of time putting together clues while they cook or bake or what have you.

Shut up. I like it.


I watched a bit of this growing up, starting with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. I moved onto Toonami in my teens, watching Yu Yu Hakusho and some of the Gundam series. Once I got a little older I moved away from it, realizing that a lot of the people that watched anime were really weird (around here, at least).

But, hubs lured me in not too long ago and set me back on the path. We began with Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (which I’m obsessed with now) and moved into other shows like Death Note and A World in Which Dirty Jokes Don’t Exist (I’m sure it has a simpler name).

I don’t hang out with the people around here that watch anime, but I devour it in the privacy of my own living room.

Romance Novels

Most of them are absolute shit. Let’s be honest. There are plot holes everywhere you step, conveniently place characters in times of need, and a whole lot of raunchy sex. But that’s what you pick the book up for. I’ve read an overabundance of romance novels in my time.

I’ve read some of the Christine Feehan vampire-y books and some of the Sherrilyn Kenyon alien romance books. And I enjoyed every minute of that shit. It’s lady porn. And it’s okay.


It’s like some weird prerequisite as a writer to have an odd and obsessive need for journals. I can’t pass the office aisles in any department store without needlessly drooling over a notebook. The really nice leather bound ones.

There are a freaking million of them scattered across the house right now, each of them having only a few pages of writing in them and no actual purpose in life. It’s gotten bad. Really bad. But I still need more.

Buying the Real Book after Buying the EBook

Raise your hand if you’ve done this!

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve done this. I’m just throwing my money at authors. How can I help it when a book is so good that I NEED to own the physical copy? I can’t dreamily look at an ebook on my shelf and reminisce about the story inside it. I can’t pour over the paper pages and revel in the familiar book smell.

I know. I’m a bit weird. Yet, we all are in our own unique way and that’s what make the world great. Weirdness makes the world truly interesting and enjoyable! Embrace your weird!


Author: Leah Chiasson

I am a twenty something geek, wife, writer, and all around goofy girl. I am a freelance writer as well as the author of Marked For The Hunt, available on, and the coming sequel, Marked as Prey. You can find me on and on my Patreon site!

14 thoughts on “Five Fandom Friday: 5 Geeky Guilty Pleasures”

  1. I’ve started borrowing the book from the library before committing to purchasing a physical copy. When I was a flight attendant, I thrived on eBooks, but I am sad that some of the ones I’ve purchased are now out of print, so I am kicking myself.

    A friend from Australia got me hooked on the Christine Feehan Dark series by shipping me the first three volumes while I was living in Japan. I hadn’t realized that there are SO MANY of them. I really need to catch up.

    1. I read some of the Christine Feehan Dark series in high school. I started too young xD The number of times we’ve moved lately, I need to stop buying physical books. I’ve been trying to stick to ebooks, but it’s too hard. The library has been helping, but they don’t have everything.

      1. I know it’s hard, especially when you cannot find what you want. I would suggest checking Inter Library Loan through your library. 😉

      2. We actually have a huge library system in my area and I’ve set up my Amazon Smile to donate to them, but my online password doesn’t seem to work when I order the books. I’m going to one I never visited often so I have a bit of social anxiety when requesting them xD

      3. YOU CAN DO IT! What I love about my library system is that when you request a book– they deliver it TO YOUR HOUSE!! Returning it requires going to the library but they have a drop box AND a drive through. 😉

    1. Right?! One of my favorites is about a vintage clothing shop owner that can see the past off clothes. The protagonist’s sass is too damn good.

  2. You know, I love myself some good anime, but I don’t have a lot of friends who watch too much of it. And yet I’m going to an anime convention, for the 3rd year in a row. Not all anime nerds are odd, I promise. And culinary mysteries? Not going to lie, I laughed a little at that. But in a good way. That’s such an adorable fandom. I really hope there’s an active culinary mystery fandom out there on the internet for you. I may not be in the fandom, but I am now convinced the fandom needs to exist.

    1. I can make it a thing! And if I’m an anime geek then they can’t all be that bad. Unless I am… oh damn.

  3. I’m so glad I’m not alone on the whole mystery fandom! I can’t help it. They’re adorable and there’s normally some sweet subplot that has absolutely nothing to do with the story. Anime is…well can be a complicated fandom and while not all fans are weird, I’ve met some weird ones too. No worries.

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