by Megan S.
I love a good mystery, which is no big stretch from the type of SF&F books I normally read. I generally gravitate to female detectives and political thrillers. I spent this weekend with my nose in the latest Veronica Mars book. (Strangely enough, it has a blink-and-you-miss-it Welcome to Night Vale crossover but I digress.) Mr. Kiss and Tell is a must read for fans of the former television series. While it's missing Veronica's constant inner monologue because it's written in third person, it's just as good as one of the best episodes. You know what? Actually, I take that back; it's better. We're starting to see what a screwed up adult Veronica grew up to be, emotionally stunted and pulling the same shit she did when she was in high school. Her antics aren't as adorable as they once were. Seriously, go read Mr. Kiss and Tell.
Oh, and here's an embarrassing admission. I like the occasional cozy mystery. I grew up reading Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown. Because, duh, kitties solving gruesome murders is smack dab in the middle of my wheelhouse.
Autobiographies are another favorite of mine. Well-written personal stories with a touch of humor is Megan catnip. Most recently, I picked up Amy Poehler's Yes Please. It was more of a collection of essays and life advice. While I'm a big fan of her work, especially Parks and Rec, I couldn't get into the book. Instead, I'll recommend my very favorite in the genre, chef Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. It's jam packed with sex, drugs, and food. Awesome.
My final go-to genre is a little hard to describe. It's a non-fiction, in-depth explorations of certain topics, all written in a wry voice. Mary Roach's book on cadavers, Stiff, is a perfect example. The latest one I enjoyed was The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee. It chronicles the spread of Chinese culture through the lens of well known dishes and treats like General Tso's Chicken and fortune cookies. Who doesn't want to learn about history via food?
Well, those are a few of my favorite non-SF&F books. How about you? What are you reading when you're not reading scifi and fantasy? Leave your thoughts and recommendations in the comments.