I have decided to do the Top 5 Wednesday topics for the next few weeks. This weeks topic is Books Without Romance. Now seeing as I read middle grade books, I could have taken the easy way out as that age level does not usually have romance, but I challenged myself to do the topic with YA books and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Most of these books have a little romance in the plot, but it is not the main or even secondary plot line of the story. I’ve linked all of the titles to their Goodread summaries so if you want to know more about the books, just click on them.
1.The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston. This story truly has no romance in it. Now Owen does have a girlfriend but as the story is told from his bard, Siobhan’s point of view and they are strictly friends there really isn’t any romance. So what is there? Lots of dragons and music and heroism and adventure. And of course that cover, who could resist? It is set in modern day Canada, but E.K. Johnston has created a world where there have always been dragons and they have had an influence on history and culture. I have yet to read anything else quite like it.
2. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. If you haven’t read anything by Jasper Fforde you need to know that they are very funny. There is a little bit of romance, well liking, in this book, but it really is in the background and not at all central to the story. This is a series of an alternate world where there is magic, but it is slowly dying out. Jennifer Strange runs an employment agency for magicians and they are quite the eclectic group. Very funny and exciting a good non-romance story for almost anyone.
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This is an older book, but I only just read it last year. I loved the book and I hope if they ever get the movie done that they do it justice. There is also a little romance but it is not important to the story at all, and they even could have left it out and I wouldn’t have noticed. I just loved all of the eighties references and the gaming aspect of it. If you are a fan of science fiction and gaming you will love this book.
4. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. There is a boy that Vassa cares about in this book, but she is so focused on just surviving her ordeal that I would not count it as romantic. Also her feelings for Night I don’t think should count as romance either. It was just sort of a weird relationship. The whole book was a bit weird but I still really liked it. It is based on the Russian folktales of Baba Yaga, in case you are not familiar with the book.
5. The Novice by Taran Matharu. I could list the whole series here as not having much romance but I decided on just the first one. There is a love interest in the series, but it is not at all central to the story. I just love the world that the author has created, especially the use of demons as their source of magic. The books are all about Fetcher and his struggles to overcome prejudice and society’s expectations to save his world.
Well those are my Top 5 non-romantic books that I have read recently. Have you read any of these books and do you agree with my assessment of their non-romantic status? Let me know in the comments.