Top 5 Wednesdays: Books Without Romance

Top 5 Wednesdays which are created by Lainey and moderated by Sam.

Books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

I find it hard to like books like this – I enjoy if even a small sliver because most of us make emotional connections with other humans and it is natural to have attachments however, the five below keep the attachments and connections platonic or nonexistent. If the rest of the writing is awesome you don’t miss the romance. (unless you’re like me and have to indulge in a regency romance after a book without love)

  1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – There are a lot of storylines in this book, some people live, others die, others marry and find companionship but there is no ‘romance’ in this book, it is never the focus at all, the focus is always survival and the storyline.
  2. Perfume the Story of  Murderer by Patrick Suskind – This is a story of a psychopath, he experiences obsession but he is incapable of love therefore there is no romance. He kills deliberately and passionately.
  3. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – For fans of young adult, I highly recommend this one, you THINK there’s going to be romance, there’s even a physical relationship but it tricks you and it was a refreshing ending in a sea of ‘and they lived happily ever after’ books.
  4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – There is love but it is not in anyway romantic and it is minimal. There’s a lot more of companionship and caring for others in a platonic sense.
  5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – a fantasy trilogy without a romance? Yes! Despite my dislike of the final book of the trilogy, this first book is a solid piece and despite having the shadow of a potential future romance it never gets there and for that it is refreshing.

9 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesdays: Books Without Romance

  1. I have both Station Eleven and The Queen of the Tearling on my list and could not agree more with your reasoning. Station Eleven is about so much more than romance – life, survival, etc. I haven’t read the sequels to The Queen of the Tearling yet, but the first book is definitely refreshing with it’s lack of romance. Great list!

    Brianna at Listful Booking

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      1. Good to know about the second book – I already own it and plan on reading it this year. I may take my sweet time with the third then! lol


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