Tuesday, February 13

Fantastic Books With Little To No Romance


Hello, friends! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which, I'm sure, all of you know, because around this time it is impossible to head into any store and not see or the seasonal stuff. See, I don't really care about Valentine's Day, imo, it is okay to hate it, but it is also okay to love it. But all the Valentine's Day shit can become too much even for me - besides the chocolate, because, damn, there is no such thing as 'too much' when it comes to chocolate.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a love freebie, but ahaha, we don't deal in conventional here, so I brought you the exact opposite of that: Ten Books Without Romance, with the hope of giving you all a breath of fresh air in between all the lovey-dovey stuff. 



FANTASY


   

MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD: I haven't read the third Magnus Chase book yet, but the first and second novels had little to no romance in them. Yes, I have a pretty good idea of who Magnus could end up with, and Samirah is in love with a guy, but the romance is barely there. You likely won't even see it with all the jokes,  action, adventure and epic friendships surrounding you.

THE HIDDEN ORACLE: I have only read the first book of The Trials of Apollo, but this one is deliciously free of any romance. Two of the supporting characters - Nico and Will - are in a relationship, but they have small roles AND Apollo himself is nowhere near falling in love with anyone.

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE: I'll admit that I was a tad bit let down by this one, BUT it was still pretty cool and I'd still recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and stories featuring weird (BUT IN A GOOD WAY!) magical creatures. And it has NO ROMANCE whatsoever. Actually, this is historical, so the heroine is very much expected to marry, but hahaha, she does not care one bit for that. 

VICIOUS: Not gonna lie, Schwab's novels are frequently a miss for me, but this one was SO GOOD. The characters are so deliciously morally gray, but still freaking lovely, which is a weird combination, BUT IT WORKS. 


HISTORICAL

   

A MADNESS SO DISCREET: This is such a good, but highly underrated novel, so go buy it!! It deserves so much love, because it is basically a historical Criminal Minds. I can see the potential for a romance in the heroine's future, but there is NOTHING of that in the book itself. Lots of darkness, epic friendships and ah, such a dark, complex and morally gray heroine await you here.

ODD & TRUE: One of my favorite books of last year for sure. Yes, one of the characters has a little bit of romance sub-plot in her story, BUT it is different from what you are probably expecting. Let's just say the book concentrates on the present-consequences of that relationship, and the closure of it. The story itself features epic sisters, amazing adventures, maybe-ghosts, would be monster hunters and gloomy places. 

THE BOOK THIEF: I'm pretty sure that most of you have read this one, but for those of you who haven't, this is a perfect anti-Valentine read. It centers around family and friendship, as well as the Holocaust and the Second World War. Heartbreaking, powerful and gorgeous, literally told from death's point of view. 

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE: I love this one way too much not to include it! Also, I ain't dumb, I know when this was written it counted as a contemporary, but shh, let this post breath. Here's the thing, I honestly can't imagine anything less Valentine's Day related than a book where the main character seemingly hates 99% of the population. So you have it. Perfect.


CONTEMPORARY 

 

GIRLHOOD: This one centers around grief, friendship and obsession, and it has absolutely NO ROMANCE in it whatsoever. It gets dark and creepy at parts, but somehow still manages to close on a positive, girl power note, so yay.

DEVOTED: This book, y'all, this book deserves so much love and appreciation, and I am heartbroken it is so underrated. It is about a girl who lives in a cult-like religious community, and showcases her journey to freedom through leaving, growing and becoming independent. So powerful and gorgeous. As for the romance, you can definitely see that there is probably going to be something there in the future, but throughout the book there is only friendship, WHICH INVOLVES THE GUY LENDING HER BOOKS, SO THAT'S ADORABLE. 

So you have it! These are my top NO-ROMANCE picks for today. Have you read any of these? Could you recommend me some books without any romance? Or with minimal romance? I AM VERY MUCH AWAITING YOUR COMMENTS. 

25 comments:

  1. "Deliciously Free" - I love it! What a brilliant idea for your TTT! As much as I adore a good romance thrown in there, sometimes I get sick of how formulaic they can be (especially in fantasy YA), so it's nice to be able to pick up something knowing that it won't be a focus.

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    1. Thank you!! EXACTLY! I adore books with romance, but it is nice to have some variety from time to time.

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  2. Yeah it's all about the chocolate. :) And I like how you did this one. Can you believe I've never read Riordan? I seriously need to rectify that, especially now that he has a Norse mythology series out!

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    1. I mean, yes, OF COURSE. :D Thanks! What what what!? You simply HAVE TO if you like humorous, light and adventurous novels with cool characters.

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  3. Nice twist on this weeks theme!! I love it!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:
    https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/02/top-ten-tuesday-ten-very-hot-steamy.html

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  4. Haha it can become to much but just think after Valentines Day sale chocolate!!! I have only read Vicious but I am looking to read the Percy Jackson books this year then follow into the sequel series and Magnus Chase eventually! Great list! My Top Ten

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    1. YES, THAT'S ALL I WAS ABLE TO THINK OF FOR DAYS BEFORE. Ooh, hope you get around to all these Rick Riordan books! They are truly epic! Thank you. :)

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  5. I really enjoy when a book doesn't have the obligatory romantic element. Nice twist to the theme and you just added books to my tbr list :)

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    1. Thank you! Wow, that always makes me glad :D

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  6. Nice take on this week's topic! I haven't read any of these, but I've heard good things about V.E. Schwab. I'd like to read some of her books soon. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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  7. The Book Thief was on my list today too (and on my list when I did this same topic a while back!). I love both the Rick Riordan books (and there's still no main romance as of yet in the Trials of Apollo series, so yay for that!) and cannot wait to read Vicious.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/top-ten-tuesday-146/

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    1. Ooh, thanks for telling me about Trials of Apollo, that just made me 10000x more excited for the sequel. NEED TO GET IT ASAP. Hope you'll love Vicious.

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  8. Woo! No romance! I love this take already.

    I haven't read Rick Riordan I'm a long time, but it's good that some of his books don't have romance. ūüėÖ

    Also I couldn't stand Catcher in the Rye unfortunately.

    Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

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    1. Thanks! I finished the Magnus Chase series since then, and Magnus did get together with someone, but it was NEVER the focus. But, apparently the Trials of Apollo series has no main romance as of right now! OOh, that makes me sad, but is also understandable.

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  9. Great list! I love all the books I read in your list The Bear and the Nightingale, The Book Thief, Vicious, and Trials of Apollo. I have to say, even though it's pretty romance free, I love the ~hints of romance~ in TBATN :D

    tasya // the literary huntress

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    1. Thank you! Oh yes, I definitely ship Vasya and Morozko, and they were EPIC in book 2, as well.

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  10. Very unique topic, Veronika! I absolutely loved The Book Thief and of course the Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase series. I’m currently reading the second book in the Magnus Chase series and I am just flying through it!

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    1. Thanks! I really hope you've enjoyed the second Magnus novel! I've read the third book since writing this post, and it was SO GOOD, as well. Such a fun, fast-read.

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  11. This is my kind of topic! I don’t care about Valentine’s Day, but I do love chocolate and books. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Haha, I'm glad you like it!! Hope you read ALL the books on Valentine's Day, and ate lots of chocolate. Thank you. :D

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  12. I am a lover of romance, so I wouldn't usually search out recs without romance. That being said, sometimes a really good book doesn't need romance and when you see books like Vicious on here I totally need to read these books. Great list.

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    1. Thank you!! I really hope you'll like them if you do pick them up. :D

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  13. Vicious was so awesome!! I'm dying for the sequel!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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