Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance (Or Very Little)

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is Books Without Romance or they can be books with very little romance as well. I personally am a huge fan of books with little to no romance, it’s a big pet peeve of mine when romances cloud over the plot and all other happenings. I’m very happy to find books like this and share the ones I’ve read as well!

I will link up my reviews for each title as well if you’d like my full thoughts!

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5.) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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While I suppose it could be debated a little bit since it sometimes feels like the two main characters are developing feelings for each other throughout, this is still very much romance free. This is a story about monsters and monstrous humans and that’s where the focus stays, there’s no getting muddled up in any lovey-dovey moments here!

You can read my full review of “This Savage Song” here.

4.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Um…yeah here she is again! Schwab really is a master at keeping the plots of her books straight and interesting without getting too lost in any romance. This is a very complex novel about two men that gain “superpowers” and turn into enemies but the lines between who’s good and who’s evil blur very much.

One of the characters does have a girlfriend and the other character loves her as well but it’s very briefly mentioned and serves more as a motivator in the story than it does an actual romantic subplot. So no romance!

You can read my full review of “Vicious” here.

3.) Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

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Have I talked about this book enough on my blog? Yeah, I don’t think so either. This is an amazing fantasy story with fantastic world building and a brutally unpredictable storyline, plus the heroine is a badass! I digress, there is a point in the story where Yukiko becomes a bit smitten with a boy but it is extremely brief and hardly mentioned. Plus when you get to the end of the book you definitely wouldn’t say there is any romance either… me.

You can read my full review of “Stormdancer” here.

2.) Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

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I cannot recommend Christina Henry’s books enough, honestly, and them being very romance-light is one of the reasons. With “Lost Boy” there is a point in the story where a character has a crush on someone but other than that it’s very romance free. It was nice to see a female character whose sole purpose wasn’t to be the love interest.

You can read my full review of “Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook” here.

1.) Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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What’s great about this book is how diverse it is with the characters’ genders and sexuality. We see both a transgender character as well as an asexual character, which I though was absolutely fantastic! Plus there was no romance at all, it was really great that we got to see such diversity like this and the author didn’t feel a need to push any of the characters together.

You can read my full review of “Every Heart A Doorway” here.

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think of them?

Do you agree about the “non-romance” in any of these books? Disagree?

What are some books you’ve read with little to no romance? (please tell me I love these kinds of recommendations!)

Do you find that you enjoy books with little to no romance more or less?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy


26 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance (Or Very Little)

  1. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, BUT I do plan on reading Stormdancer. I’ve seen so much love for this book and it’s kind of refreshing to know that romance is not a focus.

    Brianna at Listful Booking


  2. I didn’t realize that there wasn’t any romance in This Savage Song – I bought it a while ago but haven’t read it just yet. I also have Every Heart a Doorway but haven’t read that either – definitely going to have to get on this – I could use a read without a romance. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Nope no romance in that one! Like I said in the post though that it could maybe be debated if they grow feelings for one another or not but it’s definitely not flat out stated ever so that counts as zero romance in my book!

      Every Heart A Doorway is just an excellent book all the way around so I really hope you enjoy that one, it’s definitely a pretty quick read! 🙂


  3. Lost Boy is on my TBR, I think, but I haven’t heard much about it yet. I’ll have to check it out soon. I have TSS and Vicious on my shelf and I can’t wait to get to them because I loved her writing for the Shades of Magic series. Great list!

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  4. I’ve been wanting to read This Savage Song but for some reason I can’t seem to be able to read that much anymore so this duology’s still on stand-by. I already have so many books I really want to read that I don’t know where Vicious will fit in!

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  5. I can’t wait to read This Savage Song! I have heard so many amazing things about it, plus Victoria Schwab is one of my favourite authors so there is that as well! ❤
    Stormdancer sounds very intriguing and I definitely plan on checking it out! I haven't actually read anything by Jay Kristoff yet. I think I will start with this series, as it's already completed and I won't have to wait for the sequels to come out. Great list Heather! 🙂

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    • I’d love to see what you think of This Savage Song, especially since I liked it but didn’t think it lived up quite as much to her adult novels. Of course I’ll always read her books regardless haha!
      I’d also LOOOOOVE to see what you think of Stormdancer, or really just any of Kristoff’s books since I worship them practically, haha! That’s smart to do the completed series first too because the way the first book ends is torture!
      Thanks Anna! 🙂

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  6. I’m definitely not a huge fan of books that overdo the romance which I found is a huge part of the YA genre. If there’s one book I’ve loved so far this year which had absolutely NO romance whatsoever it was A Tale for the Time Being by the Japanese-American writer Ruth Ozeki.
    Donna Tartt has become my favorite author just because I’ve noticed that even though in The Secret History and The Goldfinch there is some allusions here and there to romance, they never seem to play any pivotal role…
    I totally rambled just cause I haven’t yet read any of the books you have listed but am definitely going to be adding Every Heart a Doorway to my TBR – sounds fascinating 😀
    I look forward to reading more from you soon Heather… Happy July Reading 😀


    • YA really is full of romance-focused plots but there are a few of those hidden gems that don’t! Thanks for the recommendations I’ll have to check some of them out!
      I really hope you enjoy Every Heart A Doorway when you get a chance to read it, it’s a really interesting little book! 🙂

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