Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance


A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about 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…

No, it’s not Wednesday, but this is a topic I missed and wanted to talk about anyway. So, here it is a bit late, but at least it’s in the right month.

I’ll admit I like to have a little bit of romance in my books so it was difficult to pick out books without any romance in them. What I found was that some of the books I’ve picked deal with a different type of love, which I like because we don’t always focus different types of love.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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This arguable in some instances, but other the mention of his wife or someone’s love of books, there really is no romance in this classic. There is no love between the protagonist and his wife, there’s only confusion concerning the ban on books.

Room by Emma Donoghue

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This is has no romance at all! But it does have love, the love between mother and son. While their circumstance is very unusual (because they’re kidnapped and living in shed for years), the bond between Jack and Ma is incredibly strong.

March by John Lewis

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This three part autobiography of Senator John Lewis’s fight during the Civil Rights Movements has no romance. The truth is, there’s no room for romance or love when people are fighting for their rights to vote and against segregation. It makes sense there isn’t any, and that’s why it’s on this list.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Like Room, this is a story about a different type of love, not romance. However, there is a lot of friendship kind of love between Nimona and Blackheart, and it’s that love that she needs the most.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

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You will find barn animals, a revolution, and satire in this book it is impossible to find romance in this book. But if you are looking for a bit of romance in dystopian world, then I recommend reading 1984, although the romance is not the central focus of that story. Actually, just read both because they’re FANTASTIC.


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