Top 5 Wednesday #19: No Romance? No Problem


Welcome to another edition of Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey. You can check the group here for more discussions and topic!

This week topic is about books with no romance. I admit, I’m not exactly a big shipper, but when I do ship someone, I ship them. I think I did a post a while back about my OTPs and my favorite side ships *cough go read them cough*. Since I’m not a big shipper though, most of the time I feel like the romance is interfering with the book’s plot😅 I also feel like drama within books could be decreased 80% when romance is not involved😀 I’m so excited for this week’s topic though, finally a chance to showcase my no-romance favorite books!

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

This is like the most underrated series of ever. If you like mythology, and by mythology I mean all kind of mythology, not only greek or roman, this book is perfect. It’s basically another human vs gods type of book, but full of twist and turns. It also has no romance! Our main characters are twins, and while the side characters have romance, either unfinished or turn into vengeance, they are kept to bare minimum, like less than 1% of the story.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

I know the title sounds like a cheesy romance novel, but I promice you it’s not. It’s about a boy with mysterious father who turns out to be a necromancer. Our main character is a bit like Percy Jackson- sassy and funny, yet not as clueless as him. Highly recommended❗❗❗

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I’m pretty sure I’ll see at least 10 blogs mentioning this book in their T5W. And I think this book highly deserves it. I mean, it’s beautiful and a tear jerker, with Death as the narator- and a good one at that- and poor poor Liesel in the middle of carnage that was WW2. I admit I expected romance at some point in this book, and I think it might’ve sailed? But now we’ll never know😢

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’m also pretty sure there might’ve been a romance in this book, but heyyyy I live for tragic ending. It’s also set in the midst of WW2 and it might’ve even been more tragic and made me cry if only I didn’t read it during my senior year… in which I was too stressed out to feel anything else. This book has no Death as narrator, so everything is sad, mellow, and quiet. But it’s worth the pain and tears I promise you, so go read it!

Vicious by V.E Schwab

A book about villains, and better yet, there’s no romance to distract the villains from doing bad things! I mean, there’s a romantic subplot but I’m not convinced of it, since Eli is a cold-hearted one who can’t feel love. And I bet you’ve seen a lot of people raving about how amazing the plot and characters are, so if you haven’t read it yet, here’s another push: it has no romance.


24 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday #19: No Romance? No Problem

  1. I just finished the ADSOM series and absolutely loved it. I may have to consider trying Vicious now. I tend to be a fan of romance in books, and really enjoyed the romance in ADSOM because it was very subtle and never the true focus of the story. There was more there than just romance.


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