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Hey Book Nerds! This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is “books without romance.” I feel like a lot of people would enjoy this topic, but I think it may just be the hardest one yet. I am a lover of side romances, main romances and everything romantic in a novel. It really isn’t too often that I pick up a book without a romance in it. But, let’s see how many I can pick for this!
- Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling:
I didn’t find this book to have too much romance. Actually, there really wasn’t any in the first book, right. All of the characters were super young, having just been enrolled to Hogwarts. Although you could tell that certain characters had crushes, it wasn’t as if they were falling in love and kissing. I feel like any middle grade novel will have limited romance. They are aimed to younger children and don’t need to be super romanticized. Although I don’t totally remember this novel, I really don’t think this one had a lot of romance.
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak:
I don’t think there was romance in this one. It has been so long since I read it, though. I think it was all the way back in seventh grade when I picked this up, which was almost four years ago! But, it was pretty hard to involve romance in a book that has Death as the narrator. And, I did find that this book was bordering between middle grade and young adult. It was also based in quite a tough time to find romance: World War II. But, I would like to admit that I loved Liesel and Rudy’s friendship!
- The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas:
Okay, so this topic is really hard so I’m starting to incorporate some novellas. This one in particular is the first novella from The Assassin’s Blade, a bind-up of prequel novellas to the famous Throne of Glass series. Althought most of the books in the series and the majority of novellas contain romance, I found that there wasn’t any in this one. It is the first novella for the series and takes place before Sam and Celaena were in love. Actually, it takes place before Sam and Celaena were even friendly with each other. If you ever get bored of the romance in the series (HOW COULD YOU?), definitely give this a go!
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner:
I didn’t actually finish this book, but I wouldn’t say that it has romance in it. A lot of people say that Thomas and Theresa’s relationship is romantic, but it really isn’t. They had a past together, which affected their relationship. But, I don’t remember it truly being romantic. I do plan on giving this book another go in the future if I ever end up finding a copy at a used book sale! But for now, my thoughts are going to be left as non-romantic. Also, I found that a lot of other people find this relationship the exact same way.
And, I wasn’t able to find a fifth book. So, that ques me in to say THAT’S IT FOR TODAY! I hope you enjoyed my picks for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow for more posts!