Top 5 Wednesday July 5th: Books Without Romance

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:



– 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…

My last T5W was in April, before my long blog pause in May. I liked this months questions, so I thought it would be fun to do this blog meme again. I didn’t think it was hard to find books for this week, I actually found a lot more than just the 5 books I choose for this post. I like when books don’t always focus around romance, it can be a bit repetitive sometimes. This week I chose some of my favorite books that I don’t always talk about, and of course without or barely mentions romance.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This book is a fantasy novel set in a different world. It follows a group of thieves called The Gentleman Bastards. The stories alternates from their childhood, and their adulthood.

This the first book in my favorite series of all time. This series do have romance, but the first book is romance free as far as I remember. You have to read this book, it’s fantastic! I will definitely re-read it this year.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This is a fantastic zombie book. I haven’t read anything like this story, not before or after finishing this book. The story is just so interesting and intriguing. I know that zombie books sometimes can be a bit ridiculous or “tacky”, but this story was heartbreaking and wonderful. The prequel just came out, and I’m dying to read it. There might be a really small romance between two of the characters. I don’t remember exactly what happens, but it was barely mentioned.

The Martian by Andy Weir

This book is probably familiar to you. It was very popular a few years ago and everybody raved about it. I really liked this book as well. This book is a story about an astronaut that got left behind on Mars when the rest of his team evacuated from a storm without him, because they think he is dead. Stranded alone he has to figure out how to survive until the rescue comes. This book is also fantastic. No romance (I think), just a story about hope and survival.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I would describe this book as an anti romance story. This is a story about hate. This book is so incredible fascinating. I read this book with a friend, and we kept discussing the story and the characters all the time, and still there is so much more to talk about. If psychology and human behavior/emotions interests you, or just find the synopsis intriguing, I highly recommend this book. Even though I didn’t like the authors writing style.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is an incredible heartbreaking and beautiful world war 2 story. It follows two children, a girl living in France and a boy living in Germany. The two stories also gets connected at some point in the book. A really good and emotional read.

-Did You Participate In This Weeks T5W? I Would Love To Read Your Post.

❤ -Rakel


16 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday July 5th: Books Without Romance

  1. I’ve only watched The Martian but it’s become one of my favorite sci-fi films in the recent years. I really need to read the book to see how it compares. And people keep recommending Lies of Locke Lamora. It’s often compared to Six of Crows, which is my favorite YA book. I think I definitely need to give it a try! Great list!

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  2. I adore The Lies of Locke Lamora! That book was seriously amazing! 😀 I haven’t continued that series yet, but I hope to read the second book some time soon. That is definitely one of the best fantasy books that I have ever read.
    I have also read The Martian and really enjoyed it. It was a very exiting book and I couldn’t stop reading it, I remember that I managed to finish it in one day – which isn’t something that happens to me often. Great list! 🙂

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  3. ooh the Martian and We Need to Talk about Kevin are excellent picks!! I don’t know much about Lies of Lock Lamora except that I have to read it (and now that it’s not got romance- which I think will make an awesome change from a lot of fantasies) Great post!

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