Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is books for non-romance fans - the titles I'd recommend to those who aren't fond of the romantic aspect in books. I think this topic is aiming towards pure romance books, but all I read is YA, so I'm going to switch it up and recommend some YA that has little to no romance at all!
In no particular order:
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund - There is a tiny bit of romance in this and its sequel, Ascendant, but I think it's overshadowded by the kickass awesomeness.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - Once again, there is a hint of romance. (Really, how rare is it that a YA doesn't have a romance?) But the story is ultimately a mixture of self-discovery and zombies. Terrifying zombies. I definitely recommend this and it's companions - The Dead-Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places.
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers - This book is phenomenal. I feel like a heavy romance would have watered it down. It's raw and emotionally powerful and intense and just amazing. I always say it's like a demented version of Mean Girls and I mean that in the best way possible.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - I usually love a good fantasy to have a good romance, but this book definitely did not need one. Elisa is growing into her own skin and her transformation from this meek girl into a strong, powerful woman is absolutely extraordinary.
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - No romance, just awesomeness. It's scary, adventurous, imaginative and definitely worth the read.
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel - If I can recall, this book doesn't have any romance. It has hinted feelings at romance, but nothing prominent enough - obviously - that can be recalled. But it's still amazing regardless. Creepy and cool and will definitely pique your interest in all things Mary Shelley.
Various Positions by Martha Schabas - I love this book because it's a borderline disturbing coming-of-age that evoked so many emotions in me; shock, outrage, sympathy, embarrassment for the character. Young Georgia has got so many things going on that a real romance plot would have severely messed her story up.
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett - Zero romance in this. Not a single bit. I was a bit perplexed when I read it because it was the first non-romance for me and I wasn't sure if I enjoyed that or not. But looking back, I definitely appreciate it. Not all fourteen-year-old girls are clamoring and pining for boyfriends. I sure wasn't. The story is beautiful without it so I definitely recommend you check it out!
Only eight this week! Are some of these your favorite non-romances? If not, what would you recommend? Let me know!