Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Non-Romance Fans!

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!


  1. Oh, actually the topic is 10 Books I'd Recommend To People Who Don't Read X. :-)

    Butterfly looks good, I liked The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett.

    ALSO Big high five for Rampant AND The Girl Of Fire And Thorns, both of those books are incredibly kick ass!

    Awesome list :-D

  2. YES! Thank you for your recommendations, I do like romance, but I'm getting tired that in every young adult book there is romance.

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Girl of Fire and Thorns are some of my favorites.

  3. Awesome list. While I like having romance in my books, too much or badly done romances annoy me.

  4. I actually hated The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and didn't much care for Butterfly, but Some Girls Are is a favorite of mine!:)

  5. After reading this list, I had to check out my young-adult shelf on Goodreads and see if I had any favorites that did not have romance in it. This is what I came up with:

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
    A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
    Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    Dark Life by Kat Falls (this might be classified as MG as well as YA and there is a tiny bit of romance, but for the most part the two main characters are just friends)
    Abarat by Clive Barker (a really wonderful fantasy series that includes amazing pieces of original artwork by Barker)
    The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint (this is the only de Lint book I've read so far, so I don't know if his entire Newford series is romance free, but this was a great fantasy novel that focused on two best friends-both girls)

  6. I tried reading Various Positions and just couldn't connect with it. However, I loved reading a lot of the other books on your list!

    Great list this week and happy reading!

  7. Great list, though I can't understand why anyone wouldn't read YA! It's so awesome!

    Great TT. Here's mine: http://amandalynsbooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-ten-tuesdays-books-id-recommend-to.html

  8. The Bone Grit Historeum by Kamilla Reid. Pure awesomeness with just a bit of romance :)

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