{Top 5} Books Without Romance

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic was a nice change of pace from all the topics about relationships we’ve had lately. It’s a nice challenge this week, as it’s really difficult to think of many stories where romance isn’t a factor in some way!


{Top 5} Books Without Romance

{Percy Jackson & The Olympians – The Lightning Thief}
by Rick Riordan

I feel like a lot of my choices are probably going to come from anything other than YA this week! Percy Jackson was the very first book that came to mind. There are very small, understated moments between Percy and a particular female friend in which you can almost see sparks of some sort of distant future for those two characters together, but there’s zero outright romance (at least in the 3 books I’ve read thus far). Instead, Riordan is all about the incredible journeys these characters take together as friends.

{The Child Thief}
by Brom
The Child Thief

I pick this book quite often for these top 5 topics, but that’s because I there’s so much I love about it. One of my favorite aspects of it is that romance factors in very little, if any. You’d sort of expect a Peter Pan story to have a little something-something brewing between Peter and Wendy (or Peter and Hook if you love Peter Darling) but Brom takes a dangerous tactic here and eliminates the typical female romantic lead in Wendy entirely. Instead, she’s replaced by a badass Lost Girl named Sekeu, a Native American warrior who was brought to Avalon (Neverland) in colonial times. I thought I’d mourn that dynamic between Peter and Wendy, but these two play off each other in an even more compelling way.

{Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone}
by JK Rowling

I’m one of those weird people who really prefer the earlier years of the Harry Potter series over the final few books. I just loved the innocence and beauty of the friendships between Harry, Ron and Hermione in these books. In the later books, romance does sort of impact their relationships in a number of ways. They spend a bit less time together, and Ron and Hermione end up butting heads more than once in their whole ‘will-they, won’t-they’ thing they have going on. Once every couple of years I’ll pick up one of the books in the series because it feels like coming home, and more likely than not it will be one of the first 4 books I’d choose to read.

{The Eye of the World}
by Robert Jordan

Bear with me, because it’s been awhile since I read this book, but from what I recall, it had zero actual romance in it. Instead, as the first book in an epic fantasy series, it sets a lot of players on a board that will eventually come to interact with each other in a number of ways before all is said and done. I really must make this series a priority soon! I enjoyed the first book, and own the next 3 in the series but finding the time for them is key.

{The Way of Kings}
by Brandon Sanderson

Another beginning to an epic fantasy series, book one in The Stormlight Archive series, The Way of Kings features very little in the way of actual romance. Instead, the majority of this 1000 page tome is spent introducing compelling characters and establishing their place in the world. Oh, and introducing that incredible magic system! I’ve yet to read Words of Radiance, but I’m assuming that like my last choice, this will be a slow-burn series where characters will come together and fall apart in various ways before the story is said and done.

What do you think about my choices? What are some of your favorites? I actually kind of prefer stories with little to no romance, so throw some suggestions at me! 

Thanks for reading!




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  1. Nice list! The “Percy Jackson” series is on my TBR, and the “Peter Pan” one looks cool. I like the idea of there being a Native American from the colonial era. It sounds awesome!
    I’m currently reading the first “Harry Potter” book for the first time in my life. Kind of really excited. 😀

    I cannot think of any recommendations of non-romantic books at the moment. Probably not a good thing, lol. 😛

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    1. I can’t say enough nice things about that Peter Pan retelling. It’s extremely inventive. Plus the author is also an illustrator and the book includes his paintings and sketches of characters/creatures. It’s really underrated in my opinion.

      I struggled to think of non-romantic books to! I pretty much exhausted all my options with this list!


  2. Great list! til’ this day, The Way of Kings is the largest book I own & its size has led to massive procrastination *for shame* smh lol. I really want to get to this read one of these days in the near future, i hear the magic system is EPIC! & I have to agree, picking up any HP book feels like going home 🙂

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    1. The books are massive! Words of Radiance is even longer at something like 1400 pages. I keep putting that one off as it really feels like I could read 4 books in the place of that one haha. XD The first book was awesome though, so I definitely think you should give it a go.

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  3. Great list! Of course I agree with Percy Jackson and Harry Potter because, who wouldn’t? But I also have my eye on The Way of Kings and the Eye of the World too! The book I’m most excited to see here though is definitely The Child Thief because not only do I love Peter Pan but I also love dark retellings! I do have a copy I just need to get around to it but I’m happy to see there isn’t any romance to overshadow the main plot! 🙂

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  4. I also like the early Harry Potter books. And frankly I think a lot of the romance in the later books is kind of awkward and not done well. I didn’t really feel chemistry between any of those characters.

    I think there are some hints of romance in Words of Radiance, but it’s definitely not the focus. But it’s supposed to be a really long series, so someone is bound to have a romance eventually! :p

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    1. Briana, I am totally with you on those feelings about HP. I always feel like the odd one out, so I don’t talk about it much, but I think the relationships in the later books are quite clumsy too. I especially loathe the epilogue at the end of the final book.


  5. I love The Way Of Kings, it may be on of my favourite fantasy books ever! I have the second book sitting on my bookshelf ready to read once I finish the current book I am reading.

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      1. I still love YA, but in recent months I feel like I’m slowly gravitating away from it because of the fact that once you’ve read a few YA books with romance in it, you’ve basically read them all. They feel pretty formulaic after awhile.


      2. I had actually formed a bad initial idea of YA many years back, so now you could say I’m finding “the good kind”. Yeah, you really have to look for it so you wouldn’t see straight through the plot right away. It’s why I still steer clear of YA fantasy 😀 some YA romance can be good.. but it’s not too easy to find.

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  6. I’ve only read the first book of the Percy Jackson series (and none of the HP books….I know….sad right) but I love the innocence and focus on friendships that a good number of middle grade books have! I think it’d be refreshing to return to those books for a second to take a break from all the romance in YA lol. I had the hardest time thinking of ONE YA book that didn’t place a great emphasis on romance. Great post!

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    1. Ohh you really must give Harry Potter a go! Especially the first four books (which I love the most out of the series). I absolutely love to visit Middle Grade books for exactly that reason! It sort of cleanses the palate and gets me ready to dive back into YA books haha.

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      1. I think I might finally get to reading HP this month! So excited for them 😀 “Cleanses the palate” is exactly right haha. I’m in desperate need of some cleansing right now. Too much YA angst lately LOL

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  7. It’s actually really good that you haven’t done Words of Radiance yet; you can do that one, then go into book three later this year! Did you finish the whole Wheel of Time series? I’m very intimidated to start that one…

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  8. Yep, you’re right about Eye of the World. There’s no romance because all the characters were just meeting each other then. I guess that’s why I liked that book. I began to get annoyed when romance is introduced in the plot.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I’m just sick of finding romance in every single novel I grab off a bookshelf in a bookshop or library.

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      1. It kind of nullifies the book’s charm. We really need authors who understand that and I’m trying to be one (on Wattpad, lol). Thanks again, I’ll get those books ASAP.

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