Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Without Romance

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Favorite Couples In Books.I could probably come up with tons of couples whom I absolutely love, but for this week’s topic, I’m going a completely different route. I’m listing ten of my favorite books that don’t have romance in them. This list was harder to put together than I thought it would be, which does means I need to reach for more books without romance. Always open to recommendations! Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda

2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

4. Bird Box by Josh Maleman

5. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

7. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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

10. Odd & True by Cat Winters

Do you read a lot of books with no romance? What are your favorite books that don’t include a romantic storyline? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

70 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Without Romance

  1. Now this is an awesome take on this TTT! I rarely read books that have little to no romance and the only thing I could remember that have no hint of that is Dan Brown books or my recent read The Silent Patient.

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  2. …Not Even Bones has no romance? I didn’t know, now I need to read it.
    And I loved This Savage Song and Monstress! Stories that are deeply unromantic and about monsters are my thing, apparently?
    Great list!

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  3. honestly im kind of a sucker for romance in my books but it’s so nice and refreshing to read sth without once in a while!! i only read the book thief from ur list, but all the other choices seem great too! im gonna have to check them out!

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  4. Interesting take on this week’s topic. I think most of the books I read have some kind of romance in them, even if it isn’t the main plot. What can I say? I like my books with a bit of romance. 🙂 Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

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  5. No Romance:
    Dietland by Sarai Walker
    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
    The Bad Seed by William March
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

    Those are just a few I found, but I noticed two things: 1) people are likely to already be married in a novel, but the focus isn’t their “romance,” and 2) a lot of dark and murder-filled stories lack romance! There has to be better.

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  6. I really, really appreciated This Savage Song’s lack of romance! (I think that ‘s part of why I’ve put off Our Dark Duet… I fear that it’s going to turn into a romance, and if I don’t read it, I can pretend it never does…)

    I really like stories that don’t include romances, because those definitely aren’t the only important or interesting kind of relationship. (Especially when they focus on friendship instead.) I think a lot of my preferred romances focus are strongly on friendship as it is too… it’s possible I just really like friendship stories, whether they have a romance component or not…

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  7. Awesome list! I love romance in books, but I think it’s sad that romantic relationships are explored so much more often than platonic ones. I love reading about friendships and family relationships, so I love reading books without romance as well. Monstress is amazing ❤️

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  8. I don’t read a lot of books without romance, I’m kind of a heavy romance reader myself. But I really liked Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung, which has virtually no romance in it, as well as Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda, that has just a little romance at the very beginning. Battle Royale by Kousun Takami is really long, but it also is really good and is pretty much romance-free.

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  9. Great post!

    Birdbox is definitely a book I want to read this year. I heard the film adaptation and the book are so different from one another. Normally I like to read a book before watching its adaptation, but since the two in the case of Birdbox are so different I think I’ll watch the film first. Otherwise it’s too distracting.

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  10. Great list! I was having a hard time thinking about no romance books…fantastic and no romance…still thinking!
    I’ve read 3 books on your list so that’s a start. I have The Knife of Never Letting Go on my to read list. The movie is coming out and I want to read it before it comes out.

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