This is probably one of the hardest lists I’m going to create on Wednesdays, but here we go.
Today I’m here to post 5 books without romance as a part of Top 5 Wednesday. Only when this topic was created that I noticed how attached I am to romances and how difficult it is for me to read books that don’t have at least a tiny bit of romance. That’s why some of the books here may contain some romance, as long as the main focus is not it.
1. The Last Time We Say Goodbye
This was the first book I thought because even without romance it’s still one of my favourite books ever. It tells the story of Alexis, a girl whose younger brother committed suicide two months before the narrative begins. The story told by the girl is touching and immersive,making the reader go through a roller coaster of feelings that the character also goes through: anger at her brother in the beginning, abandonment from her parents, keeping away from her friends and missing her brother more than she can admit to herself. If you’re interested in knowing a little more, there is a more complete review of this book here in the blog.
2. A Monster Calls
It is a wonderful story about a 13 year old boy, called Conor, whose mother has terminal cancer. The book begins when Conor receives a visit from a very old being at precisely 00:07. The monster is supposedly answering Conor’s call but, seeing that the boy doesn’t remember calling him, he decides to tell its own story. The monster promises then to come back three more nights to visit Conor and tell him about the only other 3 times he came walking. After that, he demands that Conor tells him his truth, the one that torments the boy’s nightmares every night and that he won’t admit even to himself. It is my favourite book in the whole world because the author managed to deal with grief, loss and all feelings related to terminal diseases in a very delicate way and still teach the reader valuable life lessons.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird
This one is for those who are terrified of classics: read To Kill A Mockingbird and I bet you’ll see how ludicrous this fear was. The book is narrated by Scout, a 6 year old girl who lives in Alabama in the 1930’s. Scout’s father is a very famous lawyer in the city but gets a lot of new enemies when he decides to defend a black man accused of raping a white girl. It is a book about racism in one of the most segregated times in American History. It is like seeing the world through the perspective of a child that grows so much during the narrative and is still not able to fathom why people treat each other differently based on their skin colours. (I don’t even have to explain why this a book written in 1960 that is still relevant, right?)
This is a very recent read for me, but I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The book tells the story of Melinda, a girl who has just begun high school and already knows that she won’t be able to count on her best friends from the previous year. All this because, a bit before classes start, there is a party in which Melinda goes through a traumatizing experience and calls the police. With the party over, everyone sees her as the girl who told on them and try to keep away from her. The thing is that even Melinda herself lets this behavior to go on for a very long time and slowly stops communicating with everyone in her life. The read is super fast paced and engaging and the author manages to transmit the character’s despair and anxiety only by using short and expressive sentences.
5. An Ember In The Ashes
I always recommend this book for those who enjoy dystopias, but I feel like nobody gives due value to the story and never give this story a chance. Told in duo perspective, this book is set in a dystopian desert inspired by the roman military system. Laia is part of the miserable society tormented by soldiers but, when her brother is captured and her grandparents killed, Laia joins the resistance and is sent as a slave to spy on the militar commander of the soldier’s Academy. Elias is the son of the commander, one of the most promising and better trained soldiers, but has only one goal in mind: to flee as soon as possible from the Academy and to live in a far away place, where no one can find him and kill him for deserting. Although both characters meet and feel empathy towards one another, there is no romance between them during the narrative (at least not on the first book!). I recommend this for those who have enjoyed The Red Queen, Hunger Games or even Divergent.
This post is part of a group open to anyone who might want to join on Goodreads, called Top 5 Wednesday. Every Wednesdaty, participants post lists of 5 books of specific topics and the discuss different choices. Come join us! 🙂