I actually did not realize how hard this topic would be because now that I think of it, almost all of the books I have read have romance as the main theme in them which is super annoying because sometimes I just wanna read a good SFF with zero romance and have friendship take the main… course… you get it right? So instead of listing books without romance, I’m going to list some books where romance takes the back burner of the story and isn’t like in your face oh my gosh this is too much.
001. A LIST OF CAGES by ROBIN ROE
Okay if you have read this, YES I KNOW, there is a romance but I felt like that wasn’t really important to the story at all. This is about a friendship between two boys and how important it is to be kind to one another. It’s a hard thing to explain but this book made me cry so hard and it was just amazing. You all should read it okay.
002. NYXIA by SCOTT REINTGEN
This is a science fiction book that comes out in September. I was super lucky to get an arc of this incredible book. This is like a competition but in space to get the chance to go to Eden (I think) which is a planet that was found and already has life on it. There is this substance Nyxia that is supposedly super awesome. Again hard to explain because I don’t want to give much away but there is basically no romance and I can’t wait for you all to read this!
003. OUR DARK DUET by V.E SCHWAB
Or just the Monsters of Verity duology to begin with. This is kind of a dystopia where something happened and monsters are being made from acts of violent deeds. There is absolutely no romance in this duology which is super super refreshing because you know usually you find romance in dystopia books but this? Had none and I was living for it.
004. QUEEN OF BLOOD by SARAH BETH DURST
Another amazing fantasy… ADULT fantasy with no romance. This is set in a fantasy world where there is a spirit in everything you could possibly imagine and nothing is safe. The queen is the one who can control the spirits and protect the citizens. Basically, this is about a girl named Daleina who is in competition to be Queen while trying to find out why in the world the spirits are going haywire. My favorite thing about this book was the friendship between Daleina and her mentor Champion Ven. It was such a perfect friendship/fatherly type thing.
Alright. I tried but I could only think of four books because literally most of the books that I read have some element of romance in them, so yeah, here we have it!
What are some of your favorite non romance books?