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Top 5 Romance-Free Books (yes, they’re a thing!)

I don’t mean to be so stereotypical by saying that romance is annoying, but it’s annoying when it’s in almost every single book in the Young Adult genre, especially for someone who is not a fan of sexual content. This is very bothersome, as it means before I read a book I always have to do a thorough search through Goodreads and other helpful sites like Common Sense Media. So I understand the frustration that comes with this. During my years of reading, I have accumulated quite the list on my Goodreads of romance-free reads (which I didn’t realise until just now) so I’m going to be sharing a lot more of them on this blog, because I understand the struggle πŸ™‚

The Martian by Andy Weir

Although there is swearing, this book definitely does not have romance. Picture this: hilarious guy stuck on Mars. Unless he started checking out the rocks, there really isn’t any room for romance. We have life-and-death circumstances on our hands here, and because this isn’t a teen novel, we’re safe.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

I read this for school several years ago and I remember being absolutely fascinated by it. It’s about a boy who runs away and goes to live in the mountains. Once again, there really isn’t any room for romance (although I know there are millions of fantasy authors who choose to defy the logic anyway, but luckily this time this book is sensible), and that doesn’t make it any less interesting to read.

Montmorency by Eleanor Updale

People really don’t talk enough about this book. I finished it in one sitting and found it incredibly entertaining. It has mystery, action, adventure and is also classed as “historical-fiction” (though I can’t remember anything historical-fiction-ish). It’s about an incredibly smart thief, and that to me, is all that needs to be said.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Later on in the series there are some attempts at romance, but this first book is squeaky clean but just as action-packed. I was obsessed with this series, and it actually almost replaced my love of Anne of Green Gables at one point, and if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’d know that’s saying something.

The Thief by Meghan Whalen Turner

The premise is kind of similar to Montmorency in the sense they’re both about thieves, but that’s where the similarities end (I think, anyway, it’s been a couple of years since I read Montmorency). The Thief is much deeper than that, and the first book is used as more of an introduction to the series, and the second book is supposed to be the height of the political intrigue, and all the rest of it. Saying that, this book was still gripping to read and I can’t believe I haven’t read the second one yet (I can’t say if the rest of the series is romance-free though, unfortunately, since I haven’t read it).

16 thoughts on “Top 5 Romance-Free Books (yes, they’re a thing!)”

  1. I saw Artemis on sale in the bookstore a couple a days ago and I didn’t take it because I remember you saying The Martian had swearing and I CANNOT STAND excessive swearing in a book no matter how good the book is. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

    I read a few of the Alex Rider books a few years back and I remember enjoying them alot. I should finish the series when I have some time….🧐

    I don’t mind mild romance in a book as long as it’s not heavy and it’s not the main plot. But romance free books are fantastic and I’m looking forward to your future posts πŸ™ƒ

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  2. I DNF-ed Artemis…. didnt really like it. I admit it is very annoying when people keep swearing for no reason. I’m not a fan of swearing, but I get it if something terrible happens and you end up cursing out of frustration – being a one-time-thing. But The Martian was really good though πŸ™ˆ

    It was really good! if I go back I’m not sure if I’ll like it though.

    Same, basically. In fact, even with books like The Selection there really wasn’t that much romance in comparison to other fantasy books where romance was the focus, and I just skipped the kissing (there wasn’t anything else). The problem with The Selection is that the actual book was bad πŸ™ˆ


  3. As much as I love books with romance in them, there are many books that I love that don’t! Thanks for putting a spotlight on a few! I know we’ve talked before about how amazing The Martian is! I am definitely interested in a couple of these. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  4. No… it’s about friendship, and one of the MCs is kind of going through a thing. It’s kind of hard to describe without giving plot away. Maybe we leave it off the list after all… But Nevermoor is a definite go!!

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