* Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge for book bloggers, hosted by Lainey and Sam. The goal is for bloggers to choose their top 5 picks for the week’s given challenge, and you can find out more over on Goodreads! *
This week’s challenge is to pick your top 5 favorite books without romance! As any of my followers know, basically every book that I pick up has some form of romance in it, so you won’t be surprised to find that few of my most beloved reads will make it into this list.
1. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
This one is about a serial killer who kidnaps teen girls and keeps them in his “garden”, where he uses them for whatever purposes he so desires. Obviously, TW for abuse, rape, kidnapping, etc. While there is a mock romance near the later parts of the book, it’s all a sham, so I’m going to count this one in the “no romance” list.
2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I’ve only read the first book in the Percy Jackson series, so I have no clue if relationships develop in later books, but the first book was solidly romance-free, as I find most middle grade books tend to be.
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
It’s a children’s book about a boy whose mother is terminally ill… nope, no romance here. Just loss and devastation.
4. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
This book was originally a series of short posts to an online message board of creepy stories, but after a very positive response, the author decided to build it into a full novel. It’s narrated by a young boy who gradually collects his memories to piece together some very strange happenings in his childhood, and is soundly free of any sappy love-y stuff.
5. Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton
Another horror choice, this one is a collection of short ghost stories, and while surprisingly and pleasantly creepy at times, it definitely steers clear of any romantic aspects.
I originally didn’t even think I could come up with 5 books that were completely romance-free in my reading history, until I started digging through my Goodreads shelves. I’d love to hear about your favorite non-romance books as well! Do you prefer for a book to have a romantic facet to it?