This is another response to the Top 5 Wednesday Group on Goodreads, and another one where I’m distinctly late to the party. Basically, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself. Now, let’s be real: I love me a good romance. However, there’s quite some books I absolutely loved, that had nothing to do with romance at all. And here’s my top 5 of books without romance!
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1. 84, Charing Cross Road*, Helene Hanff
I’ve mentioned my love for this book a couple of times, by now, but I’m not yet tired of speaking about it. Not only does it not have any romance that I can remember, it is full of love for books. Maybe one of the best types of non-romance books there is, in my humble opinion ?
2. Have A Little Faith*, Mitch Alborn
This is the kind of book that may leave you questioning your life just a little bit. Not necessarily because you should now definitely become religious. Just because, well… The way this book handles the people that are religious? We need more of that in this world!
3. Speak*, Laurie Halse Anderson
If anything, this book is like the opposite of a romance. How to find yourself back after one of the most horrible things happened to you. How to put yourself back togeter after you’ve been broken by someone, and broken up with by your friends. And I said this in my review as well: if you doubt Kristen Stewart can act? Watch this movie. And then read the book, to appreciate Melissa’s struggle even more
4. Thursday’s Children*, Rumer Godden
I’ve spoken about my love for this book what feels like ten thousand times on this blog. A quick check tells me it’s only really been about 5 or 6 times, but still. If you didn’t believe me yet, take my word for it now: this book combines a historic input, ballet and a coming of age that hits all the marks. It may make you cry, but quite frankly: that’s a risk I’ve been willing to take multiple times. I’ve yet to regret it even once ?
5. The Once and Future King*, T.H. White
This is basically a 180 from all of the previous ones, in that it’s such a mythology- and history-based story. However, this is probably the book that got me obsessed with all things mythology for a good little while. I can’t say that I really understood all of it, when I read it first (I was, like, ten or something). However: rereading it since has definitely given me a new appreciation of the way this entire thing was built up. It bears reading ?
Be sure to let me know below what some of your favourite (almost) romance-less books are! I feel as if I should probably read some more of those ?