Thursday, February 11, 2016

Monthly Recommendations | Not Another Love Story

Monthly Recommendations is a goodreads group created by Kayla (from the booktube channel Kayla Rayne) and Trina (from Between Chapters). Each month we recommend books to each other that fit a specific category.

Not Another Love Story: Books that Don't Focus on Romance
So I have to be honest, a lot of the books that I read and enjoy do have a rather prominent romance going on. I don't tend to like romance as a genre, but romances are infused within everything. Here are some books that don't have a romance heavy focus (although there may be some romance in there).

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein  is a YA novel that focuses on the friendship of two girls caught up in WWII. It's beautiful, sad, and just plain compelling. I listened to the audiobook (for most of the book) and loved it. Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction.  

I couldn't not mention a Brandon Sanderson novel. The Alloy of Law is the first of the Wax and Wayne books which are part of the Mistborn world. While there is a little romance in the series, there is more focus on friendships and solving crimes. The entire Mistborn series is actually great for that reason, it's never too romance heavy. I do recommend that you've read the original Mistborn trilogy before picking this up though. 

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer has been a favorite for many years. It's middle grade, has fairies, and is about a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind. What's not to like? And it does not focus on romance. In fact there is very little mention of romance in the entire series. 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has romance, but it's so subtle that you hardly notice it. Or even if you do it's not overwhelming. The characters have so much more going on both together and apart that the romance aspect never has a chance to get overdone. It's so good.   

I'm sure there are plenty of other books that I could mention, but I'm going to stick with these four. What books would you recommend that are low on romance?

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