Books Minus Romance

Recently I have become incredibly tired of books that are all centered around romance. It seems like every book, no matter the genre, turns into a romance by the end. This is especially true of young adult books.

Here I have collected some of my favourite books that do not involve a romantic relationship or the relationship is at least in the background to the main story.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

One of my all time favourite books. This book is about friendship and solving a mystery. The characters are fun, exciting and full of sass.

Robot in the Garden

Although the main character is married, the story is about him leaving home and traveling around with a robot.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Of course there are romantic relationships but they are definitely not the main story line. As well, the romance does not begin until book 4.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This book is hilarious and about a group of female beauty queens who are trapped on a deserted island. There may be some romance in the end but the majority of the book is about the girls.

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Another funny book but this one is fantasy. About a young witch and clan of tiny fairy-like creatures called the “Wee Free Men”. No romance to be found.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Dougals Adams

Don’t be fooled by the American TV show by the same name. This books bears almost no resemblance to the show. It is wild and crazy and everything you would expect from Douglas Adams.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The romance in this book is minimal as the story surrounds 6 Kindergartners who disappeared. 11 years later 5 of the children come back with no memory of where they have been. A great mystery.

Come Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

An unappreciated quirky book about a woman who must leave her beloved tortoise to go help her father who has gone into a coma (or comma as Audrey calls it). Along the way she discovers many mysteries and truths about her family.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

One of my all time favourite books. It is about the friendship between a boy and a girl and how they help each other naigate their senior year of high school. The boy is a loner and the girl is new to town so they are a perfect match (as friends not lovers).

 

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Favourite Book Quotes

Whenever I am reading a book, I always bookmark parts that I really love so that I can reread them over again. I mark quotes that are funny or especially meaningful. Sometimes I mark quotes and then when I go back to them I have no idea why I marked them! I think this is like when reading a book has different meanings to you at different times in your life: A quote may have great meaning at the time but not as much later when your mind state has changed.

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Let’s Talk About Mental Illness

In honour of Let’s Talk Day, I am finally posting this list of books involving mental illness. It is even more fitting that this is my first post after a long break due to dealing with a bad depressive episode. I often find myself wanting to read about characters/people who have similar struggles.

The picture I put up is one that I made myself for an art class. It is meant to be an awareness poster for depression. It shows the silence a person (thank you to me friend for being the model) being silenced while a dementor (aka depression) sucks the life out of her. I am not an artist so it is not very polished but I thought it was fitting for this post.

Here is a list of books about some aspect of mental illness:

  • Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson- Depression and Anxiety

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If You Liked An Abundance of Katherines

A lot of people are big fans of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”. Although I really enjoyed TFIOS, my favourite John Green book is “An Abundance of Katherines”. I love how it is a very different kind of story and not your typical run of the mill love story. I love how nerdy Colin is and how he brings a different kind of perspective to the book.

If, like me, you liked An Abundance of Katherines, then here is a list of books you may also enjoy:

robot-book

This is one of my new favourite books. I listened to it as an audiobook and the narration was amazing! The new girl in town finds herself befriending the outcast boy. She helps “Ghost Boy” to solve a family mystery. I love that this book is more than a love story and the characters are so real just like in Katherines.

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Laugh Out Loud Funny books

This post is just a quick list of the funniest books I have read.

Children’s Books

  • Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl

Young Adult

  • Anything by Terry Pratchett. Many of his are adult books but my personal favourite is Wee Free Men.
  • The Georgia Nicolson Series by Louise Rennison: The first book is “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging”
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Adult Books

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Both of Jenny Lawson’s books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh