So last week the Top 5 Wednesday topic (created by Gingerreadslaney and run by Sam of Tometopple) was Top 5 Books without Romance (in fanfic terms gen fiction), and I was definitely interested because I want this. I am single and pretty happy about it and I want more books that focus on people bonding without it having to be romantic.
- Deeds of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. So the main character in this book is pretty much hinted at as Ace. With is interesting. But regardless of whether or not she truly is, this is a character that doesn’t get distracted by romance and doesn’t need a man in her life to complete it. One of my favorite series of all times, Paks is headstrong but not infallible and shows an amazing journey from a foot soldier in a mercenary company to a paladin. Highly Recommend.
- Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. This focus on Twoflower and Rincewind and there adventures. There is no romance, and their doesn’t need to be! This book is hilarious and very sarcastic. If you like books that poke fun at society, Pratchett is definitely the place to be. There are other books in the Discworld saga that are better starting places, but Color of Magic is fun and must be read at some point!
- Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. This book is beautifully written and follow Caz who at the point you meet in as a middle aged man has been crippled by his life events. He is hired to be a tutor for a lady who is in line for the throne. Now there is a little romance between her and a different character, but its more of an arranged marriage and certainly not the focus of the book. Caz remains single throughout and its great to get a perspective from an older and single character. This is another one of my favorite books and if you like fantasy, beautiful prose, fascinating religious systems and politics you should definitely put this one your list.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. The whole series is comprised of a short novels and we are all familiar with it. However one thing that stands out is the lack of romantic relationships in these books. Yes the characters are younger, which helps, but they are always more focused on the world around them and then interpersonal relationships. This is a series all ages should read because there is so much wisdom and wonder in these short stories.
- The first books in several different series often start off romance free but later on things develop. However some first books I recommend (as well as continuing the series if you want) would be Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey, and Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon. The series are all excellent, but these first books stand out and don’t deal with romance at all!