This week’s topic is a hard one. We’re supposed to come up with a list of five books that don’t have any romance in it, or at least the romance must be barely noticeable.
Being a sucker for love and relationships, it was kind of hard gathering five books that didn’t have any of that sweet, cute and adorable action, but I was able to find enough books for this list!
As always, Top Five Wednesday is a weekly tag hosted by Sam — who has a booktube channel — and anyone can join whenever they feel like it!
The Arrival is a picture book about a family that is forced to emigrate to a country where their lives might be better. The reader gets to experience every step of their journey, from the day when they decide to leave their country behind, to the day when they finally settle into their new home.
The color palette is mostly brown, beige and white, which makes for some really beautiful artworks.
Because it is a story about immigration, and although two of the main characters are husband and wife, there is no romance involved — only the love the characters have for each other and the struggles of having to leave their old lives behind.
This is a book I highly, highly recommend. I’m extremely interested in Diasporas, and if you are too, then don’t hesitate in checking this out of the library!
This is yet another book about leaving lives behind, but it is a longer graphic novel following the author’s life growing up in a Vietnamese family that had fled South Vietnam in the 1970s as refugees to California, United States of America.
The Best We Could Do approaches a lot of difficult topics such as war, oppression, being brought up in two completely different cultures, and the toll all of these issues have on someone’s life. The artwork is simply stunning, it resembles the faded pigmentation characteristic of watercolors.
Once again, romance isn’t really explored, which makes this a perfect entry for this list.
This is a non-fiction book about the ethics behind meat consumption and the toll the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries have on the environment. Each chapter takes a look at different arguments for veganism and against meant consumption, at least at the rate we know it in Western developed societies.
One thing I loved about this book is how the author conducted so much research while he wrote the book, always leaving annotations and references as he brought up new points. Jonathan Safran Foer always backs up every point he makes with scientific research, which is refreshing considering how sometimes the biggest vegan advocates rely too heavily on informal falacies and the manipulation of emotions.
If you want to read something that will challenge you on an intellectual level, definitely give this one a try. Although it is a heartbreaking read and it may, at times, make you feel sick to your stomach, it is worth the effort as it deals with very important themes that aren’t talked about and discussed that often.
We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves is a work of fiction that follows our main character, Rosemary Cooke – who is also the narrator of the story – as she deals with the loss of a family member during freshman year of college. We, as readers, get to take a peak into her mind and explore the complicated family dynamics she has at home, while also understanding how she copes with her loss.
This is one of the books that took me the most by surprise, I was not expecting to like it nearly as much as I did! I highly recommend you read this one, and I’ll tell you that the less you know about the plot going into it, the better your experience will be.
This little graphic novel takes place during one afternoon in Iran when once the lunch table is cleared, the characters’ husbands are napping and the kitchen is shining once again, a group of Iranian ladies of all ages gather around in the living room to discuss their love and sex lives.
It’s no secret that family gossip is my guilty (and maybe not so guilty) pleasure. There’s a part of me that wants to know dirt on everyone, and it’s through reading these family dramas full of gossip that I unleash that part of me. Plus, I love Marjane Satrapi and her witty grandmother, so it’s obvious that I ate this up!
There’s not really any romance involved, only a group of ladies talking about taboo topics in Iranian (and Western) culture while they embroider cloth — a very popular tradition in this country.