Not really big news here, but I'm not a fan of Romances.In my more formative years I got hooked on the squeaky clean teen romance series Sweet Dreams. I owned so many of these books it was ridiculous! And I loved them. P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin was the first one I ever read. Here's the link to it on Goodreads. This was in the sixth grade or so. I continued reading NOTHING BUT TEEN ROMANCES until I was in high school where I branched out a little bit. Even in college I still loved a good romance with cheesy characters and a love story that melted the heart.
Somewhere along the line I became cynical and it all just makes me roll my eyes and groan out loud and bang my head on my desk. But it's Valentine's day this weekend. So what if you want something with a little romance? Because a little romance is perfect, but I prefer the story to be something more than just romance. For me, it needs to have something else there to the story. Something else to help ground it in reality.
So here is a list of "love stories" for the non-romantic person to delve into this weekend.
1) These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Really this is mystery. Jo Montfort is prepared to marry the most eligible bachelor and begin her life as a wife and mother, but what she wants is to be a journalist like Nellie Bly. When her father is found dead in his office from an apparent accidental gun shot, Jo doesn't buy it. So she gets Eddie--a young journalist at her father's paper--to help her find out the truth. The story revolves around Jo's search for the truth, but there is something between her and Eddie, despite Jo knowing that soon she will be expected to get married and start a proper life for herself. The romance is not what keeps this story going, but it is important and not eye-roll-inducing.
For more info, check out my review here.
2) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Want to find out more about this book? My review can be found here.
3) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Need more? You can find my review right here.
4) Legend series by Marie Lu
I don't have a review of this one written, but here's the Goodreads page.
What are your romance suggestions for readers who aren't really into the whole romance thing?