Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.

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June 13: Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

Here’s my Top Ten Favorite Fathers in Literature.

1. City of Miracles; Robert Jackson Bennet. Sometimes fatherhood is sad.

2. Barrayar; Lois McMaster Bujold. It’s tough raising the emperor, and a fragile son at the same time.

3. The Fantastic Mr. Fox; Roald Dahl. He’s fantastic!

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Jonathan Foer. Even dads not present can have a big effect.

5. Anansi Boys; Neil Gaiman. He’s a terrible father, but entertaining!

6. The World’s Strongest Librarian; Josh Hanagarne. Father and father figures in this one.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird; Harper Lee. We won’t talk about the sequel.

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; J.K. Rowling. So many good kinds of dads in these books. Hagrid is a favorite of mine.

9. Holes; Louis Sachar. He gets points for trying.

10. The Book Thief; Marcus Zusak. Foster dads count, too.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

13 responses »

  1. Ooo! I like this post. It gives me some ideas.
    My TTT.

  2. Totally agree about Atticus. He’s on my list as well. And I pretend the sequel never happened. It wasn’t SUPPOSED to ever be printed. She re wrote… okay sorry I was starting to rant. lol.

  3. FranL says:

    I refused to put Atticus on my list because I figured he’d be on everyone’s! Great picks though!
    My TTT

  4. Mari says:

    Atticus and Hans made my list too! And yes. I have totally disregarded the second of Harper Lee’s books for the same reason.

  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’ve read several on your list, including Barrayar, Harry, and Mockingbird. I have a slightly different take on the latter’s sequel, though. It points up what I’ve heard described as the Mockingbird fallacy. The book leaves the impression that if there were enough righteous men like Atticus, racial prejudice could’ve been defeated. The problem? There always were righteous men in the south and in Nazi Germany, but their individual efforts could never be enough. It takes government action — Civil Rights laws, war — to overcome institutionalized hatred.

    • Oh, the sequel definitely makes a good point.
      I still enjoyed it less, though. Sometimes I want a little sunny optimism in my life, you know? Especially in light of recent government actions…

  6. Oh I haven’t read all of these books but the ones I have I completely agree with, especially The Book Thief. Foster dads definitely count! 😀
    Great picks.

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