Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking fathers! While I was looking through my shelves, I came to a horrific conclusion. I already knew many YA books, fantasy books, etc. erased the main character’s family. But while looking through my shelf, I realized that when a parent is present it’s either the mother, or a horrible father. So I decided to call this my favorite father (figures). Some are actually fathers -whether biological or not. And some are people the main character could look up to -a bit like a father.
Hans Hubermann // The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // I am so in love with this man. If you haven’t read The Book Thief, Hans and Rosa take in Liesel. Hans is such a kind man, teaches Liesel how to read, and is just a person everyone can look up to. I love him.
Ned Stark // A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R.R. Martin // I feel like this is cheating a bit because it’s not like Ned Stark is in this story a lot? But I feel like he’s pretty much the only great father in this series? I love how much he adores all of his children. How he’s so proud of Arya, even though she’s not the “lady she should be”.
Shrewd (or even better: Verity) // Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb // I know Shrewd is not Fitz’s father (and neither is Verity). But throughout this trilogy, I think the loyalty and love Fitz has for him (/them) is similar to that of a son. I guess you could also place Burrich and Chade here.
Jeb // The Host by Stephenie Meyer // Again, Jeb is not Mel’s father. But I think that Wanda and Mel do look up to him like a father. That’s probably partly due to the circumstances of the story. Yet in my opinion, it’s also because of his kind, accepting and curious nature.
Brom // Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #1) by Eragon // I probably should have put Garrow in here. Garrow raised Eragon after all. But in the books, Eragon said that he never had the privilege of calling Garrow “father” -Garrow was Eragon’s uncle, if you haven’t read the book yet. And the way Brom introduces Eragon to the world of Alagaësia, to the Dragon Riders, and the way he teaches him to be a good Rider and a good person, feels like a father to me.
Keith Mars // Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham // I guess this is more based on the TV show than the book? I do love me some Keith Mars though. He’s a single dad, a PI trying to survive in a small town where he used to be the sheriff. Raised an incredible daughter.
Mr. Weasley // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // Shout out to Arthur Weasley for being an incredible father, who raised kind and generous children -even though they don’t have much to spare themselves.
Gandalf // The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // Yes, Bilbo is also like a father to Frodo. But I feel like Gandalf is kind of like a second dad to all of the little hobbits?
Lara’s dad -whose name I can’t remember // To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han // I can’t really remember his name, but he’s an epic single dad. He just loves his girls so much!
Simon’s dad // Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // I like that Simon has such amazing parents. Both his mom and dad are hilarious -and have plenty of breastfeeding anecdotes apparently.
So those are my favorite fictional dads! Or father figures. You know what I mean. Have you read any books with great dads? I’ve discovered a sore lack of them in my reading, so I’d love to hear some recommendations.