Another Top Ten Tuesday! I have been hit and miss with it the last few weeks because of general end of year craziness and the mayhem that comes with moving.
Sadly, when it comes to fathers in books it is much easier to find terrible ones than decent ones. Like, so much easier. Neutral or absent fathers are also think on the ground.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
"Daddy once told me there’s a rage passed down to every black man from his ancestors, born the moment they couldn’t stop the slave masters from hurting their families. Daddy also said there’s nothing more dangerous than when that rage is activated. "
Starr's parents are one of the highlights in a book that has no shortages of bright points. I love her father steadfast support for Starr but also what he symbolized. He is a former gang member and has been in jail but he broke away from that life. Importantly he did it without abandoning his community. He is a strong black male figure with an imperfect past who makes a difference. All while being a damn good dad in the meantime.
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
“He sweeps her hair back from her ears; he swings her above his head. He says she is his émerveillement. He says he will never leave her, not in a million years.”
Here is a single father who is making it work. He makes a three-dimentional map of the neighborhood in Paris and later Saint-Malo that they live in so that she can get around and not be trapped in their home. And he buys her a braille edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Who could ask for anything more?
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
"A DEFINITION NOT FOUND IN THE DICTIONARY: Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children."
This one causes me to have all the feels. You wouldn't think that an accordion would make you cry. You would be wrong. *Sob
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
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Series: To Kill a Mockingbird #1- if you are willing to acknowledge that there is a sequel. I prefer to pretend that there isn't.
Published: July 11th 1960
Rating: I finished reading it, turned back to the begining and read it again over and over my senior year of high school. Yep, it's love.
"It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived."
Atticus Finch. Need I say more? There are very few character in all of literature who manage to demonstrate that doing the right thing is infinitely more important than doing the easy thing. And no one has better explained to a seven year old the difficult and new idea that the world might not be fair.
by Leigh Bardugo
“Jesper!” his father said.
“Don’t worry, Da. People point guns at each other all the time in Ketterdam. It’s basically a handshake.”
Jes' father. Just the ultimate in support and love. We all want that.
by Johanna Spyri
“The grandfather explained to her that it was the sun that did it. 'When he says good-night to the mountains he throws his most beautiful colors over them, so that they may not forget him before he comes again the next day.'”
Technically, the Alm-Uncle is Heidi's grandfather. But no one really care about that. What I cared about was the toasted cheese, bowls of goat milk, little beds in the attic looking out over the stars, and the sun saying good-night to the mountain. Seeing this gruff old man learn to love is one of the great pleaseures of this novel (the other being the innocent pastoral beauty of Switzerland in the chapters before Heidi is forced to go to Frankfurt.)
A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Are you learning me by heart, little Sara?" he said, stroking her hair.
"No," she answered. "I know you by heart. You are inside my heart.”
Admit it: You too secretly wanted your father to be a "beautiful" British gentleman who takes you toy and clothes shopping and who always takes you and your thoughts and idea seriously.
Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins
“What just happened?"
"Your father invited the former love of your life in for pie."
"Yeah, that's what I thought.”
Lola has two dads and they are both amazing. Lola isn't my favorite book but her dad's were definitely my favorite part of it. Lola makes terrible decisions and is in desperate need of a reality check. They never lose patience or give up on her.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Mr. Weasley was having no success at all in lighting the fire, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Splintered matches littered the ground around him, but he looked as though he was having the time of his life.
“Oops!” he said as he managed to light a match and promptly dropped it in surprise
Because I think Arthur Weasley doesn't get enough recognition. There is a lot to be said for stability, humor, and unflagging moral courage. There is this scene in the movie Little Women where Laurie is proposing to Amy. He says something along the line of having always known that he was meant to be part of the March family. To me, that 100% explains Ginny and Harry. He has always known that he was meant to be part of the Weasley's. They are the parents of his heart and so rock steady and unobtrusice that even he doesn't always appriciate them *cough Sirius *cough
Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
"But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. "
I almost didn't put Pa on this list. Which is sad because if I had done this based on memories of reading the books as a child he would have been the first father I thought of. However, I recently reread the books and, sadly, Pa is kind of problematic. Or the books kind of are. There is a incredibly cringe-worth song in this book with racist overtones. I completely ignored it as a child but I am white and had that privilege. Long story short. Pa, whatever else his or the books' faults are is a wonderful father. He pretty much steals any scene that he is in and it is easy to see why his daughters adore him.