Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all about father’s day! By my own is a pretty big reader, so I’m definitely thinking of him in this list, but these books can apply to virtually any dad. There’s a certain dad-ness to them. I might even get him a couple of these!
1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett — The humor in this book is so of-its-time it’s golden.
2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut — Another humorous book, but this one errs on the darker side and has some harrowing descriptions of World War II. The tone is what makes this book worth it. (Or so it goes.)
3. Faithful Place by Tana French — This is novel is part of a larger series (The Dublin Murder Squad), but it stands on its own pretty well. Family life is at the front and center of this mystery novel, and the narrator’s love for his young daughter is quite touching.
4. I, Claudius by Robert Graves — Another vaguely-humorous historical novel, only this time set in Ancient Rome. My dad is a historian like the Roman emperor that chronicles his life in this novel, so it works in many levels.
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. Mendel — There is something for everyone in this book. It tackles art and how it makes us human without ever falling into cliches.
6. Maus by Art Spiegelman — This graphic novel is equally focused on the artist’s relationship with his ageing father and the latter’s experiences as a Jewish man during WWII. I’m actually cheating here because it was my dad that recommended this to me.
7. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood — Written in typical Atwood fashion, this novel is about the end of the world brought about by GMOs and corporations.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak — Though this is typically considered YA, its unusual style and narrator make it appealing to any reader. There is also a beautiful relationship between the protagonist and her foster father.
9. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón — This is a mystery set in post-civil-war Barcelona filled with twists and an enthralling atmosphere. The narrator’s relationship with his father also plays a role, though much smaller than other examples on this list.
10. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi — Similarly to Station Eleven, I feel like everyone can get something out of this book. There’s something about graphic novels that makes me think of my dad, so there’s that.