Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Father’s Day freebie, so I decided to go along similar lines to what I did with the Mother’s Day freebie last month and recommend books to the father figures in my life! You might notice that “father figures” is plural. That’s because I wanted to recommend books to both my dad and my stepdad. Without getting too personal, my relationship with both of these men in my life is very different, but they both played a huge role in growing my lifelong love of reading. Let’s get into the recs, shall we?
madalyn’s top ten
For my dad:
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage // One of my favorite nonfiction books I’ve ever read. This was an endlessly fascinating look at how six popular beverages– beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coke– have shaped human history. I got my love of world history and of coffee, tea, and alcohol from my dad, so I know he would enjoy this just as much as I did.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates // This is just one of those books I think everyone should read. I think there’s a lot my dad still has to learn about racism and how deeply embedded it is in this country, and I think this fantastically written book could help him contextualize those things. Plus, I think he’d enjoy Coates’s writing.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab // I definitely got my love of London from my dad. It’s our favorite city to visit together, and he even lived there before I was born. I think he would enjoy the ADSOM series because 1.) London, and 2.) parallel worlds. He’s not the biggest fantasy fan, but he does love sci-fi, so I think the concept of parallel worlds that all line up at one specific point would really intrigue him.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent // We’re both a little obsessed with Iceland, so I think my dad would enjoy this glimpse into the darker side of that country’s history. Plus, he enjoys historical fiction, just like his daughter.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck // Aside from the fact that I think this is another book every human should read? I know my dad would love Steinbeck’s writing here. This book is a masterpiece that weaves together a Biblical retelling, Steinbeck’s own family history, and an original story to create an insanely unique and well-put-together work of literature. I think the themes discussed here would resonate with him, too.
For my stepdad:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi // This is a recent read of mine, and upon finishing, I immediately wanted to buy my stepdad a copy. I think he would really enjoy the way this story is told (following two branches of the same family over multiple generations), and I also think some of the deeper social commentary would resonate with him. In my family, we’re big fans of books that make us think, books that we can discuss with each other– and Homegoing perfectly fits that bill.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // So many of my strong-held beliefs and morals, including my constant desire to fight for social justice for all, come from my stepdad. I know he would LOVE this book. Not only for the commentary on racism, police brutality, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but also for the amazing family dynamics. I know Starr’s dad would stand out to him.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah // I think that my stepdad would really enjoy Trevor Noah’s humor, as well as the fascinating look at life in South Africa during- and post-Apartheid that his memoir provides.
The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle // Maybe an odd choice to recommend to my stepdad (it tells the story of a teacher-student affair through the perspectives of the girl involved, her mom, and the teacher’s wife), but hear me out. I found this book so thought-provoking, and I think it provided lots of great food for thought on parenting that he would appreciate.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn // Everyone who knows my family knows that I get my love of all things dark from my stepdad, no question. We both have incredibly dark senses of humor (lots of jokes about things many people would not find funny), and we also love watching horror movies together. I think he would appreciate the darkness of Gillian Flynn’s thrillers.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! What are some books you would recommend to the father figures in your life? Do you agree with any of these?