Hey, hey! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Father’s Day freebie so I’ve decided to share with you all 10 books my dad either loved, or would be right up his alley. As per usual, TTT is a meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish, pop over and join in the fun!
(I’m going to cheat a little bit here, because I have a dad and a stepdad, so I’m going to mix and match!)
Believe Me: a memoir of love, death and jazz chickens by Eddie Izzard
This is the book my dad has actually asked for for Father’s Day, the new autobiography of his favourite comedian, Eddie Izzard. It was my dad who got me into reading as a child, he bought me every single one of the Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels, took me to the mobile library, sold all of my Animal Ark books on eBay when I outgrew them. My dad was always a reader and he passed the trait on to me, and I’m eternally grateful.
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
I started a book exchange at work a couple of years ago, the basic premise being you leave a book you don’t want and take one you do. Someone left Finders Keepers by Stephen King, and knowing my dad loves a good King novel, I took it. I didn’t realise it was actually the second in a trilogy. Mr Mercedes is the first, so I definitely need to get my dad a copy.
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
My stepdad loves Game of Thrones on TV, so for Christmas I bought him the whole series of books (so far). I’m hoping to borrow them at some point…
Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown
My stepdad also loves the Robert Langdon novels by Dan Brown, he’s read them all so far, but Origin comes out in October so I’ll probably buy him a copy for Christmas.
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
You can’t beat John Grisham for a good court room drama. I remember watching the film with Matthew McConaughey and being really moved by his performance, a friend told me once that it wasn’t in the script for him to cry during his closing speech but he got so emotional and they kept it in the final cut. I love that. My dad loves The Firm and lots of other Grisham novels, so this would be right up his street. Grisham actually wrote a sequel called Sycamore Row back in 2013, so I could even get him the set!
The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child
My stepdad loves Jack Reacher novels, I’m not sure if he’s read every single one, but The Midnight Line comes out in November so I guess that’s another Christmas present sorted for him!
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
My gran (my dad’s mum) bought me the first two Harry Potter books when I was eleven, she’d heard they were popular and I had never heard of them before she gave them to me. So, thank you to my dad for getting me into reading, and thank you to my gran for introducing me to the books that changed my life and got me hooked! My dad read all the books as soon as I finished them, and he loved them almost as much as me.
My dad is a huge Everton fan, Duncan Ferguson was his favourite player, and actually lived on the same street as my aunty and uncle for a while. He kept pigeons apparently. My dad loves an autobiography/biography, so I think he’d enjoy this one.
Lewis Hamilton: Triple World Champion by Frank Worrall
My stepdad on the other hand is a big Formula One fan, in fact we’re all going to Singapore in September for the Formula One (and a cruise round Thailand and Malaysia!). Lewis Hamilton is his absolute favourite, last year for his 50th birthday my mum took him to Silverstone and I bought him an official Hamilton polo shirt.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I loved the film of this and I’ve heard great things about the book. I think both my dad and stepdad would enjoy this, as my dad likes sarcasm and dark humour, and my stepdad loves sci-fi – mainly because he genuinely believes aliens exist and would probably think it was a true story!
And that, in a nutshell, is my dad and stepdad. Is anyone else’s father figure into crime thrillers and sporting autobiographies? My husband is the same, I wonder if it’s common amongst men, or if I just have a type? Leave your TTT links in the comments so I can see what your dad is into and maybe not feel so confused!
This was a bit of a departure from my usual, super girly book posts, I hope you enjoyed the change! Next week it’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming, I promise!