Ten books my dad would love

Ten books my dad would love Lyndsey's Book Blog TTT

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!

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(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

Mr Mercedes Stephen King Lyndsey's Book Blog

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

Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Lyndsey's Book Blog

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

A Time to Kill John Grisham Lyndsey's Book Blog

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

The Midnight Line Lee Child Jack Reacher Lyndsey's Book Blog

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

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. Rowling Lyndsey's Book Blog

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.


In search of Duncan Ferguson: the life and crimes of a footballing enigma by Alan Pattullo

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

The Martian Andy Weir Lyndsey's Book Blog

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!





  1. I did a similar theme for my TTT post this week– it was so fun picking out books that I think my dad will enjoy! I don’t know if he even reads my blog on a regular basis, but maybe I’ll send him a link haha πŸ™‚ Great post!

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  2. The Martian is excellent, thoroughly recommend it (and I’m a dad, so double thumbs up!)
    I tend to get my dad books for Christmas and his birthday and then he lends them to me – I’ve just finished a great WW2 memoir from a guy who was just 20 when he commanded a Sherman tank on D-Day: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tank-Normandy-Cassell-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304366404
    It’s about young lad from an upper middle class background torn from cricket in the early 40s to face the real possibility of dying in a fiery box. Does a good job of illustrating the distance of the war for a lot of the population as well as the horrors of front line combat. If you’re looking for a good military read for your dad then this is worth considering.


  3. Great post! Your dad has good taste. My dad won’t read anything unless it’s non-fiction, sadly. My mom and I are both major fiction lovers and he picks on us and says we could find better ways of spending our time. Pft, as if! Here is my T10T πŸ™‚


    1. Haha well at least you and your mum know where it’s at πŸ˜‰ Personally I hate non-fiction, but I’m tempted to download a couple of audiobook autobiographies to see if that’s changed, Anna Kendrick’s and Lauren Graham’s are at the top of my list πŸ™‚


      1. Haha right? We pick on him sometimes. I’m not huge on non-fiction either unless it’s a funny memoir. My favorite non-fiction book ever is probably You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), which is Felicia Day’s memoir. It’s soooo full of geek humor and weirdness and I just really enjoyed it.

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  4. Oh you will love the F1 race in Singapore! It’s so beautiful there 😍 I’m not a huge Lewis Hamilton fan, but he’s pretty easy on the eyes. And he’s an amazing driver, so no worries if he’s a favorite for you or your family πŸ˜‚
    Great list! My dad would love most of these too!

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    1. I’m not into formula one at all lol, my step dad and big brother are, I’m just here for the food and Universal Studios and also I hear Ariana Grande is performing… πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. πŸ˜„ Still sounds like a good time to me! Singapore, snacks, music and theme parks are a great vacation!

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  5. Awesome to see some dad/stepdad love here! All of these definitely sound cool, and like you I can’t wait to read A Song of Ice and Fire πŸ™‚ I got the whole set for my birthday but still haven’t had the time to get into it :/
    Great post!

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