Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books My Dad And I Have Bonded Over

June 13, 2017     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Books I've Read, Reading


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s feature is a Father’s Day-related freebie. I decided to hold to that theme, so if you are opposed to dads or Father’s Day for any reason, please feel free to skip this week’s post. Your mental health matters to me. ♥

My dad and I haven’t ever been super close, but one thing that has brought us closer together over the years has been books. So I want to talk to you about the books that we have recommended to each other, the books we have read together, and the books we have had deep discussions about.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My dad plays the bass drum in a bagpipe band, and he has since I was a small child. So, when I read Outlander for book club, I knew it would be right up his alley. He has since passed me and read all of the books in the series, and he loves the characters a lot.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
I am not sure if my dad has actually ever read this one, but it is one we have discussed at length… the nuance of the characters, the author’s beliefs, and the movie adaptation are all topics that come up.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This is one I was sure my dad would love, but he never finished the audiobook. I thought the sass of the characters and the audacity of the heists they pull would be right up his alley, but we had to agree to disagree on this one.


Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Several years ago, my great aunt passed away. On the way to her funeral, my dad put an audiobook on in the car. That audiobook was one of the Namaah’s series of books, which is the third trilogy in Carey’s world that starts with Kushiel’s Dart. When I realized we were listening to what was essentially book 7, I had to start at the beginning. I am glad I did because Carey’s worldbuilding and characterization is amazing!

Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
Similarly, my dad was listening to the second book in this series one day, and I went back and read the first. I really loved it and we both agreed that Santa Olivia was miles better than Saints Astray.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
I read this one for book club, and then a year or two later my dad said to me “You would really love this book… you should read it!” and was talking about Mistborn. Again, he has passed my reading of the series and completed it, but we had a great time talking about the way magic was handled in this world.


The In Death series by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
My dad picked this one up because it has the same narrator on audiobook as the Kushiel books. I caught snippets of several books and thought they sounded fun, so I picked them up, too. Once again, dad is caught up with the series and I am very much not.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My dad told me when I was younger that if I only ever read one classic, it had to be this one. So I complied, and I wasn’t sorry.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This was a gift from my dad on Christmas the year it came out (before it was cool!). I devoured it. Then my mom did. Then my dad did. Every so often we have a family re-read, and we all sit there sobbing over the ending. This was one of my first major departures from the fantasy genre, and I have my dad to thank for that.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
These books were bought for me by my parents one year. The first four were out, and I think the fourth one had JUST come out. So 2000-ish? I put off reading them because I thought they were a different book I had seen in the library. Looking back, they had nothing in common except the names were similar. My parents read the first few books before me. Then, when the new books were coming out, we had three different bookmarks in them and we stole the book from bedside tables to be the one to get to read it next.

Are you close with your dad? Did books play a role in that? Did you do something completely different for your TTT? Leave a comment below, or link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!



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6 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books My Dad And I Have Bonded Over

    • The Bluestocking Bookworm

      The Hobbit seems to be a dad-favorite! Jurassic Park is a book I really enjoyed, but I don’t think my dad has ever read it. He prefers audiobooks so he can read while he drives for work. Thanks for stopping by!

    • The Bluestocking Bookworm

      I am very lucky… most of my family are very big into reading! We share books and recommend back and forth and it is great. We also generally buy lots of books for each other at Christmas.

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