Friday, June 10, 2011

Here's to Dads and Books about Them

With Father's Day just around the corner, here are some books that remind us of what we love (and hate) about our dads. This year, Father's Day falls right around what would have been my Dad's birthday. Here's to you, Dad! I love and miss you.

The List:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy -So I haven't actually read this (cheating? It's my list, so I say no), but it's on my to-read list. It's a post-apocalyptic book about a father and son that journey through the Earth's ruins with the goal of making it to the coast. What they find we'lll have to read to find out.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls -This books was gut-wrenching and heart-breaking, and some parts uplifting. It goes to show that no matter who your dad is, you can't help but love him. I just finished this, so expect a review soon (or what's called here at The Kindled Scholar, a "reflection").

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl -Blue van Meer and her father have a very special relationship. Har father, Gareth van Meer is what you wished your dad would be, only cooler. He is intelligent, charming, a bit dramatic, and the ladies love him.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech -This is a YA novel that I read for an adolescent literature class in college. This beautiful coming of age story rightfully earned a Newbery Medal. Salamanca is dealing with her mother leaving Sal and her father. He goes through his grief while trying to help Sal cope with hers. This story culminates in a wonderful ending, and is a great read whether or not you love YA literature.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - I love stories told from the perspective of a Daddy's girl. That's what Susie Salmon was, and seeing how her death affected her father was difficult. I loved their relationship and the closeness they felt, even after Susie was gone.

What are some other books about dads out there? Do share!

Love and (a book) light,



  1. Walk Two Moons is such a good book. Creech is amazing.

    The Road, however, was really, really bad. Not just boring; it was everything that I hate in modern fiction. No plot, no character development, extensive misuse of grammar. All-around awful book.

  2. Great post! Love the books for dads :) Hope you're well!

  3. Those are all good gift ideas! I've read The Lovely Bones and Special Topics and definitely enjoyed the fatherly aspects.


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