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Instead of listing my favorite fictional dads (because let’s be honest, they’re few and far between), I want to share some of the books my own dad and I have read together. I inherited my love of reading from both of my parents, but it was my dad who read out loud to me, who gave me my love of fantasy, and who read 90% of the books I read while growing up. Any time I set a book down, it was at risk of being whisked away and read by my dad. It was great to have someone to talk about my books with, though, and I always appreciated the effort he made to stay informed of my reading choices. Even now, we enjoy swapping book recommendations back and forth.
Harry Potter series – J.K.Rowling
Anyone who says this series is for kids is a liar, an asshole, or both. My dad (and mom) read these books along with me as they were released, and I know my dad has picked them up off my shelves more than once to reread.
I was obsessed with Tamora Pierce in middle and high school and read them repeatedly. Any time I took them out to reread, my dad would pick them up again as well. I’ve lost count of how many times the two of us have read the Tortall quartets.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
My first experience with Tolkien was when my dad read The Hobbit out loud to me as a young child. Later on, he generously let me read his old, battered copies of The Lord of the Rings so I could share in the magic. We also went to see all three of the movies together. (The Chronicles of Narnia is another classic series that my dad read aloud to me as a kid.)
My dad is the one who originally recommended Robin Hobb’s Tawny Man trilogy to me, and she quickly became one of my favorite fantasy authors. I’m so grateful! Before I found the #HobbSquad on bookstagram, my dad was the only one I knew who could talk about these amazing books with me.
Blackthorn & Grim series – Juliet Marillier
One of the few authors my dad wouldn’t read while I was growing up was Juliet Mariller. (Her books are too sad, maybe?) Imagine my surprise when I came home one day a couple years ago to find my dad reading Dreamer’s Pool, which I’d left sitting out somewhere. I’m so pleased that he finally read Marillier’s books, and we read the next two in the series together as well.
Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers and The Artful Egg – James McClure
Long before my current mystery/thriller obsession, my dad recommended two of his favorite classic mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them! I never managed to read any others in the series, but the two I did read have a special place in my heart.
Cormoran Strike series – Robert Galbraith
After Murder Must Advertise and The Artful Egg, I didn’t read another mystery until J. K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series. My dad is reading it as well, and we’ve had fun discussing possible suspects and cliffhanger endings.
Books of the Raksura – Martha Wells
This is another fantasy series that my dad started and then recommended to me. I never would have discovered it without him! (Yes, I do judge books by their covers.)
A Killing Winter – Tom Callaghan
I read this on Sebastian’s recommendation and immediately passed it along to my dad to read. It’s a little grimmer than he prefers, but it led to some interesting conversations about life in Kyrgyzstan. We also read the sequel together, and even though I’m no longer in the same city, you can be sure that I’ll put a library hold in his name on the third book when it comes out later this year. (It’s handy knowing his library account password. ?)
It was difficult to limit this list to ten, so honorable mentions go to Lunar Chronicles, Saga, the Insignia trilogy, the Old Man’s War series, the Foundation series, Rite of Passage, an entire summer’s worth of Jane Austen spinoffs, the Green Rider series, and The Martian.