Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Memorable Dads in Literature & #BookDadQuotes

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

The official topic is ~ Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

Dads can offer that bit of wisdom you need to hear, the funny inside joke to brighten a moment, or the insight to looking at life in a new way. My dad was like that — ready to share his thoughts on the subject, if you sought out his opinion. And sometimes when you weren’t exactly looking for advice :).  Appropriately, this week’s topic leading up to Father’s Day is all about dads!

I had multiple ideas for this topic, but because it’s my blog, I decided to go with 2 different ones! First up, as in last month’s Mother’s Day Freebie, I’m listing 10 memorable dads in literature. I really *could* have just referenced the dads or father figures in each of those stories, from the “mom” list, but I decided to change it up and go with different books this holiday. Secondly, I’ve put together a few favorite book quotes from or about dads. Some of these match the 10 memorable dads in my list, too. Dads can offer that bit of wisdom you need to hear, the funny inside joke to brighten a moment, or the insight to looking at life in a new way. My dad was like that — ready to share his thoughts on the subject, if you sought out his opinion. And sometimes when you weren’t exactly looking for advice :).

10 Memorable Dads in Literature

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg1. & 2. Case and Logan Walker in the “Walker Family” series by Melissa Tagg

3. Ben King (and his father Chet) in Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

4. Reese Mitchell in A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

5. Charlie Lionheart (nontraditional dad) in The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

271385786. Devin Bressard in the “Told You” series by Kristen Heitzmann

7. Morgan Spencer in The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

8. Mr. D’Alisa in the “Two Blue Doors” series by Hillary Manton Lodge

To Win Her Favor9. Gilbert Linden in To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

10. Mr. Woodhouse in Emma by Jane Austen

And….. #BookDadQuotes

“I am nothing without God,” he said. “And I don’t ever want to try to be.”

– Charlie Lionheart in The Lady and the Lionheart

“Sometimes in life, when what we want most is just beyond our reach… and the ground beneath us gives way, we must grab hold of the nearest branch.” He closed his eyes briefly, “And hang on.”

– Gilbert Linden in To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

Over and above their love as father and daughter, they now had a common bond, a kinship that had nothing to do with blood. They were newspeople who loved the smell of ink and the demand of a deadline.

– from A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

“…having faith is the bravest thing we can do. It’s the unwavering confidence that God loves us. That although we can’t see the road ahead, we can see God.”

– Chet King in Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

There were no wracking sobs today, not like that day at the depot when he’d finally set free so many years of furrowed hurt. Let his dad encircle him with all the strength and comfort he’d pushed away since the day he’d left town. It has been an unshackling. A letting go.
Today was a holding on. To courage in the midst of fear. To faith in the midst of uncertainty.
To a father’s love he knew had never once wavered.

– from Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Memorable Dads in Literature & #BookDadQuotes

    • I just love Mr. Woodhouse as portrayed in the 2009 miniseries!! 🙂 I’m so glad you dropped by this TTT. I’m off to visit your post!

  1. Awww thank you for including Case Walker! I love that fictional guy. 🙂 You’ve got such a great list here! Looooove that you included Charlie from The Lady and The Lionheart…one of my favorite books ever. He might be a nontraditional dad but he is a-ma-zing.

    • Thanks, Melissa! Case Walker is awesome. And Charlie <3! Yes, I love the way he wears his heart on his sleeve (er, chest) when is comes to Holland. Those two are so precious together!

  2. YAY!! Thanks for including Reese in this wonderful lineup!! I cannot wait to read The Lady and the Lionheart

    • My pleasure!!!! You HAVE to read The Lady and the Lionheart ASAP. It’s brilliant. Along with Heitzmann’s Told You Twice — as soon as your pressing writerly things are over, of course! 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you! Case is such a good father. He knows when to give his kids distance or when they need his advice and perspective.

  3. OHMYGOSH! What a wonderful list, Courtney. Mr. D’Alisa, how could I forget him? Mr. Woodhouse? Charlie??? And Morgan??? ‘Dawn’ is one of my all-time favorite contemporaries. Heavens, so many great names on this list!

    Love what you say about dad’s offering advice even sometimes when we don’t want it; thank goodness they do because yes, they do have such wisdom to offer. 🙂

    • Thank you! Oh yes, ‘Dawn’ is very much a favorite contemporary! (Remind me, have you read the previous 2 in series? Morgan’s arc is so much better seeing him grow over the 3 books)

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