This post was inspired by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and Bookish!
Happy Father's Day! Or not... I checked a list of Father's days around the world and it looks like no one can agree when it is. Here in Belgium Father's Day has already passed, but for the UK Father's Day isn't until next week. Crazy, huh?
Anyway, to celebrate Father's Day I am picking my top 5 father figures in books.I feel like fathers don't get enough attention in the book community, so today I have decided to show off my favourite father figures. Notice how I say father figures, because not all the people on my list are actually fathers.
Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird
Even if you haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird, you've probably heard of what a great father Atticus is. He cares for both his children and sticks up for what he thinks is right. He also teaches Jem and Scout how to read an write, as well as other more important lessons like caring for everyone, no matter what. Let's be honest, he makes all of our top 5s.
Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief
Even though he wasn't Liesel's real father, Hans was definitely a good substitute father. Where Mama was harsh and strict, Hans was kind and compassionate. He was patient with her, giving her midnight lessons on how to read and write (a theme on this list!) when he discovers she can't do it herself.
Grandpa Joe Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
So he is technically a grandfather but Grandpa Joe is an amazing father figure to both his son and his grandson. Apparently a whole load of people actually hate Grandpa Joe, but I think he was very sweet. He cares about everyone in the family and saves his money to give to Charlie.
Mr Lancaster from The Fault In Our Stars
He doesn't get much love from the TIFOS fandom, because he isn't one of the main characters. But if you concentrate on him whilst reading the book you see that he is a considerate and caring father who looks after Hazel when she is upset.
Hagrid from the Harry Potter Series
Say what?! My choice from Harry Potter isn't Sirius Black? Yes, Sirius was a good father figure for a couple of books and taught Harry more about his parent's life. But Hagrid was there for Harry from the start. He was the one to collect Harry from Godric's Hollow, he contacted all Harry's parent's friends to create a scrapbook for him, he made him a birthday cake, he gave him hints about the Triwizard Tournament; honestly the list goes on forever. For these reasons Hagrid is the best father figure there is.
Everyone knows boys in books are better, but we can all agree that our dads are the best. So this Father's Day put down your book, and go spend some time with your family instead. I would love to know who your favourite father figures are and why, so leave a comment down below!.
And until next time, keep reading!