Sunday Book Club – Fictional Dads

June 19, 2016 Sunday Book Club 36


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Today on the book club, let’s talk about our favorite fictional dads!

Being as it’s Father’s Day and all.

My dad is, of course, not fictional but he is my fave! He can crack me up and then make me all teary-eyed in the span of a couple of heartbeats. He gives the best hugs, tells the corniest jokes, and has the most tender heart for Jesus.  He was my first hero and is THE ultimate standard in my mind for the voice of Gandalf. I mean, seriously, that was a deal breaker for me when the first LOTR movie came out. Fortunately, Ian McKellen does a really good imitation of my dad 🙂 My dad is a man of great wisdom and great integrity, of great humor and great compassion. I love talking Harry Potter with him or watching a new TV show that he’s discovered together. I’m pretty sure he’s also the world’s best Poppy! My nephew sure thinks so anyway 🙂

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But what about fictional dads in literature? Who are some of your fave fathers from books? 

My list absolutely would include:

  • Clark Davis from the Love Comes Softly series
  • Pa Ingalls from the Little House books
  • Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

In more recent fiction (lol), I would add:

  • Reese Mitchell from A Twist of Faith (by Pepper Basham)
  • David Stoltzfus from The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Now it’s your turn to talk 🙂 Tell me your fave fictional book dads on this Father’s Day!

P.S. – My brother (who is also one of my fave dads in life) tells me my Sunday Book Club title picture is creepy. What do you think?


36 Responses to “Sunday Book Club – Fictional Dads”

  1. David Booth

    I’d have to go with Arthur Weasley ( “Born” in the same month as I but two years earlier, Arthur would be someone I’d like to hang out with, trying to figure out how muggles did things (I do that now) and perhaps repurposing some things for another use. Jolly good fellow, that Arthur Weasley!

  2. Rachel Dixon

    I would have to say Pa Ingalls and Mr. Bennett as well and Arthur Weasley….I know, not original lol…but they are my favs! Eh perhaps a little creepy…but I didn’t really think so till you said that looks!

  3. Carolyn Astfalk

    I finished A Twist of Faith in the wee hours of the morning, so I’ll second Reese Mitchell. I’ll add Patrick O’Connor from Julie Lessman’s Daughters of Boston series. Also, Alex Peterson’s dad in Full Cycle, a book by my author friend Christopher Blunt.

    • Pepper D. Basham

      Carolyn! Patrick O’Connor is a FANTASTIC choice! I LOVED LOVED him in Julie Lessman’s books! YES!

      (and thanks for the Reese mention. I hope you enjoyed the story)

  4. Rebecca Maney

    I love Reese Mitchell too, in a “Twist of Faith”, but Susan May Warren’s Christiansen family series has a great dad, always there offering words of wisdom when needed to both his sons and daughters. And of course, I cannot remember his first name off the top of my head. . . . .

  5. Yvette-Bookworlder

    I would add Matthew Cuthbert from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne series – one of the best father figures, he stole my heart completely when he bought Anne a dress with puffed sleeves.

    Your pic is fun – up to your eyeballs in books 😀

  6. DeAnna Dodson

    Okay, I agree about Pa Ingalls (especially as personified by the tasty Michael Landon). Mr. Bennett I think means well, but he let his youngest get way out of control. I’d have to add Dennison, who is not only my Drew Farthering’s very correct butler but is also the father of Drew’s best friend Nick and basically dad to them both. 🙂

    Then there’s my own real dad who’s the very best of them all.

    Just sayin’. 😀

    • Carrie

      Yes, I was really thinking of Mr Bennett and Lizzy. But he did have other kids lol and they needed some discipline 😀 I’m sure your dad is perfectly delightful but I still say mines the best. And it’s my blog, so….. 😉

  7. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    I definitely concur on Clark Davis. He was such a gentle, strong, wise, and loving character. I would say he was a softer version of Pa Ingalls. He was so loud and brash. I fell in love with Michael Landon as Pa. I also wholeheartedly support Arthur Weasley.

    I also want to add Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. These are the ones I can think of right off.

    • Carrie

      Yes, to me Michael Landon will forever be Pa Ingalls! Atticus is a great addition!

  8. Jane

    I love Mr Bennett! He is such a great literary dad. I would add Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter (totally nerdy but totally awesome!). Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. So many great options!

  9. Rissi

    Clark is a great dad as is Mr. Ingalls. 🙂

    Some of my favorites are George Banks, Lord Grantham, Rick Castle, Lord Grantham, Mr. Bennet and from a more recent book, Ty Porter. (I loved him in “Meant to be Mine.”) I put together a “Fathers & Daughters” post a couple years ago that I revisited this year (tweeting it), and it was fun to look back on that post. 🙂

    Fun post, Carrie. 🙂

    • Carrie

      Ahhhhhh!!! How could I forget Rick Castle & Ty Porter?!?