TTT: Fictional Fathers

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So last month, I’d done a TTT in commemoration to Mother’s Day and the book moms I’d encountered in stories. With Father’s Day also coming up this month, I thought it was high time to talk about the fictional dads as well! Like fictional mothers, the fathers in the stories I’ve read are also pretty nonexistent. Half the time, we get the deadbeat dads who want nothing to do with their offspring, and on the rare occasion that they do, it’s because down the line, they want to use their kid for a greater purpose.

And then, of course, there are the father figure type role models, which are cool, in a sense. And I do want to mention them at some point, but I can wait to do so at a later time on a category about mentors and parental figures. This TTT is for the fictional fathers who’ve raised fictional daughters and sons.

Top Ten Fictional Fathers

Arthur Weasley – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Well, honestly, I couldn’t include Mrs. Weasley without her other half! Rarely do we see both parents playing positive and amazing roles in books, so honestly, the Weasley clan is lucky (for the most part…hem hem). I took to Arthur much easier than I took to Molly when I read the series, and for good reason. He’s unambitious but brilliant in his own way, and he’s personable and enthusiastic. He’s definitely one of the father figures in Harry’s life, but let’s not forget he’s managed to rear five individualistic boys as well! (And on a related note, my heartstrings almost snapped when he got bitten by Nagini in the fifth book!)

Easier said than done, Arthur.

Mr. Murry – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – The Murry children are exceptional, and all of them are mathematically and scientifically gifted. I’d say it’s in the genes, considering both Mr. and Mrs. Murry are geniuses in their fields, but I believe half of it is also how the kids were reared. Meg, in general, is practically mathematically inclined, and her love of the subject can be attributed to the fact that her father often played math games with her to bolster her learning. That’s A+ in my book.

George Cooper – Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce – George and his mother weren’t exactly living the high life, and even as a healer, mom wasn’t earning respectable wages. So George, being the young man–well, young man chosen by the Trickster–that he was, decided to go in the way of the criminal folk. The man was the bloody King of the Rogue for a good number of years until he’d decided things needed changin’. And that’s where Alanna and the crew came in. At the end of the Song of the Lioness Quartet, the thief-king turned a new leaf and became a nobleman spymaster, and he went ahead and taught his only daughter the tricks of the trade. Even with his feisty wife objecting quite a bit.

By the ever talented Minuiko.

Terciel – Sabriel by Garth Nix – I mean, this could go either way, to be honest. I didn’t think Terciel was very present in terms of his rearing Sabriel, and honestly, he was pretty deadbeat when it came to raising Lirael. However, for a man who’d been the only Abhorsen left during a tumultuous time, I think he tried his best to do right by his first heir. Sabriel did admire her father, and while he couldn’t physically make his way down to magic-less Ancelstierre, he’d occasionally send his spirit-form out in order to spend some time with his daughter. Which is a good thing, because his ass needed saving, and there was clearly only one woman who’d loved him enough to even bother looking for him.

Hans Hubermann – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack – Hans Hubermann! He and his wife were the adoptive parents of Liesl Meminger, and they were amazing. I will admit I am basing this off of the movie first, and then the audiobook of The Book Thief, but I mean, come on. How could anyone not love a father who teaches his adoptive daughter to read? And then proceeds to turn his basement to a mini-dictionary?

Maxim Maresh – A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – Here’s another father that kind of came off as standoffish and surly on first impression. Admittedly, it wasn’t until the beginning of the third book where I even changed my mind about the man. That said, he loves his family, and in his own way, he tried very hard to protect them. It was heartbreaking to see the ordeals he faced in the third book of Shades of Magic, though in a way, I was glad that it happened, if only because the Steel Prince came into action one more time.

Adam Hauptman – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – Honestly, I could put Bran AND Adam on this list of fatherly werewolves (because honestly, Mercy was raised by the Marrok, and he is absolutely lovely as well). I went for Adam mostly because he’s got a human child, and he’s terribly fond and protective of her. The first book pretty much puts this out in the open when he goes ahead and brings down his fury on those who’d gone over to harm Jessie. His protective side shows up again in Iron Kissed in much the same extent, and you really don’t want to be on the receiving end of that anger.

Bigby Wolf – Fables: Vol. 18, Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham – Here’s another werewolf father! It’s interesting to see how Bigby changes throughout the series. At the beginning he’s pretty much the lone wolf with a powerful pull on the Fabletown community. By the time the Adversary arc comes to a close, he’s more than happy to give others the reins just so he can spend more time with his children. And honestly, with the group of kidds he has, it’s no wonder he chose to settle down! All the same, when his children get in trouble, Bigby–and his wife–is the first to spring to action in order to help save them. To a certain extent, that is, but uh, spoilers.

Mr. Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Yes, yes, of course I was going to put Mr. Bennet in here! If I was going to put his wife in the Mother’s Day TTT, I was going to have him down as well. Unlike Mrs. Bennet and her theatrics, I like Mr. Bennet for his cynicism. He does get as ridiculous as his wife, but hey, he tries. And he dotes on Lizzie, which is something.

Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – My high school life pretty much revolved around this book and how much I actually admired Atticus Finch. Of course, it also helped that the fantastic Gregory Peck had starred as Atticus in the classic To Kill a Mockingbird movie. But yes, it’s kind of easy to do so in the eyes of Scout, who pretty much venerated her father and respected his views.

Who are your favorite fictional fathers?

TTT: Books Read in One Sitting

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I used to read books in one sitting often when I was younger, mostly because I liked staying up late at night to finish a book. Nowadays, it hits 11 o’clock and I’m dozing off whether or not the book is super-interesting. However! There are definitely times when I will sit down on my bed and then refuse to get off until I have finished a story. Normally this happens on books that aren’t massive, and it’s almost always the case when I pick up a graphic novel to read. That said, I’m discounting manga, children’s picture books, and graphic novels, only because yes, they do take faster to get through than a regular book.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read In One Sitting

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Hah, remember when we had to wait an actual year for the next installment of the Harry Potter series? Well, my wait wasn’t so bad. Books 1-4 were already out by the time I got on the bandwagon, though when OotP finally came out, I was one of the nerds lined up in front of a bookstore just to get myself a copy. Which I then proceeded to read without interruptions for an entire day. Gone went breakfast and lunch, and when I emerged during dinnertime…well, I sulked in the corner. Lawd, this book took me places.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – Oh, this book was lovely. And so was its spinoff. I also cried by the end of this, though I’m not sure if it was because I was sad that the book ended or super-happy at the result. In any case, I’m pretty sure someone found me curled up reading in the basement at 4 am and wondered why the hell I was still up. Oops?

Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermere – I’m pretty sure I had a Computer Science exam the next day. I ended up reading this and pulling an all-nighter to finish reading the story of Cecelia and Kate. So worth it! (But double oops?)

Iron Kissed, Silver Borne, River Marked, and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs – Hah, and just about every other Mercy Thompson book out there. Honestly, I’m pretty sure I marathon-read the first four books over one weekend, and then subsequently read its sequels within a day. Not necessarily one sitting, but they really were just so addicting!

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause – One of my first introductions to YA supernatural fiction. I’m not sure I’d actually have enjoyed this book now if I read it again, but I did spend an entire day arguing about this with a friend because she and I were on different ships. That said! It was far better than the silly movie that was loosely based off it.

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Alright, strictly speaking, Cress took me at most two days with breaks. However, that was mostly due to me starting the first ten pages, and then going to work. But then the weekend happened and I lay in bed reading all of Cress until I’d finished. So. Damn. Good.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I would not recommend reading this at night. I say this out of experience. The funny thing about Ocean is that it is a story of a child, though I don’t believe it is a children’s book in any sense. I suppose the best way to describe it will always be that it’s a children’s book written for adults, and that’s why I added this on the list. It was such a great read, and Gaiman has always been a wizard. So there.

Do you often read books in one sitting? What books kept you up all night?

TTT: Anticipated 2017

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Now that the Christmas knitting project has slowed down a bit (though it’s not quite over just yet, OMG WHY did I insist on knitting), it’s time to throw myself back into the habit of blogging regularly again! Alright, maybe it’ll still be a slow few weeks, because baking is going on in the background, and nothing is quite over until the holidays are over!

In any case, while my reading has also slowed down, I do have books I’ve been eyeing that’s going to be published in 2017. I’ll try not to drool and stuff.

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2017

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – OH HELLO. I would never forget this beauty coming out in 2017. I’ve been WAITING FOREVER. Actually, I’ve been waiting since February. But that’s still forever in book-years. And I’m probably going to cry when I finish this book. CRY.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – AHDIEH HAS A NEW BOOK. Yaaaaaaas. I loved her The Wrath & the Dawn duology, and honestly, if the writing is similar in Flame in the Mist, I am TOTALLY GOING TO LOVE HER. Also, the name of her protag is Mariko, which you can totally shorten to Mari. WINNING.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Dude. I’ve been seeing this ARC around in NetGalley and I so wanted it. I mean, honestly, interactive circuses and a dark plot. Whaaaaat please give me now.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – I’m still slightly angry about the ending of Allegiant, but I do want to read her next series.

The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer – I would never say no to anything by Marissa Meyer. Never.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – OKAY SO I HAVEN’T FINISHED DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE BUT I WILL. And Taylor is always such a lovely writer. And I mean have you read the book jacket summary for this book? It’s utterly gorgeous.

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – Yep. Another Schwab. Whodathunk.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – I cannot actually wait to listen to the audiobook version of this. The first book was SO GOOD!

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs – *foams at the mouth* MERCY GOES TO EUROPE. MERCY GOES TO EUROPE.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White – I’ve actually put this book on my TBR immediately after I’d read And I Darken. It wasn’t my favorite book by a mile, but it also posed several questions that I wanted answered. Like can Lada be any more of a badass? CAN SHE? Would totally read it for that.

TTT: Characters for Halloween

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This couldn’t have come at a better time, considering I already have this week’s Halloween outfit planned (a casual TARDIS dress with blinking headband light) and next year’s in the works (I’m trying to decide between a Fire Lord crown or Avatar Roku’s headpiece…yeah, I’m totally a dork). If I was a cosplayer, I’d totally dress up more often, but as it is, I’m not nearly as creative in the fashion business. But now I’m meandering, so on with the Top Ten!

Top Ten Characters I Want To Be For Halloween

Vin from the Mistborn Trilogy (Brandon Sanderson) – I just want her Mistcloak. Is that so much to ask? I’ve seen people make Mistcloaks, and they all look tremendously awesome. I want one, too. Heck, if the cloak also includes Mistborn abilities, I wouldn’t mind getting that, too.

Death from the Sandman series (Neil Gaiman) – Alright, so she looks like a Goth chick with an Ankh necklace. So what? She’s iconic as far as Neil Gaiman is concerned, and let’s be honest here, she’s pretty damn badass. Oh, and yeah, she’s DEATH.

Daenerys from A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin) – I would be in denial if I said I didn’t want at least one outfit from Dany’s wardrobe. That blue Qarth dress from the Game of Thrones series on HBO? Stunning. Now if only I had the figure and super-long platinum wig to pull that off.

Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series (Sarah J. Maas) – I don’t particularly remember what she wears during her time at the castle, but she struck me as some otherworldly assassin who’d look good on anything, even if it is just her fighting in a burlap sack (which I’m hoping she doesn’t, but I haven’t read the other two books yet, so you never know).

Eliza Braun from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences (Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris) – Um, bulletproof corset anyone? If I had to stuff myself in a corset, I better be finding steampunk elements on it, and it better be bulletproof. Agent Braun has it right from the beginning. And she’s got explosives hidden somewhere in her clothing, too. That’s definitely a plus.

Lady Mara of the Acoma from the Empire Trilogy (Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts) – Decked out as she is on certain covers, I can’t help but want to wear her regal clothing. She looks fabulous and fierce and every bit as formidable as Kelewan’s Warlord.

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – Well. I had to have something Regency-related here, right? Though I suppose I could have also gone with Cecelia or Kate from Sorcery and Cecelia

Jenica from Wildwood Dancing (Juliet Marillier) – Fashioned after the story of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” Wildwood Dancing is a story of sisters who don clothing and join the revelry of the faerie realm. While Jenica isn’t necessarily the prettiest of the set, she’s certainly one of my favorite characters in the book, and I absolutely love her crazy curly hair and outfit in the book cover.

The Mad Hatter from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) – Always. What’s great is this costume is actually attainable, since the Hatter is such a popular figure. And that top hat, man.

Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender (Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) – Yeah, seriously, I couldn’t help it. I’m throwing this in here because I’m a little obsessive of the show at the moment. Everything about the Fire Nation is just a barrelful of WANT on my list. Sure Azula’s batshit cray. Sure she’s practically one of the more despicable villains in the series. But those boots! That armor! Her general badassery! I’d definitely dress like her if I can help it.