Fathers Day Book Recommendations

When I was a kid, I don’t remember my dad reading with me much. What I do remember, is that as a teenager he read books for his own personal journey like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Six Thinking Hats. The fact that he seemed to be attempting to improve himself was really cool to me at the time. I remember wanting to read what he read; and one of the first “adult” books (besides the romance novels my grandmother liked to slip me when I was a preteen) was his copy of The Seven Habits. 

And thus began my quest for personal perfection. Just Kidding, lets not go there. It did however, allow me to believe in the power of a good self help book.

Fast forward to present day. I have a husband who just so happens to love to read, and he even enjoys reading to our children. And, our children very much enjoy when he reads to them.

It’s almost Fathers Day— the day of the year where dads everywhere should be spoiled by their kids, young or grown.  Maybe that includes a gift or two. And what if you have one of those dads or husbands who can be best described as the “he doesn’t want anything or need anything”  type?

The only sensible thing to do would be to get your favourite guy a book or five.

But how does one go about picking out a book for a dad? Especially if you happen to have one of those of dads who doesn’t love reading as a highly prioritized pass-time (I happen to have a Father-In-Law with such qualification!).

Instead of attempting to scout out and find a good literary classic that might just happen to pique their interest and make them fall in love with the author, try stereotyping the man in your life.

Don’t worry, I ascribe to good generalizations only.

The Dad who wants to be an astronaut when he grows up:




The Martian by Andy Weir






The Dad who wants to be an olympian:

Boys in the Boat

  Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown






The Dad who thinks he is an olympian in the kitchen:

101 Things to do with Bacon



101 Things to do with Bacon

by Eliza Cross




The history buff:

Long Walk to Freedom



Long Walk to Freedom

by Nelson Mandela


All The Light We Cannot See


All The Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr






Spent time in the army:





by Phil Klay





The Calvin and Hobbs enthusiast (or the Dad who never reads!)



The Complete Peanuts

by Charles M. Schultz

(Any volume will do)




The Dad who loves a good roller coaster or thrill ride



FaceOff Anthology


The Farm

by Tom Rob Smith












The Dad with his head in the clouds:



A Giftcard in the exact amount to purchase the forthcoming (June 17 release) anthology Rogues







Aspiring to be a better Dad:

Whole Brained Child

The Whole-Brain Child

by Daniel J. Siegel








Fancies himself a loyal guy:

Natchez Burning



Natchez Burning

by Greg Iles






The Music Lover:



by Keith Richards










Addicted to Video Games:


Console Wars

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and a Battle that Defined a Generation

by Blake J Harris









The Math and/or Science Geek:


Physics of the impossible

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

by Michio Kaku









And last but not least, the dad on a quest for self perfection:


Creativity Inc

Creativity Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Ed Catmull

A fresh take on an age old quest








Pretty much every dad should fit into at least one of the above categories. If your dad or husband does not meet or exceed the ability to enjoy any of them, please let me know and we can further strategize over a nice relaxed Twitter chat while our children take their daddy on an adventure and leave us moms eating bon-bons in our PJs at long last.



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