Father’s Day is just around the corner, Savvy Readers, which means it’s time to start thinking about the book you’re going to get your dad this year (because, obviously you’re getting him a book). We have some suggestions that dad is sure to love, whether you’re buying from yourself or from a little one!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
If your dad doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate things—if he tells it like it is—he’ll LOVE the raw, refreshing, honest truth that Mark Manson offers in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Manson explains that we can only give a f**k about so many things, so it’s time we figure out which ones really matter. Pick this one up to give dad a fresh start at leading a contented, grounded life.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
A riveting thriller featuring a classic whodunit? We can’t think of a dad that won’t love Magpie Murders. Editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s novel. She’s worked with him for years, and is quite familiar with this detective, Atticus Pünd. But Conway’s latest work has Pünd investigating a murder—one that seems a little to real… Intrigued? Your dad will be too. Trust us.
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
A recently novel from Michael Crichton (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park) that just hit the shelves is the perfect summer companion. Dragon Teeth will take your dad on a thrilling Wild West adventure during the golden age of fossil hunting, and might teach him a thing or two about paleontology. Bonus: it’s based on two real life paleontologists. You can read more about it here, but this novel IS Crichton’s writing, so if your dad is a Jurassic Park lover, he makes an easy buy this year.
Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar
A deep and heartfelt novel from critically acclaimed author Thrity Umrigar follows Anton, a young boy who was locked in an apartment for seven days during a heatwave while his mother went out for a “quick hit”. Despite their strong bond, Anton is placed with child services. Meanwhile, Judge David Coleman is desperate to have a child in the house after the tragic death of his teenage son, and uses his power to keep Anton, his new foster son. Anton follows in his adopted family footsteps, but when he discovers the truth about his life, he must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Mississippi Blood is the final installment in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles. If your dad hasn’t read books 1 or 2, we suggest getting him the whole set (trust us). Deemed “extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful” by Stephen King, your mystery-thriller loving dad will be sitting on the edge of his seat for this breathtaking conclusion.
Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
Restored from Tolkien‘s manuscripts and on shelves for the first time ever, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will put a smile on your dad’s face if he’s a fan of The Hobbit and/or The Lord of the Rings. Reunite dad with elves and men, dwarves and orcs, and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien‘s Middle-earth with this masterpiece.
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz delves into a fascination, illuminating and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world. A book for any dad, offering insight into everything from economics to sports to ethics and more, Everybody Lies discusses how we really live and think, and challenges us to start thinking differently about how we see the world.
The Whisky King by Trevor Cole
Pair this one with a bottle of whisky and you have the perfect Father’s Day gift! The Whisky King is a rich and fascinating history of Canada’s first celebrity mobster, Rocco Perri, and the man who pursued him—Canada’s first undercover Mountie. With original research and masterful storytelling, Trevor Cole details the fascinating rise to power of a notorious Prohibition-era Canadian crime figure twinned with the life of the man who pursued him.
And from the little ones…
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.” Bring dad along for the adventure in finding out just how odd things get in this hilarious NYT bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal…
Why I Love My Daddy (in children’s very own words!)
Everyone’s daddy is the best. And who better to tell the world than children themselves? This heartwarming book features endearing reasons that children love their daddies—in their own words! Can you think of a better way to say, “I love you, Daddy!”?!
When I’m A Monster Like You, Dad by David O’Connell
Every little monster wants to be just like daddy—big and strong and oh so scary! But while being a grown-up is fun, this little monster is about to find out that being small can be just as exciting. Dad will love this joyous and heartwarming story of family love and playing together!
What book will your dad enjoy most, Savvy Readers? We want to know (and we promise not to ruin the surprise)! Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.
Happy Father’s Day book shopping! 😉