10 Books for Dad

Need help picking out a gift for dad for Father’s Day? Four of us here at the Savvy Reader came up with 10 suggestions, perfect for dads who like sports, literature, technology, adventure, and much more.

For the Sports-Loving Dad:

1) One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
Is your dad a sports fan? This book, by Sports Illustrated writer Chris Ballard, tells the true story of one small-town high school baseball team, their non-traditional coach, and the season that would change them forever. One Shot at Forever is exactly the nostalgic, inspirational story that your dad will love. – Shannon


2) Superbodies by Greg Wells
Based on the wildly popular segments broadcast during the Vancouver Olympics, Superbodies explores how genetics and DNA, the brain, muscles, lungs, heart and blood work together in extreme conditions. Do you have an athletic father or an Olympics fan in your family? This would be great for dads who love sports or who are looking forward to the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic games. It’s not on sale ’til June 26th, but you can pre-order it today! – Steph


For the History Buff/Historical Fiction Fan:

3) Insurrection by Robyn Young
With the King of Scotland dead, civil war threatens. King Edward of England has dreams of conquest, inspired by an ancient prophecy from the time of the legendary King Arthur. Amongst this turmoil a boy grows into manhood. He will serve his enemy and betray his friends before he finds himself. His name is Robert the Bruce. This book is perfect for the history buff Dad. Insurrection is action-packed and historically charged. Great for any Dad who has ever watched Braveheart and felt the urge to yell “Freedom!” – Heather


4) All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-45, by Max Hastings
The vastness of the Second World War is unparalleled. Everyone was involved and affected in different ways. But some things were universal: fear and grief. Max Hastings has brought together many different human stories and touches on almost every country in the world. This is for the Dad or Granddad who is interested in war, history and in particular the wide-spread effects of the Second World War. Whether they lived through it or have only heard about it from others, All Hell Let Loose is a must read and arguably one of the most important books on the Second World War ever published. – Heather


5) Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
In Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell is Henry VIII’s trusted adviser. With the King’s break from the Church, it has sent England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to bear him a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, he becomes fascinated with a quiet, plain woman named Jane Seymour… Is your dad a fan of the Tudors? Was he a fan of Wolf Hall? This would be the perfect gift for him on Father’s Day. – Steph


For the Thrill Seeker:

6) Mud, Sweat, and Tears by Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls has lived an intense life! In this autobiography he talks about his adventures climbing Mount Everest, traveling around the world, and what it’s really like on Man vs. Wild. This is for the dad who loves action, adventure, and tales of survival. – Shannon


For the Techie:

7) Tubes by Andrew Blum
What do we really know about the Internet? In Tubes, Andrew Blum explains how the Internet developed, how it connects us around the world, and how it really works.  Blum puts his acclaimed journalism skills to work with this fascinating investigation that will leave you looking at your computer in a whole new light.  This is a perfect gift for the tech-loving dad! – Shannon


8) Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Richard Forthrast amassed a small fortune over the years increasing it when he created T’Rain; A massive, multibillion-dollar, multiplayer online role-playing game. But a small group of ingenious hackers has just unleashed Reamde, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom which has unwittingly triggered a war that’s creating chaos not only in the virtual universe but in the real one as well. Neal Stephenson is at his best in this novel, with wit and characters that you will never forget. – Siobhan


And of course, For the Bookworm:

9) Canada by Richard Ford
Canada is the story of a young man, Dell, who is shipped off to Saskatchewan after his parents are arrested for armed robbery. Critics are already calling this new novel from Richard Ford a ‘masterpiece’ and if your dad is a literary buff he will savor every brilliant word. – Shannon


10) What I Did by Christopher Wakling
When a six-year old boy is spanked by his father for running into the road, lives are forever altered. Within an hour social services are contacted and the family plunged into a never ending nightmare. Thrust into the middle of this feud is Billy, our six-year old narrator who at times is hilarious and insightful about the situation surrounding him. – Siobhan

Not seeing a book for your dad on this list? Tweet to us @SavvyReader and we’ll help you find one.
A very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

– Shannon, Siobhan, Steph & Heather

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