Looking for a great gift for dad this Father’s Day? Here are 15 books we think your dad would love, and we’ve even suggested a couple of fun gift ideas to pair with each book, so you’ve got the perfect present to celebrate dad.
1. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Greg Iles is back with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet. If your dad loves crime, lies, and secrets past then this mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage will be just the ticket!
Pair it with: The movie True Grit, for some additional Southern atmosphere to complete the package.
2. The Holmes Manual by Mike Holmes
For the handy man dad who loves to tackle all sorts of homeowner issues (without the help of paid professionals). From top to bottom, outside to inside, Mike answers homeowners’ most common questions and provides solutions for everyday problems.
Pair it with: These super cool tool pens from neatoshop.com!
3. Guy on Fire by Guy Fieri
Doesn’t every dad just love to grill? Guy on Fire is guaranteed to get him firing up the grill whether he’s tailgating for game day, hosting a summer BBQ, or simply whipping up a backyard feast.
Pair it with: The igrill, a handy grill side tool to make sure nothing burns (especially egos).
4. Want You Dead by Peter James
For dads who love a good mystery, the 10th book in Peter James’ multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace will be just what the doctor ordered.
Pair it with: A Diamond-Etched Magnifying Glass. Mysterious yet practical!
5. Think Like a Freak By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Perhaps it’s about time your dad started thinking like a freak. This must-have handbook for decision-making, will radically transform the way your dad looks at every aspect life.
Pair it with: A lumosity.com subscription, to help train the aging brain.
6. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Is halloween your dads favourite time of year? Maybe he loves getting goose bumps when he watches a good horror flick? Well Bird Box will certainly have him on the edge of his seat. Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world.
Pair it with: An Alfred Hitchcock boxed set or even a night in watching The Walking Dead.
7. How to Add Value to Your Home by Scott McGillivray
For the dad who wants that added value, Scott shows homeowners and investors how they can make the most of their home investment. It covers the renovations that make sense, the large and small ways to add value as well as the “when” and “how” to add a rental suite to your home.
Pair it with: An offer to help paint the garage or to lend a hand the next time dad wants to do something around the house.
8. Solo: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd
Does your dad sometimes rock the Sean Connery accent? For fans of all things Bond comes Solo—a gripping thriller and tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists—a masterful study of power and how it’s wielded.
Pair it with: A Cocktail set or perhaps an old fashioned shaving cream kit—for the classy man.
9. Iron and Rust by Harry Sidebottom
Calling all history buff fathers! Iron & Rust, the first book in a major new series, creates a world both sophisticated and brutal, yet firmly rooted in history; a world of intrigue, murder, passion and war, a world where men will kill to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.
Pair it with: Some Game of Thrones swag, perhaps a stein or pint glass?
10. Anchorboy by Jay Onrait
For the dad who thinks he’s funny (but usually isn’t), comes a book of essays and stories featuring the rise of a small town prairie boy and his journey to broadcasting in the big city. But, it’s not what you think. These are not tales of triumph, but the humorous stories his fans and viewers have been waiting for.
Pair it with: Tickets to a sports game or maybe tickets to a comedy show, you be the judge.
11. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris
Dads sometimes just want to geek out over what they know best, and if your dad is a fan of video games or perhaps even just good business then Console Wars is for him! A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.
Pair it with: A trip to Playdium or a night in playing some classic video games. Bonding time like no other.
12. The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stewart & Susan Mustafa
True crime is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if your dad enjoys watching America’s Most Wanted or even CSI then this compelling and unbelievable true story will knock his socks off. The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.
Pair it with: A genealogy chart from Ancestry.ca to show (hopefully) there are no relations to murderers in your family.
13. President Me by Adam Carolla
Is your dad into politics? What about people poking fun at politics? In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement.
Pair it with: Some presidential cufflinks or a relaxing trip to the golf course.
14. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
For the dad who isn’t afraid to explore every possible outcome of a situation comes a masterful European bestseller. A brilliantly intricate murder mystery, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination and a love story like no other, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will have your dad guessing until the final few pages.
Pair it with: A family murder mystery game night!
15. Struck By Genius By Jason Padgett
Is dad sometimes a bit of a brainiac? Struck By Genius might be the book to tickle his fancy. No one sees the world the way Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, he has the ability to taste shapes, hear colours and see numbers as geometric objects. His fascinating and inspiring story of the abilities that potentially lie hidden within us all reveals how much we still have to learn about the wondrous potential of the human brain.
Pair it with: A trip to the science centre, or something small and challenging for the average dad like a Rubiks cube.
Every dad is different and you are the only one who really knows just what will make him smile. Sending a Happy Father’s Day shout out to all the great dads out there!