Hello there, Savvy Readers!
I hope everyone is being treated well by this beautiful June month! Just in case you’ve forgotten, the beginning of June means that Father’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re buying for your father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or friend, make sure you buy them something that they’ll love. I’ve collected some of my favourite releases this year that I thought would make excellent gifts for any father figure out there! Check it out!
Something for the Fans of Fiction
The Fireman, Joe Hill
A terrible plague is spreading like wildfire across the country. Its victims become marked by beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies that eventually cause them to burst into flames. In the midst of this chaos, Harper Grayson encounters the Fireman. A man marked by Dragonscale but who seems to have learned to control it. Harper must learn his secrets in order to survive. The Fireman is a brand new release that has already hit Canadian bestseller lists!
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All, Jonas Jonasson
Hitman Anders, recently released from prison, encounters a hotel receptionist and an atheist vicar with a plan. The three go into business together and begin to take over the Swedish underground. But when Hitman Anders turns to Jesus for Big Answers, their plans go awry. Hitman Anders is the perfect adventure comedy for the man in your life!
The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor
Set in London, 1666. The Great Fire has destroyed the city; St. Paul’s Cathedral has been reduced to ashes. In the ruins, a semi-mummified, mutilated body is found in a tomb that is meant to be empty. James Marwood is called in to investigate the murder and bring in the killer. His investigation takes him across the ruined city and into danger. Fans of historical fiction and adventure will love The Ashes of London!
Predator, Wilbur Smith
Hector Cross is back in this adventure thriller. Cross has taken on formidable opponents all over the world in the past. But now an old enemy has resurfaced and Cross must take the law into his own hands in order bring him down and prevent an international catastrophe. Consider Predator if your father is the type for non-stop action and adventure!
Something for the Sports Fanatic
Change Up, Buck Martinez
Currently an announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays, Buck Martinez has been entrenched in the baseball world for years. Throughout his time, he has witness the sport change drastically — from a grassroots pastime into a booming business. In Change Up, Martinez explores how the game has changed (for better or for worse) and how the industry can reconnect and revamp itself. Change Up is the perfect read for baseball season!
By Chance Alone, Max Eisen
In this heartbreaking memoir, Max Eisen recounts his experiences during the Hungarian deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the back-breaking slave labour in Auschwitz I, the infamous “death march” in January 1945, and the painful aftermath of liberation. By Chance Alone is truly a remarkable read and an important cause — and a portion of Eisen’s own royalties will be donated to institutions promoting tolerance and understanding.
The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman
The View from the Cheap Seats is a collection of Neil Gaiman’s best non-fiction works throughout the years. It explores a variety of topics, including authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
And a Little Something to Inspire
Grit, Angela Duckworth
I know this is a Father’s Day post, but seriously, if you haven’t read Grit yet, you need to! In Grit, psychologist Angela Duckworth explores what trait makes a person the most successful — and it’s not what you’d expect! Rather than talent, Duckworth believes that success comes largely from a focused persistence called “grit.” Grit is the perfect read for anyone looking to succeed or to help someone else to succeed.
How to Be Here, Rob Bell
Each of us was created for something great—we just need to figure out what it is and find the courage to do it. Rob Bell wants to help us make those dreams become reality. Our path is ours and ours alone to pursue, he reminds us, and in doing so, we derive great joy because we are living our passions. How to Be Here lays out concrete steps we can use to define and follow our dreams, and will inspire readers to seek the lives they were created to lead.
Ready to Retire?, Lyndsey Green
Ready to Retire? helps people understand what they and their partners are going through as they meet the new reality of life beyond the workplace. While most books on this subject focus on finances, Lyndsay Green writes more about the psychological implications of retirement.Ready to Retire? is an inspiring portrait of the emotional lives of men who have retired or are considering retirement, and the women (and men) they live with.
So there you have it! Ten perfect gifts to give to the father figure in your life! So let me know in the comments below what you picked up this Father’s Day (or if you’re a Savvy Reader with kids – what did they get you?!).
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