Father’s Day is coming up, which means it’s time to force your dads to read. I mean, buy them books because you appreciate and love them. Whatever your reason, this is the perfect opportunity to get your father some amazing books. My dad is not a big reader. By which I mean all the begging in the world cannot get him to read a single book. (I love him anyway.) But these are ten books I’d buy my dad if he ever gives in and agrees to read one:
The Martian by Andy Weir. This is #1 on my list to convince my dad to read one day. As soon as I read it, I knew he’d love it. He still has not read it, but he has watched the movie adaptation approximately one million times. If your dad likes sci-fi or space or science and has not read this yet, he needs this. Trust me. (And if he’s already read it, get him Weir’s newest book, Artemis. Lots of action and an interesting father-daughter relationship.)
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey. If your dad is still upset about the 2016 election or loves making fun of the Commander of Cheese (or, you know, is just interested in politics), he would definitely appreciate this. I really enjoy reading about politics from people who participated in them, and have found books about recent politics to be particularly enlightening.
Educated by Tara Westover. This book made me so much more thankful for my father, because Tara Westover’s father was kind of insane. If you want your dad to see how great of a dad he really was, nothing will enforce that better than this book. It’s one of the craziest memoirs I’ve ever read, and will truly make you (and your dad) see that no matter your family’s shortcomings, they’re really not that bad.
Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. If your dad enjoys cop shows, this is a must-read. It’s a memoir written by a black cop who infiltrated the KKK in the late 1970s. I recently read this and really enjoyed it. Plus, it might make a fun movie for you and your dad to see together when the adaptation comes out in August.
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson is always a safe bet, but this is a particularly amazing book. I was obsessed with it while I was reading it. It’s so amazing and inspiring to see what one man can accomplish. Just be prepared for your dad to take up painting or try to invent something. Good news, he can probably find the anatomy of any animal online without having to dissect it personally. It’s a really inspiring book, and I think any guy with any amount of creativity will love this one.
Factfulness: Ten Reason’s Why We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund. One person I ALWAYS trust for book recommendations is Bill Gates. He is a huge reader and always picks brilliant books. Every time I read a book he recommended, I fall in love. I haven’t gotten to this one yet (I’m planning to start it today) but I am really excited about it. Don’t we all want to know why the world isn’t as bad as we think it is?
Vicious by V. E. Schwab. This is a great mix of fantasy and sci-fi, filled with great gray characters. It’s one of my favorite books, and I think it’s like a slow-burn action movie. I would love to share one of my favorite authors with my dad, and I think he would really enjoy this. Plus, it was just re-released and the sequel is finally coming out soon, so now is the perfect time.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. My dad loves science, and this is easily one of the best – if not THE best – science book I’ve ever read. It’s fun, funny, and highly educational. If your dad even occasionally watches episodes of Cosmos, get him this book.
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. One thing my dad and I always nerd out about is historical technology. This book tells the story of the war between Edison and Westinghouse over the rights to the light bulb. It’s a great book that is well-written and tells a lesser-known story featuring well-know characters like Edison and Nicola Tesla. History nerds will love this.
An American Family by Khizr Khan. My dad is an immigrant who has worked incredibly hard his entire life, so this book definitely hit home. It’s brilliantly written and all about hard work and family. It honestly blew me away, and it still has a special place in my heart. I think my dad would love this book. It really made me think of him while I was reading, and reminded me to appreciate everything he’s done for me.
I would love to hear your suggestions for books you think your father will love! Particularly books by female authors, because I had a hard time coming up with ones I thought my dad would like.
Note: there are no sports books because I’m not into sports and neither is my dad, so I wouldn’t even know where to begin. If you have some recommendations, please share in the comments!
Are you getting your dad a book for Father’s Day?
*The books featured in the header image were generously provided by Flatiron Books to be featured in this post. All opinions are my own.*