Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gifts for Father's Day (Book Review)


In my Gifts for Mother's Day post, I told you that I always love to get a book as a gift. Fortunately, the same is true for my husband. He loves a good book just as much as I do. It makes for easy gift-giving (and very full bookshelves)!

For this Father's Day, I turned to DK Canada's Dads Rock Boutique. This special boutique offers 30% off a wide selection of titles. There's at least one to appeal to every dad, with books about cars, birds, sailing, photography, wine and even Lego!

Picking for my husband is easy. A quick look at his office bookshelves will tell you that this guy can't get enough history books. Probably because he's a high school history teacher. Go figure.


I actually let him have a peek at the titles and he selected "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Warfare: From Ancient Egypt to Iraq." I have to be honest, it's not my type of book, but he's excited about it.



He says one of his students brought this book to school one day and he thought it had very cool images of weapons throughout the years.



A second look at my husband's "office" will show you his other passion - music. In fact, he took the desk out of the office and replaced it with a piano and a bunch of guitars. He wants to buy drums too, but I have one word for that - soundproofing.


Anyway, I found the perfect book to appeal to his love of music. It's not in the Dads Rock Boutique, but I just knew my husband would love it. It's called "Punk: The Whole Story" and it's written by Deborah Harry. Yes, Blondie singer Debbie Harry. I figure she oughta know what she's talking about.



Described as "the definitive story of punk," this book includes interviews with the pioneers of punk, great photos of punk's early days and features on the venues and styles that defined the generation.


If my husband is easy to shop for, my dad could not be more difficult. Isn't this so often the case with older men? (My dad is 86 years old.) Whenever he answers the phone and I ask him what he's up to, he's doing crossword puzzles or watching a hockey (or football) game. He also reads the dictionary because he likes to learn new words. I just love that. Sometimes he reads a do-it-yourself magazine. That's pretty much it. My mom had a look at the Dads Rock Boutique and thought that my dad would enjoy Smithsonian Timelines of History.



It's a beautiful reference book, with close to 500 colourful pages outlining essential historical events from almost 8 million years ago to 2011. The book has bite-size, easily digestible pieces of information, so you can pick it up whenever you have a few moments. Now my dad just might have something new to say when I ask him what he's up to!

Visit the Dads Rock Boutique and see if there's a book your husband or father would enjoy.

What kinds of books do the men in your life like to read?




*I was provided with books for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

8 comments:

  1. It's not a response to your question, but don't Debbie Harry and Kelly Ripa look,alike? That's who I thought it was at first!

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    1. I hadn't thought of it, but you are right! Talk about tiny!

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  2. yep, my husband would enjoy that warfare history book! He likes military history. Me, I find it a bit depressing and when we've visited military sections of museums in the past and he reads every.single.teeny.label for hours, well it drives me nuts.

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    1. That would totally drive me nuts too! I like art galleries. Museums not so much. ;)

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  3. Love! My husband gets enough history (lol) but he adores classic rock & Pink Floyd in particular. And wow, I never noticed that Debbie Harry and Kelly Ripa look alike and it pains me somehow to admit that it might bet true lol!

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    1. I know, you would think mine gets enough history too, but he wanted the book!

      I understand why the resemblance between the two women pains you. ;)

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  4. I LOVE Debbie Harry! She wanted to be her when I was little. After I got over wanting to be Stevie Nicks. These look like great books to peruse!

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    1. She's great! I wanted to be Marilyn Monroe (without the depression and death)! Or Audrey Hepburn. Two very different people, but both amazing. :)

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