This is a post is produced in partnership with Bookworld.
It’s Father’s Day in Australia next weekend. So with 10 days to go, for me it’s a time to be scratching my head wondering what on earth to get my father, father-in-law and my children’s father! Why are men so hard to buy for?
My Dad is not so much the book type. I can remember Dad bragging as we grew up that he got through school reading only one book, and although that one book (apparently it was about a dog) was a memorable book for him and a good read, it never inspired him to read any other novels. So, books are out as a gift for my Dad. Unfortunately he’s very hard to buy for, and even more so now that he has given up drinking, (we don’t know why), but it’s very inconvenient because at least if we were stuck, we could always give him a good bottle of shiraz.
My father-in-law, on the other hand loves books. I think I could click on any of Bookworld’s 12 Dad categories and find a book that he would enjoy from Cooking Dad, to Crime Dad to Aussie Dad. Alex’s Dad reads every night, and whenever we are on holidays with him, he spends a fair bit of his holiday reading as well. Which is cool for me, because I normally end up with a nice pile of books that he leaves behind!
I thought that since Alex is the son of such an avid book lover, and is definitely more academic than my Dad, I would be able to get him books as gifts. For the first several years I carefully chose titles that I thought he would enjoy. He would occasionally read the books or flick through the pages, but he was never really enthralled. I was going to give up on giving him books, when one Christmas I gave him Richard Branson’s autobiography, “Like a Virgin”. We were away at the beach, and it was first time I had ever seen Alex absolutely engrossed in a book. From then on, buying books for Alex has been easy, I just needed to get the formula right! One book a year, two at the most and the book needs to be a biography or autobiography about a business man or woman. Alex’s devours them. The only other thing I see him read is the tax manual. Which, you may be interested to know, is what The Accountant considers light bed time reading. He will often be telling me about some new tax ruling as we are settling down for the night. I shouldn’t complain, it puts me to sleep at least!
In the lead up to Father’s Day, Bookworld is giving away a wonderful Dad’s book pack to Caitlin’s Happy Heart Readers. (The titles are great, I’ve already written down the novels on my list to give the Dad-in-law!)
The books are: Favourites Gary Mehigan; No Safe House Linwood Barclay; Operation Mayhem Steve Heaney MC; The Heist Daniel Silva.
If you would like to give Dad these great books, head over to Bookworld and check out the Dad’s List here. Then come back and tell me, what type of Dad is the Dad(s) you would be buying for and why he/they fits that category.
The winner will be announced next Wednesday the 3rd of September at 8pm on Facebook and on this post. You must leave an email address. If I cannot contact you by Friday 5 Sept. at 9am I will choose a new winner. This is a game of skill, so make sure you insert some creativity into your answer. I would also love it if you “like” Caitlin’s Happy Heart on Facebook, although this is optional.