Fiction Books For Dad

We recently shared a list of great nonfiction books for dad, so now it is time to share a list of great fiction books for dad.

Our family loves nonfiction and that is mainly what the guys in our family read, but the guys in our family do read some fiction.

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We decided it was time to share some of our favorite fiction books for dads and guys. We wanted to share a list of fiction books for dad that were a little different than other lists. Some of these books are not books you probably see on your normal list of books for guys.

Hopefully, this helps you find a new fiction book for the guys in your life.

And as always this list contains only books that we have read and can recommend.

Fiction Books For Dad

The Thursday Murder Club book

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. The Thursday Murder Club and the follow up book The Man Who Died Twice are great for the guys in your life that love murder mysteries. I loved this series set in a retirement community in an English village.

This is not an action packed thriller, but it is a fun mystery read. You can find my full review of The Thursday Murder Club here and The Man Who Died Twice here.

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir. If the guy in your life likes Science Fiction and hasn’t read The Martian, it might be a book he would love. It is an amazing hard sci-fi that feels like a story that we could see happen in the future.

Project Hail Mary Book

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. This is another book was super popular when it came out last year. If you have a Science Fiction fan in your life they might really enjoy this one.

Jayber Crow Book

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. Wendell Berry is great for both men and women, but I think Jayber Crow is a great book for a guy to read if they want to give Wendell Berry a try.

Jayber Crow follows the life of a barber in a small rural town. That may sound boring, but this book is far from boring. I gave this book to my dad to read and he really enjoyed it. I think this is a fiction book any dad, young or old, could enjoy.

You can read our full review of Jayber Crow here.

More Things On Heaven and Earth

More Things On Heaven and Earth by Jeff High. This one is a great book for a guy that loves books like Jayber Crow or slower quiet reads. This book follows the life of a doctor as he begins his career in a small town in Tennessee.

If you have ever lived in a small rural town, you will be able to relate to a lot of the things that happen in this book. I grew up in very small town in the middle of no where and I could relate to so much of this book.

You can read my full review of More Things On Heaven and Earth here.

2001: a Space Odyssey

2001: Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. Did you know that there is a book that the classic movie was published at the same time? The author worked with the film and had this book written before the movie was done. If you loved the 2001: Space Odyssey movie this is a great book to read. It will probably help you understand the movie better.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. This book makes the list because it is a book that my dad enjoyed. I read it and really liked it. He read it after hearing me talk about it and he enjoyed it too.

It is the story is of a Major, who is a retired widower that lives in an English village. He forms an unlikely friendship with a shopkeeper. 

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This is technically a YA book, but if your husband or dad didn’t read this as a teen this is probably a book that they would enjoy. Hatchet has been described as a riveting and powerful survival story. This would be a quick read for an adult, but I think almost any guy will enjoy this one.

The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali. I think The Stationery Shop was marketed mainly for women. The cover is definitely geared towards women, but I think this is a book that men and women would enjoy.

The Stationery Shop is set in 1953 Tehran. That is a time and place I knew very little about and I am guessing that I am not the only one. This is a story about lost love, but it is also about so much more. The author does an amazing job describing the city, the people, and the food of 1953 Tehran.

Deep River

Deep River by Karl Marlantes. I bought this book on vacation a couple of years ago because they book is set in the area that I grew up in.

Deep River is an epic family saga set in the Pacific Northwest. The author does a great job describing the setting and time period. This shares a story about a time and place I don’t think a lot of people know about it. This is one that I think men and women would enjoy.

Be sure to read my review on this one because it does have a couple of disclaimers about PG-13 content and a couple of things in the book that I didn’t enjoy.

The Shadow Riders book vs movie

Books by Louis L’amour. We can’t have a book list for guys without including Louis L’amour. My father inlaw owned every book by Louis L’amour. My husband read the majority of them when we was younger.

A few years ago my father-in-law gave his Louis L’amour collection to my daughter. She has since read almost all of them. If you know someone that loves old westerns and hasn’t read Louis L’amour one of his books would make a great gift.

Since the guys in our family read more nonfiction than fiction, we would love to hear your fiction book recommendation for guys. Please leave a comment letting us know your favorites.

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