“Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen – It’s as if the author was secretly dipping into the collective guy consciousness and then expressing it much more clearly than we ever could. Brilliant but annoying. The book has it all: good looks, and the brains to back it up. This is a must read for your man-he’ll learn more about relationships in this one experience than he ever did from his mom-but only if you can get him to commit to the 562 pages, something he can’t experience in the bathroom.
“The Book of Bad” by Christopher Lee Barish – If your guy likes Maxim magazine he’ll love this book. It’s funny, and surprisingly insightful. Although we don’t condone all the topics-chapters on cheating and affairs-some of the introductory paragraphs are laugh out loud funny. And where else can he learn how to create an alias, evade surveillance, or pass a polygraph test?
“The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This book was published in 2001, but if you’re looking for a good mystery-that isn’t your man’s wardrobe, or anything else related to him-this is the book for him. It might also teach him a touch of chivalry, which could go a long way for your relationship.
“Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan – We know it’s a book for kids. Well so what? Your guy will love it for obvious reasons. It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s action packed. It’s already been made into a movie. And if he likes it, there’s a whole series to choose from. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
“The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White – If you’re sick of your guy using “like” every other word, this is the book for him. He’ll learn the basics of writing-not that he’ll care-but it’s short enough where he can consider it bathroom reading. Isn’t that where he absorbs most of life’s lessons? Like seriously.
The E-reader: If you want to take this to the next level, give your guy one of the many choices of e-readers and load them up with all the books listed above. He’ll be psyched. Kindle. The Nook. Sony Reader
And of course there’s always the ipad.
Feel free to ask us about any other title you’re considering. We’ve read all the classics too.
We’ll be adding to this list from time to time.