I have reviewed 31 books on this blog this year – three more than last year.
Some of these are sent to me by publishers or authors, some I simply go out and buy.
Which books you like is as personal a choice as what music you like. But for what it’s worth, here are my top five books of 2015, the next five (in no particular order) and the rest (a list which contains many entertaining reads).
Book of the Year: Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
Undoubtedly this blog’s ‘Book of the Year’ – about nature, about Chris Packham, about childhood, about the 1970s and about Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s literature not writing and it’s a book that will last a long time.
Written by a leading member of the NGO movement for the last few decades this is a fascinating insight into how landscapes have been valued and protected over the years – and a little bit about how wildlife has lost out.
3. Bring Back the King by Helen Pilcher
Can we bring species back from extinction using traces of their DNA? But should we?
4. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter (ed Melissa Harrison)
Four volumes of seasonal writing about nature – get them all.
A year of eating only meat that the author had killed herself. How did it go? Could you do the same?
The rest of the ‘Top 10’ in no particular order:
Britain’s Birds by Rob Hume et al
Those were my ‘Top 10’ and here are another bunch of really good books in no particular order:
Cat Wars by Peter Marra and Chris Santella My review
The Life of the Robin by David Lack My review
Speaking Out by Ed Balls My review
Rivers Run by Kevin Parr My review
Wild Island by Jane Smith My review
The Keartons by John Bevis My review
Wild Kingdom by Stephen Moss My review
Shetland by Ann Cleeves My review
The Sacred Combe by Simon Barnes My review
Nightingales in November by Mike Dilger My review
How did we get into this mess by George Monbiot My review
No Way but Gentlenesse by Richard Hines My review
Raptor by James MacDonald Lockhart My review
An Unreliable History of Tattoos by Paul Thomas My review
Walking with Birds by Colin Whittle My review
Devon Bird Atlas by Stella Beavan and Mike Lock My review
A Sky Full of Birds by Matt Merritt My review
The Nature of Sex by Carin Bondar My review