I am a librarian’s daughter. For Christmas I received a hefty chunk of gift card credit for Amazon.com, and while it’s true that you can by pretty much anything on Amazon these days, to me Amazon still means one thing and one thing only: books.
I spent the past month and a half contemplating what books I wanted to add to my library. I’d add different combinations to my virtual shopping cart, seeing what the total cost came to, trying to decide which ones I would find most interesting and useful. Well, today I finally settled on four and made my order.
- The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior: I love Sibley’s work. The Sibley Guide to Birds is pretty much my bible, and this companion volume is something I’ve been interested in for a while. Every bird family found in North America gets a chapter detailing its natural history.
- Peterson Field Guide to Animal Tracks: The very first post on this blog was about animal tracks in the snow. Like everyone, I can recognize deer and raccoon tracks when I see them, but I’d like to know more.
- Drawing Birds, by John Busby: Another skill I know just enough about to know how much I don’t know. (I’m hoping this book will give me the motivation to actually practice regularly!)
- Elemental South: An Anthology of Southern Nature Writing: Been wanting ever since I paged through it in the bookstore here on the island.
If anyone’s interested I’d be happy to write reviews for any or all of these, once they arrive and I’ve had some time to use/read them. Books! Yay!