I'm making a promise to myself to (finally) read these books over the next two years

I have many books.

Please note that I did not write "too many" books. Just many. And I'm still collecting them and people still give them to me as gifts, but for the last several years I've been pretty busy with work, university and family, so reading purely for pleasure has taken a backseat.

That's not to say I haven't enjoyed reading some of my textbooks!

During my studies, I used (and bought!) all of the following textbooks:

  • Biology - Campbell et al. (2008)
  • A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology - Knisely (2009)
  • Chemistry: The Central Science - Brown et al. (2006)
  • SI Chemical Data - Aylward & Findlay (2007)
  • Schaum's Outline of Basic Mathematics with Applications to Science and Technology - Kruglak et al. (2009)
  • Mathematical Methods for Science and Economics - Goldstein & Haessler (2009)
  • Mind on Statistics - Utts & Heckard (2009)
  • Introductory Statistics with R - Dalgaard (2002)
  • Evolutionary Analysis - Freeman & Herron (2006)
  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics - Beauchamp & Walters (2006)
  • A Field Guide to Insects in Australia - Zborowski & Storey (2010)
  • The Insects: An Outline of Entomology - Gullan & Cranston (2010)
  • Ecology: An Australian Perspective - Attiwill & Wilson (2006)
  • Australian Freshwater Ecology: Processes and Management - Boulton & Brock (1999)
  • Marine Ecology - Connell & Gillanders (2007)
  • Vertebrate Life - Pough et al. (2008)
  • Seeing Further - Bryson (2010)
  • Invertebrate Zoology - Ruppert et al. (2003)
  • Kangaroo: Portrait of an Extraordinary Marsupial - Jackson & Vernes (2010)
  • Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management - Sinclair et al. (2005)
  • Animal Physiology - Hill et al. (2008)
  • Practical Conservation Biology - Lindenmayer & Burgman (2005)
  • Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind - Quammen (2004)
  • Perspectives on Animal Behaviour - Goodenough et al. (2009)
  • Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide - Martin et al. (2007)
  • Ecological Restoration - Clewell & Aronson (2013)
  • Insect-Plant Biology - Schoonhoven et al. (2005)
  • Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles - Simmons & Ridsdill-Smith (2011)
  • Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution - Koricheva et al. (2013)

Now, I don't claim to have read every single word printed on each and every one of their pages, but some I did read from cover to cover, and others I look forward to going back to re-read/finish with fresh eyes. Some of the titles were also only "recommendations"; in other words, they weren't prescribed/mandatory but, being a salary-earning book-lover, I just had to own a copy.

These textbooks, of course, don't include the countless journal articles I also read as part of my undergraduate studies - some as mandatory parts of my weekly learning, others as suggested readings, and still more that I cited in numerous assignments. There would have been thousands, I'm sure.

Just some of my books.

Just some of my books.

So, with all this reading required of me, I stopped reading purely for pleasure, and my must-read list has just been growing and growing. As a result, I am making a promise to myself to read/finish these books over the next two years while I complete my postgraduate research degree.

The lists is made up of:

  • Natural Curiosity: Unseen Art of the First Fleet - Anemaat (2014)
  • Under Ground: How Creatures of Mud and Dirt Shape our World - Baskin (2005)
  • A Buzz in the Meadow - Goulson (2014)
  • Last Chance to See - Adams & Carwardine (1990)
  • Nabokov's Butterflies - Nabokov (2000)
  • Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predators in the Jungles of History and the Mind - Quammen (2004)
  • Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society - Bryson (2010)
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients - Goldacre (2012)
  • The Explainer: From Deja Vu to Why the Sky is Blue and Other Conundrums - The Conversation (2013)
  • Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic - Quammen (2012)
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Dawkins (2009)
  • The Selfish Gene - Dawkins (2006)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bryson (2003)
  • Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal - Owen & Pemberton (2011)
  • Kangaroo: Portrait of an Extraordinary Marsupial - Jackson & Vernes (2010)
  • A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold (1966)
  • An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches - Smirnova (2011)
  • The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge - James (2008)
  • In Quest of a Mermaid - Williams (1960)
  • The Red Centre: Man and Beast in the Heart of Australia - Findlayson (1952)

I have many more unread books on my shelves, of course, but these are the ones that have been teasing me for quite a few years now, hence this promise I'm making to myself.

Stay tuned for the odd book review!