Then, I started getting books about the seas and oceans. Perhaps there is a boom in this field of publishing. I was not expecting it, but I am starting to feel I could test for some college credit in marine biology. I am sure I can now talk very knowledgeably with my old biology major apartment mate Joe about microorganisms and fisheries. Here is a list the marine-related titles that I have read and reviewed to date:
- Demon Fish: Travels through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin
- Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid by Wendy Williams
- Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean's Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter by Ellen Prager
- Bayshore Summer by Peter Dunne
- Arctic Summer by Peter Dunne
- The Great White Bear: A Natural and Unnatural History of the Polar Bear by Kieran Mulvaney
- Fraser's Penguins: A Journey to the Future of Antarctica by Fen Montaigne
- Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms by Richard Fortey
- Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know by Ray Hilborn
- Ocean of Life by Callum Roberts
- Floating Gold: An Unnatural History of Ambergris by Christopher Kemp
- Horseshoe Crab: Biology of a Survivor by Anthony D. Fredericks
- In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish by Matt Rigney
The books at the bottom part of the list are not yet available in stores, but I have gotten to read them already. That is half the fun of being a book reviewer.
I have also found my reviewing has helped at parties. I go to very few, but I actually found myself in a conversation at one about the books of biologist Richard Fortey and was able to say "I've read his forthcoming book." Maybe I will now get more invitations. Everyone wants to know a book reviewer.