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Book Thoughts: Buzz (Thor Hanson)

Hanson, Thor - Buzz


Title: Buzz
Author:  Thor Hanson
Genre: Non-Fiction / Natural World
First published: 10 July 2018 by Basic Books
Edition: E-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

This was just the type of non-fiction book I like reading, which meant that I learned a lot from it without having the feeling I am being lectured to.

Thor Hanson has a wonderful way of explaining the world of bees, as if he is telling the reader about his discoveries as he delves deeper into this fascinating (and essential) group of insects. The passion the author has for his subject is clear and he explained things very well without getting too preachy or scientific. I loved the way he involved his young son occasionally in the narrative, as it is so important we teach our children the importance to take care of the world around us. Teaching our children to love nature is to teach them to love the world.

I enjoyed finding out about various types of bees, their behaviours and the way small changes to their environment can have major consequences. What I took away from this book is that the issues bees seem to have around the globe can be fixed if we only put a bit of effort in.

I read a similar book, Our Native Bees (Paige Embry), last year, which ended up being one of my favourite reads of the year and this one was pretty special as well. I seem to like the subject of bees!

6 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: Our Native Bees (Paige Embry)

Embry, Paige - Our Native Bees


Title: Our Native Bees
Author: Paige Embry
Genre: Non-Fiction / Natural History
First published: to be published 17 January 2018 by Timber Press
Edition: ARC e-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

‘North America’s endangered pollinators and the fight to save them.’

I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it. I love nature and I love bees. The connection between earth’s diversity and bees has always intrigued me and this book seemed right up my street.

I really connected with the way this book is written. The writing is casual and does not assume prior knowledge. It is written in layman’s terms and anyone would be able to get on with this book. It is beautiful images of all sorts of bees and other insects.

The author’s love for bees shines through and as her knowledge of bees grows, so does ours. It made me want to keep a closer eye on the bees that zoom about in my garden (on a different continent).

This book looks at the efforts it takes to grow some of the foods that end up on your table and how bees are connected to them. It also touches on how you could improve your world to be a better place for bees to be. Also, I never knew that there were so many different types of bee.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be looking to get a physical copy when it is published in January 2018, partly to take a better look at those gorgeous photographs.

7 out of 7 stars (!!!)