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The Best Science and Nature Books of 2019 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Science and Nature books released in 2019?” We looked at 224 of the top Science and Nature books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Science and Nature” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 175+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2019 Articles:

Our Other Years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 29 Best Science and Nature Books From 2019



29 .) Because Internet: Understanding The New Rules of Language written by Gretchen McCulloch

Because Internet: Understanding The New Rules of Language

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Science Friday

The internet isn’t the first technology to alter how we communicate, but it is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. The programmers behind the apps and platforms we use decide how our conversations are structured



28 .) Bottle of Lies written by Katherine Eban

Bottle of Lies

Lists It Appears On:

  • Science Friday
  • Kirkus Reviews

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From an award-winning journalist, an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-threatening dangers on a global scale—The Jungle for pharmaceuticals Many have hailed the widespread use



27 .) Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution written by Beth Gardiner

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Library Journal

Nothing is as elemental, as essential to human life, as the air we breathe. Yet around the world, in rich countries and poor ones, it is quietly poisoning us. Air pollution prematurely kills seven million people every year, including more than one hundred



26 .) Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come written by Richard Preston

Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads

The 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever–but the outbreaks continue. Now comes a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, an urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses–from the #1 bestselling author



25 .) Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus written by Steven Strogatz

Infinite Powers: The Story of Calculus

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Five Books 2

From preeminent math personality and author of The Joy of x, a brilliant and endlessly appealing explanation of calculus – how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better. Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound.



24 .) Midnight at Chernobyl written by Adam Higginbotham

Midnight at Chernobyl

Lists It Appears On:

  • Science Friday
  • Amazon

–THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER– ‘An invaluable contribution to history.’ Serhii Plokhy, Evening Standard ‘Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobyl is wonderful and chilling … written wit



23 .) No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us written by Rachel Louise Snyder

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal 2
  • Kirkus Reviews

“A seminal and breathtaking account of why home is the most dangerous place to be a woman . . . A tour de force.” -Eve Ensler “Terrifying, courageous reportage from our internal war zone.” -Andrew Solomon “Extraordinary.” -New York Times ,“Editor’s Choice”



22 .) Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber written by Mike Isaac

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Evening Standard

New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller A New York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time. In June 2017, Travis



21 .) The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays written by Esmé Weijun Wang

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Lists It Appears On:

  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • NPR

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, Th



20 .) The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last written by Azra Raza

The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Smithsonian Magazine 2

A world-class oncologist’s devastating and deeply personal examination of cancer We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet — a few innovations notwithstanding — a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one



19 .) The Ice at the End of the World written by Jon Gertner

The Ice at the End of the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Science Friday
  • Library Journal

Greenland: a remote, mysterious, ice-covered rock with a population of just 56,000, has evolved from one of earth’s last physical frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. Locked within that vast ‘white desert’ are some of our planet’s most profound



18 .) The Mosquito: A Human History Of Our Deadliest Predator written by Timothy C. Winegard

The Mosquito: A Human History Of Our Deadliest Predator

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • NPR

A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity’s fate Why was gin



17 .) The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead In A Reckless Age written by Bina Venkataraman

The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead In A Reckless Age

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Science Friday

We live in a time of instant gratification, where we have forgotten to consider the long-term consequences of our actions. Whether it’s decision about out health, our finances or our jobs, we lack the tools we need to choose what’s best for the future. In



16 .) The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir written by Steffanie Strathdee

The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads

A “fascinating and terrifying” (Scientific American) memoir of one woman’s extraordinary effort to save her husband’s life-and the discovery of a forgotten cure that has the potential to save millions more. Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husban



15 .) The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter written by Paul J. Steinhardt

The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books 2
  • Five Books 4

One of the most fascinating scientific detective stories of the last fifty years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. “A riveting tale of derring-do” (Nature), this book reads like James Gleick’s Chaos combined with an Indiana Jones adventure. When



14 .) This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West. written by Christopher Ketcham

This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West.

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus Reviews 2
  • National Outdoor Book Awards

A hard-hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West–and a plea for the protection of these last wild places The public lands of the western United States comprise some 450 million acres of grassland, steppe



13 .) Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World written by David Owen

Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal
  • Science Friday

Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss. Faced with the cost and stigma of hearing aids, the natural human tendency is to do nothing and hope for the best, usually while pretending that nothing is wrong. In Volume Control, David Owen argues this ina



12 .) We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast written by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads

Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to ac



11 .) Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death written by Caitlin Doughty and Dianné Ruz

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Amazon

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition. Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What wo



10 .) Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past written by Sarah Parcak

Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Science Friday
  • Kirkus Reviews 2

National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the exciting new world of space archaeology, a growing field that is sparking extraordinary discoveries from ancient civilizations across the globe. In Archaeology from Spac



9 .) Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait written by Bathsheba Demuth

Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Kirkus Reviews 2

A groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between capitalism, communism, and Arctic ecology since the dawn of the industrial age. Whales and walruses, caribou and fox, gold and oil: through the stories of these animals and resources, Bathsheba Demut



8 .) How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World Problems written by Randall Munroe

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-World Problems

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

The world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong wa



7 .) The Body: A Guide for Occupants written by Bill Bryson

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • Smithsonian Magazine 2

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER _______ ‘A directory of wonders.’ – The Guardian ‘Jaw-dropping.’ – The Times ‘Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson…an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.’ – The Sunday Times ‘It is a feat of narrative skill to bak



6 .) Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men written by Caroline Criado Perez

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Five Books 2
  • Goodreads
  • Smithsonian Magazine 2

THE #3 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Discover the shocking gender bias that affects our everyday lives ‘A rallying cry to fight back’ Sunday Times ‘Press this into the hands of everyone you know. It is utterly brilliant!’ Helena Kennedy ‘A game-changer; an uncom



5 .) Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves written by Frans de Waal

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus Reviews 2
  • Library Journal

Mama’s Last Hug is a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals– beginning with Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. Her story and others like it show that humans are not the only species wi



4 .) Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime written by Sean Carroll

Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • symmetry
  • GeekWire

Quantum physics is not mystifying. Its implications may be mind-bending, and not yet fully understood, but the theory is illuminating. It is the best explanation of reality we have. And no, God does not play dice with the universe. Spanning the history of



3 .) Superior: The Return of Race Science written by Angela Saini

Superior: The Return of Race Science

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Library Journal
  • Smithsonian Magazine 2
  • Science Friday

“In Superior award-winning science writer Angela Saini explores the concept of race, past and present. She examines the dark roots of race research and how race has again crept gently back into science and medicine. And she investigates the people who use



2 .) The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming written by David Wallace-Wells

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Lists It Appears On:

  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Goodreads
  • NPR
  • Kirkus Reviews 2

“The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”–Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominate



1 .) Underland: A Deep Time Journey written by Robert MacFarlane

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Kirkus Reviews 2
  • National Outdoor Book Awards

The unmissable new book from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words ‘You’d be crazy not to read this book’ The Sunday Times ‘Underland is a magnificent feat of writing, travelling and thinking that feels genuine




The 175+ Additional Best Science and Nature Books Released In 2019



#BooksAuthorsLists
301,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World as You’ve Never Seen It BeforePatricia Schultz
Fodor’s Travel
31100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding Alex Frith (illustratedFederico Mariani and Parko Polo)Five Books
32101 Outdoor Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
33
150 Nature Hot Spots in California: The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
3450 Things to Do with a PenknifeMatt Collins
Waterstones
35A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st CenturyJason DeParle
Library Journal 2
36A History of Video Games in 64 Objects 
Den of Geek
37
A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control
 
Strategy + Business
38A PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNITY: FROM CANTERBURY TO ROME IN SEARCH OF A FAITHTimothy Egan
Kirkus Reviews 2
39A Short Philosophy of BirdsPhilippe J. Dubois, Elise Rousseau
Waterstones
40A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical MisadventuresEric SchwitzgebelFive Weeks
41A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to TwitterAndrew HuiFive Weeks
42Agency: GeekWire
43AMS Page-A-Day CalendarEvelyn Lamb (American Mathematical Society)symmetry
44AN ELEGANT DEFENSE: THE EXTRAORDINARY NEW SCIENCE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: A TALE IN FOUR LIVESMatt Richtel
Kirkus Reviews
45Ansel Adams’ Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints 
Fodor’s Travel
46At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First SecondsDan Hoopersymmetry
47B is for BabyAtinuke; illustrated by Angela Brooksbank
North Olympic Library System
48Becoming Beauvoir: A LifeKate KirkpatrickFive Weeks
49Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko HaramIsha Sesay
Library Journal 2
50Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society Goodreads
51Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Goodreads
52Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects 
Smithsonian Magazine 2
53Cabin Porn: InsideZach Klein
Fodor’s Travel
54Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect PredatorsRonan Farrow
Library Journal 2
55Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass IncarcerationEmily Bazelon
Library Journal 2
56Children of Virtue and Vengeance 
Den of Geek
57Chilling Adventures in Sorcery 
Den of Geek
58Clearing the Air: The Beginning and End of Air PollutionTim Smedley
Five Books 2
59
Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
 
Strategy + Business
60Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide To Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth To PreschoolEmily OsterNPR
61Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human AgainEric Topol
Science Friday
62Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World Goodreads
63Don’t be Evil: How big tech betrayed its founding principles – and all of usRana Foroohar
Evening Standard
64Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly BearBryce Andrews
Library Journal
65Down in the ValleyLaurie Lee
Waterstones
66
Drawn to the Deep: The Remarkable Underwater Explorations of Wes Skiles.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
67Dune: Deluxe EditionFrank Herbert
Den of Geek
68Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe 
Smithsonian Magazine 2
69Eight Master Lessons of NatureGary Ferguson
Waterstones
70Einstein’s Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the UnseeableSeth Fletchersymmetry
71Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black HolesChris Impeysymmetry
72Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the QuantumLee Smolinsymmetry
73Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War IMatthew Stanleysymmetry
74EMPTY PLANET: THE SHOCK OF GLOBAL POPULATION DECLINEDarrell Bricker
Kirkus Reviews 2
75
End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals
 
Smithsonian Magazine 2
76Exhalation: Stories: GeekWire
77
Extinct Monsters to Deep Time: Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls
 
Smithsonian Magazine
78Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell OurselvesGeorge Estreich
Science Friday
79FENTANYL, INC.: HOW ROGUE CHEMISTS ARE CREATING THE DEADLIEST WAVE OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMICBen Westhoff
Kirkus Reviews
80Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
81Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of ThronesRebecca C. Thompson (with foreword by Sean Carroll)symmetry
82Firefly: The Big Damn CookbookChelsea Monroe-Cassel
Den of Geek
83Fodor’s Inside Guides 
Fodor’s Travel
84Fry Bread: A Native American Family StoryKevin Noble Maillard; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
North Olympic Library System
85Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of ConsciousnessPhilip GoffFive Weeks
86Gideon: The NinthTamsyn Muir
Den of Geek
87
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century
 
Smithsonian Magazine
88Good To Go: What The Athlete In All Of Us Can Learn From The Strange Science Of RecoveryChristie AschwandenNPR
89Gravity’s Century: From Einstein’s Eclipse to Images of Black HolesRon Cowensymmetry
90
Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and his Restless Drive to Save the West.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
91Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity Goodreads
92Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of InventionKathryn D. Sullivansymmetry
93Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition 
Den of Geek
94Horizon Guardian
95How To Be an AntiracistIbram X Kendi
Library Journal 2
96How To Build A Dragon Or Die Trying: A Satirical Look At Cutting-Edge SciencePaul Knoepfler and Julie KnoepflerNPR
97How to do nothing: Resisting the attention economyJenny Odell
Evening Standard
98
Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery
 
Smithsonian Magazine
99
Imagined Life: A Speculative Journey Among the Exoplanets in Search of Intelligent Aliens, Ice Creatures and Supergravity Animals:
 GeekWire
100In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle With OpioidsTravis RiederNPR
101In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch Amazon
102
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
 Goodreads
103Inner Ranges: An Anthology of Mountain Thoughts. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
104Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars David Stabler (illustratedAnoosha Syed)Five Books
105Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in AmericaChristopher Leonard
Library Journal 2
106Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To Goodreads
107
Light From the Void: Twenty Years of Discovery With NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory:
 GeekWire
108
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
 
Strategy + Business
109Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of FoodLenore Newman
Science Friday
110Making With States of MatterAnna ClaybourneFive Books
111Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
112Matter: A Very Short IntroductionGeoff Cottrellsymmetry
113MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE: A THERAPIST, HER THERAPIST, AND OUR LIVES REVEALEDLori Gottlieb
Kirkus Reviews
114Mindf*ck: Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Plot to Break the worldChristopher Wylie
Evening Standard
115Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative FictionLisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson
Den of Geek
116Moths: A Complete Guide to Biology and BehaviorDavid Lees and Alberto Zilli
Science Friday
117My First Book of New YorkIngela P. Arrhenius
Fodor’s Travel
118NessRobert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood
Waterstones
119Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction Goodreads
120No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of RelativityDaniel Kenneficksymmetry
121Opium: How An Ancient Flower Shaped And Poisoned Our WorldJohn H. Halpern and David BlisteinNPR
122Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History 
Smithsonian Magazine 2
123OUR WILD CALLING: HOW CONNECTING WITH ANIMALS CAN TRANSFORM OUR LIVES―AND SAVE THEIRSRichard Louv
Kirkus Reviews 2
124Parkland: Birth of a MovementDave Cullen
Library Journal 2
125
Peary’s Arctic Quest: Untold Stories from Robert E. Peary’s North Pole Expeditions
 
Smithsonian Magazine
126Philosophy for Polar ExplorersErling Kagge
Waterstones
127Planetarium: Welcome to the Museum Raman Prinja (illustratedChris Wormell)Five Books
128Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions That Changed How We Look at the UniverseS. James Gates Jr. and Cathie Pelletiersymmetry
129Resistance Reborn: Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerRebecca Roanhorse
Den of Geek
130Return to SenderPaul Kelly
Fodor’s Travel
131River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
132Savage GodsPaul Kingsnorth
Five Books 3
133Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern IrelandPatrick Radden Keefe
Library Journal 2
134Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami On America’s ShoresOrrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. PilkeyNPR
135Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia 
Smithsonian Magazine
136
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
 
Smithsonian Magazine
137Seashaken HousesTom Nancollas
Waterstones
138Seven Worlds One PlanetJonny Keeling, Scott Alexander
Waterstones
139
Sierra Summits: A Guide to Fifty Peak Experiences in California’s Range of Light.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
140Six Impossible Things: The ‘Quanta of Solace’ and the Mysteries of the Subatomic WorldJohn Gribbin
Five Books 2
141Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save UsRuth Kassinger
Library Journal
142Small WorldIshta Mercurio, illustratedNPR
143Socrates in Love: The Making of a PhilosopherArmand D’AngourFive Weeks
144Solitary 
Smithsonian Magazine
145Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated SeriesAaron Harvey, Rich Schepis, and Saturday Morning Trek
Den of Geek
146Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy 
Den of Geek
147Strange Planet: GeekWire
148Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic TableKit Chapman
Science Friday
149SurfacingKathleen Jamie
Five Books 3
150The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! 
Den of Geek
151THE ADVENTURES OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDTAndrea Wulf
Kirkus Reviews 2
152The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Guardian
153The AlmanacLia Leendertz
Waterstones
154The Andromeda Evolution: GeekWire
155The Archive Of Alternate EndingsLindsey DraggerNPR
156
The Art of Game of Thrones, The Official Book of Design From Seasons 1 to 8
 
Den of Geek
157The Art Of Statistics: How To Learn From DataDavid SpiegelhalterNPR
158
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
 
Den of Geek
159The Bacteria Book: The Big World of Really Tiny MicrobesSteve MouldFive Books
160The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic BombSam Kean
Science Friday
161The Bee BibleSally Coulthard
Waterstones
162The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated EditionUrsula K. Le Guin
Den of Geek
163The City in the Middle of the NightCharlie Jane Anders
Den of Geek
164The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across CaliforniaMark Arax
Library Journal
165THE EDGE OF EVERY DAY: SKETCHES OF SCHIZOPHRENIAMarin Sardy
Kirkus Reviews
166The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home Mike Barfield (illustratedLauren Humphrey)Five Books
167The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social MediaKate Eichhorn
Science Friday
168
The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
 
Smithsonian Magazine 2
169The Future of Another TimelineAnnalee Newitz
Den of Geek
170The Gendered BrainGina Rippon
Five Books 4
171The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
172
The Greatest Beach: A History of the Cape Cod National Seashore
 
Smithsonian Magazine
173The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the PresentDavid Treuer
Library Journal 2
174The Hedgehog HandbookSally Coulthard
Waterstones
175The Hidden World of the FoxAdele Brand
Waterstones
176THE HUMAN SWARM: HOW OUR SOCIETIES ARISE, THRIVE, AND FALLMark W. Moffett
Kirkus Reviews
177The Light in the DarkHoratio Clare
Waterstones
178The Lost Forest. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
179The Making of Planet of the Apes 
Den of Geek
180The Mastermind: The hunt for the world’s most prolific criminalEvan Ratliff
Evening Standard
181The Moon: A History for the FutureOliver Morton
Five Books 4
182
The Number of the Heavens: A History of the Multiverse and the Quest to Understand the Cosmos:
 GeekWire
183The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel 
Smithsonian Magazine
184THE OUTLAW OCEAN: JOURNEYS ACROSS THE LAST UNTAMED FRONTIERIan Urbina
Kirkus Reviews 2
185
The Pacific Alone: The Untold Story of Kayaking’s Boldest Voyage.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
186The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook: Salmon, Crab, Oysters, and MoreNaomi Tomky
Fodor’s Travel
187The Phantom of Eternia 
Den of Geek
188The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine 
Den of Geek
189The Private Life of the HareJohn Lewis-Stempel
Waterstones
190
The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World
 
Smithsonian Magazine 2
191The Remarkable Life of the SkinMonty Lyman
Five Books 2
192
The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone’s Underdog
 Amazon
193The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan’s Cherry BlossomsNaoko Abe
Science Friday
194
The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
195THE SEINE: THE RIVER THAT MADE PARISElaine Sciolino
Kirkus Reviews 2
196The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone ConservationAlex Dehgan
Five Books 4
197The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our FeetRichard Paneksymmetry
198The UndefeatedKwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
North Olympic Library System
199THE UNDYING: PAIN, VULNERABILITY, MORTALITY, MEDICINE, ART, TIME, DREAMS, DATA, EXHAUSTION, CANCER, AND CAREAnne Boyer
Kirkus Reviews
200The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature’s Deepest SecretsGraham Farmelosymmetry
201
The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, Volume Three
 
Den of Geek
202The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without TechnologyMark Boyle
Five Books 3
203The Women of the Moon: Tales of Science, Love, Sorrow and CourageDaniel Altschuler and Fernando Ballesteros
Science Friday
204The WorldMichael Politza
Fodor’s Travel
205This is How You Lose the Time WarAmal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
Den of Geek
206THIS VIEW OF LIFE: COMPLETING THE DARWINIAN REVOLUTIONDavid Sloan Wilson
Kirkus Reviews
207Time Song: Searching for DoggerlandJulia Blackburn
Five Books 3
208Tools and Weapons: The promise and peril of the digital ageBrad Smith and Carol Ann Browne
Evening Standard
209
Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers.
 
National Outdoor Book Awards
210Vroom!Barbara McClintock
North Olympic Library System
211Walk This Underground WorldKate Baker
Fodor’s Travel
212Warrior of the AltaiiRobert Jordan
Den of Geek
213Waters of the WorldSarah Dry
Five Books 4
214Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Seven Spiritual Practices in a Scientific AgeRupert Sheldrake
Five Books 3
215
We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity
 
Smithsonian Magazine
216WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE: NOTES FROM A TRANSPLANT SURGEONJoshua D. Mezrich
Kirkus Reviews
217WHY YOU LIKE IT: THE SCIENCE AND CULTURE OF MUSICAL TASTENolan Gasser
Kirkus Reviews
218Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir. 
National Outdoor Book Awards
219WinteringStephen Rutt
Waterstones
220Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best CreameriesKristine Hansen
Fodor’s Travel
221With the Fire on High 
Smithsonian Magazine
222Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction 
Den of Geek
223You Are Home: An Ode to the National ParksEvan Turk
North Olympic Library System
224Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal 
Smithsonian Magazine


25 Best Science and Nature Book Sources/Lists



Source
Amazon
Den of Geek
Evening Standard
Five Books
Five Books 2
Five Books 3
Five Books 4
Five Weeks
Fodor’s Travel
GeekWire
Goodreads
Guardian
Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews 2
Library Journal
Library Journal 2
National Outdoor Book Awards
North Olympic Library System
NPR
Science Friday
Smithsonian Magazine
Smithsonian Magazine 2
Strategy + Business
symmetry
Waterstones

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