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The Best Books of 2023 – Science And Nature (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Science And Nature books released in 2023?” We looked at 278 of the top Science And Nature books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 26 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Science And Nature” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 250+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Previous Years: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 26 Best Science And Nature Books From 2023

26.) Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life written by Dacher Keltner

Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life by Dacher Keltner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Next Big Idea Club

Awe is mysterious. How do we begin to quantify the goose bumps we feel when we see the Grand Canyon, or the utter amazement when we watch a child walk for the first time? How do you put into words the collective effervescence of standing in a crowd a…

25.) Black Ops and Beaver Bombing: Adventures with Britain’s Wild Mammals written by Fiona Matthews and Tim Kendall

Black Ops and Beaver Bombing: Adventures with Britain's Wild Mammals by Fiona Matthews and Tim Kendall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Countryfile
  • Waterstones

Countryfile’s best nature and wildlife books for 2023 Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize ‘Elegiac, informative and funny; some truly magical encounters in the wild’ Peter Fiennes Britain is teeming with wildlife, often in the most unexpected places…

24.) Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World written by Helen Czerski

Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World by Helen Czerski

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times
  • Waterstones

All of Earth’s oceans, from the equator to the poles, are a single engine powered by sunlight, driving huge flows of energy, water, life, and raw materials. In The Blue Machine, physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski illustrates the mechanisms beh…

23.) Breaking Through: My Life in Science written by Katalin Karikó

Breaking Through: My Life in Science by Katalin Karikó

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Kirkus Review

Katalin Karikó has had an unlikely journey. The daughter of a butcher in postwar communist Hungary, Karikó grew up in an adobe home that lacked running water, and her family grew their own vegetables. She saw the wonders of nature all around her and …

22.) Grounded: a Journey into the Landscapes of Our Ancestors written by James Canton

Grounded: a Journey into the Landscapes of Our Ancestors by James Canton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Countryfile
  • Waterstones

When James Canton walked into Suffolk’s Lindsey Chapel, it was the beginning of what would become a new journey in his life—hours away from the bustling city of London and distant from the years in his early twenties when he traveled from Egypt to Ar…

21.) Is Maths Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths written by Eugenia Cheng

Is Maths Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths by Eugenia Cheng

Lists It Appears On:

  • Science News
  • Waterstones

Where do we learn math: From rules in a textbook? From logic and deduction? Not really, according to mathematician Eugenia Cheng: we learn it from human curiosity—most importantly, from asking questions. This may come as a surprise to those who think…

20.) Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell written by Sy Montgomery

Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell by Sy Montgomery

Lists It Appears On:

  • Open Letters Review
  • Smithsonian

When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turt…

19.) One Thousand Shades of Green: A Year in Search of Britain’s Wild Plants written by Mike Dilger

One Thousand Shades of Green: A Year in Search of Britain's Wild Plants by Mike Dilger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Countryfile
  • Waterstones

For most of 2020, Mike Dilger’s day-job of travelling to the four corners of the British Isles all but disappeared. Having been confined to one place by the Covid pandemic, and with daily dog walks his sole permitted outdoor pursuit, the simple pleas…

18.) Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity written by Peter Attia MD

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia MD

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Shepherd

Wouldn’t you like to live longer? And better? In this operating manual for longevity, Dr. Peter Attia draws on the latest science to deliver innovative nutritional interventions, techniques for optimizing exercise and sleep, and tools for addressing …

17.) Sea Bean written by Sally Huband

Sea Bean by Sally Huband

Lists It Appears On:

  • Countryfile
  • Waterstones

When a seed falls from a vine in the tropics and is carried by ocean currents across the Atlantic to the shores of Western Europe – it is known as a sea bean. It is still considered lucky to find a sea bean on the shore, they have been used as magica…

16.) The Devil’s Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance written by Dan Egan

The Devil's Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance by Dan Egan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Smithsonian

Phosphorus has played a critical role in some of the most lethal substances on earth: firebombs, rat poison, nerve gas. But it’s also the key component of one of the most vital: fertilizer, which has sustained life for billions of people. In this maj…

15.) The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, Mit, and the Fight for Women in Science written by Kate Zernike

The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, Mit, and the Fight for Women in Science by Kate Zernike

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Shepherd

In 1963, a female student was attending a lecture given by Nobel Prize winner James Watson, then tenured at Harvard. At nineteen, she was struggling to define her future. She had given herself just ten years to fulfill her professional ambitions befo…

14.) The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality written by Andy Clark

The Experience Machine: How Our Minds Predict and Shape Reality by Andy Clark

Lists It Appears On:

  • Shepherd
  • Waterstones

Widely acclaimed philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark unpacks this provocative new theory that the brain is a powerful, dynamic prediction engine, mediating our experience of both body and world. From the most mundane experiences to the mos…

13.) The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness written by Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz

The Good Life: Lessons from the World's Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Next Big Idea Club

What makes a life fulfilling and meaningful? The simple but surprising answer is: relationships. The stronger our relationships, the more likely we are to live happy, satisfying, and healthier lives. In fact, the Harvard Study of Adult Development re…

12.) The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us if We Let Them (From the Author of The Hidden Life of Trees) written by Peter Wohlleben

The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us if We Let Them (From the Author of The Hidden Life of Trees) by Peter Wohlleben

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Waterstones

In his beloved book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben revealed astonishing discoveries about the social networks of trees and how they communicate. Now, in The Power of Trees, he turns to their future, with a searing critique of forestry mana…

11.) Twelve Words for Moss written by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Twelve Words for Moss by Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Countryfile
  • Waterstones

10.) Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn’t Food written by Chris van Tulleken

Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn't Food by Chris van Tulleken

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Waterstones

How much of our daily caloric intake comes from ingesting substances that, technically speaking, do not meet traditional definitions of “food”? Chances are, if you’re eating something that came wrapped in plastic and contains a funky ingredient you d…

9.) Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe written by Philip Plait

Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe by Philip Plait

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times
  • Science News

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the universe? How would Saturn’s rings look from a spaceship sailing just above them? If you were falling into a black hole, what’s the last thing you’d see before getting spaghettified? While tr…

8.) What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds written by Jennifer Ackerman

What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Open Letters Review

For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Our fascination with these mysterious birds was first documented more than thirty thousand years ago in the Chauvet Cave paintings in southern France. With their forward gaze and quiet flight, owl…

7.) White Holes: Inside the Horizon written by Carlo Rovelli

White Holes: Inside the Horizon by Carlo Rovelli

Lists It Appears On:

  • Financial Times
  • Waterstones

Let us journey, with beloved physicist Carlo Rovelli, into the heart of a black hole. We slip beyond its horizon and tumble down this crack in the universe. As we plunge, we see geometry fold. Time and space pull and stretch. And finally, at the blac…

6.) Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet written by Ben Goldfarb

Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ben Goldfarb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus Review
  • Science News
  • Smithsonian

Yet road ecologists are also seeking to blunt the destruction through innovative solutions. Goldfarb meets with conservationists building bridges for California’s mountain lions and tunnels for English toads, engineers deconstructing the labyrinth of…

5.) Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution written by Cat Bohannon

Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution by Cat Bohannon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Waterstones

A myth-busting, eye-opening landmark account of how humans evolved, offering a paradigm shift in our thinking about what the female body is, how it came to be, and how this evolution still shapes all our lives today “A page-turning whistle-stop tour …

4.) Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues written by Jonathan Kennedy

Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues by Jonathan Kennedy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Shepherd
  • Waterstones

According to the accepted narrative of progress, humans have thrived thanks to their brains and brawn, collectively bending the arc of history. But in this revelatory book, Professor Jonathan Kennedy argues that the myth of human exceptionalism overs…

3.) Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us written by Susan Magsamen

Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Shepherd

We’re on the verge of a cultural shift in which the arts can deliver potent, accessible, and proven solutions for the well-being of everyone. Magsamen and Ross offer compelling research that shows how engaging in an art project for as little as 45 mi…

2.) The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean written by Susan Casey

The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Shepherd
  • Smithsonian

For all of human history, the deep ocean has been a source of wonder and terror, an unknown realm that evoked a singular, compelling question: What’s down there? Unable to answer this for centuries, people believed the deep was a sinister realm of fi…

1.) Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World written by John Vaillant

Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World by John Vaillant

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • NPR
  • Shepherd
  • Smithsonian
  • Waterstones

In May 2016, Fort McMurray, the hub of Canada’s oil industry and America’s biggest foreign supplier, was overrun by wildfire. The multi-billion-dollar disaster melted vehicles, turned entire neighborhoods into firebombs, and drove 88,000 people from …

The 250+ Additional Best Science And Nature Books Released In 2023

27) 8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go – Jay Shetty List: (Next Big Idea Club)

28) A Black Fox Running – Brian Carter List: (Countryfile)

29) A Brief Atlas of the Lighthouses at the End of the World – González Macías List: (Waterstones)

30) A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through? – Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith List: (Barnes & Noble)

31) A DARKER WILDERNESS – Erin Sharkey List: (Kirkus Review)

32) A Fenland Garden – Francis Pryor List: (Waterstones)

33) A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings – Helen Jukes List: (Countryfile)

34) A Pity Party Is Still a Party: A Feel-Good Guide to Feeling Bad – Chelsea Harvey Garner List: (Next Big Idea Club)

35) A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir & Manifesto on Reimagining – Rachel Cargle List: (Next Big Idea Club)

36) Abroad in Japan – Chris Broad List: (Waterstones)

37) Across a Waking Land: A 1,000-mile walk through a British spring – Roger Morgan-Grenville List: (Countryfile)

38) Addicted to Drama: Healing Dependency on Crisis and Chaos in Yourself and Others – Scott Lyons List: (Next Big Idea Club)

39) Agave Spirits – Gary Paul Nabhan List: (Shepherd)

40) Alfie & Me – Carl Safina List: (Open Letters Review)

41) All Among the Barley – Melissa Harrison List: (Countryfile)

42) All the Wide Border: Wales, England and the Places Between – Mike Parker List: (Waterstones)

43) Allergic: How Our Immune System Reacts to a Changing World – Theresa MacPhail List: (Waterstones)

44) Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most – Adam Alter List: (Next Big Idea Club)

45) Arboretum – List: (Countryfile)

46) Around the World in 80 Games: A Mathematician Unlocks the Secrets of the Greatest Games – Marcus du Sautoy List: (Waterstones)

47) Be a Birder – Hamza Yassin List: (Waterstones)

48) Beastly: A New History of Animals and Us – Keggie Carew List: (Waterstones)

49) Being Human – Lewis Dartnell List: (Waterstones)

50) Benny the Blue Whale: A Descent into Story, Language and the Madness of ChatGPT – Andy Stanton List: (Waterstones)

51) Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World – Christian Cooper List: (Smithsonian)

52) Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller – Whitney Brown List: (Countryfile)

53) Big Meg: The Story of the Largest, Fiercest and Most Mysterious Shark – Tim Flannery List: (Waterstones)

54) Birds – List: (Countryfile)

55) Blight – Emily Monosson List: (Science News)

56) Breathe: Seven Ways to Win a Greener World – Sadiq Khan List: (Waterstones)

57) Britain According to Kaleb: Signed Edition – Kaleb Cooper List: (Waterstones)

58) British Woodland: How to explore the secret world of our forests – Ray Mears List: (Waterstones)

59) Cacophony of Bone – Kerri ni Dochartaigh List: (Waterstones)

60) Chasing the Ghost: My Search for All the Wildflowers of Britain – Peter Marren List: (Countryfile)

61) Chicken Boy: My Life With Hens – Arthur Parkinson List: (Waterstones)

62) Clanlands in New Zealand: Kiwis, Kilts, and an Adventure Down Under – Sam Heughan List: (Waterstones)

63) Cornerstones: Wild Forces That Can Change Our World – Benedict Macdonald List: (Countryfile)

64) Cottongrass Summer: Essays of a Naturalist Throughout the Year – Roy Dennis List: (Countryfile)

65) Country Life – Giles Wood List: (Waterstones)

66) Dark Matter: The New Science of the Microbiome – James Kinross List: (Waterstones)

67) Data Baby: My Life in a Psychological Experiment – Susannah Breslin List: (Next Big Idea Club)

68) Deeper Mindfulness: The New Way to Rediscover Calm in a Chaotic World – Mark Williams and Danny Penman List: (Next Big Idea Club)

69) Diddly Squat: Pigs Might Fly – Jeremy Clarkson List: (Waterstones)

70) Drama Free: A Guide To Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships – Nedra Glover Tawwab List: (Next Big Idea Club)

71) Egg: A Dozen Ovatures – Lizzie Stark List: (NPR)

72) Eight Bears – Gloria Dickie List: (Science News)

73) Einstein in Time and Space: A Life in 99 Particles – Samuel Graydon List: (Waterstones)

74) Elixir: In the Valley at the End of Time – Kapka Kassabova List: (Waterstones)

75) Elon Musk – Walter Isaacson List: (Shepherd)

76) Enchantment: Reawakening Wonder in an Exhausted Age – Katherine May List: (Countryfile)

77) Entangled Life: The Illustrated Edition: How Fungi Make Our Worlds – Merlin Sheldrake List: (Barnes & Noble)

78) Evergreen: Discover the Joy in Every Season – Lydia Elise Millen List: (Waterstones)

79) Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Astonishing New Science of the Senses – Maureen Seaberg List: (Next Big Idea Club)

80) Feed Them Silence – Lee Mandelo List: (NPR)

81) Fevered Planet: How Diseases Emerge When We Harm Nature – John Vidal List: (Waterstones)

82) FIELDWORK – Iliana Regan List: (Kirkus Review)

83) Fires in the Dark – Kay Redfield Jamison List: (Science News)

84) Flip Thinking: The Life-Changing Art of Turning Problems into Opportunities – Berthold Gunster List: (Next Big Idea Club)

85) Fool Proof: How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Our Selves and the Social Order―and What We Can Do About It – Tess Wilkinson-Ryan List: (Next Big Idea Club)

86) Footprints in the Woods: The Secret Life of Forest and Riverbank – Sir John Lister-Kaye List: (Waterstones)

87) Forty Farms – List: (Countryfile)

88) Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Paul Scharre List: (NPR)

89) Four Ways of Thinking: Statistical, Interactive, Chaotic and Complex – David Sumpter List: (Waterstones)

90) General Relativity: The Theoretical Minimum – Leonard Susskind List: (Waterstones)

91) George: A Magpie Memoir – Frieda Hughes List: (Waterstones)

92) Ghost Particle – Alan Chodos and James Riordon List: (Science News)

93) Ghosts in the Hedgerow: A Hedgehog Whodunnit – Tom Moorhouse List: (Waterstones)

94) Glitter Everywhere! Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going – Chris Barton, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat List: (NPR)

95) Good Girls: A Story and Study of Anorexia – Hadley Freeman List: (Kirkus Review)

96) Goodbye, Perfect: How to Stop Pleasing, Proving, and Pushing for Others… and Live for Yourself – Homaira Kabir List: (Next Big Idea Club)

97) Great British Dad-ventures: 101 maps for dads who like doing things – Mathew Riley List: (Waterstones)

98) Greenwild: The World Behind The Door – Pari Thomson List: (Shepherd)

99) Habitats: Discover Earth’s Precious Wild Places – DK List: (Waterstones)

100) Hope – How Street Dogs Taught Me the Meaning of Life – Niall Harbison List: (Waterstones)

101) How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures – Sabrina Imbler List: (Smithsonian)

102) How to Expect the Unexpected – Kit Yates List: (Waterstones)

103) How to Photograph Garden Birds – Mark Carwardine List: (Countryfile)

104) How to Read a Tree – Tristan Gooley List: (Waterstones)

105) How Trust Works: The Science of How Relationships Are Built, Broken, and Repaired – Peter H. Kim List: (Next Big Idea Club)

106) I Am an Island – List: (Countryfile)

107) I Can Hear the Cuckoo: Life in the Wilds of Wales: Signed Edition – Kiran Sidhu List: (Waterstones)

108) I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World – Rachel Nuwer List: (Amazon)

109) I’ve Been Thinking – Daniel C. Dennett List: (Shepherd)

110) If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal: What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity – Justin Gregg List: (Waterstones)

111) Imperial Mud: the Fight for the Fens – List: (Countryfile)

112) In a Flight of Starlings: The Wonder of Complex Systems – Giorgio Parisi List: (Waterstones)

113) In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration – Shane O’ Mara List: (Countryfile)

114) In the Night Garden – Carin Berger List: (Shepherd)

115) Isle of Dogs – Clare Balding List: (Waterstones)

116) It’s Not Just You – Tori Tsui List: (Waterstones)

117) Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility – Martha Nussbaum List: (Open Letters Review)

118) Keira & Me – Professor Noel Fitzpatrick List: (Waterstones)

119) Kings of Their Own Ocean – Karen Pinchin List: (Open Letters Review)

120) Koala: A Natural History – Danielle Clode List: (Open Letters Review)

121) La Vie: A year in rural France – John Lewis-Stempel List: (Waterstones)

122) Lessons Learned – Deborah Shlian List: (Shepherd)

123) Life on Our Planet: Accompanies the Landmark Netflix Series – Dr. Tom Fletcher List: (Waterstones)

124) Lost Lanes West – Jack Thurston List: (Countryfile)

125) Magic Words: What to Say to Get Your Way – Jonah Berger List: (Next Big Idea Club)

126) Making Great Relationships: Simple Practices for Solving Conflicts, Building Connection, and Fostering Love – Rick Hanson List: (Next Big Idea Club)

127) Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses – David Scheel List: (Waterstones)

128) Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing—Including You – Brad Stulberg List: (Next Big Idea Club)

129) Matrescence: On the Metamorphosis of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood – Lucy Jones List: (Waterstones)

130) Misbelief: What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things – Dan Ariely List: (Next Big Idea Club)

131) Most Delicious Poison – Noah Whiteman List: (Science News)

132) Mountains of Fire: The Secret Lives of Volcanoes – Clive Oppenheimer List: (Waterstones)

133) Moving on Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss – Gina Moffa List: (Next Big Idea Club)

134) My Father’s Brain: Life in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s – Sandeep Jauhar List: (Smithsonian)

135) Nature Tales for Winter Nights – Nancy Campbell List: (Waterstones)

136) Night Vision: Seeing Ourselves through Dark Moods – Mariana Alessandri List: (Next Big Idea Club)

137) Nobody’s Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do About It – Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris List: (Next Big Idea Club)

138) OCME – Bruce Goldfarb List: (Kirkus Review)

139) Off-Earth – Erika Nesvold List: (Science News)

140) On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawking’s Final Theory – Thomas Hertog List: (Amazon)

141) Orchid Summer – Jon Dunn List: (Countryfile)

142) Our Hideous Progeny – C. E. McGill List: (NPR)

143) Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late? – Mark Cocker List: (Countryfile)

144) Owl Sense – Miriam Darlington List: (Countryfile)

145) Period – Kate Clancy List: (Science News)

146) Plague-Busters! Medicine’s Battles with History’s Deadliest Diseases – Lindsey Fitzharris List: (Shepherd)

147) Planet Earth III: Accompanies the Landmark Series Narrated by David Attenborough – Matt Brandon List: (Waterstones)

148) Planta Sapiens – Paco Calvo List: (Open Letters Review)

149) Planting a Paradise – Arthur Parkinson List: (Waterstones)

150) Psych: The Story of the Human Mind – Paul Bloom List: (Next Big Idea Club)

151) Psychedelics – Professor David Nutt List: (Waterstones)

152) Quantum Supremacy: How the Quantum Computer Revolution Will Change Everything – Michio Kaku List: (Amazon)

153) RADICAL BY NATURE – James T. Costa List: (Kirkus Review)

154) Ravenous: How to Get Ourselves and Our Planet Into Shape – Henry Dimbleby List: (Waterstones)

155) Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom – Sharon Salzberg List: (Next Big Idea Club)

156) Red Sixty Seven – British Trust for Ornithology List: (Countryfile)

157) Regenesis – List: (Countryfile)

158) Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well – Amy Edmondson List: (Next Big Idea Club)

159) Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People – Tracy Kidder List: (Smithsonian)

160) Sarn Helen: A Journey Through Wales, Past, Present and Future – Tom Bullough List: (Waterstones)

161) Scarcity Brain: Fix Your Craving Mindset and Rewire Your Habits to Thrive with Enough – Michael Easter List: (Amazon)

162) Seeing Others: How Recognition Works—and How it Can Help us Heal a Divided World – Michèle Lamont List: (Next Big Idea Club)

163) Seek: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World – Scott Shigeoka List: (Amazon)

164) Selfless: The Social Creation of “You” – Brian Lowery List: (Next Big Idea Club)

165) Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World – Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo List: (Next Big Idea Club)

166) Sentience – Nicholas Humphrey List: (Shepherd)

167) Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden – Camille T. Dungy List: (Barnes & Noble)

168) Some of Us Just Fall: On Nature and Not Getting Better – Polly Atkin List: (Waterstones)

169) Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide to Getting Unstuck and Reclaiming Your Path to Joy – Rachel Macy Stafford List: (Next Big Idea Club)

170) Space: A thrilling human history by Britain’s beloved astronaut Tim Peake – Tim Peake List: (Waterstones)

171) Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape – Susan Owens List: (Countryfile)

172) Starborn: How the Stars Made Us (and Who We Would Be Without Them) – Roberto Trotta List: (Smithsonian)

173) Steeple Chasing: Around Britain by Church – Peter Ross List: (Waterstones)

174) STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World – Dan Lyons List: (Next Big Idea Club)

175) Swell – Jenny Landreth List: (Countryfile)

176) Swifts in a Tower – David Lack List: (Countryfile)

177) Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds – Shane O’mara List: (Waterstones)

178) Ten Birds That Changed the World – Stephen Moss List: (Waterstones)

179) Ten Tantalising Truths: Why the Sky is Blue, and other Big Answers to Simple Questions – John Gribbin List: (Waterstones)

180) The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2024 – The Almanac – Lia Leendertz List: (Waterstones)

181) The Balanced Brain: The Science of Mental Health – Camilla Nord List: (Financial Times)

182) The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths – Brad Fox List: (Waterstones)

183) The Battle for Your Brain – Nita A. Farahany List: (Shepherd)

184) The Book of Trespass – Nick Hayes List: (Countryfile)

185) The Book of Wilding: A Practical Guide to Rewilding, Big and Small – Isabella Tree List: (Waterstones)

186) The Chief Shepherdess: Lessons in Life, Love and Farming – Zoe Colville List: (Waterstones)

187) The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year – Margaret Renkl List: (Barnes & Noble)

188) The Coming Wave – Mustafa Suleyman with Michael Bhaskar List: (Waterstones)

189) The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight – Andrew Leland List: (NPR)

190) The Dawn of a Mindful Universe – Marcelo Gleiser List: (Shepherd)

191) The Deepest Map – Laura Trethewey List: (Science News)

192) The Earth Transformed: An Untold History – Peter Frankopan List: (Shepherd)

193) The Farmer’s Wife – Helen Rebanks List: (Waterstones)

194) The Flow: Rivers, Water and Wildness – Amy-Jane Beer List: (Countryfile)

195) The Full English: A Journey in Search of a Country and its People – Stuart Maconie List: (Waterstones)

196) The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life – Mike Rucker List: (Next Big Idea Club)

197) The Gardener’s Almanac 2024 – National Trust – Greg Loades List: (Waterstones)

198) The Gardening Book – Monty Don List: (Waterstones)

199) The Genome Odyssey: Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them – Dr. Euan Angus Ashley List: (Amazon)

200) The Good Virus – Tom Ireland List: (Waterstones)

201) The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration – Jake Bittle List: (NPR)

202) The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet – Jeff Goodell List: (NPR)

203) The Hidden Language of Cats: Learn what your feline friend is trying to tell you – Sarah Brown List: (Waterstones)

204) The Jewel Box: How Moths Illuminate Nature’s Hidden Rules – Tim Blackburn List: (Waterstones)

205) The Killer Whale Journals: Our Love and Fear of Orcas – Hanne Strager List: (Open Letters Review)

206) The Known Unknowns: The Unsolved Mysteries of the Cosmos – Lawrence M. Krauss List: (Waterstones)

207) The Language of the Face: Stories of Its Uniquely Expressive Features – Frank Gonzalez-Crussi List: (Next Big Idea Club)

208) The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape – Katie Holten List: (Barnes & Noble)

209) The Last Animal – Ramona Ausubel List: (NPR)

210) The Last Tree: A Seed of Hope – Luke Adam Hawker List: (Waterstones)

211) The Last Wilderness – List: (Countryfile)

212) The Life of Birds – Sir David Attenborough List: (Waterstones)

213) The Lives of Beetles: A Natural History of Coleoptera – Arthur Evans List: (Open Letters Review)

214) The Long View: Why We Need to Transform How the World Sees Time – Richard Fisher List: (Shepherd)

215) The Lost Rainforests of Britain – Guy Shrubsole List: (Countryfile)

216) The Naked Neanderthal – Ludovic Slimak List: (Waterstones)

217) The Old Man and the Sand Eel – Will Millard List: (Countryfile)

218) The Orchid Outlaw – Ben Jacob List: (Waterstones)

219) The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial – David Lipsky List: (Amazon)

220) The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough – Thomas Curran List: (Next Big Idea Club)

221) The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power – Katherine Morgan Schafler List: (Next Big Idea Club)

222) The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action – Eduardo Briceño List: (Next Big Idea Club)

223) The Power of Awe: Overcome Burnout & Anxiety, Ease Chronic Pain, Find Clarity & Purpose―in Less Than 1 Minute Per Day – Jake Eagle and Michael Amster List: (Next Big Idea Club)

224) The Power of Saying No: The New Science of How to Say No that Puts You in Charge of Your Life – Vanessa Patrick List: (Next Big Idea Club)

225) The Power of Wonder: The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead – Monica Parker List: (Next Big Idea Club)

226) The Probability of Everything – Sarah Everett List: (NPR)

227) The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth – Elisabeth Rush List: (NPR)

228) The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life – Sally Jenkins List: (Next Big Idea Club)

229) The Secret Life of the Cairngorms – Andy Howard List: (Countryfile)

230) The Secret Lives of Numbers: A Global History of Mathematics & its Unsung Trailblazers – Kate Kitagawa List: (Waterstones)

231) The Simple Life: How I Found Home – Sarah Beeny List: (Waterstones)

232) The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts – Loren Grush List: (Barnes & Noble)

233) The Sky at Night: The Art of Stargazing – Maggie Aderin-Pocock List: (Waterstones)

234) The Story of the Brain in 10½ Cells – Richard Wingate List: (Waterstones)

235) The Swallow: A Biography – Stephen Moss List: (Countryfile)

236) The Swimmer: The Wild Life of Roger Deakin – Patrick Barkham List: (Waterstones)

237) The Unexpected Gift of Trauma: The Path to Posttraumatic Growth – Edith Shiro List: (Next Big Idea Club)

238) The Universe in a Box: A New Cosmic History – Andrew Pontzen List: (Waterstones)

239) The Unremembered Places: Exploring Scotland’s Wild Histories – Patrick Baker List: (Countryfile)

240) The Wanderers – Tim Pears List: (Countryfile)

241) The Wandering Mind: What Medieval Monks Tell Us About Distraction – Jamie Kreiner List: (Next Big Idea Club)

242) The Wild Silence – Raynor Winn List: (Countryfile)

243) The Wisdom of Sheep & Other Animals: Observations from a Family Farm – Rosamund Young List: (Waterstones)

244) THE WISE HOURS – Miriam Darlington List: (Kirkus Review)

245) The World’s Best Class Plant – Audrey Vernick List: (Shepherd)

246) The Year of Sitting Dangerously: My Garden Safari – Simon Barnes List: (Waterstones)

247) This Exquisite Loneliness: What Loners, Outcasts, and the Misunderstood Can Teach Us About Creativity – Richard Deming List: (Next Big Idea Club)

248) Three Roads Back: How Emerson, Thoreau, and William James Responded to the Greatest Losses of Their Lives – Robert D. Richardson List: (Next Big Idea Club)

249) Thunder without Rain – Thomas McIntyre List: (Open Letters Review)

250) Two for Joy – List: (Countryfile)

251) Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure – Maggie Jackson List: (Next Big Idea Club)

252) Undercurrent: A Cornish Memoir of Poverty, Nature and Resilience – Natasha Carthew List: (Countryfile)

253) UNMASKED: The Ultimate Guide to ADHD, Autism and Neurodivergence – Ellie Middleton List: (Waterstones)

254) Vesper Flights – Helen Macdonald List: (Countryfile)

255) Virtual You: How Building Your Digital Twin Will Revolutionize Medicine and Change Your Life – Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield List: (Financial Times)

256) Walk Yourself Happy: Find your path to health and healing in nature – Julia Bradbury List: (Waterstones)

257) Walking the Bones of Britain: A 3 Billion Year Journey from the Outer Hebrides to the Thames Estuary – Christopher Somerville List: (Waterstones)

258) We Are Electric – Sally Adee List: (Science News)

259) WEATHERING – Arline T. Geronimus List: (Kirkus Review)

260) Welcome to the Wonder House – Rebecca Kai Dotlich List: (Shepherd)

261) Whalefall – Daniel Kraus List: (NPR)

262) What Do You Want Out of Life?: A Philosophical Guide to Figuring Out What Matters – Valerie Tiberius List: (Next Big Idea Club)

263) What Is a Doctor?: A GP’s Prescription for the Future – Phil Whitaker List: (Waterstones)

264) What’s Eating Us: Women, Food, and the Epidemic of Body Anxiety – Cole Kazdin List: (Next Big Idea Club)

265) When The Heavens Went On Sale – Ashlee Vance List: (Waterstones)

266) When Winter Came – Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer List: (Shepherd)

267) Why We Need to Be Wild: One Woman’s Quest for Ancient Human Answers to 21st Century Problems – Jessica Carew Kraft List: (Next Big Idea Club)

268) Why Women Grow: Stories of Soil, Sisterhood and Survival – Alice Vincent List: (Waterstones)

269) Wild Air: In search of birdsong – James Macdonald Lockhart List: (Countryfile)

270) Wild: Tales from Early Medieval Britain – Amy Jeffs List: (Countryfile)

271) Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm – Isabella Tree List: (Countryfile)

272) Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 33 – Roz Kidman Cox List: (Waterstones)

273) Will to Wild: Adventures Great and Small to Change Your Life – Shelby Stanger List: (Next Big Idea Club)

274) Women in Science Now – Lisa M. P. Munoz List: (Shepherd)

275) Wonder Drug: The Hidden Victims of America’s Secret Thalidomide Scandal – Jennifer Vanderbes List: (Waterstones)

276) Yorkshire – Richard Morris List: (Countryfile)

277) You and Your Adult Child: How to Grow Together in Challenging Times – Laurence Steinberg List: (Next Big Idea Club)

278) Your Future Self: How to Make Tomorrow Better Today – Hal Hershfield List: (Next Big Idea Club)

13 Best Science And Nature Book Sources/Lists

Amazon Best Science Books of 2023
Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble’s Best Science & Nature Books of 2023
Countryfile Best nature and wildlife books for 2023
Financial Times Best books of 2023 — Science
Kirkus Review Best Science & Nature Books of 2023
Next Big Idea Club The Top 50 Psychology Books of 2023
NPR Books We Love
Open Letters Review The Best Books of 2023: Nature!
Science News These are Science News’ favorite books of 2023
Shepherd The 50 best science books of 2023
Smithsonian The Ten Best Science Books of 2023
Waterstones The Best Books of 2023: Nature & Travel
Waterstones The Best Books of 2023: Popular Science