Non Fiction

Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

This was an eclectic collection of particulars about insects of all types and sizes. The author is well versed in her field, and her joy with the information flows through. It is told simply and in straightforward language, although I was surprised at the number of biblical references in some of the chapters, which did not add anything for me personally, but might for others.
The insect details are layered between ecological information as well as the need for the native species to survive. This is not a book to be read in one sitting, although it can be done. I read a chapter at a time, and each of the chapters focuses on an umbrella of insect characteristics instead of individual insects.
As an average individual (probably)does, I know how valuable, unique, and exciting insects can be, but I am not fond of them in my vicinity. I am among those who flinch at any buzzing or humming near me when I cannot see it, and if I do see it, I will find another spot to sit in! Despite this being my normal state, I really enjoyed what I got from the book and realised anew how unique/valuable/exciting insects are. I commented out loud about some of the things that I picked up in it; even if the actual facts slip my mind at this time, I know I learnt something from it all.
I would recommend it to non-fiction readers with even a remote interest in Nature. Even fiction readers may find it an easy read.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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