I went down to Pemberley Books at Iver on Monday to buy myself a few Christmas presents (well someone has to get you something you really want!). If you ever find yourself near Heathrow I thoroughly recommend an hour or so in this small corner of heaven. I purchased a range of FSC AIDGAPs (Woodlice, Colllembola, Ephemeroptera, Seed + Leaf beetles, Centipedes, Earthworms, Plant Galls), plus Duff Beetles volume 1, Aphis - Macrosiphini and and Soldierflies. This should give me the ability to totally confuse myself next year.
The Woodlice book seems nice and easy to follow. The greatest delight so far is the British Plant Galls by Redfern and Shirley, this is a fantastic book and should provide hours of fun. Obviously field guides are not the easiest sit down and read, they are field guides for use in the field (or lab), so judging without use could be a bit unfair on the others.
Does anyone else have books they would recommend or even better positively love (and why)? A good library is a useful thing, so getting the right stuff is so helpful especially to the non-professional.