I’ve previously recommended the Five Books site as a good place to go if you’re looking for expert-recommended books on a given topic. The site used to be weak on biology, but it’s remedied that with a new Natural History Museum Collection site, where they ask UK museum scientists to each recommend five books and discuss them. It’s not just a list, but includes a long interview with each scientist. I’m scheduled to contribute one on evolution sometime soon.
The latest lists/interviews include:
Jonathan Elphick on birds (note that he recommends a book I hadn’t known about, The Hill of Summer, by J. A. Baker, author of the classic The Peregrine),
Richard Fortey on paleontology (note his comments on Steve Gould’s Wonderful Life. He recommends a book on trilobites, but I think Fortey’s own book on trilobites is fantastic),
Also see Tom Clarke’s selections in “Being Inspired by Science“. (I recommend Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez.)
h/t: Matthew Cobb