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In September I will be starting AS geography and we have been told by the school that we should be reading much more around our subjects by ourselves.

So what books should I be reading? i.e. Are there any Geography books that you would recommend? (you may have read them yourselves or have heard that they are good)

I am presuming that human geography would be much more interesting than physical to read about. Would that be right? I was thinking along the lines of books of a similar style to 'popular science' books - i.e. not really weighty and dry academic works but instead readable and engaging books.

What can YOU suggest for me? Thanks in advance
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Rivers-.../dp/1903919576

a briliant book about how much water we use and the issues surrounding it...

very useful for your second year
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Rivers-.../dp/1903919576

a briliant book about how much water we use and the issues surrounding it...

very useful for your second year
hmm, it is interesting you suggest that. I read that book over y9 summer holidays and really enjoyed it - one of the reasons i chose geography for gcse. It is probably worth re-reading. Thanks

Any other suggestions out there?
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hmm, it is interesting you suggest that. I read that book over y9 summer holidays and really enjoyed it - one of the reasons i chose geography for gcse. It is probably worth re-reading. Thanks

Any other suggestions out there?

Oh cool, i only found out about it because the author did a guest lecture a few months ago at uni one that book.

And seeing your already reading very scholary books I suggest you read the 'introducing human geographies' text book.
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=n...uman+geography
Its built as a book for the frist year of a human geography degree, but i think you might find it very useful. For every section it has lots of other readings you can do. It reconmends this book

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=M...Bf1VBei_B7ts2g

on rural issues, which i've never read mainly because the bloke who wrote it is my head of department so i've heard it all in lectures...

this would be very useful for the AS countryside stuff...
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Thanks for the suggestions again (+ rep to you). Don't get me wrong here - I greatly appreciate your help and input here, but they looked like very heavy and dense academic books.

I was wondering whether you (or anyone else) could recommend any other books along the lines of the Fred Pearce Rivers book (i.e. more readable stuff)??

Thanks in advance
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both are very readable...though i agree the rural one might be a bit dense...however if your planning on doing the AEA...it is very useful...but read it on google books first and make your own mind.

The introducing, is academic but not as dense. For any unusual term, it has little boxes around the pages explaining them....might be a bit expensive to buy though...

Have you read Fred Pearce's 'confessions of an eco sinner?'

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-.../dp/1905811101
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If you go into your local Waterstones/Borders and look at their geography or popular science sections you'll find some good books. Some of which are recommended texts for university students.

'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson is quite famous. It's environmental rather than human geography though. All about pesticides and the environment.
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If you go into your local Waterstones/Borders and look at their geography or popular science sections you'll find some good books. Some of which are recommended texts for university students.

'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson is quite famous. It's environmental rather than human geography though. All about pesticides and the environment.

waterstones is absoulely shocking for geography...but then i've never been able to go to a big one... just meduim ones...
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The big Waterstones are OK, but Borders are much better. There are quite a lot of climate change type books just now though, but they can still be interesting. Borders would be my first choice for books really.
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i will try and find something interesting at borders then. I can't stand reading climate change and global warming books though ...... anything else but climate change should do .....
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I found Geography An Integrated Approach by David Waugh highly useful throughout my A Levels and would recommend!
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'The Bottom Billion' by Paul Collyer. Brilliant, readable and incredibly useful.
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I found Geography An Integrated Approach by David Waugh highly useful throughout my A Levels and would recommend!
AGREED. Although I mostly used it for AS level. But this covers everything in pretty much sufficient detail needed for the exam. I wouldnt really bother with the more specialised and in depth books suggested, just because you dont need them for A level. Or I didnt at least.. "/

The other I would suggest is 'Changing Environments', but i havent overly used it, mostly in 2nd year. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/AS-Level-Geo...5598979&sr=8-5)

Good luck though, but i think you might be worrying a bit too much, your college might even supply your books, mine did
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What about something like Nick Middleton, "Going to Extremes" - it's not genuine geography in any way but it's fun to read and might get you thinking about some issues of cultural geography and dryland environments. It's about £5 so nothing major.
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In September I will be starting AS geography and we have been told by the school that we should be reading much more around our subjects by ourselves.

So what books should I be reading? i.e. Are there any Geography books that you would recommend? (you may have read them yourselves or have heard that they are good)

I am presuming that human geography would be much more interesting than physical to read about. Would that be right? I was thinking along the lines of books of a similar style to 'popular science' books - i.e. not really weighty and dry academic works but instead readable and engaging books.

What can YOU suggest for me? Thanks in advance
I really wouldn't worry about doing extra reading or preparation unless you have a burning desire to do so....A-Levels can be aced with no extra reading at all. My advice would be to just enjoy the summer, relax and then go back ready to work in September.
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Don't bother buying books.

Your school library should have a decent enough range spread between biology and geo to get you good grades, this is coming from some one who got As in 4/6 modules at A level and never really picked a book up...
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Don't bother buying books.

Your school library should have a decent enough range spread between biology and geo to get you good grades, this is coming from some one who got As in 4/6 modules at A level and never really picked a book up...

I've never been able to read library books. I either buy any books im interested in or print off journal articles. This is because for me to get the most from a book i have to write all over it something which libraries dont seem to be to keen on.
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david waugh's book Geography an intergrated approch is a excellent book it has everything that you will ever need to know in depth.
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