Over the winter of 2016-2017, I read lots of beekeeping books to learn more about honey bees. Reading books about beekeeping is an excellent way to learn about bees. It is also a great way to wait for spring and summer when one can finally work with one’s bees or a friend’s bees. The following books are some of my favorite books I read.
Homegrown Honey Bees : An Absolute Beginners’s Guide to Beekeeping : Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest by Alethea Morrison. I liked this book because it had lots of colorful pictures and the author shared lots of stories from her first years. This was an excellent book that covers the basics of beekeeping. It followed the author’s first few years of beekeeping. The book, however, is very basic and is not a book that a intermediate or advanced beekeeper would learn something from.
Beekeeping for Dummies by Howard Blackiston. I realize by saying I like this book I am inadvertently calling myself a dummie, but this book was excellent because it covered everything from the basics to more advanced methods. If you want to read or buy this book I would definitely suggest finding the most recent copy as this book is constantly being updated. I did not like that all the pictures were grouped up in the middle of the book so the book was not very colorful. This book took me a really long time to read and I definitely did not absorb all the information.
Keeping Bees and Making Honey by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum. I liked this book because it viewed beekeeping from a honey point of view. If you are getting into beekeeping because of the honey this is the book for you. This book even includes honey recipes.
A Short History of the Honey Bee Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey by E. Readicker-Henderson. I liked this book because it discussed beekeeping from more of a historical and scientific point of view and how beekeeping has changed over time. Although I do not agree with some of the authors points of views about history, I still enjoyed reading this book.