I would've put this in the sticky, but that thread's gotten real long and a lot of what's being discussed is fiction and the like.
Quick background: My wife has sailing experience. I have crewing experience. We both completed ASA 101 and 103 last weekend. Both have read Sailing Fundamentals and browsed a couple other sailing books. Now looking for the next one or two books to add to the shipboard library. Instructional books that serve well as references, where it's easy too look stuff up quickly and not have to read through two pages of explanatory text to find out "what this marker means" or "what's this chart symbol" would be perfect, I think.
Here's a candidate list I put together:
From Recommended Sailing Books for Beginners
1. Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling
4-1/2 stars from 12 Amazon readers
2. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, John Rousmaniere
5 stars from 21 Amazon readers
3. Handbook of Sailing, Bob Bond
4-1/2 stars from 11 Amazon readers
DK Complete Sailing Manual, Steve Sleight
4-1/2 stars from 10 Amazon readers
Book Review - DK Complete Sailing Manual
How to Read a Nautical Chart : A Complete Guide to the Symbols,
Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts, Nigel Calder
4 stars from 11 Amazon readers
We have the Sleight book on loan from the library. Like it, but I'm thinkin' we're weak on charts and navaids, so I'm thinkin' the "How To Read a Nautical Chart" and the Annapolis book?