Very brief background: I am a general pathologist in his first year as a full-fledged attending, following a standard anatomic/clinical residency, a fellowship in renal pathology, and a fellowship in genitourinary pathology. I'm working in a busy academic practice with general sign-out, so I'm seeing a fair amount of everything. I've been showing a lot of cases to more experienced attendings and trying to learn what I can that way, but I'd also like to be proactive about patching areas I'm less experienced in with reading. So I'm really looking for two categories of books: books that are effective at *teaching* a given subspecialty and books that are effective *references*. In my experience, it's rare that a book can serve both purposes effectively so I'm willing to double up. The subspecialty areas I think I most immediately need to develop are gyn, pulmonary (we see a fair number of transbronchial biopsies), breast, and GI. Eventually, I'd also like to get to other areas but head and neck volume has (thus far) been less significant and derm and bone/soft tissue are larger projects. I would really appreciate any recommendations. During residency, I relied on the standard general surg path tomes for an overview and whatever references were at hand in our resident library for answering particular questions, but I find now that my name is actually on the bottom line I've become more discriminating and I want to approach things more deliberately moving forward.