Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library?
Well, I have a few of these manuals from my university days. I don’t really make reference to them anymore, it’s my problem of not being able to part with any of my books.
To take this from a different angle. When I had to read them I actually enjoyed reading them and looked forward to reading them. Thinking about this question makes me look forward to my return to Canada and I can get my hands on that library. I may even get back to them and read them again.
I’ve never been a wonder at grammar but there is something about reading about grammar that is sickly fascinating. I also got a copy of Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss is one of my favorite books. It’s hilarious and presents the grammar issue in a great way, making me want to become a grammar fanatic too.
I guess in short when I have a book like this I read it but I don’t actively hunt them out.