This week's BTT topic:
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?
Do I read them? No, not since my undergraduate days. (Back when they used to teach you how to write with quill pens!) I know there've been several very popular recent books on writing, and I've glanced at a couple in the bookstore, but haven't read any of them.
How many do I have in my library? Well, make that our library, and the answer is lots, especially if you include things like books on literary theory, grammatology, etc. M. taught college English for many years, so over time we've acquired quite a few various guides, dictionaries, books on rhetoric, and the like. (My favorite was always the compact edition of the OED with its little built-in drawer housing the magnifying glass you need for reading the entries.)
And since we were both English majors and both find it almost impossible to part with a book, we've still got a lot of the texts we used back in the day. But it's been a while since I curled up on a winter's day with a cuppa tea and my old copy of Strunk & White.