From Booking Through Thursday:
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?
I generally don’t read them. I used to read a fair amount of writing magazines in my younger days, but these days I just write.
For my day job, I have a copy of Diana Hacker’s Pocket Style Manual, as it’s the style we follow. I also have a Chicago Manual of Style, which I was introduced to during my days as a freelance copy editor and proofreader and which I still find useful in my own writing. I own a Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, probably an edition or two out of date, and a Webster’s International Dictionary, which sits ignobly in the garage because it’s too damn big to keep anyplace else. I don’t think I’ve cracked it open in years, thanks to the Internet.