Books for Brushing Up On Grammar & Writing

Since I learned what letters and words do, I’ve put them together to convey ideas or just for fun. In college, I was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, I was an interning editor for an educational catalog/magazine for three summers, and even interned at a large hospital writing/editing their internal newsletter. All this meant that I was THAT person. You know, the one who has marked up style guides and grammar handbooks.

Here’s a list of some handy reference books that are useful for even the most devoted grammarians.

The Elements of Style

The Penguin Guide to Punctuation (Penguin Reference Books)

How to Ask Survey Questions: 2 (Survey Kit)

The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, Third Edition, With Exercises and Answer Keys or the latest version The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, With Exercises and Answer Keys

Persuasive Copywriting: Using Psychology to Influence, Engage and Sell (also on

Findability: Why Search Engine Optimization is Dying: + 21 New Rules of Content Marketing for 2013 and Beyond (also available from

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Eats shoots and leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

The Little Brown Handbook or the latest version The Little, Brown Handbook

Oxford Guide to Plain English (Oxford Paperback Reference)

Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation

New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide (Oxford Style Guides)

The New Oxford Guide to Writing

But beyond grammar, these are favourites about the writing process.

Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life

On Writing

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew or the latest version Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story

Of course, if you’re looking for something more general and basic, these might be good.

English Grammar Workbook for Dummies (UK Edition)

English Grammar in Use Supplementary Exercises with Answers

Oxford Practice Grammar: With Answers

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