5 Must-Have Reference Books for Writers and Bloggers

I hoard books.

There. I said it. My name is Maggie, and I’m a book hoarder.

We often joke that we moved into our bigger house a couple years ago because we ran out of space for our books in our old, smaller house. It’s a half-joke.

I love books, no question. Yes, you can get a ton of great information on the internet, but there’s something about thumbing through real paper. This is especially true when it comes to reference material.

Sure. I can google a specific grammar or style question, but it’s just not the same as picking up my well-worn style manual and finding the in-depth reference.

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If you feel similarly or are simply into book lists (another thing I hoard!), I compiled my 5 must-have reference books for writers and bloggers:

  1. Top honors: Every writer and blogger needs this slim volume tucked into your desk drawer.
  2. The classic: Worth a read once a year, this accessible guide provides valuable advice to improve your work.
  3. The grammar guide: Equal parts entertaining and informative, this is a must-read for every writer. I regret lending my copy to a coworker several years ago and never getting it back…
  4. The style guide: Every client and publication is different, so it’s likely you need both. If you rely on Google for answers, beware. There’s as much misinformation on blogs as there is truth. The physical book, though? Never wrong. (You can pre-order the 2018 AP Stylebook on Amazon now!)
  5. The inspiration: I adore books about writing by writers. I’ve read so many beautiful ones, but the one I just finished has stuck with me. (I also recently enjoyed Stephen King’s.)

I also have a hard copy of this dictionary on my desk. Of all the reference books, I admit this is the most impractical because it’s so much faster and easier to Google specific words. However, is there anything lovelier than opening the dictionary to any page and poring over the tiny type at random? I think not.

I’d love to know what’s on your must-have list! Share with me on Twitter, @maggiemarton. Until then, happy reading!