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?
Being a language geek, I have a few grammar guides–not just for English, but for a few other languages, too, like German, Russian, Spanish, and French. Since I’ve done a little academic writing, I have style manuals I used for those papers, and I also have style manuals for the writing I do in my day job as an attorney. It’s pretty amazing how varied “standard” is across disciplines. My wife and I also brought quite a few reference books to the marriage–atlases, almanacs, thesauri, books of quotations, and dictionaries–though with regards to the last, we do have different favorites. She prefers Webster’s while I prefer American Heritage. And somehow, we manage to make the marriage work.