I wanted to start posting a little information on books I’ve been reading or have recently finished. I also wanted to give you an image of the book to know what to look for. This book is The Elements of Style, 4th Edition by Strunk and White. It’s been several years since the last time I read this, and I just finished reading it again. It’s not a huge book so it doesn’t take long to read, but for it’s size, it has volumes of information in it.
If you want to write and write well, this book covers the dos and don’ts. Personally I liked how it gave examples of a sentence and then an example of a better sentence. It also has a glossary at the end. Noun, verb, adjective, and the rest of the usual suspects. Other definitions for words I probably at one point learned in High School but promptly forgot. So it was a good refresher.
This is one of those books that I will keep close and certainly re-read at the end of each book I write to look for the mentioned common errors or poor writing examples and get them corrected before going to print. If you’re writing or thinking of writing, this is a book to have, not in your library, but on your desk next to your keyboard. Get it!