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?
Once upon a time, in high school and college, I had some MLA writing guides and other similar such things that were required for class. I definitely managed to leave them all somewhere and not bring them on with me, because I have them no longer. As far as English dictionaries, www.m-w.com (Merriam Webster online) is all that I need. What other dictionary has fun word games you can play?
My bookshelves are not totally devoid of manuals and how-tos, however. I believe that Brian and I have, between the two of us, three English-foreign language dictionaries for three different languages (French, Spanish, and German…no, neither of us actually speaks Spanish). We also have, if I’m not mistaken, workbooks for learning both French and German. In addition, I have a couple of books from my teaching days about teaching kids to write, plus a whole bunch about teaching literacy. Do those count?