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The Best 4 Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read

Writing is considered to be pretty hard by most people. The writer needs to be completely focused and experienced enough in order to know how to combine the right words together in order to create an interesting outcome.

Not only that, but writing is also one of those professions where no one can teach you how to excel; you have to work hard by yourself. If you’re looking for some help and guidance on this topic, here are 4 of the best books I’ve read on writing that will make you fall in love with writing all over again.

  1. The Elements of Style

This book is an amazing writing style guide that came out in numerous editions. Composed originally by William Strunk Jr. in 1918, it contains a lot of rules, tips and tricks that will help every writer gain some much needed and very helpful knowledge for their profession.

Each edition of this book as they were published through the years contains more and more useful points and information. The current newest edition consists of 176 pages of helpful content that will help making the learning experience a lot more colorful and easy to follow.

  1. Bird by Bird

Written by Anne Lamott in 1994, this book is a great guide for anyone interested in the craft of writing. Bird by bird consists of plenty of advice on how to get started with writing, how to overcome writer’s block, how to know your work is finally done and a lot more information that will help you out especially if you’re just getting started with writing.

This is one of those books that will help you gain experience and learn tips and tricks that will make you want to improve your writing. You might have thought that “It would be nice to find someone to write my essay when you’re facing a writer’s block, but thankfully this book will help you overcome these kinds of issues; just like it helped me.

  1. The Writing Life

The writing life is a book by Annie Dillard, a Pulitzer Prize winner who decided to write this book which is essentially a collection of short essays that explain all the different emotions and situations a writer lives through their career.

A great choice for both amateur and professional writers, this book will easily be read and understood by everyone who follows this profession as it follows Dillard’s personal experience from her field of work.

  1. On Writing

A book that will be very interesting for all writers, Charles Bukowski’s creation gives us an inside look at his personal correspondence with publishers, editors, friends and other fellow writers. Through this, the famous writer allows us to look into his own thoughts as he shares his own personal opinions and ideas about the art of creation.

Books that are definitely worth reading

Each and every one of these books on this list has played an important role in my personal growth as a writer. Not only will they help you by offering you important knowledge and help from some very important and talented writers, but they will also help you create a stronger bond with your profession.

Writing is probably one of the most challenging things you can choose to do, but the good thing about it is that it never bores you. There will always be something new to learn about and another great book to read. Take advantage of your work and all it has to offer and you are bound to not only become a better writer but also gain a lot of valuable life experience.

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On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Alea (This Week in Books @ Pop Culture Junkie), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉

This one has been on my wish list for a long time. I really loved Firespell and can’t wait to read Hexbound!

This is kind of a random buy for me. I only became interested in Blood Ninja after I saw it at Half Price Books a few weeks ago, and bought it about two weeks after that. It just sounds really good, so I couldn’t resist when I saw a bargain priced hardback.

I absolutely LOVED Forgive My Fins and finally bought the sequel this week when I met Tera Lynn Childs at Blue Willow Books. I can’t wait to read it!

This is another book I bought at the signing. Sweet Shadows is one of my favorite books, so I’m super excited about getting this.

My sister won a copy of this, but since she already has a copy she gave it to me. Thank you!!! I’ll definitely be doing a re-read of this before I read Sweet Shadows.

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On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Alea (This Week in Books @ Pop Culture Junkie), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉

Gifts

My birthday was on Thursday, which means new books! Soulbound has been on my wish list since I first heard about it, so you can understand how excited I was to get it for my birthday. I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately, but I have a feeling that’s about to change.

If you’ve seen my Tumblr, then you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Avatar: the Last Airbender. I was so exited when I heard the story would continue in graphic novels, and even more excited when I got the first two (the only ones currently released) for my birthday. I’ve already read them and they were AWESOME. Big thanks to my parents for all the books!

They’re not books, but I thought I’d mention them because they’re book related. I love them both! I’ve been wanting a mockingjay pin for a long time. It’s so pretty! And the headphones are awesome.

In case you missed it, Doppelgangers returned last week, featuring Enchanted by Alethea Kontis and Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes.

That’s it for this week. Happy reading!

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Doppelgängers is back! I’m changing things up a bit with this feature. Book covers will still battle it out to the death, and you’ll still get to vote for your favorites. The difference is, I’ll be saving my thoughts on the covers until the voting is over.

So, here are this week’s covers. I’ll post my thoughts on them next week when I reveal the next set of Doppelgängers.

Dreaming Awake vs. Enchanted

Last week’s winner: the three-way match-up between Dragonswood, Carrier of the Mark, and The Mind Readers ended in a two-way tie between Dragonswood and Carrier of the Mark.

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On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Alea (This Week in Books @ Pop Culture Junkie), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉

Bought

I haven’t read the third Series of Unfortunate Events book yet (even though I own it), but I really liked the first two, so when I saw this adorable little hardback at the used bookstore, I had to get it (they rarely have hardbacks of this series).

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, plus I need more books for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. Can’t wait to read it, it sounds really interesting!

Borrowed

I got a sampler of this a while ago (I can’t remember from where) and thought it was really interesting. I only recently remembered to see if my library had it, and they did! I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately, but I really want to read this, so I just got it from the library as soon as I could.

Read

 

Currently Reading

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Happy reading!

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On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉

 

Last weekend I went to a signing at Quail Ridge Books with Ally Carter and Rachel Hawkins, where I bought the latest Gallagher Girls book. This was my third signing, and it was definitely my favorite! Ally and Rachel were awesome and hilarious. The train story! The whole thing was great. Anyway, I’m super excited to read this, though I think I’ll wait until a little closer to the release of the sixth book.

 

I won these from Jessie at The Daily Harrell and Walden Pond Press. Thanks! The Fourth Stall sounds really good, and comes highly recommended by my sister. I can’t wait to read it!

That’s all for this week. Happy reading!

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On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉

 

I really liked the first Land of Elyon book, The Dark Hills Divide, so when I saw this at the used book store, I had to get it. Can’t wait to read it!
Saw this at the used book store, and thought it sounded interesting.

I’m having a bit of a blogging dilemma right now. I want to post, I want to have an active blog, but I haven’t really felt like blogging in a while (which is why my blog has been so quiet lately). I haven’t thought about blogging that much in the past month or so, and I’ve actually kind of enjoyed it. I’ve had more time to read, and I really like that. I want to get back to blogging, but might not for a bit (maybe a couple weeks).

That’s all for this week. Happy reading!

 

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On My Shelf highlights books I’ve acquired and read in the past week, as well as a little about what I’m writing, and other blog worthy news. I think it’s pretty obvious where I got my inspiration for the feature from, but I will follow blog etiquette and link to Kristi (In My Mailbox @ The Story Siren), Sheila (It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? @ Book Journey), and Kate (The Shelf Report @ The Neverending Shelf) anyway. 😉

This week my sister replaced her paperback of Heist Societywith a hardback to match the sequel, which means there was an extra copy of HS in need of a good home. Being a fan of Ally Carter’s books, Heist Society in particular, I was more than happy to take in the poor, homeless book. Thanks, Orchid!

Returned to TBR Pile

That’s it for this week. Happy reading!