5 (Fun) Books to Instantly Improve Your Grammar

Happy Proofreading Day! Go thank an editor, and ensure your participles aren’t dangling. Since reading dry grammar textbooks doesn’t = much fun for even the biggest of grammar nerds, we’ve got five playful, witty books for you that’ll instantly improve your grammar. I promise they’re all just a little more fun to read than The Elements of Style

1. A World Without Whom – Emmy Favilla

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Directly from the BuzzFeed style guide, this playful take on grammar has become the unofficial guide to writing online. Favilla offers a carefree approach to language where the only thing that matters is that you don’t bother your reader, and it provides tips to help you remember some of the more difficult grammar snarls.

2. Origins of the Specious – Patricia T. O’Conner 

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This book offers a fun look at some of English’s most common myths. There are so many misconceptions about the English language, and this book seeks to right some of those not-actually-wrongs. (No, there’s no actual rule about ending a sentence with a preposition, despite what your English teacher may have told you.)

3. Eats, ShootS, & Leaves – Lynne Truss

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Here’s a fun romp through punctuation that is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their grammar. This book is as hilarious as it is educational, as it tries to teach its readers the crucial difference between “Let’s eat, Grandpa” and “Let’s eat Grandpa.”

4. The Copy Editor’s Handbook – Amy Einsohn

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Want to know everything about English? Need a good reference for literally any grammar question you can think of? This is your book. It’s not quite as dry as an actual textbook or a reference book, but it’s still a good read that will teach you how to become an expert editor in no time.

5. The Elephants of Style – Bill Walsh

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A deliberate play on Strunk & White’s Elements of Style, this grand collection of tips will instantly clear up some of the “gray areas” of the English language. It’s also way easier to digest than your typical stylebooks, making it a fun and fast read!

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