It’s hard to imagine, but it’s that time of year again–the time when I add all of my textbooks to my “read” list and see how far I’ve gotten. I’ve written about textbooks on the blog before (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016), so this will be a nice addition to the collection.
I’ll be honest–this is not all of the textbooks I was supposed to read this semester, but these are the ones I was able to make it through. I try to keep myself honest and only put books I actually read in their entirety on my 50 book list. So let’s get to it!
Up first is The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller. Saller works for the University of Chicago Press, and she’s a treasure trove of excellent grammar knowledge. Her book talks about how to be a copy editor who cares about both writers and technical “correctness.”
Second on the list is The Copyeditor’s Handbook, a collection of everything you never wanted to know about how books should look when they’re published. If you’re in love with editing or with making proofreader’s marks, this is the book for you. It’s not the most interesting read, but it’s a great reference.
And finally, here’s the third textbook I actually read–Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington. While this is an interesting book, and while I did enjoy my creative nonfiction writing class, let’s just say I won’t be publishing my memoir any time soon.
All in all, this has been a very, very busy Fall semester. I can’t believe we are approaching the holidays, and I really can’t believe I’m halfway through my first year teaching at my new school.
I’m looking forward to wrapping up my graduate courses in the next two semesters, and when I do you’ll be the first to know about all of the textbooks I’ve been reading.