Great punctuation guide, part 1 of 2

Great punctuation guides: "The best punctuation book, period." and "Grammar Girl's Punctuation 911"

So not only am I enjoying reading Grammar Girl, but, much to my surprise, here I am curled up on the couch with two books on punctuation. Here’s my review (i.e., endorsement!) of Grammar Girl’s Punctuation 911.

First off, let me make it clear that I’m not a grammar specialist by any means. Yes, I’ve got a strong grasp of grammar (at least according to Grammarly’s grammar checker). But reading books about grammar definitely do not normally qualify as ‘pleasure reading’ for me.

So the fact that I am enjoying these two books on the punctuation aspect of grammar is unusual, to say the least.

Here’s what these books cover, and whom I think they’d be useful for (and no, it’s not wrong to end a sentence with a preposition!). I’ll start off with the following (part 2 to follow in a different post):

Grammar Girl’s Punctuation 911, by Mignon Fogarty

I’ve already said how much I enjoyed Grammar Girl’s blog/podcast.

Grammar Girl's Punctuation 911

I’m a huge fan of how Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty can explain potentially dry content in a simple, non-technical, engaging way. And so she is in her punctuation book.

Mignon Fogarty provides clear, simple examples for when and how to use commas, hyphens, colons and semi-colons, etc., and takes you through it one step at a time. When you read the book, you won’t feel like bashing your head against the wall or throwing the book out the window.

Recommended for: Everyone!

This book is great for anyone and everyone. It’s compact and non-intimidating. Even if you forget the details after a few hours, it’s easy to refer back to the relevant punctuation mark as needed.

And the eBook version is just $0.99, so there’s very little reason not to get it.

Fogarty, Mignon. Grammar Girl’s Punctuation 911: Your Guide to Writing it Right (Quick & Dirty Tips). Henry Holt and Co.: 2011.

As this has gotten longer than I expected, I’ll continue in a separate post about the second book.


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