Kinokuniya has a special offer on writing books at the moment. If you snip the voucher from the Mind Our English page of The Star you can get 25% off a selected title. Went along to check it out for you (my excuse anyway!) and came away with two more creative writing books to add to my already burgeoning shelves.
The first is Writing About Your Life by William Zinsser, and is about memoir writing.
The second is A Lie that Tells a Truth by John Dufresne. The jacket describes it as "A truly creative - and hilarious - guide to creative writing, full of encouragment and sound advice". Well, we'll see.
There were plenty of other titles stacked on the table, many of them style guides which I'm not really so keen on, as they tend to be very prescriptive about what is and what isn't acceptable grammar. The book I really wanted, having seen it featured in the paper this morning was one called Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within by Barbara De Marco-Barrett, but Kino was already out of stock of that one, though they said they can order it. (And still give the discount when it comes.)
I collect books on writing. Already have quite a library and keep adding to it. It isn't at all that I buy them because I feel I personally need them as a writer. (I already have excellent books of prompts and on the writer's craft). But more out of academic curiosity. What's the angle? Is it helpful? Is there anything I can lift for my courses? Would my course participants/writing friends find this useful and should I recommend it?
And also because, in a strange sort of way, I find their presence on my shelves oddly comforting ...