World Book Day

I’ve been working on a blog post about female pop singers (deep thoughts by rpm, doncha know?), and it came to my attention that today is World Book Day. (h/t @SecretAgentL) And yesterday was Grammar Day.

So, basically, my two favorite days in a row.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you probably have to write. Emails, notes to teachers, Facebook posts, tweets — maybe you even blog. I would encourage you to be familiar with grammar rules, even if not that many people are seeing your “work”. It looks good when you can use proper grammar (and punctuation, but I’m sure that’s another day). If you have questions, the Grammar Girl — who has the coolest name in all creation as far as I’m concerned — offers Quick and Dirty Tips for those times you want to figure out if it’s lay/lie or who/whom, among other things.

She also posted a checklist to Twitter yesterday. It’s a good guide for when you do have to write something, especially in a professional setting.

And, sure, no one likes a grammar Nazi, because no one likes to be corrected. (Ask my husband!) But wouldn’t it be even nicer if you were confident enough to know that you weren’t going to be corrected in the first place? Because you used this handy dandy checklist?

I’m just saying.

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Oh, sorry, that got a little longer than I had intended.

What I meant to say was: My favorite book in the entire world is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

That and: Read. Read what you like, and read what challenges you. Read to the children in your life. Heck, read to your pets. Use the library. Read a book or read an ebook.

Reading is good. Reading doesn’t have downsides. Reading makes you better!

What’s your favorite book?

The Little Prince

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2 thoughts on “World Book Day

  1. Ooooh, yay! Books! Words! Writing! Grammar! My favorite book is…well…hmmm… I hold two degrees in English, so I don’t think I can pick just one book. But I will tell you some of my absolutely favorites:

    –The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
    –anything by Sophie Kinsella or Hester Browne (I know, I know…British chic lit. DON’T JUDGE ME.)
    –The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by my boyfriend–er, um, I mean–James Martin, SJ
    –The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker
    –Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir

    I can’t wait to see what your other readers post! I LOVE THE BOOKS ALL OF THEM OMG

  2. MY FAVORITE BOOK AS WELL! Oh how I adore The Little Prince! (Except only the translation by Katherine Woods. I absolutely hate the latest translation. That Howard guy made a mess of one of the greatest books ever written!)

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