Books On Writing from the Shelves of Elements Members
1. The RWA booklets - you can download them from the RWA site. They include: Keys to Success. On the Brink, Promotions, Business Basics, and Professional Relationships.
2. For Inspiration - Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen
3. Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference by Gary Lutz & Diane Stevenson - not as thorough as Chicago Manual of Style, but much easier to read and understand
4. 45 Master Characters by Victoria Schmidt
5. Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon
6. Self-editing for Fiction Writers - by Renni Browne & Dave King
7. From First Draft to Finished Novel by Karen Wiesner (also her "First Draft in 30 Days)
8. Any good Dictionary and Thesaurus
9. The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
10. Any of the genre specific books from Writer's Digest (Deadly Doses; Armed and Dangerous; Everyday life in the 1800s, etc.)
Books We Can't Live Without . . .
The Romance Writer's Phrase Book
Building Believable Characters.
Stein On Writing by Sol Stein
Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham
Good Books to Cheer You Up...
Sandra Brown's Bed and Breakfast
Any of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's books -- "Ain't She Sweet"
Kasey Michaels This Can't Be Love or This Must Be love
Susan Wiggs (any)
Susan Malley (any)
Linnea Sinclair's (sci fi romance) books
Historical, try Julia Quinn
Tamora Pierce's YA books - the circle series and the circle opens series are good. mysteries, try Aaron Elkins
Other Sci fi series by Mike Shepherd - Kris Longknife series.
David Weber's Honor Harrington series
Anguished English by William Lederer
More Anguished English, and others
Judi McCoy's Goddess Series
Heidi Bett's Knitting Series
Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins
Hot Wheels and High Heels by Jane Graves
The Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich
Evanovich's "How I Write"
Lauren Willig series - "The Pink Carnation"
Lisa Norato's "I Only Want to Be With You"
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Brief Handbook for Writers
Harbrace College Handbook
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain
On Writing by Stephen King
Complete Wordfinder (combo dictionary and thesaurus)
An Incomplete Education (kind of a one-book encyclopedia)
The Dictionary of the Bible (from a college classe - might help when writing paranormals about angels and demons etc)
How to Write a Romance Novel for Dummies by Sil editor Leslie Wainger
Mrs. Astor's New York (I want to someday write a book set in the Gilded Age)
American Eve (a novel about the famous Gilded Age murder by Evelyn Nesbit)