I treat books about writing the same way I treat my novels: I collect, I devour, I hoard. Sometimes I even let friends borrow them. In grad school, I read to gain knowledge; guidebooks about writing showed me how other writers spoke about their process and their craft—invaluable knowledge for an apprentice writer. Now I find myself reading craft books for pleasure, my highlighter always close by.
There are far too many books for me to list them all here, but here is a quick list of my favorites. Think of it as a reading list for your own personal writing program. This is where we start.