It’s taken me nearly two years to read this book. One because I was studying at uni and two I didn’t really have a lot of time to read anything that didn’t immediately grab my attention. I thought I’d give this a chance. So I read it, it wasn’t as easy to read in the 13 minute gap I had to and from work but it was surprisingly witty and hooked me in. Eats. Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss is definitely a book I’d recommend for any grammarians out there and you wan’t to know why?
I didn’t hate it.
That’s right. I didn’t hate it. I thought I would because having someone tell me how to do something in any sort of way that isn’t a suggestion tends to make me resist like there’s no tomorrow. So I sat down to read it thinking I may learn a few things here and there but I didn’t expect to take a lot more than that. I’m still learning how to apply a lot of what I read but punctuation makes sense to me, finally. I get why we need to use a semi colon and why it’s lost on a lot of people. I’ve learnt how to use a list properly and what em dashes and en dashes really do.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves has revolutionised the way I use punctuation.
I feel like a changed writer. Like I have a new lease on life, so to speak. If there are writer’s out there who want to better their punctuation skills READ THIS BOOK. Lynne Truss has a way of explaining things that makes it so easy and simple to follow, not to mention there are some witty as all hell anecdotes and commentary that make it a very amusing read.
My next books on my journey to self knowledge is The Little Green Books – another from the list of books I should have read in Uni (oops) – and Naming the World, which is a book I’m trying to get through to try and come up with why naming titles are so hard. So stay tuned for that. Remember Sharing Sunday’s is coming up!