Favorite Reference Books

Favorite Reference Books

Happy new year! In the tradition of Youtube’s challenge tags among the Booktube community, I’d like to see if I could get something similar going among author blogs.

How This Works

Please use #AuthorReferenceChallenge across social media.

On your blog, quickly recap who you are, and what you do. Or if you don’t have a blog, social media is fine. Then list your favorite, current, or most used reference books. The list can be physical copies or ebooks. It can also be manuals, websites (screen shots), or any other resources you use on a regular basis. The more obscure the better! It can be detailed, or just lists in sharing your library. This challenge is open to all, but I will be tagging five science fiction and fantasy authors in social media to get started.

About Me

Hello again! Welcome to a rebooted blog. I’m Jeanne Marcella and I write fantasy, dark fantasy, and paranormal/urban fantasy novels with LGBTQIA+ characters. Also, after decades of not drawing, I’m attempting to get back into my art. This blog will be used as a workbook and archive dealing with my writing, my novels, my art, and other pertinent information.

My Current Picks

My most-used batch of reference novels currently include lexicons and old reprint store catalogs from the early 1900s. Among my hoard are two vintage car guides, and various photographed copies of old maps dated in the early 1900s.

The books are:

  1. The 1902 (reprint edition) of the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue
  2. The Complete Encyclopedia of Vintage Cars 1886-1940 by Rob de la Rive Box
  3. The Grandiloquent Dictionary by Russell Rocke
  4. The UK to USA Dictionary by Claudine Dervaes and John Hunter
  5. Knickers In A Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang by Jonathan Bernstein
  6. There’s a Word For It by Charles Harrington Elster
  7. British English A to Zed by Norman W Schur
  8. Bonus Facebook page:  Grandiloquent Word of the Day

About the Books

The Sears and Roebuck catalog equates to the Target, Best Buy, and Walmart flyers of today. The merchandise inside the Sears and Roebuck catalog are the toys, clothes, kitchen wares, furniture, and much more of the 1900s, complete with prices. I will be sharing more about that, and my maps of the 1900s in a later post.

Numbers 3 through 7 are dictionaries and lists of either fancy words not often used, fancy slang, or books that translate words between the British tongue and the American one.

These references help shape the whimsical, paranormal/urban fantasy series I’m working on called Infinity 8: The Demon Lord of California.

What are your favorite reference books and why? Share them with us below!

2 thoughts on “Favorite Reference Books”

  1. This is a cool idea! I have to admit I don’t do nearly as much research as I should. A couple of books that have been handy are Gang Leader For A Day and Got Parts? An Insider’s Guide To Managing Life Successfully With Dissociative Identity Disorder. I’ve also read a whole bunch on trauma like The Unsayable and Waking The Tiger.

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