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If you’re a writer and you’ve done research, nothing is more aggravating than using information and when you need the information again, you can’t remember where you found it in the first place. If you’re like me, when you do research and find what you are looking for, you catalog it carefully or create a spreadsheet with the information alphabetized. Or my other favorite thing, just buy the book. However, not only can that get expensive, but it takes up a lot of space.

I have boxes of books and I label the boxes with the title of the books for reference, because when in doubt, I always refer to the book. The box I pulled out contains a mixture of books that I think can be appealing to a lot of writers. I was looking for Poplollies & Bellibones, which is on this list first. I adore this book for some strange quirky reason. It now rest on my bookshelf, since I will be referring to it regularly. Here is a short list of reference books that was in there. They are all good reads and great reference material when writing. Take a look, and please send and share some of your favorites.

Poplollies & Bellibones: A Celebration of Lost Words Along with Tenderfeet and Ladyfingers: A Compendium of Body Language
Susan Kelz Sperling


Medieval Wordbook: More Than 4,000 Terms and Expressions From Medieval Culture
Madeleine Pelner Cosman


Flip Dictionary 
Barbara Ann Kipfer


Religions: Belief, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sects, Sacred Texts -Visual Reference Guides
Philip Wilkinson


Fiction Writer’s Brainstormer 
James V. Smith Jr.


Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
Rolf Toman


Romanesque: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting 
Rolf Toman


Words that Sell: More than 6000 Entries to Help You Promote Your Products, Services, and Ideas
Richard Bayan


Lair of the Sphinx: A Riddle Book 
Darryl See, Matt Mayfield


The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings From Myth and Magic
John & Caitlin Matthews


The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythical Creatures
Emmett Dempsey


Shadowman’s Twisted Treasury: A Collection of Killer Puzzles 
Matt Mayfield, Rick Smith


Fantasmagoria: An Atlas of Fabulous Creatures, Magical Monsters and Enchanted Beings
Julia Bruce


Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia
Carol Rose


The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings
Brenda Rosen


Castles: Their Construction and History
Sidney Toy


The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages
J.E. Kaufmann


Building the Medieval World (Medieval Imagination)
Christine Sciacca


Early Medieval Architecture
Roger Stalley


Nota Bene: A Guide To Familiar Latin Quotes And Phrases
Robin Langley Sommer


Everyday Life in Ancient Times (Highlights of the Beginnings of Western Civilization in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Illustrated
National Geographic Society


Everyday Life in the Ancient World: A Guide to Travel in Ancient Times
Sally Tagholm


The French Chateau: Life, Style, Tradition 
Christiane De Nicolay-Mazery (Author), Christiane De Nicolai-Mazery (Author), Jean-Bernard Naudin (Photographer)


Majesty of the French Quarter, The (Majesty Architecture)
Kerri McCaffety