Here are few book titles that you might find helpful as you hone your skills as a writer. Borrow the books from the library or purchase them from a bookstore.
The American Heritage Dictionary. Third Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin. Everybody needs a good dictionary. This one is not only useful, it's entertaining. Casually reading its short etymologies--they're sprinkled throughout the book--is my alternative to channel surfing.
Williams, Joseph M. (1997) Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. 5th ed. New York: Addison-Wesley. This excellent guide to polishing one's prose is required reading in most ENGL 202 courses at Penn State York.
Fowler, H. Ramsey and Jane E. Aaron (1995) The Little, Brown Handbook. 6th ed. New York: Harper Collins. More comprehensive than many handbooks, and pretty easy to use, it will answer technical, mechanical questions that arise as you write.