let’s try this again: first book of the year, take two

First Book 2016

Apparently, I’m allergic to Virginia Woolf.

Or, at least my copy of A Room of One’s Own.

As I wrote in my previous post, my First Book of the Year selection was to be Woolf’s longform essay on women and writing. Perfect for the beginning of this year, for several reasons.

But as soon as I opened it, I started sneezing.

And sneezing.

And sneezing.

An hour of this. Remnants of the sinus/migraine nonsense from earlier?  Some reaction to the chamomile and mint tea?

“I wonder if this book was in someone’s attic,” I wondered between sneezes.  I’d purchased it a few weeks ago at Half Price Books.

“Get rid of it,” The Husband said. “It’s killing you.”

“But it’s my First Book of the Year.”

I sneezed again.

“You’re not going to make it to your second book of the year if you keep reading that book.”

I checked the library’s website to see if the e-book was available.  (It’s checked out; I put a hold on it.) I checked another library’s catalog.  They don’t own it.

I answered with a sneeze.

The Husband stared at me.

“Get. Rid. Of. It.”

“We’ll sell it — ACHOO! — back,” I said, taking it down to the garage.

In a matter of minutes, my sneezing stopped.

So, we change direction. Pick something else.  Go with Plan B, the book I was planning to read after Virginia Woolf.

Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon.

Now if only I could get the lyrics of “Coming Around Again” out of my head.

Baby sneezes
Mommy pleases
Daddy breezes in
So good on paper 
So romantic 
But so bewildering …. 

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16 thoughts on “let’s try this again: first book of the year, take two

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  2. Gail McFayden

    Wow! That is hilarious! Must have had some dust mites!
    Part of my 2016 plan is more reading, less social media, but that is something that would hapoen to me! Strangely, I feel a lot calmer since I stopped using Facebook!
    Happy reading now that you put away the book-o-allergens!

    1. Melissa Post author

      So great to “meet” you on here! Thanks so much for commenting and for the email. Always good to meet another ‘Burgher in the blogosphere!

  3. Laurie C

    Let’s hope they didn’t sell off a huge pile of books from that attic! Wonder if all the Half Price Books employees have been sneezing at work and wondering why! Happy New Year and good luck with the new choice!

    1. Melissa Post author

      It’s really good. Very well-written and absolutely gripping. Reads like a novel.

  4. Melinda

    I have to admit that it is kind of funny that you had to give up on your book because it was making you sneeze. That is probably one of the best DNF reasons I’ve heard!

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