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Honey Read My Book, Please written by Allison Baggio

Posted By Rebecca Eckler on September 16, 2011

Tagged: Allison Baggio, Rant

Funny, loyal, honest, supportive, spirited—my husband Tom is all these things. He is not, however, an avid reader of literary fiction. This fact has become a little bit awkward since I have just published my first book of … you guessed it, literary fiction!

Tom reads mostly non-fiction. He’s more than happy to dive into a compelling study about the CIA, or JFK conspiracy, but a “sweetly funny coming of age story” like mine? Not so much. For more than seven years I worked on my book and my husband was married to me the whole time. I talked to him a lot about the book. He listened. He told me when things sounded strange. He encouraged me to keep going. He did not however, ever read the book.

I know there are a lot of writers whose partners are the first ones to read everything they write. I’ve seen them mention them in the acknowledgments of their books. For example: “Thanks to my wonderful partner _______, whose caring eyes were the first ones to read every word of this novel, and whose sweet mouth told me the exact feedback I needed to hear in order to make it what it is.”

Let’s just say that this is not the case with me and my caring partner.

My husband has not had the patience to read more than say, a couple of paragraphs of my 384 page novel since I

started writing it seven and a half years ago. His logic?

“I’m going to wait until it’s in actual book format before I read it.” Now this might come across as rude to some, but I think that it actually showed a lot of faith in me. He was counting on the fact that there was going to be a book, he believed it even when the book was only an idea in my head that I was relating to him over the dinner table. And lucky for him (and me!), he was right.

So I go through the stressful process of placing this book with a publisher, Tom is right there with me (still hasn’t read the book), I start a one year revision with my editor, keeping Tom up-to-date on what is going on (oh, did I mention he still hadn’t read the book?)

And then one day it happens: my novel arrives in my mailbox in book form. It happens to be the advanced reading copy but still, there it is printed and bound with my name on the front. I joyfully bring it to Tom, who is excited and proud and flips through the pages with a satisfied smile on his face.

“Now,” I say to him. “Now you can read it!”

“But that’s not really the book. I want to wait until it is in its final form,” he says matter-of-factly. “Then, I can go to the bookstore, buy it, bring it home and read it.”

He shows the printed copy to everyone who comes over, holds it up and admires it but still doesn’t read it. He promises that it’s the final copy he wants to read but I start to think that maybe he just can’t make himself get around to it.

So what do you think, is this simply a loved-one’s support expressed in a personally-specific way? Or, is there a point when one should start to worry that her husband is not actually going to read her book? With my book soon to be released, I am not sure what’s going to happen next.

Will he read it? Will he like it? Stay tuned for an update….

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Allison Baggio’s first novel, Girl in Shades will be released by ECW Press on October 1st,
2011, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Chapters Indigo. Learn more about her at and follow her on Twitter, @allibaggio.

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2 Responses to Honey Read My Book, Please written by Allison Baggio

  1. Sinus Sister says:

    I’d be spitting fire like a dragon if he did not read the book as soon as as it became a Word document.

    Allison said: “He shows the printed copy to everyone who comes over, holds it up and admires it but still doesn’t read it.”

    REALLY? My blood would boil over.

  2. Maybe you can bribe him? My husbands is one of my first reader but he’s also the one I want the most praise from. Makes it hard for him I think. Good luck to you on this one.

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