Sometimes in life, one just knows when it's time to move on. We've all been there before. We meet someone new, and like what we see. As we get to know them, we find ourselves a little unsure about the choice we've made, but resolve to give it an honest-to-goodness try. Try as we might, we just can't find the spark. Now, when you see each other, you can barely stand the sight of each other. It's time to move on.
What am I talking about? Why, the third book in my 40 x 40 Book Challenge? What else did you think it was?
A month and a half ago, I announced that I was starting on the third book on my 40x40 Book Challenge, Charming Billy: A Novel by Alice McDermott. Honestly, I was all excited about starting the 1998 National Book Award Winner. It was the first adult book in the challenge, and Ms. McDermott is a multi-award winning author. She has penned six novels. All, but one novel has either received a nomination, been named a finalist (three times for the Pulitzer Prize), or has won a major award (the National Book Award). I was truly looking forward to reading, and learning, from a such a recognized master.
Ms. McDermott is a true master of her craft, however, I am unsure if I was in the right frame of mind to start reading this novel when I did. Ms. McDermott, it's not you. I think it's me.
Right off the bat, I think I knew, that the timing was not right for me to meet Billy just yet. I tried. Really, I did. But I couldn't make it past the first chapter. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't capturing my attention and imagination. I hated seeing the book, sit on my bedside table, gathering dust. So out of respect for you, I am calling it quits. For now, at least.
I still intend to read all forty books on my list. But I think, I will reserve reconnecting with Billy for later on. Maybe we can try again? As the old cliché goes, "I will not say goodbye, but perhaps, till we meet again?"