Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Time is Not Always Right

In a Facebook conversation the other day a friend commented regarding a book we had both started a long time ago,  She said, "Sometimes, the timing isn't right, but the book is always there when it is."  

Such a simple statement but so profound.  

Her comment was in regard to "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb. Mr. Lamb is a very engaging writer but his subjects tend to be very deep and emotional.  For the comment to be made about such a book is completely understandable. 

But I find that simple sentence floating through my mind as I avoid returning to the book I've been "reading" (not) each night.  It's good.  I really engage when I pick it up. But I just don't feel drawn back.  

Perhaps the timing just isn't right.  

Which brings me to book clubs.  I love the idea of book clubs and have joined more than one.  I've been attending one recently but guess what.... 

I have yet to read a book they've selected.  

I think I'm not cut out for book clubs.  They pick a book and I either don't read it or force myself into it. It seems more often than not, the timing just isn't right. 

I need a book club, but mine will have to be different.  I want to meet on that once a month schedule and just talk about books.  Any books.  What you've read, what I've read, what we want to read.  That's a book club I could get into and I only have to read books for which the timing is right.  


  1. I could go for that book club of yours. :) I had lunch with a former co-worker earlier this week, and she was saying that work is not fun anymore. Then she exclaimed, "I don't have anybody to talk to about books anymore!" It's true, that was always a common pursuit of ours that we loved to discuss at length.

    1. One of my Facebook friends goes way back to middle school. We walked to school (or home) together only a few times, but we always talked about books. We had different interests (other than books) so never because close friends. But when we reconnected on Facebook all these years later, I discovered she is a school librarian. Proof that the love of books, talking books, and loving books starts early! I find it much more fun to discuss books at random. We might end up talking about a book we've both read, or we will discover more books that we want to read. I'm so tired of being held hostage by a book I've started and just can't finish. Since I can't finish I don't read anything at all because I feel I am obligated to finish one before I start another. Enough of that, I throwing off my shackles!!

  2. If only I were closer. Sounds like the perfect club.

    1. I think we should set up some sort of chat room once a month to talk books.