Jema reads

The Fountainhead - Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand I think the best 'review' for this one is in the movie 'dirty dancing' when the sleazy waitor offers Baby to read it but be careful cause he wrote a lot in the margins and wanted it back...
We see Baby shiver and I decided I should at least try to read a few pages of Ayn Rand to see just what a wreck this is.
Hear the Wind Sing - Haruki Murakami, Alfred Birnbaum It is such a short novel, written in Murakami's signature way which is rather simple but still evoke a lot of emotion. The plot is young man on summer break sit in a bar, drink beer and talk to girls, play music, talk of books, have sex or think about it, think about wells, remembers dead ex girlfriend, finally leaves to go back to Tokyo. It is Murakamis first novel yet feels oddly familiar.
I loved most the way he described the summer rains, how they smell and how they cooled down the hot asphalt, things like that. It made me long for summer.
After Dark - Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami Deliciously spooky and deeply intimate. Like a Gregory Crewdson photo (or an Edward Hopper painting if you prefer that) It is such a short novel so I read it like you suck on a piece of candy, slowly and enjoying every minute.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green I feel like a heartless person but I didn't even get teared up reading this, not even at the end. Perhaps it was just such an overload of death, pain, meds, eulogies and crying.
Part of the plot of this book is that Hazel want's a sequel to her favorite book, she needs to know what happened after the main fictional character died. I really don't care so much for a sequel to this one though.
Perhaps I should just lay off reading YA books. I give it a 3 cause it wasn't bad really, I read it fast, the language is ok. I am just not so thrilled with it that I imagined I would be after seeing the score here at GR.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship - Gail Caldwell Another memoir of grief, this time the sorrow of losing a best friend, but also about the great joy in finding her in the first place. Gail meets Caroline, 8 years younger then her, but also a writer and also a recovering addict and just as crazy as she is about dogs. They almost grow into one, they each get involved with every aspect of each others lives and share swimming, rowing, walking and training dogs.
I've read a lot of books on grief lately, perhaps because my parents are getting up there in age and are not so healthy, it's like my brain needs to prepare even now for the worst. How to let time and your own body heal the wounds of a loss.

Most poignant moment for me in the book was when Gail found a note she wrote for the script to this book and it spelled out loud and clear 'LET HER DIE' as in dare to go to that place, dare to shift from living wonderful Caroline to the hole Caroline left and not just in the book but in life too. Let her die. Let her be a loss, the imaginary friend, the guardian angel.

Of course it also deals with the loss of a beloved pet, that can be just as hard to get over. Coming home to an empty house, going on walks alone seems almost not worth the time. How could any new puppy take the place of a companion you had for 13 years?
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy I really need to give this one a second chance. I tried read it once but never finished it.
Before I Go To Sleep - S.J.Watson Thriller, read for the lit-exp-challenge.
I really liked it. Woman with memory loss trying to piece together her life with the help of a journal and a doctor.
Not over-joyed with the way the ending strained to pull all the threads together, but it was a nice ride to get there.
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - Peter Boxall Not read every word of the whole book but this is more the kind of book you keep on your coffee table to savor now and then. On the downside, they added not just one but 2 Coelho books *gasp* that is 2 too many if you ask me. And none of them is the 'best' one: The Alchemist. Oh well...
Of course the point of this book is to make you want to do your own 1001 list. It begs to be challenged.

(added from my update)
I read some of the reviews here and people just need to chill out, they are taking the title too damn serious. I have had a great time with this one, looking at pictures, trying to recall if I read the books or not and check Goodreads for books to add (or remove) from the TBR pile.
Blue Nights - Joan Didion The book is only partly about losing her daughter, it is just as much about losing your sense of yourself, the body you trusted, the sharp mind, the memories, the anchor in life. At 75 Joan Didion face a lot of health problems and the moment that really touched me was her trying to figure out who to put up as contact person in case of an emergency, her only 'persons' both being dead.
oh and the yellow rose on the stage floor in the dark...
Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin a bit day-time drama but I quite liked it despite some horrible over-acting (I listened to this from BBC radio)
Dangerous Calm - Elizabeth Taylor Stories such as 'Summer Schools', 'Flesh' and 'The Devastating Boys' confirm her status as one of the finest short story writers. This selection also features two previously unpublished stories and three uncollected ones, including the late, poignant tale, 'The Wrong Order'

however the BBC didn't add any of those in this broadcast. I am sure the book is good, but the broadcast is lacking...
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan - William Dalrymple I think the book is most likely a lot better then the abridged BBC version.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark Have to say I am slightly underwhelmed. All this talk about her 'prime' sounds like she is in heat.
the gibson - Bruce Bedford Zzzz
Maigret on the Riviera - Georges Simenon, Geoffrey Sainbury Maigret is not very likable is he? He is kinda whiny and tired the whole time and he doesn't really give a damn about Justice, he is quite happy to solve the puzzle and then just leave it all to play out and go home.
The Knot - Mark Watson Listened to this while doing other stuff and it kept slipping into the background. Terribly boring for a story about incest. Still, not awful, so a weak 2 stars... I did get my dishes done so I can't complain too much.

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