Welcome to Bookended.

According to the dictionary, bookends are objects that help keep books upright. You are in the right place if you believe books are what keep YOU upright, your reliable support system for adventure, inspiration, and life lessons.  

We're passionate about books.

At Bookended,  you'll find all things book related: what we're reading, what we think you might like to read, to-read lists that are a mile along, and a chronicle of one writer's journey to write a book. 

PS. This is your place to be if you've always romanticized bookclubs. (Doesn't everyone?) And if you like lots of talk about how much we love to drink tea and read books, preferably at the same time.

 
 
 
 

 

30-Day Challenge, Books, Fiction, Mystery/Detectives/Whodunit

Perry Mason: The Case Of The Dashing Lawyer/Detective

Perry Mason/ Erle Stanley Gardner/Bookended

Perry Mason: The Case Of The Dashing Lawyer/Detective I spent the first decade of my life in India, most of the second in the Middle East where my Dad worked, and returned back to India for college before moving to the United States. Growing up, most of the books that I had access to were by Indian and British authors. The few exceptions were American mystery novels like the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene, The…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Nonfiction, Self Help and Improvement

3 Books To Change Your Life

3 Books to change your life: 3 books that can have a major impact on your life, improving your physical and mental health, and overall quality of life Self help and self improvement are very broad topics because there are so many ways we can work on ourselves- learning new interpersonal or work skills, strengthening our mental health, managing stress, building resiliency, improving our outlook on life, building physical health and many more topics. While self…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Nonfiction

Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie

Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions That Will Transform Your Life As 2020 grinds on, it has felt like a continual stripping away of the world as we knew it (I wrote more about it here) and one of the audiobooks that has really helped break through the repetitive patterns of disempowering thoughts is Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions That Will Transform Your Life. You may be…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Fiction, Judge A Book By Its Cover, The Book Life

Winner Of The National Book Award by Jincy Willett

Judge A Book By Its Cover, #3 First, the disclaimer: I haven’t read the book yet. In this series, I’m judging the book by its cover. You may have heard the idiom, don’t judge a book by its cover, an admonishment to not let surface appearances sway you. Take the time to read the book, delve beneath the surface, and find what message lies within its pages. Get to know a person instead of letting your…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Tea, The Book Life

Once Upon A Tea Time

Once upon a tea time is how the best of stories start. When I start talking about how teatime and books are a match made in heaven, I may repeat some of what I said in this post. Today’s book photography prompt is to photograph that match made in heaven, tea and books. I’m from India and growing up, the women of my family came together to drink tea. It was always around 4PM everyday and…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Nonfiction

The Power Of Now, A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

The Power Of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle Today’s prompt for the 30-day book photography challenge is to share the one book that you recommend to everyone. You should read this, you tell them, it’ll change the way you look at life. The one book that I recommend to everyone is The Power Of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Books can do so much: they have the power…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Cookbooks, Fiction, Nonfiction, The Book Life

Tsundoku

Tsundoku is a Japanese word that describes the act of buying a lot of books, accumulating them, but not reading them. So, there you are, surrounded by piles of books you haven’t read and yet you can’t seem to stop buying them. This is me. I usually don’t buy new books but if I’m at a library sale or a used book sale, there is no stopping me. That means my home is filled with books…