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, Fiction, Judge A Book By Its Cover, The Book Life

Winner Of The National Book Award by Jincy Willett

winner of the National Book Award by Jincy Willett/Judge A Book By Its Cover/

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, Cookbooks, Fiction, Nonfiction, The Book Life


Tsundoku/ Bookended

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…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Fiction

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse: 3 Life-Changing Quotes

Siddhartha/ Bookended

Hermann Hesse wrote the book Siddhartha in 1922 but the spiritual lessons that the book shares are more relevant than ever. Siddhartha is my entry for Day 5 (Favorite fiction) of the 30-day book photography challenge. This was one of those books I’d been meaning to read but didn’t get around to until last year. I’d somehow gotten the impression that it was the story of the Buddha who was also called Siddhartha when he was…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Fiction

Book Photography Challenge

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho/ Day 2/ 30-day book photography challenge/ Bookended

Welcome to Day 2 of the book photography challenge! The theme for Day 2 was books and flowers. The flowers in this old Uzbeki suzani are paired with what I consider one of the most interesting books I’ve read, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, my entry for Day 2 of the book photography challenge. The Alchemist is one of those books that inspire strong emotions: people love it, they cherish the nuggets of wisdom it imparts,…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Fiction, Tea, The Book Life

The Book Life, August Edition

The Book Life, August Edition/ Bookended

I hope you and your family are doing well. Welcome to The Book Life, a type of post that I’m hoping to be more regular with. It talks about how things are going but from a reader’s perspective. It’s August and I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all gotten used to a new way of living. I’m a biologist and to me, the shelter in place has felt like an incubation reaction: we’re forced…

Books, Fiction

Book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage/

Book notes and thoughts on An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: 1. Roy and Celestial are an African-American couple who have been married for about a year and a half. They are just at the beginning of their lives together: planning their careers, discussing if it’s time to have a baby, relating to the in-laws, all the things that a young, married couple has on their mind. But Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime and…