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.

 
 
 
 

 

Books, Fiction

Book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage/ Bookended.org

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…

Books, Fiction, Tea, The Book Life

The Romance Of Book Clubs

It’s a lovely May afternoon as I sit down to type, one of those beautiful, sunny California days when the air is filled with the honeyed perfume of roses. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon for a book club to meet: lots of cups of tea or glasses of wine, a slice of cake or two, and conversations about books that invariably lead to an exchange of stories about our lives. Of course, we are currently sheltering…

Books, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

3 Books For The Beginner Writer (Plus Bonus Recommendations)

Are you a beginner writer ready to work on your book? Have you decided to take the plunge and begin your writing journey? If yes, I want to congratulate you and point to three books that any beginner writer may benefit from. The 3 books are The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, The Writer’s Journey, Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler and Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules Of Writing. These books are great…

Books, Fiction

Book: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney is a tender love story between Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan that starts when the two of them are in secondary school in County Sligo and continues through their college years at Trinity College in Dublin. Theirs is an on-again, off-again romance though romance is too silly and superficial a word for the vulnerability and emotion that mark their every interaction. However, Normal People is not just a love story. Capitalist…

Books, Fiction

Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Thoughts and personal notes on Persuasion by Jane Austen: (SPOILER ALERT!) 1. This is my favorite Jane Austen. I first read it as a teenager and loved it, more even than Pride and Prejudice. I just finished reading it again as part of our bookclub’s March selection. Oddly, because I don’t think we planned it, we paired it with Albert Camus’ The Plague ( a nod to the unfolding Coronavirus situation gripping the world). A love…

Books, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

5 Books On Creativity: Must-Read

Welcome to the first post on sets of books that focus on a specific subject. I’ve called the series Connect The Dots because it allows me to share 5 books that can be read sequentially, going from one to the other naturally, much like drawing an actual connect-the-dots figure. Like so many of us, I have always turned to books for answers. Yes, we have the internet but, because I was a teenager when computers were…