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.  

Bookended is a website that shares book recommendations and to-read lists on a variety of subjects. But that's not all. 

It's a  gathering place where I share my love for books and my writing journey with you. A place of information about books but also of encouragement to live your own story. A place of growing pains and of blossoming into one's full self. A place of beauty, soul, self-expression and creativity.

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30-Day Challenge, Books, Nonfiction

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

The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle/ Bookended

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/ 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, Cookbooks, Judge A Book By Its Cover, Nonfiction, The Book Life

Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books/ Bookended

Coffee table books are apparently named because they are books that are kept on the living room coffee table and can help to inspire and promote conversation with/among guests. The theme for today’s (Day 8) book photography challenge is guilty pleasures. While these books may not necessarily qualify for the exact meaning of that phrase, nevertheless coffee table books are my guilty pleasure: I can never pass them by without wanting to bring them home with…

30-Day Challenge, Books, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

Top 5 Spirituality And Self Help Books

Spirituality and self help books/ Bookended

A list of my top 5 spirituality and self help books! When talking about nonfiction books (today’s book photography challenge is to photograph your favorite nonfiction, see picture above), I usually restrict myself to human psychology, spirituality, and to books in the self help genre. (I almost never read books on travel, biographies or politics and current affairs and I have accepted that I probably never will, and I’m okay with that.) Here’s a list of…

30-Day Challenge, A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction, The Book Life

The Book Life, September Edition

The Age Of Kali/The Book Life, September Edition/ Bookended

Welcome to The Book Life, September Edition. It’s 106 degrees today here in my corner of California and the searing, dry heat has sent most people inside. We were already spending more time inside as we sheltered from the pandemic but now, we are forced to stay indoors even more. Pandemics, lightning complexes that triggered wildfires in all parts of the state and intense heat waves have all become our new normal. The entire area was…

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, Nonfiction

I Spy Books

I Spy/ Book photography challenge/ Bookended

Day 4 of the book photography challenge is a flat lay photograph (literally photographing objects lying on a flat surface) of a book with bonus points for fitting as many objects as you can. Whenever I see such a picture I’m always reminded of the I Spy book series (photography by Walter Wick and puzzles by Jean Marzollo). I found this series when my kids were young and I was as fascinated by the books as…

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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....
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