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.



A Writer's Journey, Books

All Or Nothing: Day 10 of a writer’s journey

Big Magic/ Bookended

I have some fairly disparate things to talk about today but I think there is a thread that ties them together, so bear with me as I try to make sense of it . First: There’s always something, an idea or a perspective, that is obvious to some persons but another person is completely oblivious to it. And then maybe someone says something, and like the shake of a kaleidoscope, there is an inward shift and…

A Writer's Journey

Day 9 of a writer’s journey

Note: I migrated my 2019 posts from an older blog and unfortunately, I lost the Day 9 post. From what I remember, it was a commitment to showing up and writing. I wrote that while I was in the shower, an image popped into my head. I imagined I was in a glass cabin up in the mountains. There were trees everywhere. My view from within the glass walls looked like the picture above. Because this…

A Writer's Journey

Writer’s block: Day 8 of a writer’s journey

Having answered the question (Are you a writer?) to my satisfaction, I renewed my commitment to the book. I created time in my daily schedule to write. I had multiple overseas trips coming up in the first half of 2019 and I increased my writing efforts to make up for the time I would lose because of the travel. I immersed myself in the book and both the plot and the characters benefited from this attention,…

The Book Life

National Book Lovers Day

This post is a few days late but as I have dedicated this blog to books, tea, and self-improvement, I didn’t want to miss commemorating National Book Lovers Day which was on August 9th in the United States. I love books but I’d never heard of this day and I was thrilled that, coincidentally, I spent the mornings of both Aug 9th and 10th browsing the shelves of two independent bookstores in Ojai, California. I ended…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction

Are you a writer? Day 7 of a writer’s journey

Are you a writer? With the arrival of 2019, I was gripped by an urgency to get on with this writing project. I wasn’t writing enough, I felt. Not writing enough. Not writing fast enough. The material was not gripping enough. I had a list of all that was I doing wrong and my inner critic assured me that it was all my fault. If only I’d worked hard enough, this book could be done by…

Books, Judge A Book By Its Cover, Tea

Afternoon Tea (Judge A Book By Its Cover, #3)

We are back to looking at the cover of a book and deciding that we just have to have it! Read the complete introduction to this series here or you may just want the abbreviated version: 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…

A Writer's Journey

Letting go: Day 6 of a writer’s journey

We are urged to let go of past hurts and disappointments and to not hold on because they are unnecessary baggage that oppress and burden the present moment. Let it go, don’t hold on. And that is very sound advice. But I’ve been thinking of another kind of letting go where, in our pursuit of perfection, we let go of things we build because they are not perfect. I wrote a small poem that expressed this…