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, Cookbooks, Nonfiction

Cookbooks, Ed. 1: Simple Cake by Odette Williams

Cookbooks to browse during quarantine/Bookended.org

Being asked to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a number of changes to our lives but one of the most prevalent ones is we are eating more home-cooked meals. Our relationship with food is complex: eating, cooking and sharing food whether it’s on regular, ordinary everydays or at life-changing occasions like weddings or funerals creates potent sensory memories and ties the food to a particular time of our life and the…

Books, Nonfiction, The Book Life

Books About Race

As a lifelong reader and aspiring writer, my first instinct is to turn to words and books for everything. I want to use words to express my grief for the hate and violence that still runs rampant in our societies, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. And I want to use words to educate myself so that I may continue to learn and take informed action. This is my prayer:…

A Writer's Journey, The Book Life

10 Lessons Learned From Creative Projects

It’s May 16th, 2020 as I type this and we are at about two months of social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic. I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. Lessons learned from creative projects: Present Day It’s a time of contrasts, the most obvious one being the difference in how each one of us is affected by the pandemic, scattered as we are on a spectrum that ranges from bored and inconvenienced to…

Books, Fiction

Book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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…