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

Perfection: Day 5 of a writer’s journey

On perfection/Bookended

What is your opinion on perfection? Are you for it or are you against it? It’s only after I started writing my novel that I realized how much I loved perfection- how I craved it, and the immense amount of time and energy I sacrificed to maintain it. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with Day 5… In October 2018 I started making progress in my writing. I had a basic structure, a tentative…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction

Facing fears: Day 4 of a writer’s journey

On most journeys, there comes a time that you’ll wish that at least some of the lessons you are learning had been taught in school. I reached this stage in the fall of 2018 when every day seemed to have some new life lesson that I had to learn but when progress on the book itself slowed down to the rate of thick, viscid honey moving uphill. No matter how much I showed up ready to…

Books, Fiction, Judge A Book By Its Cover

Judge A Book By Its Cover, #2

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 preconceived notions quickly fix labels upon them.  Don’t judge a book by its cover, someone entreats us, wagging their finger for emphasis. This series does the…

A Writer's Journey

The student and the teacher: Day 3 of a writer’s journey

The student and the teacher I have been trying to write this post for many days but I haven’t been able to string the right words together. There were two things I wanted to talk about. One, on the topic, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”, a quote attributed to Lao Tzu. Second, that I don’t want to use the word ‘normal’ any more, especially as it pertains to people or their life…

A Writer's Journey, Books

Setting the story free: Day 2

Setting your story free I am typing this Day 2 post (of my writing journey) in the middle of April 2019. Does that mean I stopped writing last April? No. I still wrote but what I wrote underwent many revisions. First, the more I wrote, the more I learned how to write. This learning curve continues to this day. But there were also other events that influenced my writing. Sometime during May 2018, I had a…

A Writer's Journey, Day 1

Day 1

This is Day 1 of my writer’s journey. To be honest, it’s yet another Day 1. An idea for a novel came to me in the fall of 2017. I thought about it for a few months, turning it this way and that in my mind, examining it like a child who isn’t sure how her new toy works. Fascinated, hypnotized, and unsure. The book idea was not a complete, from-the-beginning-to-the-end kind of inspiration. It was…

Books, Judge A Book By Its Cover

Judge A Book By Its Cover, #1

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 preconceived notions quickly fix labels upon them.  Don’t judge a book by its cover, someone entreats us, wagging their finger for emphasis. This series does the…