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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Books, Judge A Book By Its Cover, Nonfiction, The Book Life

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health And Happiness by Dr. Qing Li

Forest Bathing/ Bookended

June 23rd, 2020 A few nature preserves near our neighborhood stayed open during the coronavirus shelter in place but most of the others were closed. To be safe and to avoid crowds, I stayed away for 3 months until the restrictions were relaxed in June. That’s when I realized how much I had taken for granted the easy opportunity to be in natural surroundings, hills covered with trees, tiny brooks gurgling through them. Pre-coronavirus, I went…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction, The Book Life

The Book Life

Reading list/ Bookended.org

Updates from life in the times of a pandemic It’s a hot summer Monday afternoon in June. A case of perfectionism, wanting the writing I share here to be perfect in relevance, length, clarity, and emotion, has led to my not posting at all. I’ve battled these before and obviously, continue to do so. The number of hours spent reading has also gone down. When I think about the reasons for this, I can narrow it…

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

Books about race/ Bookended

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

Lessons learned from creative projects/ Bookended

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

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

Book clubs/Bookended.org

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…

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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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