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, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

3 Books For The Beginner Writer (Plus Bonus Recommendations)

Book recommendations for the beginner writer/ Bookended.org

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/ Bookended

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…

Books, Fiction

Book: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen/ Bookended

Thoughts and personal notes on Persuasion by Jane Austen: (SPOILER ALERT!) 1. This is my favorite Jane Austen. I first read it as a teenager and loved it, more even than Pride and Prejudice. I just finished reading it again as part of our bookclub’s March selection. Oddly, because I don’t think we planned it, we paired it with Albert Camus’ The Plague ( a nod to the unfolding Coronavirus situation gripping the world). A love…

Books, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

5 Books On Creativity: Must-Read

5 Must Read Books On Creativity

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. Like so many of us, I have always turned to books for answers. Yes, we have the internet but, because I was a teenager when computers were…

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…

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Bookended, 2021
Jan 28th, 2021 Dear Reader, My intention is to restart Bookended (Bookended, 2.0). I can blame 2020 for not providing enough time, bandwidth, or opportunity to be present here but that would be taking the easy way out because it wasn’t until recently that I became clear on what...
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