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Book Review: Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton

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Lately, I’ve had the urge to read some cozy mysteries, in part because of a plot bunny for a series that I think may fit the genre. I’ve been seeing Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series frequently while at the library and decided to give it a try.

I am so glad I did. Aunt Dimity’s Death, while not a title that denotes delight, is in fact a delightful, interesting introduction to the Aunt Dimity series. Continue reading


“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”

              -John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Glimpses Here, And There: Ch. 2

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The photograph lay on the stainless steel desk, a bright glimpse of color against the puke brown of the rubber desk top. It had nearly become stuck to the desk by the latest half-mopped up coffee spill, but the shine of the sticky coffee reflecting the fluorescent station lights saved it just in time. Now, it lay inches from an ink stain, black, spilled blood of a sacrificed pen snapped in two by the rage-motivated fingers. Continue reading

Blog Notes


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Hi lovely Readers!

I just wanted to publish some blog notes about what’s happening with BOOKendra, just as an general update. Maybe some of you haven’t noticed (good!) but I have been slightly absent again of late.

I am so overwhelmed, you guys. I am graduating this September with my Bachelors, which means that I am in my last term and of course losing my mind. I am working two part-time jobs while also searching for a full-time job (give me that one, routine schedule!) and of course I am exhausted, stressed, and counting down the days until I have no more homework.

I love writing for this blog and I have so many ideas for it I can barely contain myself. It’s the energy that I am missing, not the motivation.

So, I may post semi-sporadically for now, but after school ends I have a consistent schedule in mind and I am excited to go on this journey with you readers. So, be assured there is more posts, new blog content, and new ideas coming up. As long as I get through these next few weeks!

Thanks so much for continuing to follow and read BOOKendra!

Love ya,


Book Review: The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

the liar's girlI was instantly intrigued by the premise of The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard. As a new (ish) reader of the stand-alone thriller (or suspense novel), I’m still picky about the type of thriller I read. I look for great, well-rounded, interesting characters that I can actually care about, fascinating plots, and character development and depth to go along with a twisty, mysterious, and scary plot.

The Liar’s Girl met my criteria perfectly!  Continue reading

Glimpses Here, and There: Water


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She breathed through her nose in delicate sniffs, mindful of the water that immersed her body right up to her upper lip. She kept her mouth closed, lips pressed against the pressure of the water, the cool liquid pressing against her mouth like a kiss.

Her legs were getting tired in their silent, unseen struggle to keep her afloat. Her arms, more used to regular hard labor from her work, still showed signs of strength as she tread the surface of the lake, though they, too, were beginning to tire.

But she couldn’t move away. Not back to the little skiff she had stolen, not forward to the small island with it’s tiny forest of trees. Continue reading