Meet the Blogger

Hi! My name is Chase. Welcome to my blog! I started The Bookend Diner in 2019 and have loved connecting with people all over the world through books and food. I’m 33 years old, a wife, dog mom and avid reader of all genres. I love to bake and experiment with new foods. I also love (reasonably priced) fashion, home decor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I’m a mental health advocate and think we all need to take time to enjoy the things that bring us happiness.


  • Kiss Her Once For Me

    Kiss Her Once For Me

    “All love and ways of loving are love.”

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  • The Key to My Heart

    The Key to My Heart

    “It’s not selfish to want something, but what I often forget is that we can’t really expect other people to know what we want without saying it out loud. People are barely tuned into what they want from themselves, let alone what other people want.”

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  • Reading Snacks

    Reading Snacks

    Are you looking to make healthier snack choices? I’m so bad about grabbing whatever is available to snack on – especially while reading; chips, salsa, those dark chocolate PB cubs from Trader Joe’s…. anything that’s grab and go. So, I’ve substituted some of my unhealthier picks for something that leaves me pleasantly full and satisfies […]

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  • Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun Chili Cook-Off Recipe

    Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun Chili Cook-Off Recipe

    If you’re like me, you’re anxiously awaiting the newest addition to the Finlay Donovan Series! I was going to wait until the start of the year to read Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun, but I juuuuuust couldn’t do it. So, I’ve already read it and reviewed it — but you’ll have to wait a little […]

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  • 🎄 A Very Merry Bromance 🎄

    🎄 A Very Merry Bromance 🎄

    “When we go home, we’re forced to deal with our past. And once we deal with our past, we realize why we ran away in the first place.”

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  • A Man Called Ove

    A Man Called Ove

    “We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if’.”

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