Thursday, 4 January 2018

Identity Crisis

So, it's been a while since I've written, so I kind of wanted to address why that is!
I first started this blog about two or three years ago as a way to share my ideas about the books I had read- hence the name 'The Leaning Bookshelf'. At the time, that name fit well. I wrote almost exclusively about books and poems and other kinds of literature, and so using a blog name that encompassed this seemed like a good idea.

Since then, a lot has happened both in my own life, and on this blog. Firstly, I started uni and began studying English full time, as oppose to alongside radically different subjects as with my A-Levels. As much as I love reading, I found reading my uni reading lists alongside other books a little exhausting. I was reading around two books a week for uni, and after that couldn't really face anything else!
Secondly, and as a result of this, I started writing about things other than literature, and really really enjoying it. I loved branching out, and being able to write about anything and everything I wanted. However, I quickly realised that my blog name was somewhat holding me back. I felt a lot of pressure to keep up with the book related posts, which in turn kind of put me off writing them.

I really love writing, especially on the blogging platform, and I really want to do more of it this year and in the future. To do that, and to keep it relevant to my life and interests, this blog will undergo a bit of a re brand, and will have a brand new name! I have one in mind, and will be undergoing the long and tedious task of moving everything over to a new domain- so watch this space!

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, it is really encouraging and really means a lot to me! It's astounding that anyone actually keeps up with my little corner of the internet! I hope you will all support the move, and will carry on reading in the future.

Happy New Year!

E x

1 comment

  1. Subject: book review request

    (Multicultural/literary fiction; 133,000 words; 520 pages)
    Published by: Line by Lion Publishing, Louisville, Ky, [NOT a vanity/subsidy/participation press]

    Dear Avid Reader,

    SCHUGARA contrasts the ennui and despair of late Twentieth Century America with the caring culture of "Mabouhey," an island in the Caribbean.

    Here's what Dr. Richard Hanson, Professor Emeritus (English), University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
    has to say about A PLACE CALLED SCHUGARA:

    A PLACE CALLED SHUGARA offers an interesting variety of unusual characters, from
    frustrated and unhappy Midwesterners to shrewdly enterprising Caribbean natives
    whose colorful patois is entertaining and delightful. Three of those characters--a
    jaded academic from Chicago, a desperate factory owner from Ohio, and an
    opportunistic insurance investigator from New York--are drawn to a place that
    lovingly welcomes the three misfits. None is actively seeking spiritual rebirth as the
    story begins and each has his own reason for traveling to the little island, but the
    serendipitous result for all three is essentially the same: a renewal of life and spiritual
    wholeness among the inhabitants of a loving community that lives in a place called
    Schugara. Along with its cast of colorful characters the novel also contains a memorable
    blend of rollicking humor and poignant emotion, qualities that will linger in the memory
    of every reader.


    A Place Called Shugara is the story of three Americans who come together on the Caribbean island Mabouhey at a place called Schugara. Travers Landeman, an Ohio businessman, escapes a failing marriage and a failing business. Mourning the suicide of his nephew, he flees to Mabouhey, where he fakes his death. Joe Rogers, owner of The Yellow Harp bookstore in Chicago, leads a group of amateur archeologists to Mabouhey. He finds a pre-Columbian treasure, a jeweled mask dating to the Arawak era. Albert Sidney McNab, a private investigator, is hired by the Atlantis Fidelity Insurance Company to search for Travers. Travers discovers his nephew’s diary, which tells of his nephew’s sexual abuse by his parish priest, Father Art. He feels obligated to return to his former life to bring Father Art to justice. Joe, who has his own axe to grind with the Atlantis Fidelity Insurance Company, persuades Travers that it is better to leave that task to Albert. Albert consents, for the love he has found on Mabouhey, a woman named Esmerelda, matters more than the money he may or may not get from Atlantis Fidelity. Albert, Esmerelda, and the mask go to the United States. Father Art is beaten to death in his jail cell while awaiting trial. As United Nations Ambassador of its newest member nation, the Commonwealth of the Island of Mabouhey, Mrs. Esmerelda McNab has the mask auctioned at Sotheby's, despite protestors from Columbia University who denounce the sale as "cultural genocide."


    English has lived for 48 years in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. When Austin resegregated from 100% Caucasian to 95+% African-American in 1970-71, English was one of a handful of residents who cast down their buckets with their new neighbors. As a minority in a majority minority community, he has a unique perspective on the state of urban America. English’s writings have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Reader.

    Please view SCHUGARA's website:

    Please let me know if I may send you a copy (paperback or electronic file) for your review consideration.

    Maximum respect,
    Joe English


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