Tired of scouring the internet for thoughtful essays on bibliophile culture without the clickbait and annoying ads?
You've come to the right place.
Off the Beaten Shelf is a book blog for the reader who likes a literary sampler plate.
This blog is for the reader who knows that when you read more, you live more.
Hello there. I'm Mandy Shunnarah, a writer based in Columbus, OH.
I'm the human behind the blog.
My goal is to inspire people to read more books so reading can better enrich their lives, just as they've enriched mine. I've loved books as long as I can remember and I enjoy writing about books almost as much as I enjoy reading them.
If you enjoy discussions of book nerd culture, book reviews, musings on writing, and commentary on the book world, welcome! I chronicle my adventures in reading and the multitude of ways reading has enlightened my life. I don't shy away from the tough subjects and I tell it like it is.
I'm basically your favorite f-bomb-dropping high school English teacher you always wanted to have a beer with.
An Off the Beaten Shelf Book Nerd is someone who loves to read and sees reading as an integral part of his or her identity. A reader who will try a little bit of everything and isn't afraid to read the unknown. A reader who's unabashedly intelligent, but isn't a snob about it---someone who doesn't judge others' reading tastes, but is just happy they're reading.
A reader who's socially conscious and understands that great stories don't just come from dead white dudes. A reader who knows that great stories are found in every genre. A reader who believes all forms of reading are valid, whether paper or digital or, what the hell, even scrolls. A reader who knows that reading is simultaneously a source of entertainment and an inherently political act.
If you're this kind of reader, you're home here.
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And lastly, the (unfortunately necessary) legalese disclaimer: The views expressed on this blog and on my social media sites do not reflect those of my employer. (However, should someone try to get me fired for cursing or expressing liberal views, I imagine my boss would laugh at them.)