Writer Spotlight: Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz is a well known Nobel Laureate born in Cairo, Egypt in 1911.  He has written 34 novels and over 350 short stories as well as plays and film scripts over a 70 year career.  He passed away in 2006.  It was his Cairo Trilogy; Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar street that…

Review: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha is a short novel written in 1922 by Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse.  Many people agree that Siddhartha is one of those books that people should read in their lifetime.  It’s a spiritual or philosophical story of a man’s journey of self discovery set in the time of Gautama Buddha.  Interestingly, the name Siddhartha is…

Review: Super Brain by Deepak Chopra & Rudolph Tanzi

I could not have started the year off with a better book.  Super Brain is an incredible book, part neuro science, part self help book, it was the perfect combination of fact and guidance.  On the cover it says: “Unleashing the explosive power of your mind to maximise health, happiness, and spiritual well being.”  It…

Trello: A Blogger’s Best Friend

Creating a blog is exciting and it can be very uplifting.  We all have different goals for our blogs but one thing remains the same for us all if we have longevity in mind; post inspiration and organisation. There are a lot of ways to organise your posts but Trello is the tool I use…

TBR Chronicles January 2016

This month’s TBR list begins with a book I hope will guide me on the beginnings of the journey I described in New Year, New Goals to teach myself Photoshop.  There are bucket loads of resources available out there from books to online tutorials to help with this but I’ve decided to start with Adobe…

Instagram: Your Creative Outlet

Instagram is one of my favourite creative outlets.  The opportunities for creative expression with Instagram are endless and one of the main reasons is because you are free to experiment. A couple of shells, take some photos, a bit of playing around in Snapseed and you’ve made a lovely image for Instagram. Your photos don’t…

Lilolia is Expanding: New Topics & Content

Lilolia will soon be expanding to include new topics and content.  For the readers who have come to know Lilolia, rest assured that all the current content related to reading will continue as normal.  Lilolia will remain dedicated to reading and books.  I have always had a vision for this blog that included more topics…

2015 NBCC Fiction Prize Finalists

The 2015 NBCC Prize for Fiction Finalists have been released.  The Fates and the Furies by Lauren Groff makes another appearance on awards’ shortlists for 2015.  Here is the full list of this year’s contenders for the prize to be announced in March: The Sellout by Paul Beatty “A biting satire about a young man’s isolated…

2015 Etisalat Literature Prize Shortlist

At the end of last year the Etisalat Prize for Literature released their 2015 longlist which Professor Ato Quayson describes: “The range of submissions for the Etisalat Prize this represents the vitality of literary writing on the continent, and the longlist is a selective showcase of the best to be found. The subjects covered in…

New Reading Challenges for 2016

Happy New Year to you all!  We are already two weeks into the new year and I’ve just got round to thinking about my reading goals for this year.  My 2016 GoodReads challenge is set for 24 books which may be a bit hopeful seeing as though I managed to complete last year’s challenge of…

New Year, New Goals

We are two weeks into the new year.  By now many people have already defined their new year’s resolutions and a few may already have given up on them.  I like the idea of resolutions but I tend to prefer goal setting at the beginning of the year.  Rather than focus on things I want…

Review: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

I finished Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon a few days ago and I enjoyed it so much that I just went right to the next one, Show Your Work.  Both have been very helpful to me personally and I’m sure if you are creating anything at all you’ll find this book, Show Your…

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was nominated for and won multiple awards in 2013.  It is a short fantasy novel and a great read.  The story follows a little boy as a fantastical and unsettling event occurs in his life. “Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood…

Review: Euphoria by Lily King

In February this year Euphoria by Lily King was among the NBCC finalists and it interested me enough to make my Feb TBR Chronicles as well.  I got around to reading it this month and I was happily surprised by it. Upon initially reading the book blurb I wondered how the novel would play out…