2017’s Award Winning Books: The First Half

The literature prizes of the second half of the year are about to start announcing winners.  Before we get into those, here's a recap of some of the big winners from the first six months of 2017. La Rose by Louise Erdrich 2017 NBCC Prize Winner "North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a... Continue Reading →

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TBR Chronicles #14

April has had no shortage of good reading recommendations with all its shortlists and awards.  In addition to these discoveries I've been reminded of two classics which I have for a long while intended to read. The first is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius which is renowned for being a profound read and with all the... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #13

Some months I barely add to my TBR and others I seem to find endless new books that pique my interest.  March has definitely been the latter but I've selected just five of my most anticipated to share with you which I think will be great reads. The first on my March list is a... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #12

I recently finished The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro which I enjoyed so I've added to my TBR list his first novel A Pale View of Hills which I hope to be an equally good read filled with his beautiful writing and keen insights. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M.... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #11

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... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #10

  As the end of the year swiftly approaches, it's got me thinking about my reading challenge and whether or not I'm going to manage to complete it in time.  For this reason, I went over the shorter novels on my TBR list in the hopes of knocking out a few novellas to get my... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #09

This month has been a bit of a quiet month for new additions to my TBR list.  I have only one new book; The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, which looks interesting.  "In The Happiness Hypothesis, psychologist Jonathan Haidt exposes traditional wisdom to the scrutiny of modern science, delivering startling insights. We learn that virtue is... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #08

This month Margaret Atwood's new book, The Heart Goes Last, was published.  I really enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale and have a lot of her other books on my TBR so it just makes sense that her latest offering goes on the list. Another new release coming next month is David Mitchell's Slade House.  Slade House... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #07

Recently, the movie version of Lisa Genova's novel Still Alice came out.  I am very interested in the story and only just came to know of Genova's novels upon discovering the movie's book beginnings.  So, before I watch the movie I'd like to read the book. (GoodReads) I read an article on Forbes in which... Continue Reading →

6 Books for Aspiring Copyeditors

Having a working knowledge of copyediting can't hurt; it can only make you a better writer.  With that in mind, this book list is for aspiring copyeditors, freelance or otherwise, but it is also for anyone in the world of words from publishers, editors, and proofreaders, to writers, authors, and bloggers.  It's for anyone who... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #06

This week the 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist was released.  This is my most anticipated lit prize of the year and you can be sure that the longlist will have a few gems on it.  This year I've picked two books from the list that I expect to be really good. The first is The... Continue Reading →

6 Reading Picks for Bloggers

Today is the 6th Anniversary of my blog, Lilolia!  I created Lilolia after having just moved to a new country where they speak a different language and I needed a creative outlet.  A book blog was a natural choice for me since I've always loved reading but I also have a tendency to dive deep... Continue Reading →

10 Top Books about Our Minds

Every now and then I love a good Non Fiction book and I seem to enjoy the books about our minds and how they work the most.  I've put together a list of 10 top picks to read about our minds from what I've read and what I want to read.  I'd love to hear... Continue Reading →

TBR Chronicles #05

Last month (May) was a slow month for my TBR so I decided to wait until I had a post-worthy amount of books to talk about.  Over the years of writing this blog I've noticed that come mid-year my reading verve dies down a bit.  I have no idea why this happens but it's a... Continue Reading →

Write Great Fiction with this Book Series

The wonderful Write Great Fiction series is published by Writers' Digest Books and consists of 5 titles.  The books are written by different authors and each one focuses on a key area in the construction of great fiction writing.  I've been meaning to get to these books for myself and I think they are a... Continue Reading →

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