Who is Lydia?

My name is Lydia and welcome to The Literary Lollipop!

After completing a MA in English Literature at the University of Ottawa (Canada), I am happy to report that my brain is no longer being held hostage by required reading!

This blog is my creative sanctuary. Nothing I write has to be approved by the powers-that-be. The buck stops with me. I post original fiction, book reviews, author interviews and random information about my other addictions (Croatian authors and fitness, in case you’re curious). Whatever I want, really. Freedom is a beautiful thing.

The Literary Lollipop is committed to 100% guilt-free reading.

If you would like to read more about me, here are some of my best posts:

What I learned when I didn’t land my dream job

On Obituaries: My Dad, The Soccer Player

The benefits of books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer & being homeless

26 thoughts on “Who is Lydia?

    • So sorry for the confusion, Robbie! I didn’t realize that the RSS feed button somehow got lost when I changed Themes. I’ve put it back on the upper right hand.

      Thanks for the heads up and thank you for subscribing!!!

  1. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  2. hello!
    stumbled upon your blog while looking for candy by mian mian.
    so far, i’m enjoying your blog. :)
    i decided, after like four years, to resume reading books, that is, without limiting myself to classics. :)
    i’ll add you in my blogroll if it’s okay?

  3. Hi Lydia

    I’m an Ottawa author hoping to tell you about my new book for tweens/teens Journey to Hart’s Halo: V1.0 Einstein’s Enigma, which goes on Kindle FREE from TODAY to midnight PST on SATURDAY with the thought that you may want to share this info with your followers. This is a fun summer read for anyone in the 11+


    If you like science, space, quantum physics (from Perimeter Institute), puzzles or mysteries (or know someone 11+ who does) I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s set in 2033 on the world’s first international space colony.

    And if you enjoy it, maybe get a hardcopy from amazon.com or amazon.ca, knowing that all proceeds fund Ray Zahab and his amazing team at impossible2Possible.com on their youth expedition to Africa in October.

    (from the blurb) The project of eccentric technology billionaire Dr. Oliver Hart, Hart’s Halo is about to be populated by Zero Colony. Space-crazy twelve year old Davey Randolph’s dream is to win two of the twelve spots, for him and his mom, in a global lottery to spend five years aboard the Halo. Constructed as a puzzle-propelled mystery, Davey needs the help of an international cast of clever and quirky pre-teens, and to conquer his own feelings of being an outsider, to solve the puzzles that will lead to a shocking discovery about the true fate of his missing father.

    All the best,

    Let me know if you miss the FREE Kindle days (tho would be much obliged if you’d tell your friends about them) and would like a DRM free electronic copy, or even a hardcopy for that matter!

    • Hi Lou,

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I’ve tweeted your link and, if you like, I can do so again today. It sounds like a really fun project! I’m unable to accept any more review copies right now, as I’m completely behind schedule, but I’m happy to spread the word as best I can.


  4. NOVEL FOR REVIEW: A Soul’s Calling, 340 pp., Wanderlust Publishing House, ISBN 13-978-0-61569-535-8

    Dear Lydia,

    Sorry to approach you through your comments but I could find no email address to send this to. And, I know your time is limited and have to be very selective in the books you review, but I would count myself very lucky if you considered my book A Soul’s Calling for review on your website.

    A Soul’s Calling is a memoir about a man who listened to his heart instead of reason. The book, a work of speculative non-fiction, is part travelogue, part hiking adventure, with shamanism and magic woven throughout.

    A Soul’s Calling transports readers to Nepal’s rugged but enchanting Khumbu Valley where mountains speak and nature is imbued with a special kind of magic. The novel is an inspiring modern day adventure that weaves the timeless themes of living an authentic life, the consequences of power, and what a man would do for unrequited love.

    Scott, a forty-something attorney, is average in every way except one. He has a connection to the Other Side. He speaks to Spirit and Spirit speaks to him. He sees, hears, and interacts with an invisible realm that is beyond ordinary human perception. When Scott learns his soul has been spiritually compromised he travels to the ancient kingdom of Nepal to win it back. Once there, he hikes the Himalaya carrying a mysterious bundle and a stick laden with prayers from Luminous Beings hoping to come face to face with the greatest mountain on earth: Mount Everest. As his journey unfolds, Scott is called on to battle his fear of heights, the thin air, and his physical limitations. Powerful, sweeping, and deeply moving, readers will search their hearts as the book draws to a stunning conclusion.

    If this sounds appealing, I would be happy to provide you with a Kindle copy through Amazon. To read an excerpt from the book, please visit http://www.scott-bishop.com or you can view it using Amazon’s Look Inside feature here:

    With every best wish,

    Scott Bishop

    • Thanks so much for visiting my blog, Scott. This is definitely the kind of novel I’d enjoy reading. The thing is, I have sooooo many books on my shelf right now, it’s ridiculous! Hundreds! And, I don’t have an e-reader or Kindle.

      So, unfortunately, I won’t be able to accept a copy, but your info will be saved here just in case!


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