Book Bloggers Abroad (26) – Canada

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country is featured who talks about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.


Our guest blogger for today is Lydia from Canada. Her blog is called The Literary Lollipop . She reads both literary and popular books. As she says herself: “No genre is left on the shelf”. Go and check out her blog!

Me and Rowan

Me and Rowan


I live in Ottawa, Canada. I’m not married but I live with my crazy but cute miniature schnauzer, Rowan, who is an absolute diva. I love her to pieces, though.

Although I finished school over three years ago, I sometimes still feel like a student. Ottawa is a small city, compared to Toronto, but I’ve grown to like the “small town” vibe of the capital of Canada. It’s a government city, as it’s the home of the parliament buildings, so the urban atmosphere has a tendency to be on the traditional side. Everything is very well developed (perhaps over developed) with malls and box stores.

Downtown is always a great place to find cheap books and yummy Shawarmas. I sometimes wish we could have kept a little history in our architecture; there’s nothing special about the landscape when you’ve got a Walmart in the distance…

My Bookshelf

My Bookshelf


I am not specifically loyal to only one book  store. My favourite places are Chapters, which is a GIANT chain of Canadian book retailers, and its online store. However, I’ve recently become drawn to used bookstores and Bookmarket has proven extremely resourceful. There is also a hole-in-the-wall bookstore next to an independent movie theatre (“The Bytowne” if you’re curious) on Rideau street that is an incredible source of hard to find and unique classics, novels, and rare finds. I usually am able to find what I’m looking for. The only time I couldn’t find a specific title, I tried The Book Depository for the first time, which turned out very, very well. I’m impressed with the promise of free shipping.

I don’t normally have electricity failure or internet disruptions, unless we’re having an especially heinous winter or electrical storm. Either way, it’s unlikely that our weather will be so awful as to affect our internet. Even our earthquake didn’t cause a hiccup in the connection.
My circumstances: During the summer I have more time to read. Once September hits, work kicks into overdrive and doesn’t let up until February, when things finally settle down. I don’t have a housekeeper, although that sounds absolutely fabulous. I work full time, so my time for blogging (recently) has dwindled, and I have a lot of hobbies outside of reading that monopolize my time as well. In addition to reading and writing, fitness is a big part of my life, so I’m usually at the gym for an hour (5-6 days a week). Also, I train for half-marathons when I have the extra time.

My Marathon Number

My Marathon Number


Something I would like others to know about my country: No, we don’t live in igloos and no we don’t pronounce it “a boot.” Okay, I’m kidding, of course. Joking aside, there are a few things about my country (and city) that I would love to share with you all:

  1. The National Art Gallery is an often overlooked tourist spot; check it out any time of the year and its glittering glass roof will dazzle you and the giant spider sculpture out front will astonish you.
  2. Ottawa’s endless Shawarma and Pho restaurants are totally tasty.
  3. If you ever get the chance to visit Grosse Ile in Quebec, I highly recommend it. You’ll be absolutely haunted saddened by the Irish history captured on that tiny piece of picturesque land.
Bike Path where I run

Bike Path where I run

Where I read: At the moment, it’s been raining for nearly two days, so I definitely can’t go outside to read. However, in the summer I love to read on the balcony, if it’s nice and humid. Right now, I love to read on my new couch, or in bed, with a mountain of pillows behind me and my comforter pulled up to my chin.

A local Ottawa writer I enjoy is Alan Cumyn. His novel Losing It is absolutely hilarious. He was writer-in-residence for a period of time at the University of Ottawa, my old academic stomping grounds.


Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Lydia, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. I would love to go to Ottawa sometime. My husband went and loved it there. I think I’ve heard of Alan Cumyn and I must check out his books, thanks for the recommendation.

Don’t forget to take a look at Lydia’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Lydia, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Nat from Japan will be visiting us for the twenty-seventh Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!


There will be only one or two more guest posts in this series, but you can join me in the Book Bloggers Abroad 2011 Challenge and read some of the books that have been recommended by guest posters in this series.

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6 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (26) – Canada

  1. I love reading these posts – it’s a shame you’re not continuing with them 😦

    I am a follower of Lydia’s blog so it was great to read something about where she lives, and especially great to see a picture of the gorgeous diva Rowan 🙂

  2. Tes says:

    So nice to get to know another incredible bookblogger 🙂 Canada is one of our dream places to visit….
    I’m off to check out Lidia’s blog now!

  3. Dorte H says:

    Perhaps it´s just as well I don´t have yummy Shawarmas right around the corner, but I could use one or two of those book shops!

  4. From one Canadian to another, thanks “aloot” for putting to rest the “aboot” myth 😀

  5. Lydia says:

    Thanks so much guys! I look forward to visiting your blogs as well! As soon as my internet is up and running again, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.

  6. Pingback: Back in Business | The Literary Lollipop

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