A Nosy Adventure; Let’s Talk Candles!

I was definitely all aboard the bookish candle hype train when the concept really took off.  A candle company would come out with a new variation of my favorite characters, or places from books, or just general bookish themed, and I snatched them up without a second thought. wickworms pyramid

Eventually my sister and I started our own bookish themed candle company called wickworms, and while it has been so much fun designing candles, it has really fueled the obsession.  But owning a business is hard, and while both of us have learned quite a few lessons on this journey, I have taken away two main points:

  1. I have picky fragrance tastes.  For example, any scent containing jasmine is a hard pass for me, same with gardenia or spearmint.  Sweet candles are also a miss for me, except very rarely a candle containing caramel scents will pique my interest.
  2. If I love a fandom hard enough, I find it necessary to adorn my shelves with every candle in existence from that fandom.

img_4286So, with that being said, I have been burning a lot of candles lately (because I finally convinced myself that I cannot buy more if I don’t get rid of some) and I thought it would be fun to share with you my favorite  bookish candles!   When I originally put together this list, I found that I had favorites from tons of different shops, which was completely unintentional but perfect for spreading the love; enjoy!

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September Wrap-Up: The Month of New Releases

I had a pretty decent reading month in September, especially when you consider the size of some of the books that I finished!

I really tried to focus on new releases, since September was overflowing with them.  I had this grand plan and vision of keeping up with all the books that I had preordered, and unfortunately, that plan did not come to fruition.  But!  October, November, and December are sparse with the new releases that I am actually planning on reading, so hopefully I can use the time to catch up.

So, putting my nonsensical rambling aside, let me share with you the books that I completed in September!

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A Little TBR Purge to Start the Day

I have been perusing the blog-o-sphere lately for a fun new book meme, and I came across the perfect one: “Down the TBR Hole” created by Lia @ Lost in A Story!

Basically this is a post dedicated to cleaning out your Goodreads TBR (because don’t lie, you’ve gone on a “want to read” button pushing spree as well) by sorting through books you know you will never read and figuring out which ones you will actually read!

So, it works like this:

  • Head on over to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort the books by ascending date added
  • Take a closer look at the first 5 -10 books (How adventurous are ya feeling today?)
  • Read the synopses of the books (Oh I will be taking a good look at the covers too!)
  • Decide: should I keep it or should it go?Screenshot 2017-08-30 at 7.40.29 PM

I won’t be participating in this meme every week because I am the worst book blogger eva, but I am excited to really filer out my entire TBR… eventually!  Alright, let’s get to it!

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The Sunday Post – August 20, 2017

I have been gone for a while, I realize this.  I don’t really know how it happened, life just gets away from you sometimes, you know?

Anyways, I thought I would kind of do a ‘catch up’ post: tell you all a little bit about what I am currently reading (spoiler alert; a lot), as well as just some random happenings in my life that have kept me away from my blog for longer than I intended.

Alrighty, let’s get to it!

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I am a polygamist reader.  I don’t think ever in my life I have had 100% of my time and energy focused on one book.  At the moment, I am doing some serious multitasking when it comes to my currently reading.  You should see my nightstand!

So, candidly, here is a quick rundown of my current reads:

  1. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I want to finish because I was hooked up with an awesome promo pack for this book from Bloomsbury but I hate the font and the story is a bit slow.
  2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – sneaking pages in at work when I am not that busy, but annoyed that I want to finish in the first place because I just learned that the author is problematic.
  3. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – I am neck-deep in Percy Jackson stories and I never want them to end.
  4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Wondering why there is so much hype for this book when I have been nothing but mildly bored so far…
  5. SpecOps by Craig Alanson (audio) – I don’t think I will ever finish this monster of an audio book.

It has been a couple of months since I have read a book that knocked my pants off, and unfortunately I don’t think I any of these current reads will change that situation.  Which sucks.  I need a book that will reignite a passion to read at every moment of every day.

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The Sunday Post – July 9th, 2017

Happy Sunday book friends!  I have been mildly absent from my blog (again) and this time I really don’t have a valid excuse other than blogging is so dang HARD!

So to fill in some of my absence, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit The Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and is a chance to share some weekly news.  This is where I will recap the past week or so, showcase some books and other things I have received, and maybe talk about what is coming up for the week on my blog.  (Haven’t decided on this portion yet so let’s see where this post takes us!)

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sister sock sundayMy book loving sister came to town to visit me for the Fourth of July weekend, so naturally we took an unnecessary trip to Barnes & Noble.  It wasn’t enough to just walk around and be content among all the pretty books, we needed to complete the experience by purchasing some too.  (Hey, in my defense, its been a while since I have book shopped with my sissy, so it was much-needed.)

Instead of picking out a bunch of different books, we each got a copy of two books that we are going to try to buddy read together!  I really like this idea of having a sisterly type book club thing, it gives us more to talk about then just candles and Instagram (and trust me, we talk multiple times day so we definitely need more topics of conversation.)

So anyways, we grabbed WANT and Stalking Jack the Ripper, both which I have heard fantastic things about!  I am excited to work these in to our TBR sooner rather than later, and if anyone wants to join our sister themed book club, let us know!

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Per usual, my currently reading is a mess.  I just finished This is Really Happening, a book sent to me by Penguin Teen that I enjoyed a lot (review coming soon!) and I started Library of Fates last night while I was in the tub.

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And then on top of that, I am buddy reading Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, with my BFF Isabel, but I haven’t gotten to the point in the book where I can’t stop reading you know?  Like when I pick it up, I enjoy it, but once I set it back down I let too much time pass before reading again.

Oh well.

Lastly, I am listening to an alien / space opera / sci-fi / comedy called Spec-Ops, that is huge, but is a fun listen.  I really like the narrator, and the characters are so ridiculous that at times I am reminded a lot of Hitchhiker’s Guide.  But damn, the book is so long it will take me a whole month to listen to it.

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TBS detales -06I have been kind of absent on blogging too (BLOGGING IS SO HARD OMG) but I did whip up another “It’s All in the De-tales” post that may be my favorite one so far!  Click HERE to ogle The Bone Season series in all its naked glory.

You all should know by now too that I LOVEEEE talking about sci-fi, so I recently made my Top 5 Tuesday prompt to be: “5 Sci-Fi Books That I Have Recently Added to My TBR” and oh boy, there are some good ones on the list.  Check it out right HERE!

And, finally, my boyfriend and I are moving relatively soon, so I put together a post about some books that I have for sale that you can check out HERE !

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I am really working on not letting the number of likes that I receive on my pictures bother me.  Post what you want to post!  Post what makes you happy!

 

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So, not much is happening lately.  There aren’t any awesome movies I am stoked for, July is kind of a boring book month, and I have basically done all my travelling for the year already.

But, and I know this sounds slightly vain, but whenever I am feeling down, I have been going back to look at this picture that I took when Nick and I went to Harry Potter World with my family a couple of weeks ago.

hp in diagon alley

Isnt it amazing?!  First of all, the iPhone 7 Plus camera is phenomenal.  Secondly, I am in love with Diagon Alley, and I love the Diagon Alley on the book cover is almost a perfect match to the one I am standing in.  Harry Potter World is always filled with tears for me, and this instance was no exception.

And, that’s all I got for you today!  I hope your Sunday is filled with happy reading and relaxing times!

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It’s All in the De-Tales – Whole Series Edition! (The Bone Season is GORG)

its all in the detailsThere is so much to consider when picking up a book if you are judging it how it looks: the cover yes, but also the spine details, the back cover, the pages (are they deckled?! are they sprayed?!), the title pages, the chapter headers, the naked spine, the naked hardcover, and I could go on and on and on…

Based on all of these factors, I thought it would be fun to start a blog meme, which I am so fondly calling, “It’s All in the De-Tales”.  This is not necessarily a book ‘review’, although you could say its a review based on physical properties and has nothing to do with what is on the inside!

So for this third edition of “It’s All in the De-Tales” I thought it would be fun to do one of my favorite incomplete series, one which I picked up several years ago specifically because I loved how the book looked without the dust jacket on.

I present to you: The Bone Season books in all their glory! 

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Top 5 Tuesday

Good Morning everyone!  It has been so stinkin’ long since I have participated in a Top 5/10 Tuesday so I thought it would be fun to revisit a prompt I missed from a few weeks ago that I love!the martian

For those of you that are unaware, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by  The Broke & The Bookish, where book bloggers get to highlight their top 10 choices for the topic that the lovely people at B&B choose for the week.  Yes, the meme is supposed to be Top 10, and yes, I only do 5.  WHAT ABOUT IT?

So, today the Top 5 prompt I wanted to revisit is: 5 most recent books from X genre that you have recently added to your TBR!  A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of my sci-fi section of my bookshelf on Instagram, which I am immensely proud of.  But then I realized that for being one of my favorite genres, I definitely needed to add some more books to this collection.  Let’s get to it!

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