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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Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo

Published September 29th, 2015

Six of Crows #1

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I am so late to the party here, it really isn’t even funny.  But with the release of Crooked Kingdom last month, and my blog post (top ten books to read before the end of the year) I decided it was finally time to hold myself accountable for buying this gorgeous book and not reading it.

The problem, is the hype.  It is always the hype.  When everyone and their dog tells me how much I am going to love this (insert title here) book, I start to back away slowly.  There is just this awful feeling about reading a book and being undecided about my feelings:  Am I enjoying the book because I am supposed to like it based on popular opinion, OR, do I want to rate the book 5 stars because it actually blew me away?

Six of Crows left me with no questions: it absolutely deserves the hype, and 5 stars.

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The Booksta Mentality: Candle Edition!

photo-sep-13-09-35-47I have been a part of #bookstagram since April of this year, and for being a relative newbie, have noticed that there are some general themes of the book community that deserve a closer look.  I thought it would be interesting to informally analyze the “mob mentality” of bookstagram (and other bookish social media outlets) from a hopefully unbiased point of view; thus my new series The Booksta Mentality was born!  There are going to be several things that I want to open for discussion over the course of a few months, but first and foremost: let’s talk candles.

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