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.
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:
- 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.
- If I love a fandom hard enough, I find it necessary to adorn my shelves with every candle in existence from that fandom.
So, 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!