My friend Tricia and my sister Darby and I attended a huge Book Fest at the Jacksonville Public Library about a month back, mostly to meet our favorite author, Maggie Steifvater. While there we shopped the San Marco Bookstore set up inside the library. I purchased two Paddywax travel tins from their Library collection. I chose the authors John Steinbeck and Mark Twain.
These are tiny 2.5 ounce candle tins with two wicks that travel well. Great for hotels or quickly, and briefly, scenting smaller areas. I paid $8.00 each for mine, but the Paddywax website sells a pair of them for $18.00.
John Steinbeck- Notes: Smoked Birch + Amber
Vanilla bourbon laced amber and smoky birch trees, dulcet and warm, furred with tonka beans and shrouded in warmth from a fireside hearth. It reminds me of a more mature and less candy-like Marshmallow Fireside. It threw medium-light in the living room but nice and strong in my bedroom. It will burn fast though... maybe a 1-2 hour life at most. It did tunnel a little due to the wicks being paced so far apart but nothing to bother me since I just wanted to try the scent. I am going to be repurchasing this but in the larger 6.5 ounce glass jars ($21). This was a nice way to "sample" it though.
I have a few John Steinbeck favorites but Winter of Our Discontent was probably the most poignant and bittersweet of them. I enjoyed it but it did break my heart.
And one photo of Maggie, just because she is so awesome. <3 I pre-ordered her new book All the Crooked Saints, that is set to release on October 10th. I ordered it from her local book store, Fountain Books, because she doodles on and autographs the books that people purchase through there at no additional cost. Pretty neat. I am a geek like that.
My Redolent Mermaid Reading Challenge is chugging along quite well for me too. I am currently reading Hollow City which is book two in the Peculiar Children series. Thanks Deb for loaning it to me! What are you reading? Would you burn bookish candles? Do you enjoy Paddywax Candles? Their Blue Apothecary Vanilla Bean & Myrrh smells amazing and I am dying to try it.