23 bookish candles you’ll want to throw ALL of your Galleons at

You can book us in for a night in with one of these bad boys ASAP

It’s no secret that the internet is packed full of bookish gifts. You only have to check out our long list of must-have buys to see that! Unfortunately, it’s only getting longer with the discovery of some incredible –  and we mean INCREDIBLE – book-themed candles.

Get your Gringotts vault keys at the ready, guys (no, it’s not that kind of party).

So what makes these candles so supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, exactly? WELL, they don’t just smell like any old book (although, to be fair, we’d freakin’ LOVE a candle which smelt like old books). Instead, these waxed beauties delve straight into the scents all our favourite fandoms.

Harry Potter? Check. Mortal Instruments? Yas. Hunger Games? MHMMM! Etsy has hundreds of these scented fandom candles on offer, and to be honest, we’re not entirely sure it’s safe to leave us unsupervised with any form of money while looking at them. 

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Not only are all of these bad boys really reasonably priced (not that it would have stopped us anyway), but they’re also a Bookstagram favourite.

Loads of our favourite Instagrammers are already taking photos of the candles on their bookshelves – and we don’t have the power within ourselves to turn down any Bookstagram faves.

Could there be a better way of upping your bookish aesthetic?! We think not.

Take a look for yourself…

SUNDAY SHELFIE I LOVE MY SHELVES SO MUCH I actually decided to organise them a little better, move back a shit ton of furniture and attempt to get a new shelfie. And, yup, it looks awful! I can’t get back far enough to get a nice shot. So I have to stand on top of my coffee table, pushed again the wall, stand on my tiptoes and at the oddest angle just to fit them all in. It’s so annoying, and probably why I don’t take shelfies very often! I have three other bookcases in this room, you never see them as they are super messy! #bookstagram #booknerd #reading #reader #bookphotography #booktography #booknerdigans #instaread #bookporn #bookshelf #bookshelfie #shelfie #shelfgoals #bookshelfgoals #bookworm #amreading #signedbooks #sjmaas #sarahjmaas #halfbad #acotar #acomaf #throneofglass #thewinnerscurse

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Total #Shefie goals, right there!


Ugh, have you seen a more perfect picture?

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 23 of our favourite bookish candles. They smell just like your favourite read and/or book boyf (looking at you, Newt bby).

1. Take your pick, Potterheads!

2. Check it out Jace and Alec fans

The countdown to shop re-open is on! I’m still not 100% sure exactly what day I’ll be home but I’m aiming to re-open the shop on Saturday or Sunday but we’re looking at inside of a week now! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ I’m expecting a big influx of orders upon reopening so I won’t be processing any rush orders and please allow 1-2 weeks before your items are shipped. I need to get home, get settled, and start making inventory! I’m opening the shop a little early so I can start on orders right away when I get back and streamline my production process but with little inventory on hand at the moment, it may take me just a little bit to catch up with everything! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ I also still have some exciting NEWS to share with you about upcoming items and the future of the shop. Since I haven’t been home to take photos, I’ll probably be doing those reveals in my insta story and posting (unrelated) photos with the updates later on. Any guesses of what they are?! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ The Parabatai candle was inspired by Lady Midnight and it smells like a dark and mysterious forest. Who’s your parabatai? ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #parabatai #ladymidnight #shadowhunters #cassandraclare #candle #candles #novellyyours #etsy #etsyshop #books #instabooks #bookstagram #bookandcandle #literarycandles #bookishcandles #bookcandle #bookcandles #candleaddict #candlegram #candlelove #candlehoarder

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3. Obsessed

4. We have so much love for Peeta from The Hunger Games


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6. SO cool

Hey guys! I am so sorry I haven’t been very active! Going through a few familial bumps at the moment and am super busy making candles for all of you!! So excited about these percy Jackson candle pictures! Anyone purchase my Percy Jackson candle yet? How do you like it ? I am going to try and tune in for you through a live video tomorrow! What candles would you guys like to see in my next photoshoot?? I never know which to choose! I hope everyone had a great weekend ✨❤️ #percyjackson #percyjacksonfandom #percyjacksonandtheolympians #bookishcandle #candlelove #bookcandles #bookishmerchfeatures #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #books #book #bookish #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookaholic #booklove #bookaddiction #candlemaking #candles #bookcandlefeature #bookcandle

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7. Gorgeous

“Have I gone mad?” “I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something… the best people usually are.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Can you imagine a world without this story? I definitely can’t. It’s one of my favorite classics, and that’s why I just HAD to have this candle by @wickandfable! I was told that this candle smells perfectly delicious, but… I’m blown away by the scent. Explaining it doesn’t do it justice, but it has a wonderful light scent of cake? Frosting? And a nice tea smell! It makes me Also… THAT LABEL. Not to mention, how perfect the wax was when I received it. All around, perfect. High quality candles right here! Last thought: I love this new feature of having multiple photos. So fun!

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I’ve already had a busy morning, buying all our ingredients for @bertiebombsandpotions and now I’m all pumped and excited! Let’s get on to the daily challenge! ⚡️ Day 24 Book and candle (#loveatfirstpage17 ) ⚡️ Y’all should know I would feature a @mugglelibrarycandles candle! The fantastic beast is one of my favorites. It smells amazing, I love the purple color and the adorable label with the suitcases! Use my code PINK10 to get one! ⚡️ QOTD: where do you keep all your bookish merch? ⚡️ ▫️ ▫️ ▫️ #books #bookworm #booknerd #booklove #booktag #bookselfie #bookseries #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagrammersunite #bookpic #bookporn #bookphotography #prettycover #showyourbooks #bookzesty #ilovebooks #ilovereading #booknookstagram #bookstagramfeature #theyagalshoutout #mykindofbooks #bookishmerchfeatures #bookishcandle #fantasticbeasts #muggleworthy #bookandcandle

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9. Bet this smells AMAZING

10. Another one for all you Potterheads

11. YAY Six of Crows!

12. This one’s a bit of a cheat…

It’s not inspired by a book, but it is inspired by our FAVOURITE bookworm, Rory Gilmore. LOVE IT.

13. For those who love the classics

14. What team are you on? Jacob or Edward?

15. This Grisha Trilogy set is epic

16. OMG Sherlock

17. Another classic


Hello Bookworms!!! My Etsy Shop will be back up on Monday! I am out of stock right now!! I will be back up and running soon guys, I’ll be making candles all day today and tomorrow!! Thank you all for your love and support so far! So exciting that everyone is liking my candles so far! Thank you all again! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ This is my Jace Wayland candle! Any fun plans for the day? #bookstagram #books #book #bookaddiction #bookphoto #bibliophile #booknerdigan #booklover #booknerd #bookworm #bookworms #bookish #bookphoto #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookstagram #booksandcandles #jace #jacewayland #shadowhunters #tmi #mortalinstruments #themortalinstruments #candles #tmicandle #bookishcandle

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19. Yes, please!

20. Heartless is one of our FAVE reads

21. A very cute Outlander bundle…


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern may just be my favorite book of all time! It’s magical and atmospheric and as much as I love the WWoHP, I think an interactive Night Circus would be a jillion times better. Don’t kill me! Although, Au Reveur is our most popular Night Circus themed candle, we had two others that I’m tempted to bring back since more people know about it now. Does anyone still remember the original Widget’s Tent? Might give it a face lift soon and release it into the wild. Gorgeous photo by @chapter_break featuring #AuReveur which smells like sweet and smokey caramel popcorn, firewood, candy apples and fudge. #themeltinglibrary #thenightcircus #nightcircus #reveur #erinmorgenstern #lecirquedesreves #widgetandpoppet #bookcandles #literarycandles #bookmerch

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What bookish candle would you buy? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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