It’s totally OK to burn these books

Game of Thrones candle book

When burned, these books give off a charming smell.

Like pumpkin souffle, clean cotton, and ocean breeze.

These are the smells of Hagrid’s Pumpkin Patch, Dobby’s Socks, and Gatsby’s Shoreline — all candles, and all great holiday gift ideas.

You can also find lip balms and wax tarts in the Etsy seller’s shop, From the Page.

Giveaway: That one book you really wanted to read this year

That One Book You Really Wanted to Read in 2012 - Misprinted Pages

[Update: The Facebook “like” is no longer mandatory for the Rafflecopter. :) ]

We all saw at least one book this year that we’ve been dying to read. Maybe you couldn’t justify the purchase because you’ve got a huge stack of old books waiting for you at home. Or maybe the opposite is true — maybe you’ve been so fixated on the new titles that came out in 2012 that you keep procrastinating on buying that one special classic.

As a holiday gift, I’m giving away a book of choice to one lucky reader. As long as it’s available on and is modestly priced (no more than $20), it’s yours.

For a chance to win, just enter this Rafflecopter! (Scroll down to the widget once you’re on the page.) You can gain entries by “liking” my Facebook page, answering a question about your favorite book of the year, following me on Twitter, leaving a comment, reblogging this announcement post, or tweeting about the giveaway, the last of which you can do once a day.

Thanks, and good luck! The giveaway ends on December 20.

10 essential holiday gifts for book lovers

Winter reading

December is almost here, and that means it’s time to shop like it’s nobody’s business — and groan at all the prices.

This top 10 list contains items that range from the ridiculously affordable to the slightly pricey, but it’ll cover all the readers on your gift list this year. So whether you and books are strangers or total best friends, your life this next month is about to get a whole lot easier.

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