2022 reading list

There really is no better pairing in life than a good book, a scented candle and a cup or tea/coffee. We dare you to think of a better trio. Go on, we're waiting...

For those of us who enjoy getting lost in a good book, we've curated a collection of book + candle + tea pairings for you to consider this season.

With the snowy cold in Toronto, it's not like we're going anywhere anytime soon, so snuggle up and explore some of these potential adventures below.

 

Pairing 1

BookThe Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
CandleDUSK amber jar
Tea: Earl Grey

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

 

Pairing 2

Book: The Choice by Edith Eva Eger
Candle: WILD
Tea: Matcha Green

An eminent psychologist and one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors old enough to remember life in the camps, Dr. Edith Eger has worked with veterans, military personnel, and victims of physical and mental trauma. She lives in La Jolla, California. She is the author of the award-winning book The Choice and The Gift.

 

Pairing 3

Book: The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Candle: ARTEMIS
TeaZesty Oolong

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

 

Pairing 4

Book: Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas
Candle: SPIRITED amber jar
Tea: Lemon Hibiscus

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

 

Pairing 5

Book: A Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Candle: LUNAR
Tea: Spiced Chai

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead.