Can Too Many Books Spoil the Broth?

Huge Witchy Book Haul….


Hello my lovelies thank you so much for joining me. It’s so good to see you again! Here in the ‘Sunshine State’ it is dark and stormy, with the lightning cutting off the power intermittently and the house shaking with the thunder that seems to have set up home overhead. It is just the weather for me to share with you some of my huge spooky book haul. And I have to start it with a picture of my dream house, which I’m sure would look so spooky today.





We all love a good book haul, right? especially if we were not planning on one, so that it is a surprise even to ourselves.I have been so good with my self-imposed book buying ban, that it’s been a full month since I last stepped foot into a book store or clicked that button on Amazon.I know the staff at my local bookstore will be sending out the cavalry to find me soon, if I don’t show my face in there.

Anyway, if you happen follow me on Instagram you will know that my hubby and I went on a day trip to St. Augustine on Sunday.It’s about two hours drive from our home in Central Florida. We had some business to take care of, with a little house hunting thrown in, and we wanted to spend a whole day there to take in the beautiful surroundings in this amazing and historical part of Florida.We had a wonderful time, but as usual the day went by far too quickly. Once everything was taken care of we hunted down somewhere to eat, where we could relax, hide from the sun, and scroll through all the amazing photos we had taken during the day. To be honest, the photos I was most interested in were the house ones. Sigh…

As we rolled out of the restaurant, my radar detected a huge Barnes & Nobel bookstore right behind us, winking in the sun. I looked at my hubby, he looked at me, sighed, and drove us the ten yards to the bookstore. He decided he would stay in the car while I browsed (he never learns) So I browsed lots. Too much. I was phoning him with updates while I shopped. I think I bought more in one haul than I’ve ever done. You know, the one where you split the bill between your debit card and your credit card so you can still pay the mortgage at the end of the month.


I blame the staff. 😉 They didn’t limit me. They actually ENCOURAGED me! ‘Double points today” they said. “If you sign up for a new points card today you get 40% off hardbacks” they said. Only “$25 to join” they said. So how could I argue? After all it was only twenty-five dollars to join and I was getting double points and forty percent off too….


I initially went in to buy a new Penguin cloth bound classic to add to my collection. I promised myself that I would only buy a new one of these gorgeous designs, when and only when, I’d read the previous one. So far I’ve stuck to that rule.


How gorgeous are these Penguin cloth bound classics?




But on Sunday something magical happened. Well actually it was a whole AREA devoted to the magical that happened. My jaw dropped, my hands shook and my basket became very heavy. I was in more than book heaven; You see, I’m writing a trilogy where fantasy and witchcraft are the main ingredients. I’ve been researching my subject since I was at college, and I have been actively writing for the whole of this year, and I’m finally seeing my life’s’ ambition coming together. So that one trip into the bookstore was an all-my-Christmases-come-at-once moment. Before long I was onto basket number two.


Some local historic Haunting books.

So, let me share my treasures with you.

‘Spooky South’ by S.E. Schlosser – Tales of huntings, strange happenings, and other local lore.

‘Ghosts of St. Augustine by Dave Lapham twenty-four collected stories from the oldest city in Florida.

llewellyns 2017 Magical Almanac by Billington, Zaman, Blake et al -Ideas and techniques, calendars, stories and spells.

I figured with the local history books, if I’m moving into the area, I ought to know more about it. I can’t wait to get my teeth into these books.





Next up are some super legends.


The Story or King Arthur and Dancing with Dragons

‘The Story of King Arthur and his Knights’ by Howard Pyle is one of the children’s classics. Its only $10 and it is stunning!  It has tons of lovely illustrations, beautiful end papers and of course the silver edged pages that are the trademark of the Barnes and Nobel children classics.

‘Dancing with Dragons’ by D.J. Conway – What are Dragons?, how do they feature in magic? This appears to be an interesting investigation into the lore of Dragons.





Oracles and Runes

Now these really intrigue me! I’ve been reading tarot cards since my Grandmother taught me at the age of ten. I collect so many different designs, yet I always seem to use the same pack that I’ve had forever. Nevertheless, I’m now venturing into the realms of oracle cards  (wait until I write my post on the work of the gorgeous and fabulously talented artist, Terri Foss- watch this space) These Faerytale oracle cards are just so beautiful.These are by Lucy Cavendish. All the cards are based upon a well-known fairy tale character. These have to be added to my top ten favorites. Now the Lenormand cards are something that I’m just getting to know. I have heard that they’re more difficult to learn, but I’m always looking for a challenge. Finally ‘The Book of Runes’ by Ralph H. Blum. I once began investigating the Runes but couldn’t seem to get ‘into’ them enough. But now I’m excited to try again.




Learning wicca


These three books are all schooling in the art of Witchcraft.

First up is ‘The Black Arts’ by Richard Cavendish- This book explores every aspect of the dark side of magic: psychic attacks, evil spirits, astrology, and summoning. Eeek…I think this one needs reading in daylight and in company!

‘Witchcraft theory and practice by Ly De Angeles- This is described as a manual that explains in-depth how and why magic works. I think this one looks more non-witch user-friendly.

‘Witch School’ by Rev. D. Lewis- Highcorrell – goodness that’s a mouthful. I thought my surname was, but he gets the prize. This is cited as a three-volume Witch school, rather like a college course on Wicca. The synopsis  tells us that there are twelve lessons to be completed in a year. Hmmm interesting.


Herbal Magic and A year of Wicca

‘Wicca a Year and a Day’ by Timothy Roderick- This is an intensive study course of solitary witchcraft which focuses on the changing of the seasons and working with natural elements. This seems to go hand in hand with ‘Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs’ by Scott Cunningham. This is a dip in and outlook with meanings and uses of each herb that you can think of. I’m looking forward to this because I’m always blending teas and trying to invent new tastes for myself. Ok so these are the last two I’m going to share today. I see there is a lot to take in here. I haven’t read any of these books yet but I’ll have them to hand as I’m working on the novel, I want to weave as much history and folklore into my book as I can. It totally fascinates me! I hope you’ve enjoyed my witchy book haul post. I’ll be back with more this week. I’m hoping the sun shows up again soon so I can take more pictures. I’ll also be posting part 2 of my candle collection. As for my Barnes and Nobel trip, while I did buy books from some other genres too,I never did remember to look for my next Penguin cloth bound. ;?

I wish you all a lovely day. Curl up in your book nook, light a candle and drift to other worlds.


lots of love


Sally xx





Sharing my Love of Candles….Part One




The strange purple swirls are my TV colored lights. They don’t photograph well, lol.

I have been collecting candles for as long as I can remember.Right back from being a little girl and my mommy buying me the Avon ones at Christmas. Friends and family have been buying me them for my birthday, Christmas and many events in-between ever since. Then there are the candle sales between all these events; and the result is a home full of pretty scented candles and a welcoming and soothing atmosphere.

I receive lots of direct messages on my Instagram account about my candles: usually asking which I like the best, which I don’t etc. So I thought I’d write some candle posts for you.I have so many candles, I’ve realized that I need to split my  posts up, otherwise they’ll feel like lectures and we don’t need any more lectures in our lives do we? So let’s make this fun and take them in bite sized pieces.

we start with this as post number one.

This post is focusing on my Yankee candle collection. I will introduce reviews on my bookish candles very soon, but let’s get these big guys out-of-the-way first, by way of two posts and a ‘Top Ten Candle countdown’

Now I’ve collected this brand for a long time, so I do have a lot.I’m talking about at least as long as I have lived in this country which is seven years. Also I never pay full price when purchasing for myself. Sign up with Yankee Candle and they send special offers, coupons etc to you. And be sure to sign up for their catalog as they have ‘scratch and sniff’ pages (which they call ‘scratch & smell’ though it doesn’t have such a cute ring to it)

So lets start with my shades of Blue.


img_5253The ‘Blues’ comprise of ‘Splash of Rain, Beach Walk’, Crisp Morning Air’, ‘Storm Watch’ and ‘Blueberry Scone. My favorite of the blues is ‘BLUEBERRY SCONE’. It is Gorgeous! It is strong enough to fill a large room with its delicious fresh-out-of-the-oven scent, and I can smell the blueberries with no problem. It is not at all overpowering, but it is an unmistakable bakery scent. I will say more about this candle later.

Now ‘Storm Watch’ is delicate, and is intended to give the scent reminiscent of that of someone walking into the house after being in the rain (don’t we all love that scent?). The scent is nice, not overwhelming.It doesn’t stand out though. Small rooms only, I suggest.

‘Beach Walk’ is not as strong. In my humble opinion, it smells of very little at all. I wouldn’t purchase it again. Perhaps its best use would be in a smaller room, such as an entry or mudroom. Very disappointing. Lets move ahead.

Now I really like ‘Crisp Morning Air’. While it’s quite a delicate scent, it’s really lovely: rainwater, dew, freshness personified, and reminds me of having the windows thrown open on a fine Spring morning.I always used to do this when living in England. Every morning, whatever the weather, I would throw open all the windows in my house to welcome in the fresh air, while I wandered from room to room, cleaning. I can’t do that here, sadly. If I do, it is like opening an oven door. I’m still not used to it!

Okay, so my least favorite of the blues is ‘Splash of Rain’. Its label suggests a scent similar to that of ‘Crisp Morning Air’ but it is much more flowery, with a very strong Daffodil fragrance. I like flowery, daffodil fragrances, but only if that’s what I’m looking for. I believe this is mislabeled. Yes, the label shows the flowers so I expected floral, but where is the splash of rain?


Are you still with me? Good! Then we will go onto the ‘Yellows’.


img_5250So here we have ‘Daffodil’, ‘Flowers in the Sun’, ‘Bakery Air’, Lemongrass & Orange’ and ‘Winter Glow’. You will see that I’ve used so much of ‘Winter Glow’ over the winter. It is gorgeous.Delicate, clean and fresh. i will be replacing it this year for sure.

Daffodil. Now this is VERY strong. Even before you light it, it is strong. I like this in my kitchen. It is bright and cheerful and is very good for covering up cooking smells too (always a plus) The picture shows Daffodils, the name is Daffodils, so I expected Daffodil scent- not a splash of rain 😉 ha, ha.

‘Flowers in the Sun’ is lovely. Floral of course, strong enough to inhale as you walk past, but not at all overpowering. If you like a milder floral scent then I’d recommend you purchase this rather than the Daffodil.

‘Bakery Air’ is…simply…WOW. I must have a sweet tooth, there seems to be a pattern with my favorites, as they all seem to be food scented. I’d say freshly baked cookies, or even raw cookie dough. Yum. It’s one I use sparingly because I want it to last forever!

Finally in the yellows, I have Lemongrass & Orange. Another huge hit with me. Self explanatory, it does what it says on the label. I love citrus candles. They always make the place smell freshly scrubbed. I feel energized and this scent never fails to lift my spirits, even on the darkest of days. This candle is in my top ten for sure.

Next we have the ‘Reds’….


For some reason I don’t have too many reds. I’ve figured with the Yankee Candles that anything with ‘Roses’ in the title will always remind me of old ladies. Sorry. I love Roses, and I love old ladies but no more Rose candles for me. The scent is actually disturbing. Let me think…perhaps in a sunroom?… no. Still disturbing.

Now ‘Pink Peony’ is slightly less disturbing, but only slightly. looks pretty, but don’t light it…ever (if you want to stay popular with your friends)


Moving swiftly on to ‘Strawberry Lemon Ice’. Yes I like it, okay so I LOVE it, but its nothing to do with the fact that it’s a food candle. Honest. It sparkles. Really. So cute. It smells sweet, candy, popsicle, sticky, cotton candyish. (hold on I need to move those candles out of my eye line …yes the Rose and Peony ones) They worry me. But for certain Lemon Ice is a hit.




Finally in the reds, is ‘Line Dried Cotton’. What can I say except I was suckered by the name.It smells of… nothing much. Who named this? Take them off their medication, fast. My opinion? I wasted my money.


So that’s end of part one. I hope you enjoyed it. I enjoyed sitting down and sniffing all my candles all over again. I feel quite light headed now, but in a good way.

Tomorrow I will be driving two hours from here and doing something really exciting. I can’t wait to tell you. More candle posts soon. Right now I’m going to wash my hair dye out. I should have done it a half hour ago, so goodness knows what it is going to look like.

I wish you ll a lovely day. Curl up in your book nook, light a candle and drift to other worlds.

lots of love,


Sally xx






Huge Bookish Birthday Giveaway!

Hi again guys, and welcome back to my blog.

Today I wanted to share some details about a huge exciting new giveaway that I’m hosting over on my Instagram page. You can find me there under the name @bookscupsandcandles.


I’m celebrating two things: Firstly, that I’ve reached 5K followers on my Bookstagram account, and Secondly, to celebrate the birth of this blog =)

This is the biggest giveaway that I’ve ever hosted so I’m extra excited. On previous giveaways I’ve asked you what themes you would be interested in, and I discovered that the most popular choices were either, Harry Potter, (no surprises there) and Disney.

They were fun giveaways for sure, but I figured that as popular as these themes were, I couldn’t guarantee to please everyone. Then I thought some more and I figured, ‘Why don’t I set choices for my fellow book lovers’? So this idea was born. Here’s the details.

I’ve set up three different theme choices for you. You get to decide which of the three themes suits your style best. The first is Harry Potter themed.I call this #Pack 1

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The first item is a hardback copy of J.K.Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. The very first in the Harry Potter series. I have added to this, a Brand new Funko Pop Hogwarts train. The one you see here is mine, but yours will be brand spanking new in the box. Now maybe you already have this one, in which case you can choose a different carriage from this set. You can have Ron’s carriage or Hermione’s! In addition to these lovelies are an amazing Fred & George bookmark and also a ‘Potterhead’ badge / button from the talented ladies at @boookmarky. Find their store here Also note the cute Hermione pen, and the Lord Voldermort key ring. I love this tiny bookmark from @janestinythings that you can pick up from her store Finally, exclusive to this set is an i Pad 2 skin, with my favorite HP quote on it. This is by by Nesstle66

Now I love a bit of sparkle in my pictures, so included in all three choices of packs, there are copper battery- operated fairy lights that can be bent and wound and draped and wrapped around all your gorgeous books.

Also in each choice of pack is this delightful bookish mug by @lucyintheskycreations. Her art is so amazing, I sigh at the beauty of everything she designs. find store here

Last item that is included in all three packs is this candle from @novellyyours candle store


So now we move on to Pack #2 The Witchy pack.



This is my personal favorite! Well, fall is almost here and with it ,Halloween, so I just HAD to do something for this season, right?

The first item is a fabulous hardcover book ‘The Silver Witch’ by Paula Brackston. I only recently discovered this amazing author and I am in love with her writing style. I ended up marathoning most of her books. I’ve added a different mug here. This one is by @eviebookish  Find it here But you still have the option of the mug from Pack #1 if you prefer.  I have added a gorgeous leather grimoire (spell book) or note-book if you don’t want to make your own spells – handmade in India by artisans.

Note also the adorable witches broom prop! Perfect for your Halloween photos. Right at the back there is a cloth bag full of herbs and flowers that I purchased from @ethereal_tarot  at her amazing store Hopefully they’ll bring love and peace into your home. Last item is this Blu-ray edition of Hocus Pocus. I just need the winner to let me know what region your country takes, i.e., PAL or NTSC.

Finally we move on to Pack #3 The Girly pack!



The book in this pack is an adorable notebook which says: ‘I am simply a book drunkard’ Cute right? This pack included the highly sought after @kyliecosmetics Birthday lip kit in ‘Leo’. I figured this was a cool addition to the pack since it’s the Birthday of my blog, and my giveaway ends on my actual birthday  =)

This set was almost $40 alone and they’re selling on e bay now for HUGE money, so if it isn’t quite your shade, you can sell it on and BUY MORE BOOKS!!!  I have added a smaller book journal. This is so cute, you can just journal all the books you have read and there are some great prompts in it.

Tinker bell always manages to sneak into my giveaways somehow. Here is a cute Tinkerbell pen for that book journal. Finally just the cutest, sparkly blue change purse for if you ever manage to have change from all those books that you are buying!

oh I almost forgot about the Bookish book bag! This is also from @eviebookish. Perfect for book hauls and library hauls alike!

I do hope you love everything. I have tried my very best to offer a good selection of choices for everybody.

Kindly follow me on Instagram for all the rules and instructions etc. Please comment below  and remember to leave  your Instagram name too, for an extra FIVE entries into my giveaway.

It ends at midnight (Florida time) on October 9th.

Let me know what you guys think.

Have an amazing day,

Love Sally xxxx





Welcome to Books, Cups & Candles!



“Hello! Welcome! Please, come on in.”

I open the door wide and beckon you into my home with a smile. I’m really looking forward to this visit.

“ It’s so lovely to meet you. I would be thrilled if you would stay a while; I’d love us to get to know each other better. Can I offer you a drink perhaps? Or a snack…?”

While this is how I would love to welcome you into my home, it’s rather different with a blog isn’t it? It takes a little more creativity to make that connection between us, but I’m confident that it can be done, and I promise I’m going to do my absolute best to ensure that you find what you are looking for on these pages.

I want you to enjoy your visit to my page just as much as if we were sat chatting with me over tea, either at my home or yours, or in some cozy café.

As difficult as that sounds to pull off, my hope is that you want to linger, to browse, and to have to force yourself to leave, dragging your feet reluctantly, as you back out of the door.

But I’ll need your help if we are going to accomplish this. This means I need your comments, and e-mails. Tell me what you like. Tell me what you want to see more of. Tell me what doesn’t fire up your enthusiasm. This is all for you. Please feel free to make suggestions to me of what I can do to grip your interest and to make you come back for more!

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. First things first: “Hi, I’m Sally and I am a book addict.”

While that sounds a little like a welcome to some addiction counseling meeting, I really feel it is the most fitting description of me. You see, reading comes as naturally to me as breathing, and I cannot last a single day without feasting on words. I figure you must feel a little that way too, since you’re here. How wonderful: a meeting of minds.

So let me tell you a little about what I hope to offer you here…

When I read, I read everything. By this I mean there is no genre safe from my prying eyes. Whether it be fantasy, adventure, true crime, contemporary, classics, or even a touch of romance, I’m game to devour them all. Greedy? …Perhaps, but not so greedy that I don’t want to share my favorite reads with you!

And Let me tell you, I love to feed my brain. I love to learn, so expect non-fiction too, and plenty of it.

Here’s a little more about me: Firstly, the name of my blog. You see I am not only a total book nerd; I am a serious collector of candles. I have thirty-five Yankee candles in my bedroom, and one in every other room in my house. In addition, I have many other brands of candles that I also love, (read this to mean that I’ve lost count) and use daily. Every morning it is part of my routine to light a candle, just as naturally as I open the curtains to let in the light. I read by candlelight where possible, and I find it so relaxing.

Similarly, Tea is my favorite drink; I am always on the look out for new and delicious blends to try, so I also love a pretty cup or ten to interchange daily.

I think I’m an addictive collector at heart. I guess there may have been a danger of me becoming a client on one of the ‘Hoarders’ TV shows if my other obsession wasn’t interior design. I get such a kick out of making over my little nest; that I’m always looking for new ideas to share.

Well, I think that’s all you need to know about what to expect here in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know. Now you’ve got to know me better, I hope you’ll come back soon. I have great plans for you!


P.S. You can also find me on Instagram. @bookscupsandcandles

Sally xxx