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I Smell Books

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    Books, cards, paper, ink.

    These smells fill me with a profound inner peace. I never feel lonely with a book in my hands or a new set of trading cards. Clean new books are device. Loved old books are mysterious. Dirty books make me cry sometimes.
    justagr7 justagr7 22-25 1 Response Jan 20

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    All The Time

    I lose myself often in books and one of the things I don't like about my Kindle is when I read from it I can't smell the antiqued glue of  my book, nor can I feel the bindings, but most of all I miss that familiar smell of printer's ink on paper as I turn the pages one by...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F Apr 24, 2010

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    A Scent That Can't Be Replaced

    I work in IT Support.  (Yes, yes, I know.  An English major employed as a techie.  Go ahead and laugh.  I'll write you into a novel someday and you won't be a protagonist.  LOL! )  Seriously, though, I work in IT Support, and this relevant...
    WildMagic WildMagic 26-30, F Sep 10, 2010

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    Some Books Stink

    Yeah I admit I smell books :) For good reason though...some stink and the smell burns my nose and eyes like I'm allergic...so whenever I'm going to buy something I tear the plastic off and smell it. I get looks from people because they think that since I'm ripping the plastic off...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 26, 2009

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    Yay Book Smells

    I love the smell of books, new and old...regardless of bookworminess...;) I love them. Though I think I might be allergic to the new glue they use now or something...it makes my eyes burn.
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F May 7, 2012

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    One Thing I've Noticed...

    There's a great scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Giles and another teacher are talking about which is better; books or computers, and he says, "Books...smell. Old, musty...knowledge." I know exactly what that means. I smell books as soon as I get them. It smells...
    readnwritewithwine readnwritewithwine 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 2, 2007

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    I Wish I Could Smell A Book

    I love books and often wished I could smell them. Some I get a whiff every now and then. I have hyponosmia, which is a limited sense of smell. Anosmia is a total lack sense of smell. I have worked in two bookstores and two librarys. I always get wistful someone says they...
    Skootergirl Skootergirl 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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    Sniff + Whiff = ...

    Oh yeah..this is just heaven for me...old and new books alike. Just gives me that zing and I know I'm content. What is it that makes us like the smell? There must be some kind of drug they use on those papers.........because look here now. How many have joined this group? Bet...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 23 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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    Guide to Gardening

    I live in an apartment, and have no interest in growing anything. I picked this up at my library's used book sale just because it was about 50 years old and smelled like sun-warmed dirt. Someone definitely had that thing outside. It smells delightful.
    BookNerd BookNerd 22-25, F Feb 28, 2008

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    Library Books

    The books in my college library are all so out of date that there's no point using them for actual research. So I just check them out for the smell.
    VolensVivarium VolensVivarium 19-21, F 4 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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    Since Young

    I've been doing that since I've got better at reading. Whenever I visit the library I'll borrow books and go back to smell them. I like the smell of the pages as I flip through the books. Children's books smell better than adult fiction. I guess it's the different types of paper...
    gohjohan gohjohan 31-35, M Feb 18, 2008

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    I Smell Books Too

    I used to do it more when I was a kid. I don't so much like the smell of old books though. I also like the smell of money and horses.
    BloomsburyLover BloomsburyLover 51-55 Feb 19, 2013

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    I Love To Smell Books

    I love to smell anything really...I used to smell anything right after I picked it up! Got made fun of enough that I quit. I still smell magazines, books, notebook paper and fresh ink on a page.....I am a writer so I guess that makes sense...Just so glad I'm not the only Nasal...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 10, 2010

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    :D

    The smell is just so addictive, is that possible? To be addicted to a smell? Anyway, especially text books at school. What is it about the books that makes them smell so nice? Some kind of chemical in the print?
    CleoShilu CleoShilu 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2008

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    One of My Favourite Smells!

    My hard cover copy of Half-Blood Prince smells so good. It brings back all kinds of memories from when I was reading it, too.
    esclave esclave 16-18, F Oct 31, 2007

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    Red Dwarf...

    Have you seen the BBC TV show "Red Dwarf"? In the show there was a race of cat people... and they made books... and to read them you had to smell the words...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Aug 6, 2010

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    I love the smell of books.

    Fanning to my nose, the smell that travels from nose to olfactory bulb that can be detected by my synesthetic olfactory receptor neurons that stimulate other nerve impulses causing creation of mixed unexplainable and delightful experience of senses.
    Fablecastell Fablecastell 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2013

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    Mmm-mmm!!

    The older and mustier the better!
    Erutrevo Erutrevo 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 24, 2009

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    I Do, Indeed.

    Every book has a unique scent.  Some smell old, and some smell new.  I personally enjoy the scent of old books more than the smell of new books.  New books can smell bad, or good, it depends.  I think newspapers smell the best, though.  They should have a...
    BBUDS BBUDS 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2010

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    I Love

    the smell of certain books more than others I could smell the antique books of poetry in my grandparents' house for hours sometimes I wonder if I get high off the scent it's a combination of must and dust and aging, yellowed paper. some of my favorite books, the ones I read...
    forgetmyname forgetmyname 16-17, F Feb 2, 2008

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    Not Books Per Se

    My family used to get National Geographic magazine, they had every issue from about 1970 onward, but my favorites were the newest ones, because they had beautiful pictures and they smelled so good. Every time a new Natl. Geographic would arrive, I would flip through it, and every...
    Christabel Christabel 19-21, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2007

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    Old Books

    I used to shelve books in a ilbrary when I was in high school. We had some books from the 1880s that were still on the shelves and I'll admit I sniffed them a few times. Old books and brand new books smell the best.
    the4thfury the4thfury 21-25, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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    Sometimes I Don't Like It...

     I love smelling books haha! It's just entertaining =) You can perceive a variety of smells, some are okay, good or other can make you sniffle, and you start sneezing, because you are allergic to some of the smells. That's the part that I don't like of smelling books...
    chumis chumis 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    Bookshops are so peaceful. The best ones are those little backstreet second hand ones where the books are piled as high as the ceiling. Where you can find books that were read when...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 25

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    I really enjoy it! I can easily spend hours without getting bored. Specially since my local bookstore brings me back many childhood memories I treasure dearly.
    Anmi93 Anmi93 18-21, F 2 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    i have read a lot of books. A lot. From ancient Celtic tales to the future of psychic transcendence, from war to love and peace and family without friends to death and intolerance...
    itismichael itismichael 36-40, M 16 hrs ago

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    There is just something astonishing about the smell, I just love it. The smell of old books just make me fell like oddly comfortable and, like happy. If you get what I mean?
    colourfulskeleton colourfulskeleton 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I love the smell of books and the feel of the paper on my fingers.. .
    ForbiddenSubmissive1 ForbiddenSubmissive1 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 5

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    I love books, all books, in any state, shape or format. I don't agree that ebooks are nothing like the "real" paper ones. it's the content that must be valued in a book, and the...
    AmarieOfTheVanyar AmarieOfTheVanyar 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 1

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    I need a perfume that smells like this. I have one that's close.
    Niltiac6 Niltiac6 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 12

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    I had this bookshelf my parents bought me before I was a teenager. It was before there were computers, cell phones or other technological advances. Every two weeks I would get...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 7

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    I guess having this experience is kind of a lie....I'm always finding new holes to poke my books into. God, they're everywhere though, books spread across my room like a fungus. My...
    Starrkya Starrkya 18-21, F Nov 22

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    Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday. 1.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – A powerful story about the importance of life experiences as they relate to...
    Cheshirea Cheshirea 18-21, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    Barbara Kingsolver I read her book, The Bean Trees, and loved it. I read the sequel and loved that too. So I ended up looking into more of her stories. There were details here...
    TheBadgeringWitness TheBadgeringWitness 26-30 Dec 11

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    So apparently bookstores in many regions are shutting down due to books on line, but I prefer paper books. Am I in the minority? It's much easier to read without having to use a...
    lujocin lujocin 31-35, F 18 Responses Nov 23

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    I do. Books are so thrilling. I finished the book 'The Outsiders.' I few weeks ago; I cried at the end. XD my teacher gave a copy of 'The Extras' I think she said it's part of 'Th...
    XxLittleBrotherxX XxLittleBrotherxX 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 26

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    This is true . At this point I allow myself one bookcase for books. Just trying to keep it simple ....I used to have waaay too many books so I donated most of them. This is one...
    roseanne00 roseanne00 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    I can spend hours in a bookstore! I love buying and reading new books,reading is my thing! Whenever i see a bookstore i get too excited.
    Tessa3 Tessa3 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 4

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    For me, this group is a little variant. Sometimes I love reading books and sometimes I don't. It really depends on the book. I've stuck to one series for a long time so far and...
    ForgottenCelestria ForgottenCelestria 16-17, F Dec 11

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    I kind of went crazy with buying books this week. spent over 100 bucks on these. I have issues. But, it was worth the money. They're collectibles! The outsides of the pages are...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    It's weird, he has this unique smell after he's done doing physical labor, or after he's done exercising or when he comes home from riding his motorcycle. And no, it's not body...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 22

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    There's a bookstore right by my house that I absolutely love called Wee Book Inn. They're open till midnight and have tons of books. I love going there in the middle of the night...
    SilentRider SilentRider 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 22

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    bookshops are time machines spaceships story-makers secret-keepers dragon-tamers dream-catchers fact-finders & safe places (this book is for those who know this to be true) I...
    CaroleOR CaroleOR 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    Is there a website or an app that has free books to read?? I can't seem to find free books !! Thanks
    Memiii25 Memiii25 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    I love how books can take you to new worlds. It is great how books can show you new concepts or ideas to think about and how they can influence you.
    silentiusman silentiusman 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 29

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    finished all of Dan Brown's books. would like to read books like his. mystery, adventure, thriller and knowledge able. PLEASE HELP
    richardzparker richardzparker 18-21, M Nov 29

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    Today I went to a used book store in an unspoken challenge for them to have anything of Confucianist or Daoist texts. Of course they were in the NEW AGE section- neverminding that...
    CinimonGypsy CinimonGypsy 41-45 4 Responses Dec 9

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    I love to read. I guess is something i grew up with. My parents would read to us all the time. We didn't have much growing up, so getting a book from the library and reading out...
    Gatikasensual Gatikasensual 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 10

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