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I Smell Books

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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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2007

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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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    Mmm-mmm!!

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

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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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    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 16-17, F Oct 31, 2007

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 20 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    :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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I love to smell gasoline at the gas station. I also love the smell of diesel, the smell of diesel exhaust on a really cold winter day with no wind is a bit of heaven.
    montrose1107 montrose1107 46-50, M 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I love almost everything by Stephen King, the Harry Potter series, And Then There Were None, The 100 (also a TV show!!!), the Sherlock Holmes books, Dracula, Frankenstein... the...
    TGBman TGBman 22-25, M 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    I have never been able to smell and usually it doesn't get me down but when I see and hear people saying how much they love the new book smell or the old book smell, it makes me...
    QueenOfAwkwardness QueenOfAwkwardness 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 11

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    It is hard for the consummate learner to leave a bookstore without a book. And I am no different. I love books. I own a Kindle, but there's nothing like the enjoyment of opening a...
    NewMan2015 NewMan2015 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 14

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    “I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow Of The...
    lemonturtle lemonturtle 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    i love the smell of old books
    thrice3 thrice3 26-30, F 12 Responses a week ago

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    BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!!!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! :-D
    keke8714127 keke8714127 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    Opening a brand new book the smell of fresh paper and you hear the spine crack better than sex
    sweetcandycane99 sweetcandycane99 26-30, F 24 Responses Mar 26

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    It's quiet and it smells nice and the people mind their own business and i love it ^^
    LessOne LessOne 13-15, F 7 Responses a week ago

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    I love reading books. All types of books I would read. I wish there was an app that had free famous books. I have an app called wattpad it let you read free books but sometimes the...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I think it's the smell of the pages and being able to sit it down, and come back to it waiting for you to pick back up. <3
    crazyballpointpen crazyballpointpen 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Tell me about your most interesting books [mostly say the 1940s to today] I want you to explain why you think it's not junky and where it stands out, and we can talk about the...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M Apr 15

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    have for as long as I can remember even before I could read I liked picture books, as a kid I read Pippi Longstocking books and my big brother read me books such as James and the...
    Snowbird22 Snowbird22 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 26

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    My grandmother on my mothers side used TCP antiseptic cream .. Now when I use this after one of my 'accident prone' episodes memories flood back of my grandmother.. My grandfather...
    saxappeal saxappeal 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 16

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    Bookstores are awesome especially small family own bookstores; they seem to be well rounded in their choices and not over whelming like big bookstore have/do. If that's the case...
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    I was a rare kid who didn't hate the smell of cigarette smoke. My mom smoked around me all the time and it just seemed normal to me, it's all I knew. When I was 12 years old I...
    Cleancut Cleancut 41-45 Apr 8

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    I am technically a bookworm and everyone have rarely seen me without a book by my side if I am able to have one. Just give me a book and I'll read it, as long it's in English, and...
    colourflame colourflame 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 11

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    I have loved books ever since I was in the fourth grade and could check them out at the school library. They were a wonder for me living out on the stark and lonely prairies of the...
    paleryder paleryder 51-55, M 5 days ago

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    I hope everyone likes smelling good everyday before you leave your home. Smelling good is apart of life. Clean clothes as well, don't leave your home smelling like yesterday and...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    I love second hand bookstores. I could spend hours in them. I love how there are notes on the first page like birthday wishes. It always gives the book history. One of my favourite...
    wawow wawow 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 28

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    You should do it too! If you go to college and take classes don not be suckered into buying overpriced books from the bookstore. This semester I needed a book for my Biology class...
    Ayunir Ayunir 22-25, M Mar 29