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I Smell Books

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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    The books in my college library are all so out of date that there's no point using them for actual research.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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

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

    I smoke constantly and I only love it for two reasons: 1. Taste. 2. Smell. I think it smells disgusting and yet that is why I like it!
    randomguy8 randomguy8 31-35 7 hrs ago

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    As a child they were my escape. My other and father loved a good fairytale and even made up an audio story for my brothers and sisters. I cherrished my books. The smaller they...
    Borinquen Borinquen 41-45, F 7 Responses May 15

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    yes, i stay in the universities library for about 6-12 hours ... nothing in the world smells like books ... it's not just a smell .... it's the spirits of thousands of writers...
    calmfeeling calmfeeling 18-21, M May 16

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    Does anyone else dislike major bookstores as much as I do? Give me the tiny, narrow-aisled, musty smelling and dimly lit stores any day of the week. For Christsakes, Barnes and...
    Zachary29 Zachary29 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Its raining right now. It smells great. Too bad I have to go to work. I wish I could just sit on the porch and enjoy it a little longer. :)
    Raybae Raybae 18-21, F 3 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    Fresh cut grass and the smell of rain.
    1946sunrise 1946sunrise 66-70, M 7 hrs ago

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    I love it ! Girls *** smells so good!
    feets604 feets604 36-40, M 6 hrs ago

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    I actually find the smell stomache churning. now. I would have never believed I would get to that point a year ago.
    evolnillef evolnillef 70+, F 6 hrs ago

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    Being a book Fanatic, I am sure, my love for bookstores will never die. The moment I walk into a bookstore, the smell of those books, perfectly shelved, lights up my world. If I...
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F 7 Responses May 15

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    i am always reading a bunch of books at once. in my room there are always books just laying around open on the page i'm at. i have a pretty good collection. i'll start reading one...
    sludgefeast sludgefeast 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    My entire collection was burnt in the fire that destroyed my home. I miss my books. It allowed me to escape. The feel of the Kindle can never replace, the turning of pages, the...
    complex7 complex7 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 28

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    I'm that weirdo that'll go into the bookstore just to smell the books. I feel very soothed afterwards.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 5 Responses May 16

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    There is a book out there for everyone, even those who dislike reading. They house entire worlds between their covers, allowing a means of egress from reality. I fear the growing...
    FoolOfATook FoolOfATook 16-17 2 Responses May 11

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    More like I would love a large room in my home that is entirely a library. Much more than the study I have. I know the Internet is an immense database, but what about the...
    TrevorThomson TrevorThomson 26-30, M 1 Response May 17

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    I LOVE books and reading so much. Funny part, I used to hate reading when I was younger. Mostly when I was forced to. Then I got to junior high and I began loving books. I remember...
    RocaAzul RocaAzul 18-21, F May 5

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    Nope. I I never had enough money to buy all the books that I wished , always had to cut down to one or two only. But I loved the public libraries as well as my relatives friends...
    laughingsoul laughingsoul 41-45, F 3 Responses May 14

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    One of my friends was wondering if they should start on reading a book on Set Theory for their Math Degree. [I have no degree btw] Here's a list of probably the easier books on...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M 2 days ago

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    I like the smell of skunk. It is not because I can smell the pheromones or anything, it is just because it smells gross. I smell the same thing other people smell, yet for some...
    randomguy8 randomguy8 31-35 1 Response a week ago

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    You know when you read a book, and when you finish you just have to sit there for a while, contemplating the book, and life in general. Three books recently have done that for me...
    loveyourselfalwaysxx loveyourselfalwaysxx 13-15, F 3 Responses May 10

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    thats a lie, because i dont love books i am addicted to books. if books were a drugs then i would never stop reading. my profile picture is from my favorite series Hush Hush by...
    XxMyDemonsxX XxMyDemonsxX 16-17, F 6 Responses May 11

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    Who doesn't? I can't stand people with poor personal hygiene. Nothing beats shopping for new body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, perfume etc. and going around sniffing all the new...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 1 Response May 6

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