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I Smell Books

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
    RinMillion RinMillion 22-25 1 Response Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Related Experiences

    I really do, but I'm not good at it. In fact, the only place I've actually read most books and finished them was at school. I really do want to read a bunch of books! I want to...
    Riukkuyo Riukkuyo 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    I guess it's not really a "book" though is it? It's just when I try reading and actual book or on the computer I just get to distracted and can't focus. I blame my ADHD for that...
    Riukkuyo Riukkuyo 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    I have a ton of books. I mean, literally, my books weigh about one ton. I don't have that many either; all-told about one thousand books. A number of people I know have many, many...
    softgreenhourglass softgreenhourglass 36-40, M 5 Responses Sep 7

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    Nothing better (in my opinion) than the smell of books. I love to visit bookstores and just sit in the isle while reading a book I pick from the shelf. I love the ambiance of...
    bonesxposed bonesxposed 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 22

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    Going to a bookstore with me is dangerous!!! I look down every row, look at every section, look threw every shelf. It's my addiction. I LOVE the smell of them, it's even better in...
    ErinTripp94 ErinTripp94 18-21, F 11 Responses Sep 14

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    Okay. Not to be an elitist or anything, but I love bookstores that have character. Borders and Barnes and Noble never did anything for me. I have always loved the smell of old...
    liliuminterspinas liliuminterspinas 31-35, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and my sister is the same way. We just read different types of books. My brother is the opposite. He never liked reading. He is...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 13

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    "I did not want passion, I did not want pleasure. Perhaps I didn’t even want proof. And I did not want words, small talk, big talk, bike talk, book talk, any of it. Just the sun...
    outsidewitness outsidewitness 31-35, M Sep 22

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    Nothing beats the feeling of feeding your imagination with a fascinating story from a good worn out book. Yeah, I like it even better seeing pages torn on the edges and smelling...
    msroguerighteous msroguerighteous 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I know that this goes true for a lot of us now aging generation from the time before computers and hand held phones. In today's ever changing world books are becoming harder and...
    babyglp babyglp 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 15

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    I could spend hours in a good bookstore. I love to explore every section and almost always leave with a stack of books. Which will be sitting unread for weeks while I catch up...
    jmc39 jmc39 36-40, F 4 Responses Sep 1

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    I love books a lot. I enjoy the type of books that **** you up at the end and cause you to "wow" a million times. books like: Looking for Alaska and But I Love Him. I love books...
    julianbeyonce julianbeyonce 13-15, M 2 Responses Sep 10

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    I'm a simple girl. Put me in a bookstore and I will leave utterly content with 15 new books to add to my every growing collection. There is something so great about running your...
    LadyRubenesque LadyRubenesque 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 4

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    I'm very addicted to reading have ten different books on the go and I am always on the look out for new books. And I only but sets of books. Harry potter my best book but can pick...
    fluke19 fluke19 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 16

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    I love going to bookstores. Especially those that sells used books. You can never know what treasures you might find for a very good deal. I once purchased a lot of paranormal...
    FattyAndLovingMyself FattyAndLovingMyself 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 17

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    I have tons of books I can talk about. The books I get are fun but packed with life lessons and positive inspiration. I like to be educated when I read but it also has to be fun...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Sep 19

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    So, I did it. I stepped foot in my favourite bookstore for the last time yesterday. Such a sad moment. The walls were empty, half the shelved were empty, books were on the floor in...
    ThisIsMe83 ThisIsMe83 31-35, F 5 Responses Sep 21

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    I really love to read and go to the local bookstores a couple times a month for new books to read. I enjoy the classics and so many other quality books for pleasurable reading.
    familyatresort familyatresort 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 22

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    Every day when I go to work, I encounter at least 1 person with horrible breath and/or BO. I work with a lot of Africans (meaning from Africa) as well as other foreigners and if...
    Shitchiclets Shitchiclets 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 1

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    I love the smell of petrol Call me weird or whatever but whenever I'm at the petrol station I just love the smell! I know the fumes are bad for you... But I can't help but...
    SimplyBeingMe94 SimplyBeingMe94 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 15

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    Technically it is not the rain you smell, but it is the minute particles of dust and dirt being thrown into the air as the elliptically shaped briolettes crash to the ground. I...
    iwantacar98 iwantacar98 16-17, M Sep 16

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    It smells disgusting. You can practically walk into a room and smell the cancer spreading through the air. Not really but the smell sticks to your clothes and your furniture and it...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    I just finished reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. At the beginning I was hating it. I usually get that feeling for all the books I start reading because I feel like they're...
    ashfaaqb ashfaaqb 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 7

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    Sarah weeks,rick riordan,Lynda Mullaly hunt,and mark batterson are all great but are like kid pre teen books well not mark batterson he writes books for adults and teens like late...
    kenzie111Hall kenzie111Hall 26-30, F Sep 10

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    I just finished Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult and OMG I couldn't be less happier in the end! ;) That book made my teeth grit and made me want to punch the wall. Haha, now I am...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 13

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    I have a lot of time at home on my own in my room, so I many books to read. At present I'm reading various books on Jewish mysticism. I love to visit the stores to explore what...
    Mstroig Mstroig 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 14

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    I'm pretty sure I'm going to read all the books in the library in two years lol. I'll even re-read books just because I live a certain part. Usually when I start a book I really...
    Monet0623 Monet0623 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 15