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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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    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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    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

    The older and mustier the better!
    Erutrevo Erutrevo 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 24, 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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    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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    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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    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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    :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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2013

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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 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 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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    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 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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    Related Experiences

    The Neighbourhood is to quiet today think im going to go start the lawnmower up mwhahahah.... (laughs evily)I can smell that fresh grass now....
    nevercontent69 nevercontent69 36-40, F 1 hr ago

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    most ofmy whole family smokes, including my mother, so its become something that comforts me. I don't personally smoke myself, and doubt I ever will, but the smell brings me home.
    nicolieflowergirlie nicolieflowergirlie 18-21, F 16 hrs ago

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    So back in 2011 one of my childhood friends moved back to the area after being in the midwest for over a decade. He and I bonded when we were kids over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...
    oncemoreuntothebreech oncemoreuntothebreech 36-40, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    When I was a child, my dad took me along to his social club, and next door was an old large church converted into a second hand bookshop. When I was bored my dad would give me some...
    Pegasus1980 Pegasus1980 31-35, M 3 days ago

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    I love to read. so I love books in general. Old books have that dusty smell to them that always reminds me of my Grandpas.
    BaiiBoo BaiiBoo 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I used to volunteer at the local library and I used to help put the books away and stuff. I really enjoy looking at books from the 70s and ****. It's rad, the smell is gross, but...
    dragonlover66 dragonlover66 16-17, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It's raining right now and I don't know how to describe the smell I just love the smell of rain on a summer day
    restlessghost restlessghost 16-17, M 4 days ago

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    I felt the "I love books" group was too strong. I used to read books only when flying but recently started to read before going to bed.
    carpetheday carpetheday 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    I'm a book person, what can I say? Books just give me that level of comfort. To sit in the secluded corner of a library and venture in my own world..books provide me that tasteful...
    Kbrabbit Kbrabbit 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    We were on vacation last week. I mentioned to my wife that i needed a book to read in the evenings. My wife picked up her phone and after a few seconds told me there was a used...
    marriedup marriedup 56-60, M Jul 22

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    Most people know that my favorite book genre's are horror / sci-fi and fantasy. But I also love reading true crime, psychology books and what I don't tell most people... Chicken...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    What a lovely smell. I love walking past shops where freshly roasted coffee beans are sold. Smells gorgeous
    michaellaxcd michaellaxcd 56-60, M Jul 20

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    "The more that you read, the more that you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. SeussCheck out the link below to reserve your shirt. Shirts come in...
    RavenS45 RavenS45 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    "The more that you read, the more that you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. SeussCheck out the link below to reserve your shirt. Shirts come in...
    RavenS45 RavenS45 18-21, F Jul 20

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    "The more that you read, the more that you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. SeussCheck out the link below to reserve your shirt. Shirts come in...
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    "The more that you read, the more that you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. SeussCheck out the link below to reserve your shirt. Shirts come in...
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    "The more that you read, the more that you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. SeussCheck out the link below to reserve your shirt. Shirts come in...
    RavenS45 RavenS45 18-21, F Jul 20

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    no I don't usually smell of urine I always smell. like pee the only time I don't smell of pee is when I bath or shower a couple hours later I still smell like pee so yeah I smell...
    afterthedead afterthedead 56-60, M Jul 20

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    I found a great bookstore here in my hometown of Houston tx called "murder by the book" I just went there last weekend for the 1st time. It's been there since the 70's I think. Don...
    Monty0809 Monty0809 51-55, M 3 Responses Jul 19

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    I went to the bookstore, I had a blast trying to figure out what books to buy, I had to have picked up at least twenty that I contemplated buying. By the end of my shopping...
    leeloodallasmultipass leeloodallasmultipass 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 19

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    Since I was 11, I have always found comfort in reading self-help books. That made me keep my sanity... It was just hard growing up with folks who had never been prepared to act as...
    maleficent08 maleficent08 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 18

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