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I Smell Books

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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 16-18, 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    mmmm.... haaaa... the smell of books everywhere around us makes us feel immediately that we possess the knowledge of all the books present there. Isnt it? I am not a book worm...
    psycruler psycruler 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 15

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    I love books. I love libraries, book shops, studies, even text books! I don't have a Kindle and I never plan to. You just can't beat the feel, smell and weight of a book.
    NPMEE NPMEE 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 18

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    Nothing can beat the feel of a book in your hand..the smell of the pages when you open a new one. When I buy preowned books I just leaf through them, looking for little secrets...
    VanTraveller VanTraveller 51-55, F 7 Responses 5 days ago

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    Old books have the smell of history and time.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 2 days ago

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    I adore the smell, the texture of the pages between my fingertips and the feel of a book in my hands. I always carry a book around in my purse. Books are stacked in baskets waiting...
    Southernbelle1203 Southernbelle1203 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 20

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    I love going into a bookstore and being surrounded with books and knowing all the knowledge that is stored in them. I especially love going into Barnes and Noble and perusing the...
    metaphorical metaphorical 46-50, M 3 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    10 Commandments Every Book Lover Needs You To Abide By Commandment I Thou shalt not watch the movie first. Commandment II Thou shalt not lose or never return borrowed book...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 12

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    Hey look! PRINTED INFORMATION! yeah i know, old school. But nothing beats that feeling of holding a book in your hands, smelling that odour of new and having the same exciting...
    DestinyWriter DestinyWriter 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 8

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    The smell of books is one of my favorite scents. each one had its own, and the best is the real old ones. i know most of my fellow book loving friends agree but idk bout the rest...
    restless09 restless09 70+ 2 days ago

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    I would be totally ok to spend every day in a used book store. I relate more with books than people anyway.
    nothingandno1 nothingandno1 26-30, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I LOVE that smell. I bet if they made it into a body spray they would bank! ^_^
    MermaidTripp MermaidTripp 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    I love to learn things so I spend a lot of my time in book stores. I prefer the older used book stores. the smell of paper is just so comforting.
    youngkinyteenmom youngkinyteenmom 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 13

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    They're a dying bread and I mourn their demise even as I contribute to their downfall. I used to go to bookstores for hours at a time, meandering through the shelves looking for...
    Easysteam Easysteam 31-35, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Bookstores are like a second home for me. I feel at peace followed by excitement of all the books. I dont even know where to start! Bookstores are full of great knowledge and...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F Jan 17

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    I have been finishing off a few books that i downloaded but couldn't read cause i never had the time because of school. I like to read almost anything from romances similar to...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Does anyone have any fave books on oil painting or drawing at all? I've been wondering if there any websites that show classic textbooks on how to draw, how to paint, etc, but...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I think as you grow older the books that you read become more depressing. Yes, I give you a hilarious Bridget Jones book- I love them too. But as a teenager I do love to read all...
    existJenna existJenna 13-15, F 4 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    any great books with adventure? Any books that are suspenseful thrillers or full of mystery? any is fine. or just recommend me any books that are worth reading :)
    ThePixie123 ThePixie123 16-17, F 7 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    I love books, and stories. I'm constantly looking for new things to read. my favorite books are: 1. The Bible 2. Desired by Virginia Henley 3. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer...
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 11

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    I miss my personal library of old books; reference books, medical manuals, bibles, and so on. I'm slowly rebuilding my collection these days. Lack of space and shelves and money...
    Doviov Doviov 41-45 Jan 12

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    This is rather my addiction not love as i can't control this! I try to keep away from bookstores as i'm afraid i would spend all my money for a new books, or spend all day walking...
    leuconoe leuconoe 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 14

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    In my free time I would always go to a nearby bookstore and stay there for hours just to read books and browse different genres and even check out new releases and best-selling...
    sui123 sui123 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 17

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    I just got some books at the library and a few of them were children's books lol i hadnt read some of these and ages.I like the feeling of nostalgia I guess.I like reading them...
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F Jan 17

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    I love books. From adventure, novels, to philosophy. Anything except books that are only as cats and only needed when research applies. So if anyone has any good books id love to...
    kyleeMAe kyleeMAe 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 19

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    Am i the only here who have people always on your case about reading true crimes books. I am an adult and my parents always on my case about reading TC books. They thinks it's bad...
    Stephanieloveowl Stephanieloveowl 26-30, F Jan 22

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