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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 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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    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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    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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    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    The books in my college library are all so out of date that there's no point using them for actual research.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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    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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    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 21-25, 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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    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

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

    I love walking into bookstores, seeing rows and rows of books. I love the smell of bookstores. I love old books. I collect old books and magazines...the nostalgia is so sweet...
    bobbieshae bobbieshae 41-45, F 9 Responses Feb 16

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    I went into an old bookstore run by volunteers today to buy some used books and the woman at counter asked if I was there to relieve her. I always wanted to run an old bookstore...
    padraig17325 padraig17325 51-55, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    A room without books is like a body without a soul...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    my ritual to find a perfect book : go to the library and pick random titles, read the brief description at the back of the cover and the biography of the author, pick a random page...
    SabiDarrio SabiDarrio 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    Smells like knowledge cx xD
    TassiAnime TassiAnime 18-21 Feb 21

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    Okay so I have been eating books as of lately. By eating I'm mean I have been reading books one after another within a few days to a few from each other. I started with a list...
    Zaleanda Zaleanda 31-35, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    If I were to say I love bookstores and libraries I would be understating it. I was a University Professor for years and now, after retiring early, I increased my dedication to...
    Dancewithme2 Dancewithme2 51-55, M 10 Responses Feb 14

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    I have set myself a goal for 2015 I decided on this near the end of February. I plan to read 50 books this year. To some people that seems like a too big of an amount and to others...
    ScarM3 ScarM3 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    I love to read but lately I have been getting out of it I'm reading this grate book and omg hardcore fangirling. I mean il read books then go and read fanfics about the book/books...
    thelastfallenangel thelastfallenangel 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. I dont drink it too often. I also love to walk down the coffee eisle at the supermarket. The smell from the coffee beans just...
    bubblebobble83 bubblebobble83 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    I'm just a beginner, yet i've spent years picking out books i've liked or heard was useful, could be a useful Top 40 List, or maybe the best 50 books on Japanese to own...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M Feb 17

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    I remember when I was small, I wouldn't stop reading books, and when it's time for bed, my mom would take away my books and turn off all the power in my room and force me to go to...
    Netfreak21 Netfreak21 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    Books are great because you can find out about life, fact, famous people who are dead and living. I am going to read more books. I had borrowed books from the library. I am going...
    mother1983 mother1983 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 21

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    Mostly because i can't decide on what i want to buy. i like to read teen fiction, romance, fantasy and suspense. I have only read a few suspense books. I bought a couple of scarier...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F Feb 22

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    I realized this today... I never quite understood why no one liked the smell like I do, the people I know just tells me they despise it. It may be that I grew up around my uncle...
    roamingtree roamingtree 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    Currently reading six books at the one time. 1. Skullduggery Pleasant book 7. 2. Rereading Fifty Shades of Grey 3. Death Comes to Pemberley 4. The Mortal Instruments book 4...
    nainaii nainaii 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 23

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    That foggy grey color. The fresh smell to everything. It feels like everything was given a great, natural clean. The flowers smell better. The world smells like a clean slate...
    MackenzieBSnow MackenzieBSnow 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 11

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    Usually when I smell it , it smells like wet asphalt and I like that smell .
    TreDaeOne87 TreDaeOne87 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    Has anybody read all three books of 50 shades of grey ? How was it ? Honestly I tried but hot damn I just couldn't get through the first couple of pages before I was feeling...
    Hannial Hannial 18-21, F 7 Responses Feb 11

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    I love various reading material and I love visiting different local bookstores. I enjoy reading different types of books, newspapers, and magazines before going to sleep at night...
    businesswomanathome businesswomanathome 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    The harry potter books and movies (especially the books) are such a huge part of my life. I have no idea what I'd do/who I'd be without them. Harry potter is my life and will ways...
    ellajade ellajade 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 18

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