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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    The books in my college library are all so out of date that there's no point using them for actual research.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 19-21, F 4 Responses Feb 26, 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.
    RinMillion RinMillion 22-25 1 Response Jan 20

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    So I love books and I read all the time but I don't know what to read anymore. I read adult books or young adult books. Any recommendations?
    Bm489 Bm489 13-15, F 16 mins ago

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    It's honestly my favorite smell :D
    dan341 dan341 22-25 3 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    Sometimes, I call bookstores as my heaven. I experienced being in the bookstore for 3-4 hours without looking at my phone, if my sister wouldn't have called me, I think I would be...
    Maesia1998 Maesia1998 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 11

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    started to read some fantasy books and hoping to read some based on psychology.
    shuja3 shuja3 18-21, M 2 hrs ago

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    There are few joys greater than an old bookstore. Walking into the door and smelling the aroma of time. Hard covered books missing their sleeves, broken bindings from others...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I have books in my collection that are over a hundred years old have a certain smell from the paper, it's so authentic. It's a way to tell how old a book is. However it's scent has...
    tsukiyodesu tsukiyodesu 16-17, F 2 days ago

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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 2 Responses Sep 22

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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 Sep 25

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    I have close to a thousand paperbacks and hardcover books. I have a few on my kindle app, but it's JUST NOT THE SAME! I need to hold that book, feel it's pages. Smell the paper.
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    Is there anything quite as intoxicating as the scent of new books mingled with the smell of Starbucks coffee? I love Barnes & Noble.
    ondine14 ondine14 41-45, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    Agree. Still that's nothing compared to OLD books.
    Zabecki Zabecki 51-55, M 2 days ago

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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 Sep 24

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    I am absolutely obsessed/addicted to the smell of pinesol. I remember when I was about 5 years old and my mom would use it to wash our wood floors, and I would stick my head in...
    justlivinglifeasme justlivinglifeasme 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    Well I am back again with another fart experience. Well it was one afternoon and my sister was laying on the floor in some black sweats relaxing watching tv and I decided to lay...
    flightexpert flightexpert 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    1. All Harry Potter books 2. All Percy Jackson books 3. Paper Towns 4. The Kane Chronicles 4. All of the Narnia books 5. The beautiful creatures books. That adds up to way more...
    PointlessSafety PointlessSafety 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I have an addiction. Yes, I LOVE BOOKSTORES. Always have. Bookstores represent a place of escape and wonder to me. Being lost in endless selections of books is a piece of heaven to...
    eartheyes82 eartheyes82 31-35, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have read several books about law/crime, and I absolutely love them all! It's always been a fascination of mine, I don't really remember how I even got into such books but I'll...
    DrKittyNinjaBunny DrKittyNinjaBunny 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    Yes, I like books and have all kinds. Bird books, craft books, religious books, poetry, pottery, different dictionaries. In fact I an a book-worm.
    katyarty katyarty 51-55, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    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 3 Responses Oct 1

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    Anyone who wants to talk about Go books for the board game, we can try here... Things like Ishi Press aka Kiseido Publishing Yutopian Publishing Slate and Shell Publishing and...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 5

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    My favorite book is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Dickens is a fantastic story teller and while reading David Copperfield Dickens makes you feel like you are walking...
    BustingFree BustingFree 26-30, F Oct 5

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    I love books and bookstores as they have a large diverse cross section of books rather like humans, all subjects and classes, all different and individual, turn the pages and you...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    So, I got all the books for "The Maze Runner" series, thanks to my awesome boyfriend. :) Can't wait to start reading these! It's hard to find good books these days, and since I...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    So, I got all the books for "The Maze Runner" series, thanks to my awesome boyfriend. :) Can't wait to start reading these! It's hard to find good books these days, and since I...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago