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I Smell Books

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 453 People

    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

    The older and mustier the better!
    Erutrevo Erutrevo 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 24, 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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    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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    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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    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 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 16-17, 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 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 26, 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 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    :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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    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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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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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    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 2 Responses Jan 20, 2014

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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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    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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    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

    Old books are awesome. So many memories... One summer when I was about 10, my grandma gave us kids a bunch of my aunt's old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books... there were some...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    Through all what we go in our lives, I feel books as an escape, an escape to live a momentary life that we crave for. I come from a very conservative family background I am not...
    Bareen Bareen 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I grew. Up with the smell of urine in my bedroom as me and my younger sister was both bed Wetters and made to share the same bedroom our bedroom was so smelly back in them...
    Joanne181 Joanne181 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Great love only happens in books! Hahaha... Good thing I love to read books... :p
    cjg1289 cjg1289 26-30, M 1 day ago

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    I prefer books any day to those silly little e-books. I don't see the point of them. They can never replace the feel, smell & calmness of a real book.
    selina1986 selina1986 26-30, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    When you smell coffee the day can begin. Like Pavlows dogs I know what to do when I smell coffee.
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Nowadays I live in a big city so I no longer get to smell freshly cut grass as often as I did growing up in the countryside. But to this day whenever I hear the sound of a working...
    BeadyEyes BeadyEyes 22-25, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I absolutely love to read books! I read King. Patterson ( most of his genre's), Dean Koonts. and that is just a few. once I find a good author I try to read everything they write...
    krazykitten420 krazykitten420 46-50, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I've got 5 books I'm reading at once including the Holy Bible. Two of the books are really short. And a normal sized novel I'm reading has almost 400 pages I've been reading since...
    Balletomane Balletomane 26-30, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    1. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills. This book was, was, was, the reason I had the courage to come out to my Mom as Transgender. Parts of it still make...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response a week ago

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    It just makes the idea of there being a world within those covers more interesting. It's not so processed, filtered, or synthetic smelling or feeling that it appears artificial or...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response a week ago

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    Love, love, love books and I read daily. Usually I read 2 to 3 a day depending on the size. I think the written word is the sexiest thing!
    Dixiedivine Dixiedivine 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    Can someone Recommond some good self-help books? Thanks!
    happyxo happyxo 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 31

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    the 2 things I love is the smell of freshly cut grass and the smell of cucumbers when making a salad is it just me or do they smell very similar lol
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    A child called it, The lost boy and a Man named Dave. Three books about child abuse. I read them when I was in 8th grade and I've never been the same.
    NerdyBookQueen NerdyBookQueen 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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    My favorite gloves now smell like gasoline So do my scrub pants So does a cheap tea pot Gas cans are not allowed to easily pour gas anymore, that is another story So, I...
    notPC notPC 56-60, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    In both movie and books, the first thing Snape said to Harry is: " tell me, what would you get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of Wormwood?" according to...
    theforgottensoul theforgottensoul 16-17, F Jan 27

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    When can I move into a bookstore? I'd be right at home there!
    LoneSouls LoneSouls 31-35, F 8 Responses Jan 27

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    i dont mind staying in the bookstores for an hour or two or even the whole day. i feel like peaceful when I'm there.
    eunlee eunlee 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    I have multiple books and a milllion pens and markers and sharpies! Usually at home if I am not otherwise occupied I will be listening to something and coloring surrounded by my...
    Doomflower Doomflower 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Today I went and bought a dozen roses for myself and they gave me another dozen because I fillled up my discount card. I have roses in the kitchen and in the bedroom and the...
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