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I Smell Books

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Jan 20, 2014

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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 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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    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 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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    Mmm-mmm!!

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    :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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    Related Experiences

    I just got the book "the racketeer" by John Grisham from one of mom's friends from work. Is it a good book? I got two books from the same person. The other book is "Never go back...
    odessa94 odessa94 18-21, F 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    Took back possession of the house I was renting out. No smoking policy in lease. And they think a day of open windows and air freshener is going to cover up it? Bad when your eyes...
    GodfatherJM GodfatherJM 36-40, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I think books should be age rated because anyone can walk into a shop and buy a book it's crazy... Some books are just not for children/ young people.
    Crazydollz Crazydollz 22-25 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am a role player. I love to write and create stories. Although a lot of my role play comes from life experience I need to fill the gaps with stories I have read, lyrics I have...
    bowchickawowow bowchickawowow 41-45, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Books are one of the most amazing means of escape we can have, I love reading but I go through phases of reading solidly for days throughout my free time or I read sporadically...
    RaiseYourWhat RaiseYourWhat 26-30, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have just realized I have 37 books waiting for me to read. I better hurry up with the books I am reading now. There is never enough time :(
    Alexz72 Alexz72 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I love to read books, mainly fiction my favourite author is Amish Tripathi.Books are a part of my soul but I am not a book worm. It is a perfect way to time pass but I hate complex...
    111rosy560 111rosy560 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    I have more books than clothes. Sometimes, more than food. I absolutely love to read, and I collect books so often that I still haven't read some of them! The worst part--or is it...
    al13ngr33n al13ngr33n 31-35, F 6 days ago

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    Besides the bookstore, I love the library. Singapore has one of the best libraries so far. In almost every neighbourhood, there is always a library a walking distamce or bus away...
    lpch lpch 26-30, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    There is something incredibly calming about bookstores. Whether it be a cozy local establishment or one of those big B&N stores, there's always a wave of content that flows through...
    GivingUpGhosts GivingUpGhosts 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I also love the warm feeling of book shops, especially the older, small used bookshops. In my city downtown, there's a small one. The thing that attracted me to it was firstly, the...
    pepeyah pepeyah 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I have always loved reading & bookstores are still the place to go for the average bookworm. These two things are for certain ever since my childhood. I remember when I was young...
    kevking22 kevking22 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    me too. I love the smell and everything. if I won lottery I would buy bookstore.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses a week ago

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    if I'm in a parking lot, like at a mall or Walmart, I can smell a cigarette from all the way across the other side....amazing I can even smell anything after growing up in a hotbox...
    Lee86d Lee86d 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    Wife and I used to go to adult bookstores in our younger years. The one we frequented had booths for singles, larger ones for couples and one for 6 people. The couples booths had...
    dond1960 dond1960 51-55, M Aug 25

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    Argh I should stop buying books, adding to my Ebook and adding to my wattpad account like I have enough for like what 20 years of reading And I like those big books like with a...
    lilacadventures lilacadventures 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 24

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    I love reading books! This is a true statement & fact in my life. As a young adult ready to enter the real world, I am discovering myself and what I can do to contribute to the...
    kevking22 kevking22 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 24

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    This is what I missed most when I started reading books on my computer. There's nothing like it. I've gone back to regular books again :)
    NewAndCurious1 NewAndCurious1 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    I love bookstores oh my Just rows and rows of books So comforting to be in the presence of so many stories, so much history, information, theory, and experience Being among so...
    farawayforfartoolong farawayforfartoolong 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    I love books. I am absolutely addicted to it. Not much of a fan of e-books but physical books are just so perfect❤️
    aaa12093487 aaa12093487 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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