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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mmm-mmm!!

    The older and mustier the better!
    Erutrevo Erutrevo 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 24, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 18-21, 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 20 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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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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    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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    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 don't drink coffee don't like the taste without chocolate mixed in but any way I love that smell. I'm hooked on everything had to draw the line somewhere
    Kentex Kentex 56-60, M 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    Vanilla and coconut mixed together. My two favorite smells. Someone told me the other day that I smelt like a beach vacation.
    alleycat66 alleycat66 46-50, F 20 hrs ago

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    I am incontinent and wear nappies all the time. I am sure I must smell of urine most of the time. No one has ever said that as an adult I smell but as a kid I was always known as...
    Stillwetshisbed Stillwetshisbed 46-50, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I prefer physical books, so I can feel the paper in my hand and hear that flick when I turn the page. Besides, reading digital books strains my eyes.
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I get taken to this whole other world when I am reading a book, I get completely engulfed and I love it. It takes me away from any problems or any stress. Books just make me feel...
    Jessicademond Jessicademond 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I have started to read books (not related to school, books like novels etc.) since I have been a child. They helped me a lot and I am thankful of those wrote them, most of them are...
    sadsands sadsands 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    I find joy in reading. I used to read in the dark or under dim light at night even if my parents told me to go to bed. It gave me comfort in what I read and I have learned a lot...
    Artandabstarct Artandabstarct 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I recently have been reading the Harry Potter series with my son. My husband and I used to read to our son every night. We read more series and chapter books now that he is older...
    dreamingquietly04 dreamingquietly04 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm generally not very keen on having lots of stuff, but books are the glaring exception to that. I have way too many bookshelves at home, all full, all read. Most of my favorite...
    lcz415 lcz415 26-30 5 days ago

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    I read only best sellers and short books. Not because I'm pretentious, but because I'm always scared to commit to a book that could be really bad. I don't want to waste my time on...
    allanali allanali 13-15, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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    Books were my first love. I've been borrowing and reading library books all my life. I just couldn't afford to buy and store all the books I want to read. Luckily, lots of free...
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    Me, my husband and our 2 kids were sat in the living room, our dog was laid on the floor. Suddenly I got a whiff of a smell coming from outside, it smelled like a BBQ, meanwhile...
    lynda278 lynda278 36-40, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I love going to books-a-million for manga. my grandma told me I'm not allowed to buy anymore books though....
    RavenRena17 RavenRena17 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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    Some smells always bring back certain memories. like every time I smell gardenia. I remember bringing my great uncle gardenia flowers the morning before he died. I was at my...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F Jun 19

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    I would love to be forced to Smell a boys feet. I just love The smell of it. especially when they r sweaty. I also love to lick their feet. I Love how salty it tastes. I love to...
    Chris4323 Chris4323 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 19

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    When I was a child, I was fortunate enough to go to the best school in the world (well, to me anyway). There was a library with a fireplace in it and the entire outside and inside...
    ifeelachangeinthewind ifeelachangeinthewind 22-25, F Jun 18

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    Cigarette smoke, old books, certain coats and garden mint. Weird I know, but these smells remind me very strongly of my grandparents who I adored.
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    I have trouble concentrating but even if I didn't some of the books aimed at adults are so big/fat I'm put off by them. Also many books for adults have death/violence or something...
    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    Old books especially. My grandfather had hundreds of books. He inspired my love of reading and my collecting of books.
    Littlemissshy25 Littlemissshy25 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    I love bookstores! I live in a small town and we have no bookstores. The closest town with an actual bookstore is an hour and a half away. this makes me wonder what people do...
    Mimiramirez Mimiramirez 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    This will not smell of anything, but I will promise a good read. I can also vouch it will be ongoing. www.myhusbandisasociopath.wordpress.com
    myhusbandisasociopath myhusbandisasociopath 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 17