I Smell Books

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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

    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

    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    The books in my college library are all so out of date that there's no point using them for actual research.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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    26-30
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2014

    Mmm-mmm!!

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

    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

    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

    :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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jul 19, 2007

    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

    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

    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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    Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. ~Jane Smiley.
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    Ahh, the smell of age and time itself; it makes you feel like holding old books like that with a degree of reverence.
    moondiva moondiva
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    At times I think to myself: "Drop the book and get stuff done!" Then, I laugh and turn the page.
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    I do love it, it smells so yummy that you feel like you gain weight just from the scent.
    moondiva moondiva
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    2 Responses Apr 19
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    lapsteel lapsteel
    41-45, M
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    peaceflower902 peaceflower902
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 18
    # 13. I totally love the smell of before and after rain scenes. I don't know why, it excites me. Every single time :) I love the rain!! 😇😇
    Abi936 Abi936
    22-25, M
    Apr 17
    Happiness is... Returning from the bookstore with a bunch of great new books.
    SpaceOddity00 SpaceOddity00
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 17
    Books: One of the easiest things to pick up & possibly the hardest things to put down.
    SpaceOddity00 SpaceOddity00
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    1 Response Apr 16
    I really want this book called "we are here too" olive L.C Haynes's letters and diaries from WW1 (November 1914 to February 1918).
    mblan11 mblan11
    18-21, F
    Apr 16
    Anything by Ken Bruen
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
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    https://www.wattpad.com/story/33979199-way-of-the-woad-book-one-of-the-laoch-series Historical fiction. Gods, Immortal Warriors, Magic and Romance. A great read.
    RebekahS RebekahS
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    PiperMcLean PiperMcLean
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 15
    Waking up from a nap with all the windows open and a neighbor mowing the grass, loving it!
    Hermione44 Hermione44
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 15
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    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Apr 14
    As I lay in bed at night, I ask myself.... What will happen in the next chapter of the book?
    SpaceOddity00 SpaceOddity00
    18-21, F
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    deleted deleted
    26-30
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    Has anyone read Ellen Hopkins rumble or traffick? I'm thinking about getting them but I've seen a few bad reviews about rumble. I do have an read all of her other books.
    beautifullybroken29 beautifullybroken29
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 13
    History, history, history and occasional biographies. I combined both when I wrote my 'Women of Scotland' but only scraped the surface. There is always so much more to learn!
    helensusanswift helensusanswift
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    Check to see if the perfume is tested in animals or uses their hormones please!! think of the bunnies
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    If you like to smell dirty that's gross
    staystyleandsmile staystyleandsmile
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 12
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    Ttlicious1 Ttlicious1
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    I put on a lot of perfume every day!!
    Leannasmith01 Leannasmith01
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    wishingwellguy wishingwellguy
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    toniyl toniyl
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    dasanitr dasanitr
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    ilovesmoking1 ilovesmoking1
    18-21, M
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    hunlove hunlove
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    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
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    Person: Do you know any good books? Me: Are you sure you're ready for this conversation?
    SpaceOddity00 SpaceOddity00
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Apr 9
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    RebekahS RebekahS
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    Apr 9
    I love the smell of a dusty old tome that has passed hands for a long time :P
    jarocho jarocho
    22-25, M
    1 Response Apr 9
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