You Gotta Sniff 'em

All the greatest books have a distinctive smell.
  Maybe it's the smell of your favorite lotion. Maybe it's just the smell of old paper. Or, perhaps it's the smell of the chocolate smudge on the bottom corner of the page from when you were sad and needed a couple pick-me-ups. Whatever it is, books always have a distinctive smell.
  You can tell a well-used home library by the way each book smells. If they smell like new paper, well, then obviously that book hasn't been read much yet. But the ones that smell like yellowing paper and coffee and chocolate and just a hint of mint...well, those are the ones that are the good ones. The Harry Potters and the Chronicles of Narnias and the Romeo and Juliets and the old books of poetry your great great grandma gave you that you've loved to death. Those are the most fantastic.
 Not just because they're awesome in and of themselves.
It's the memories that we associate with them that makes them a step higher than every other book in the world.
MasterOfStudies MasterOfStudies
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3 Responses Oct 18, 2011

I do love those lovely smells. On a related note though, there is apparently a common fungus which lives in the pages of old books whose spores are very mildly hallucinogenic. I smelled that in a science book, obviously.

Yeah I have thousands of books too. I don't know what it is about them but I catalogue into my library system ( and I must have about 5000 by now. Iread every book but at the moment have about 200 to read.

Exactly. The list of things to read seems to be ever growing.

Beautifully written. And I agree. Also, I think adding this title to any other story would raise eyebrows.

Hah, I think I will, just to make people stop and wonder.