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The Smell of Books: A Cultural-historical Study of Olfactory Perception in Literature | Hans J. Rindisbacher
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Demonstrates that sense of smell plays a significant role in the history of European literature
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This is for you @NataliePatalie .
Borrowed from FB Silent Book Club.

Crazeedi The best part of getting a book is smelling it!! 2mo
NataliePatalie Nice hahahah 2mo
WJCintron Guilty and proud! Lol! 😂🤣 I thought I was the only one!!!! ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Last weekend I saw this skit on SNL and it cracked me up that one of her hobbies was smelling books instead of reading them. And she says it twice! 😄💜


BennettBookworm LOL that was awesome! 10mo
LaraReads It was so funny! 10mo
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Ignore the terrible photo. My husband caught me smelling my book. 😂😂😂

BookishMarginalia I love the smell of books! 12mo
Reecaspieces @BookishMarginalia it is the best smell ever! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s a big light!! 🤣 12mo
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Crazeedi Well of course, it's the first thing you do, doesn't everyone?😍 12mo
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hahaha! I am old and can‘t see. Plus it pisses off my husband. So there‘s that😂 12mo
Reecaspieces @Crazeedi absolutely 12mo
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Linsy Love this!!! 🤣 2y
Craftylikefox That book though! I am in love! 😍 2y
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@Linsy apparently it‘s been studied and here‘s a handy breakdown of the smell of books, old and new!

Eggs Wow 😳 2y
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cathysaid Truth! Unless a cat peed on it. 😷 2y
Suet624 @cathysaid I just snorted out loud. Fantastic line. 2y
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Had to share after I saw on Instagram this morning and it made me LOL. I can sometimes conjure up the smell of the children's story time area at the library from when I was little and it's my fav 👃🏻 Anyone else??

laundry_piles I still get giddy over book fairs!! 😍 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 💙this so much! RIF for me though, loved RIF day (edited) 2y
CouronneDhiver Haha! Yep... but it would be 1995 (give or take) 😆 2y
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LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 2y
kyraleseberg Same, except mine would be around '94. 2y
GripLitGrl 😄😄💕 2y
TheBookStacker Would‘ve been 98-99 but yeah I feel it 2y
Laura317 Yep. 1967-69. Happy memories. 2y
LauraBeth 😂😂❤️❤️ 2y
Nerdfins Well this gave me lots of happy feels. 😊 2y
BarbaraBB 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2y
MyNamesParadise This just gave me chills. The good kind. 2y
vivastory Scholastic book fair memories are some of my most vivid childhood memories 2y
Reviewsbylola Lolol. I can‘t wait until my kids have book fairs. 2y
Cinfhen Fantastic post 😍 2y
ephemeralwaltz ❤❤ I remember these so much from when I went to school in the States. Nostalgia! 2y
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Is it wrong that sometimes I just smell a book to center myself?

That-Bookish-Hiker Not wrong at all! 2y
Sarah83 Definitely not 🤗 2y
GondorGirl I do the same thing! 📚👃❤ 2y
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cobwebmoth Nope. (And I love Rebecca Bunch) 2y
JessClark78 Not at all! I love the smell of books! 📚🖤 2y
LauraJ No way. And your hair is a beautiful color! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @LauraJ thank you. You‘re sweet. I might be getting some blue on Saturday if they can fit me in. 2y
MrBook Nope! 😁👏🏻😎🙌🏻 2y
Abby-J They lady in the photo behind you seems to think so. 😂 2y
Meeko93 Hahaha 😂 2y
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Fun fact! 😀

Mdargusch So interesting! 2y
minkyb I like this! 2y
Tanisha_A @Mdargusch @minkyb Curiouser and curiouser! 😀 2y
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I found this patch at a local gift shop and I had to buy it. So funny and true 😁

mrozzz 😆😁🤓👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2y
BethM Yaaassss! 2y
Ruri_kaichou I suddenly need this in my life 2y
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minkyb What a hoot! 2y
ReadingSusan @Ruri_kaichou I️ have no use for it whatsoever but I️ had to have it 🤣 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Hilarious! 🤣❤️ 2y
Cortg Cute! I would see it on a backpack 🎒 2y
Bookish_B So cute! 2y
DebinHawaii That's awesome! 😆👍 2y
Bookwm85forever Great find!! 2y
StacksNShelves I️f anyone is looking to buy the patch, I️ found them on Frog and Toad Press. They have an Etsy shop and online store. They are $6.00 2y
gossamerchild OMG. 😯 2y
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Getting sweet smelling and looking penpal mail is pretty terrific, especially when it smells like books and litsea. I've never tried the Frostbeard candles either. Thanks @MatchlessMarie . 😀

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I thought littens would appreciate this post about the science of book smells. http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/06/01/newoldbooksmell/

BarbaraTheBibliophage Cool - thanks for sharing! 3y
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My Future-Sister-In-Law gifted me this triad of Book Scented Candles - they're just as advertised! The Ancient Scrolls candle smells a little spicy, which I wouldn't have expected. I'm renaming it "Library of Alexandria"

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Who makes these? 😍 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Ooo! Where do get these from?! 😍 3y
LuLeeBelle @BooksTeasAndBookishThings @Valkyrie923 the label says "Luminous Candles Company" which might be an etsy shop? 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Fantastic! Thanks! 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Thank you! ❤🕯 3y
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JonathanDunne 👍📙👃👌 3y
Varshitha Absolutely 😉 3y
Sammidnightsun Nope I do it anywhere lol 😂 3y
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LauraBeth Yep 😀 3y
Megabooks Yes!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ohhhh yeahhhh mmmmmm book smell 3y
I-read-and-eat All the time! 3y
LukkiAnn 😹😹👍🏻 3y
UwannaPublishme 😂😂👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Gissy 👍 I do it!!! 😊 3y
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