My Name Is Marina And I Am A Book Sniffer

I have been sniffing books and other paper products, since I was a little girl.I think it is due to the fact that I have always been attracted to all types of stationary objects and books in general, and therefore I spent a lot of time in stores that sell these items when I was really young. I still love the smell of these stores [in Italy they are still easily found].Any time I catch a whiff of a new brochure, or magazine, or book, I have to bring it up to my nose and breathe in….mmmhh.



I even painted this to honor my…..passion

And there is more: some books smell better than others. The best smells are those of new books with shiny pages, and certain expensive magazines. But I enjoy also many others: I can detect woodsy or grassy scents mixed with some type of alcohol….

Some books smell like spring, some like summer.

My gloriously blooming azalea


Recently I have been smelling some very nasty books, especially those with lots of colored prints/inks and opaque pages: yuck! they have a pungent smell, like plastic and nasty glue [I think these are the recycled paper ones].


My sketchbooks [they smell good]


I know, I have been told I am weird because of this, but I am sure I am not alone with this odd habit. In fact, there is even a book published on this subject: The Smell of Books: A Cultural-Historical Study of Olfactory Perception in Literature by Hans J Rindisbacher.

See you at Barnes & Nobles! I’ll be there every now and then. πŸ™‚


Today I am grateful for books.
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8 thoughts on “My Name Is Marina And I Am A Book Sniffer

  1. No, you are not alone … I love the smell of books as well :-)And I agree with you, some of the newer books to smell kinda nasty !!Lovely flowers..

  2. So glad that there isn’t a 12 step program for this habit. I’d never make it. I love the smell of books…old or new.

  3. It’s true! Some books do have a funky smell. A lot of hardcover books at the library smell slightly of vomit. Why is that? What’s in the paper? It ruins the whole reading experience! I’m with you though. I love the fresh smell and feel of a new book.

  4. Oh freak, we have more in common than I thought. It’s scary! I have a stationary obsession and I sniff books.

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