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Ooh-ooh that smell

Today, my friend and I went on a treasure hunt at a local used bookstore. The first thing that hit me when I walked in the door was that smell. You know what I'm talking about. It's old paper, decayed glue, and something musty. Sounds disgusting doesn't it?

Someone will probably tell me it's a health hazard, but for some reason the smell of old books is one of my favorites. There's just something about it that makes me happy. It reminds me of being curled up in a corner for hours, engrossed in a good story. It represents the countless hours I spent at the library as a teenager hunting for something interesting that I hadn't read yet.

It's embedded in those old Mary Stewart novels in the weird little library-edition bindings with no cover art.

It's bliss.

Today I walked in with a whole bag of books I'd already read, and came out with another bag almost as full of authors I love, and some new ones I haven't read before. Now I have a big pile of procrastination waiting for me right next to my favorite chair.

What could be better?

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  1. Reply

    I love wandering into old/used bookstores like that. The ones around here get a lot of traffic lately. I also love the little nook areas they’ve added in around the stores…Borders tries to emulate them, but the cozy factor just isn’t there as much.

    • Reply

      Wandering the aisles of any bookstore is definitely a favorite pastime. When I get back up to VA, you’ll have to fill me in on the best places to go. The one here is pretty well-organized, but has no place to sit. I used to go to a little store in Manassas that had a pretty good selection, but again, no place to sit. I think it recently moved farther up Sudley, so maybe it’s nicer now.

  2. Reply

    I am sooo there with you. I have a local used bookstore that I frequent (less often now) but it has that smell too.

    Makes me think of lazy days reading. One of my favorites.

    Congrats on the procrastination pile! 🙂

    • Reply

      I try to buy new when I can, but now that I have to finagle airfare to Orlando, that’s sooo off the table. 😉

      Now I just have to find time to read all the books!

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    Ahh yeah, the one I usually go to is in Woodbridge. Depending on how long you’ve been gone, it’s going to be a shock when you see everything up here. LOL.

    We’ll definitely head out and check out all the fun book places!

    • Reply

      LOL. Hey, Carla! I see you. 😉 I love my writer friends because they’re all reader friends, and they just “get” me. *contented sigh*

  4. Linda


    Gwen………….you could nlot have expressed that better!!!

    It’s always been one of my favorite smells!!

    We are about to head out to san Diego and they have that
    great Adams St area of several blocks of wonderful used book stores…………we always spend at least one foggy summer afternoon there…

    • Reply

      Thanks, Linda. I’m so jealous that you guys are going to San Diego without me. Again. 😉 Adams Street sounds great. Have a great time!

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