Friday, August 26, 2011

Am I Crazy?

I was caught. On the bus home from school yesterday, I was caught ... smelling a book.

Yes, I smell books. I love the smell of the pages (except for school textbooks and a select few others - they smell disgusting), and sometimes I judge the genre or how good I think the book will be simple on its smell. Once or twice I've had the experience of opening up a book years after I've read it, when I've forgotten everything about it ... but then I take a whiff, and suddenly it all comes flooding back. I remember every little plot point, and what the weather was like outside when I read certain parts, and whether I was eating noodles or sandwiches at the time.

It's even one of the things I do when judging whether to buy a book in a bookstore. This is the process I go through:
  1. Look at the cover. We all know the old axiom, don't judge a book by it's cover, but millions of people around the world do just that, and so do I. I know, it's terrible, considering that the writer has little or no input into what goes on the cover of their book (excluding the title), but if the cover looks nice, then I take it or the shelf and proceed to step 2.
  2. Read the back of the book. This is what it's all about: the story. This step requires me to be hooked by the description of the story on the back of the book.
  3. Smell the book. Self-explanatory. It just better smell good.
  4. Start reading. Page 1. I read. Sometimes I read a chapter, or maybe just a few pages. If I'm still interested in the story, and want to read the whole thing, then it's to the counter.
But I can't be the only one, can I? After all, this guy does:

 And so does this guy:

So, in the comments, tell me what you think. Am I crazy? Am I the only one? Or do you smell your books too?
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