I have a confession. I’m a book sniffer. I love the way books smell. Old books, new books, paperbacks that have been passed around, hardbacks that have spent lonely years on a shelf; they all have a unique aroma that gives me such comfort.
Funny story about what got me thinking about my proclivity for book smelling. My house is usually full of people-my grown kids, my grandbaby, my best friends, their kids-my people-my tribe. I love having them here. It brings tears to my eyes when I think about it, really. But sometimes I need a few minutes alone. That’s when I go to the bathroom. No one follows me there and it gives me a few minutes of solitude to center myself and reflect on my blessings. It also gives me a few minutes to scroll through Instagram (no eye rolling, we all have our vices). I love Book Riot and the pictures they post on Instagram. This afternoon there was a really beautiful picture of someone’s bookshelves and, like usual, I scrolled through the comments. That’s where I saw the Kindle comment. Someone commented that all the books in the photo could be stored on a Kindle. Puuuuleeze. Of course they could be stored digitally. But book people, those of us who love the intimacy of actual pages, know that Kindle books don’t smell the same and sniffing Kindle books only leaves pesky greasy spots on the screen. I get that digital books are convenient-I have a TON of them, but I still can’t turn from a traditional book.
In honor of Day 19 of Slicing, go sniff a book my friends. Think about those who turned the pages before you and those who will turn the pages after you.