Ah, The Sweet Smell of a Good Book!




I have to admit that to me, there is nothing that smells as sweet as the smell of a new book.  It can be fresh off the shelf of a bookstore, musty from the library or passed along by a good friend, but the anticipation in combination with the warm, word-filled pages, fills me with happiness. For me, real books are more desirable than their high-tech cousins, though on the treadmill, I really appreciate the iPad’s flat ability to stand on the small provided ledge, the ease of turning the pages with the flick of my finger and especially the ability to make the print really large, and there is something nice about being read to while driving about in the car via books on tape, but real books will always be my favorite.

I often long for the entrance into another world, a journey that takes me away from reality and into another reality with new friends and problems to solve.  I will read almost any book, any genre, but my favorites are the novels with characters aching to become my forever friends.  It is for this reason that I was filled with glee when I opened up my email this morning and saw an email from the public library announcing that a book was being held for me.  I had been number 300 something on the waiting list and had almost forgotten that I had placed the hold on this book:


Escape at last!



but now it is in my hands, all 292 pages wrapped in a lovely turquoise blue cover.  I have to smile that the author’s name, Aimee, is mine spelled in the fancy way I always wished for. A kinship already!  So tonight, everything is on hold.  Tonight I am cuddling up on the sofa for a much-needed escape to places unknown.  I can’t wait!

P.S.  If you are reading this, please post a comment with your current favorite read!


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4 responses to “Ah, The Sweet Smell of a Good Book!

  1. Nancy

    Ahhh yes…so true! My newest favorite: Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue. I cannot shake this book! It is amazing. Thanks for loaning it to me Amy! One of last year’s favorites: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Such a fun read!
    What about all time favorite reads? Or childhood reads? Whenever the love of books comes up, I always think of the Sherman Oaks library and the book: B is for Betsy, with its red cover, soft worn pages with the rounded corners…I can feel it…I can smell it. I am in love!


  2. My current favourite read is Snow Falling on Cedars. I haven’t read it before and am lucky that I am yet to see the movie so the whole story is new for me. I am loving it!
    I cannot WAIT to get my hands on Room: A Novel – unfortunately I am on the waiting list at my local library for this one!
    One of last year’s favourite reads for me was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak….this is definitely one of my top 5 of all time reads


  3. Kim

    I never knew you wanted to spell your name differently! 🙂

    My new favorite read is one I (sadly) just finished: Ruth Reichl’s Comfort me with Apples. I just love her books – she is a brilliant food writer, and a fantastic memoirist (I hope that’s a word)!


    • Nancy

      I didn’t remember that either! In high school I spelled my name any which way I could think of! Nanci…Nancie…Nancee!
      Also: The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring was very good!


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