If I had to choose between the smell of old books and new books, as book lovers often like to debate, I’d pick new books. Although I understand why people love the ‘old book smell’, I find it a bit too strong and pungent and I enjoy the clean, fresh smell of a brand new book more. But when I take a day trip to a little village or antiques market or shop, I love to discover little treasures in the form of musty books. I love to come across children’s books, old boarding school stories and books with little messages to the previous owners, especially when they were written in 1921! And especially when they only cost a few pounds. I love that there is often no blurb or description. How did people decide which book to read? How did anybody know what they were about? How would you find out, without reading it? I assume decisions were based mainly on the title or the author, since the covers are often plain or patterned. Here is my little collection:
Have you bought or inherited any old books?