A couple weeks ago a book I had placed on hold arrived at my library. I was excited to read it, as I’ve enjoyed the series so far. Even though the book is well over 800 pages, I knew it wouldn’t take more than a few days to read, as I doubted I would put it down for long.
When I came home from work that evening, I settled in and started to read the book. I didn’t get more than a couple of pages though, as I was put off by the smell of stale cigarette smoke. Ugh. After a couple of pages I set the book aside. A few days later I tried again, but didn’t get far. The hubby was home, so I asked him to take a sniff. He didn’t notice the stench, which surprised me.
In the end, I only read sixteen pages before I brought it back to work. I asked a couple of coworkers if they noticed the odor. They did – even the one who was getting over a bad cold.
Often when books are returned with an added scent we will try to salvage them. We place a dryer sheet in between the pages and put the book in an airtight bag for several days. I tried this trick with my book, leaving it sit in a bag over the weekend. Sadly, when I checked the book a few days later I could still detect the stench. I knew it would distract me too much while reading it, so I placed a hold on another copy and cleared the stinky one from my record.
So now I wait. Of the three copies our system has of that title, one is checked out to another patron, one has been lost and paid for by a patron, and the third is too smelly for my likes. Here’s hoping the copy that is checked out is returned early! I really want to read that book!!