Books That Engage The Five Senses

Reading these will be a full-body experience.

Five Senses

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Did you know that you use more than just your eyes for reading? Sometimes a book’s prose is so evocative that you feel as if you’re listening to an explosive rap battle, tasting a pirate queen’s feast, or descending into utter darkness right alongside your protagonist. The books on this list engage the five senses; they create phantom music, splash paint on the insides of your eyelids, and make you feel different within your own skin. In some rare cases, their narrators possess the kinds of synesthesia where multiple senses get mixed up, making for an entirely novel experience.


Which books prick up your ears and get your mouth watering? Have you ever read a book that has appealed to all five senses at once?



Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.

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About Natalie Zutter

Natalie Zutter

NATALIE ZUTTER has always been a voracious reader, from reading Agatha Christie and Entertainment Weekly above her age level as a kid to squeezing 52 books into the year whenever podcasts aren’t taking over her commute. A 2016 Amtrak Residency writer, Natalie also writes plays about superheroes and sex robots, and Tumblr rants about fandom. You can find her giggling over pop culture memes on Twitter @nataliezutter.