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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 153 People

    Old Books

    I am in a library now so i have smelt like twenty books. I like how the really old ones smell, kind of like vanilla.I think that the best is when you have drawing paper the really nice kind the musky scent that faintly reminds you of tea is amazing. But it is hard to explain...
    cherryblossomshinigami4 cherryblossomshinigami4 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 8, 2008

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    I Think

    old books tend to smell like vanilla. Am I crazy? Sometimes I just take a book and sniff it for several minutes before I start reading. Somehow, the smell soothes me.
    Saigo Saigo 18-21, M Jun 17, 2008

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    Book Stores and the Library

    I've loved the library all my life.You feel good just being in that warm,cozy,intelligent place.Book stores are great.Now throw in the aroma of coffee brewing and pastry to try..absolute Heaven. 
    wiseowl wiseowl 61-65, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2008

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    I Read All

    ...that I can get my little hands on. It doesn't mean I necessarily FINISH a book. The story has to keep my attention and interest. If it starts to get graphic or boring...HEL-lo and good bye. I often have a paper or book on the table when I am having a meal, and I don't want to...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F May 2, 2013

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    :D

    I like the smell of old pages best... Uggghhh, what else is there to say??? +Sniiiiiiiiiifffff+
    Bandkanon Bandkanon 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 6, 2008

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    Bookstore

    That lovely smell always reminds me of when I worked at a book store with all of my closest friends. We were more like a big family- we would bring potluck dinners to work every Wednsday (our least busy day), and we really loved one another and took care of eachother. The store...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F Oct 18, 2010

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    I Love The Smell Of Newspapers

    its true I have worked at a newspaper for 23 years and I can sit and open a book and sigh it smells so good. I can sit with a newspaper at my nose for minutes and it does calm me. I wish I knew why.
    wtta33 wtta33 41-45 2 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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    New Stuff

    I love new stuff especially. Some books/ink smell bad, really bad, but most of them smell very new, I love new paper! Those books that are glossy are better than the regular paper ones or the library, b/c library has old books and I don't particularly like old books. Just like my...
    misasja misasja 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 11, 2007

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    Old Things

    I like especially the smell of old books
    BeInTwoMinds BeInTwoMinds 18-21, M Nov 3, 2012

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    Mmm....

    i love the smell of new newspapers and magazines. i even sometimes lick newspapers,because it tastes so good... i know, it's wierd, but it  is strangely pleasing...
    stmingiux stmingiux 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 10, 2008

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    There Are Times..

    That the smell of newspaper can be a bit overwhelming, but I always love the smell of books. I love how libraries smell. Especially really old books. Just something about that scent.
    meowmeowface meowmeowface 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2007

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    Remember When?

    Newspapers have a unique smell.  I cannot quite explain the scent, but it calms me.  The first thing I do when I pick up a newspaper is take in the fragrance.  I do not care who watches, it is part of who I am.  If you think it is weird, go ahead, because I...
    BBUDS BBUDS 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 21, 2010

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    It's Great!

    I love newspaper, new books and libraries. Whenever I smell it it's almost calming. Sometimes when I am reading I stop & smell the book. Odd, huh? lol
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 11, 2007

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    After I fart in a chair I bend over or get on my knees so I can smell it.
    asspussyfart asspussyfart 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Tell me about your most interesting books [mostly say the 1940s to today] I want you to explain why you think it's not junky and where it stands out, and we can talk about the...
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    have for as long as I can remember even before I could read I liked picture books, as a kid I read Pippi Longstocking books and my big brother read me books such as James and the...
    Snowbird22 Snowbird22 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 26

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    Bookstores are awesome especially small family own bookstores; they seem to be well rounded in their choices and not over whelming like big bookstore have/do. If that's the case...
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I hope everyone likes smelling good everyday before you leave your home. Smelling good is apart of life. Clean clothes as well, don't leave your home smelling like yesterday and...
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I had read the following books: 1. The Book of Awesome 2. The Book Even More Awesome by Neil Pasricha 3.Jason Priestley a memoir I am reading this book "Is Gwyneth...
    mother1983 mother1983 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    I read lots and try to read for at least an hour a day. I especially like reading books about those in the medical professions and books written by people with mental health...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    Reading is my favorite thing to do. I like real books not just reading on my ipad. My favorite books used to be Harry Potter but Im getting more into Divergent series now...
    AshlynT AshlynT 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    EP won't let you me tell you WHY I like adult bookstores. I've tried to tell you what it means to me in terms of the emotions connected with that experience, which is supposed to...
    jimz1000 jimz1000 41-45, M 5 Responses Mar 26

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    I bought a book at Goodwill called The Complete Idiot's Guide to American History. I've always liked these books, they're entertaining and amusing. They always throw in little...
    TheEnduringSunrise TheEnduringSunrise 18-21, F Apr 2

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    I got 5 new books so far. :) 3 of which are part of a trilogy and 2 are just random novels. They're all fantasy, considering my number one favorite genre is fantasy. I enjoy horror...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 17 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    Ok. So I have just finished reading All of Me by Patricia Ryan and I love this book. I am adding it to my collection of books that I will definitely read a second time. I have been...
    jassy3 jassy3 22-25 3 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    So sexy very most don't smell
    tattoopain tattoopain 22-25, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    I recently bought a few Persephone books I intend reading, and I love how a bookmark with a print of a material from the era a book is set is given free. The ones I have to read...
    BeneaththeCalm BeneaththeCalm 51-55, F 8 hrs ago

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    Just bought Erin Morgenstern's novel "The Night Circus". I'm a sucker for a book written by an author who knows how to properly use the art of imagery. I read the excerpt before I...
    AB2WUS AB2WUS 22-25 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have never been able to smell and usually it doesn't get me down but when I see and hear people saying how much they love the new book smell or the old book smell, it makes me...
    QueenOfAwkwardness QueenOfAwkwardness 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 11

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    It is hard for the consummate learner to leave a bookstore without a book. And I am no different. I love books. I own a Kindle, but there's nothing like the enjoyment of opening a...
    NewMan2015 NewMan2015 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 14

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    Sometimes a rainy day really hits the spot! The clean smell, the refreshing calm, and the invigorating walk! Looking forward to several more days.....
    EYESONLYFORU EYESONLYFORU 41-45, F 2 hrs ago

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    Things I take with me if I travel on vacation with my mom, besides me: hygiene products - electronic toothbrush, Colgate Total toothpaste, nail clippers I can use snacks - seedless...
    blankcheck4urhart blankcheck4urhart 36-40, F 2 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    “I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow Of The...
    lemonturtle lemonturtle 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    i love the smell of old books
    thrice3 thrice3 26-30, F 12 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have always liked to read ever since I was a little girl, my sister too. My brother, eh, he likes and liked the hands-on things like video games, interactive video games...
    blankcheck4urhart blankcheck4urhart 36-40, F Mar 25

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    I love book stores. They're so magical. So many different worlds to explore! I love the smell of the paper binded inside of the covering. I especially love old books, they just...
    DetachedCinnamon DetachedCinnamon 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!!!!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! :-D
    keke8714127 keke8714127 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    My grandmother on my mothers side used TCP antiseptic cream .. Now when I use this after one of my 'accident prone' episodes memories flood back of my grandmother.. My grandfather...
    saxappeal saxappeal 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 16

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    Opening a brand new book the smell of fresh paper and you hear the spine crack better than sex
    sweetcandycane99 sweetcandycane99 26-30, F 24 Responses Mar 26

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    I can smell you even before you walk in the room. That, ‘I’m all yours’ smell, that ‘just try to wear me out’ smell…that ‘lace me up tight and break me in...
    Mirages Mirages 41-45, F 17 Responses Mar 26

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