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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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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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    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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    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 19-21, F 2 Responses Mar 6, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Mar 21, 2010

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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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    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 2 Responses Jan 10, 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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    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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    Old Things

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

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    Reading some books that are a bit odd for me at the moment! Reading some warhammer books, which are fab! Love the stories in them. Not interested in the little figures, but love...
    JennyMason JennyMason 13-15, F Jul 12

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    I mean, you can get like 10 books for 30 bucks? What's not to love!
    socalwriter socalwriter 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 6

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    I had been to many wrestling matches in high school, but never had I seen a barefoot wrestling match before. Everyone was barefoot! The arena smelled like smelly feet. I had come...
    beachfoot12 beachfoot12 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I prefer used book stores the older the better. the smell of old paper. and all the types of books from all over and they have there own story to tell other than the story in them...
    Yungbug Yungbug 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Bookstores are like heaven to me. I feel like I have the world, right there in front of me, close enough to touch. Everything I could ever want to know about anything that I can...
    LoserLibs LoserLibs 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    It's clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time. Though neither of us was aware of the other before we met, there was a kind of mindless...
    TheWeepingWoman TheWeepingWoman 36-40, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I love going into a Barnes and Noble or Half Price Books to see all the books and just explore. It's exciting to know you are surrounded by so much knowledge. Love the smell as you...
    gladiatorfan gladiatorfan 46-50, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I don't know why but when i was a kid, i would always look for the old wore out books with yellow pages in the school library. I would smell every old book i could find. It wasn't...
    QuiltedBathwater QuiltedBathwater 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Don't you love the smell of new text when you enter a bookstore? I literally want to kiss all the books as the bliss warms my passion and imagination for books. I may not have any...
    AuthorLuna AuthorLuna 13-15, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    i love books. The feeling of turning a page, the smell...and there is this place that sells so many books on the side of the street and i just stand there and read the blurbs and...
    suziewuzie suziewuzie 18-21, F 2 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I asked my mom maybe two years ago if we could go to the bookstore, and looked At me like i was crazy. She grabbed my hand and told me not to cry, but books are going "extinct...
    NyBrid NyBrid 13-15, F 11 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    I love reading books. I love the smell of a new book. I love the feeling I get after reading a really good books. I LOVE BOOKS
    gytriajeng gytriajeng 16-17, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    The musty mix of smells that hit me as soon as I enter the store is always so refreshing. Fresh paper and different textured covers soothes my mind, even as I approach or sit...
    unknownfamiliar unknownfamiliar 22-25, F Jul 13

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    I could stay in there forever, its just the smell of new books and its quiet and there's so many books and idk I just could live in one
    jacithepanda jacithepanda 13-15, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    I love the quiet, relaxing feel of them. I also love big libraries. It's so quiet. I sometimes am a person that lives in my own head and it feels like a place where I can get away...
    wendymrtns wendymrtns 36-40, F 4 Responses Jul 8

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    It's my favorite place to be, the smell of new books 😍
    sourpatchkid578 sourpatchkid578 22-25, F Jul 10

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    Well, not absolutely... But I do love the smell and the sections and the upstairs and the reading nooks and the displays and the hidden lost books and the checkout and the way time...
    Sinjintiger Sinjintiger 41-45, M 12 hrs ago

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    I can't get enough of them and I'm pretty proud of my growing collection. I either just buy books that catch my fancy or I'm obsessed with the author (Tolkien and Rowling fan) and...
    MindvsHeartAJ MindvsHeartAJ 18-21, T 1 Response Jun 27

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    I love all kinds of bookstores. I usually spent any money I had as a kid in the "B. Dalton" store at the mall. If it wasn't on books it was on bookmarks. I had quite a collection...
    RaverFan RaverFan 41-45 Jul 2

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    Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books: 1. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a...
    paradox14 paradox14 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 6

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    I sometimes wonder what my EP friends smell like. Do they smell like cologne or perfume? Perhaps they smell like freshly baked cookies or pumpkin pie. Mmmm. Maybe some of my...
    1SweetL 1SweetL 36-40, F 19 Responses Jun 25

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    Waterstones has a good selection of books. One of my favorite chains of bookstores. Books from bookstores seem relatively cheaper than online books/books that you get on...
    KMargatroid KMargatroid 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS EVERYBODY!
    lewis349 lewis349 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 22

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    I hang out much in the bookstores. I always went to this bookstore where they sell cheap and used books or novels everytime. I usually spent 3-4 hours scanning the books or novels...
    RubyR21 RubyR21 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    Knocked down my mom doll collection and put a bookshelves, yeah she was pissed but as parent could they really get mad at there child for loving to read? NO. I could do bad thing...
    NymNin NymNin 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'll have to thank my father for this. :) He introduced me to books at such a young age. Well, I did have a normal childhood playing outside with kids my age but when I'm at home...
    malipatient malipatient 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Is there anyone else out there totally in love with JR Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood? She is my all time favourite author and the BDB books are fantastic. The world and...
    1970schick 1970schick 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    I've been getting back into my reading hobby after having more free time now. I been downloading so many Kindle books and iBooks on my Ipad as well as purchasing tons of used books...
    afdragon afdragon 36-40, F Jul 5

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    Books are my guilty pleasure. They help me escape reality. As well as most books that I tend to read are story and poetry books. It makes me unhappy how traditional books are being...
    DamoiseauDynavolt DamoiseauDynavolt 16-17, M 2 Responses Jul 6

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    When I was younger I would not read as I found it boring, now I can not put books down, I give credit to my kids as they love to read and must have over 200 books. They now see me...
    JackNJ JackNJ 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 13

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    Strange--saw an article in the newspaper (yes, they still make those) about the reading habits of Americans and how people who use e-readers read more books per year than people...
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I always go to the bookstore and picked up a novels and books that look exciting ! Then I say ! After exams I'll start reading , now I've finished my exams ! So I have free time...
    Strivingforjannah Strivingforjannah 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 28

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    Movies were great, but the books are even better: I saw the first 2 movies before I ever read any of the books, but the books are amazing. I'm just about finishing up the final...
    Nicholas16 Nicholas16 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 1

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    I love being able to search around and see all of the options for books to buy that I never would have thought of just sitting in front of my computer on home browsing Amazon...
    PunkinH2O PunkinH2O 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 11

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