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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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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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    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 61-65, F May 2, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    :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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    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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    Old Things

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

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    Related Experiences

    If anyone of u has any book in electronic form...pdf etc by richard carrier and you are willing to share with me i will be very thankfull.I read too much for my own financial well...
    truthlibertyprogress truthlibertyprogress 22-25, F 6 hrs ago

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    I feel like a cat. I almost never get cold, so I think I'm probably a lynx or something. I might be a fox. I hiss at people, prefer extremely raw meat, and at random times my smell...
    girlythecat girlythecat 13-15 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I Love Books I love to read books, but it doesn't mean that I'm bookish.
    helloAnnie helloAnnie 18-21, F 22 hrs ago

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    When i was 12 & summer just started, my older sister's trying to decipher the books that i'm trying to read. I dunno what made her give me that book called "The Amityville Horror...
    hawksnravens hawksnravens 41-45, F 22 hrs ago

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    Started reading Nancy Drew Detective Books when I was 8. My sister's kinda upset that I'm following her around the house since she's 7 yrs older than me. She wants me to shut up...
    hawksnravens hawksnravens 41-45, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    One of the very best Authors that i've encountered will be V.C. Andrews! ❤️ I borrowed one of her books entitled, "My Sweet Audrina" & from that moment, I became obsessed in...
    hawksnravens hawksnravens 41-45, F 23 hrs ago

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    I love my fantasy books, such as lord of the rings, game of thrones etc. any books you lot like that I should have a read of??
    Andyjim Andyjim 18-21, M 11 Responses 1 day ago

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    i absolutely LOVE the smell of coffee but i don't like coffee. lol i love waking up a house full of that freshly made coffee smell, but i've just never liked the taste.
    LillyJo LillyJo 18-21, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    i love reading these books my mom always read me a story out of there books as a kid it helped me fall asleep i love reading too
    autism1011 autism1011 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Ben Aaronovitch’s novels based around the character of PC Peter Grant are so enjoyable for me. A modern urban magic setting, they are funny and very well written. I like...
    DanteAsiir DanteAsiir 13-15, M 3 days ago

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    I like the books . But just as it is a book , a story. It is not how BDSM goes . In fact any master that was like Grey is not a good master . But its a story so people need to...
    Cynthia79 Cynthia79 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Old books are awesome. So many memories... One summer when I was about 10, my grandma gave us kids a bunch of my aunt's old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books... there were some...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Through all what we go in our lives, I feel books as an escape, an escape to live a momentary life that we crave for. I come from a very conservative family background I am not...
    Bareen Bareen 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Great love only happens in books! Hahaha... Good thing I love to read books... :p
    cjg1289 cjg1289 26-30, M 6 days ago

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    I prefer books any day to those silly little e-books. I don't see the point of them. They can never replace the feel, smell & calmness of a real book.
    selina1986 selina1986 26-30, F 8 Responses Feb 4

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    It's like crisp apples to me lol I just love it I could sleep in an old Library forever
    CallMePonyTail CallMePonyTail 13-15, F Feb 3

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    life if too short not to stop and smell the roses.... all flowers have a wonderful scent unique to their type
    Aprildawnmarie Aprildawnmarie 41-45, F Feb 2

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    When you smell coffee the day can begin. Like Pavlows dogs I know what to do when I smell coffee.
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 2

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    I mean I know its not really the case but I always have this feeling that when someone talks to me they don't wanna be there and that people are always judging me and people who...
    Popsicles01 Popsicles01 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    There´s always a lovely bunch of red roses on my desk...my favourite flowers.
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    This is really funny! I took the quiz and it says I'm supposed to smell like a peach, plus all this other stuff below. You are sensual and flirtatious. You always make sure to...
    MaddietheGoalie MaddietheGoalie 13-15, F Feb 1

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    I absolutely love to read books! I read King. Patterson ( most of his genre's), Dean Koonts. and that is just a few. once I find a good author I try to read everything they write...
    krazykitten420 krazykitten420 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    I've got 5 books I'm reading at once including the Holy Bible. Two of the books are really short. And a normal sized novel I'm reading has almost 400 pages I've been reading since...
    Balletomane Balletomane 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 1

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    1. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills. This book was, was, was, the reason I had the courage to come out to my Mom as Transgender. Parts of it still make...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response Jan 31

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    It just makes the idea of there being a world within those covers more interesting. It's not so processed, filtered, or synthetic smelling or feeling that it appears artificial or...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response Jan 31

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    the 2 things I love is the smell of freshly cut grass and the smell of cucumbers when making a salad is it just me or do they smell very similar lol
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    Next week I have my friend on his own I want to make him smell dirty clothes as he hates it and he deserves it I will list below what there is and I want you to answer what part of...
    AJRobo AJRobo 18-21, F 28 Responses Jan 29

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    I discovered a stack of hard cover Tintin books in the public library when I was 11 or 12, and read every one of them. Herge was a fantastic writer! Of course I went to go see...
    litw litw 51-55, M Jan 28

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