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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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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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    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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    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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    :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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    It just feels good! I just love the smell of it!
    maddytheMILF maddytheMILF 36-40, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    Bookshops are so peaceful. The best ones are those little backstreet second hand ones where the books are piled as high as the ceiling. Where you can find books that were read when...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 25

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    There is just something astonishing about the smell, I just love it. The smell of old books just make me fell like oddly comfortable and, like happy. If you get what I mean?
    colourfulskeleton colourfulskeleton 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I love books, all books, in any state, shape or format. I don't agree that ebooks are nothing like the "real" paper ones. it's the content that must be valued in a book, and the...
    AmarieOfTheVanyar AmarieOfTheVanyar 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 1

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    I love the smell of books and the feel of the paper on my fingers.. .
    ForbiddenSubmissive1 ForbiddenSubmissive1 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 5

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    I love to read actual books. ebooks are convenient and all but i like to feel the pages and i love the smell of an old books
    TheWickedJester TheWickedJester 26-30, M 4 Responses Nov 21

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    I need a perfume that smells like this. I have one that's close.
    Niltiac6 Niltiac6 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Not so much modern stores, but the old fashioned 2nd-hand book shops. I just love the smell and feel of books.
    small5paul small5paul 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 20

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    I guess having this experience is kind of a lie....I'm always finding new holes to poke my books into. God, they're everywhere though, books spread across my room like a fungus. My...
    Starrkya Starrkya 18-21, F Nov 22

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    I had this bookshelf my parents bought me before I was a teenager. It was before there were computers, cell phones or other technological advances. Every two weeks I would get...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 7

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    Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday. 1.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – A powerful story about the importance of life experiences as they relate to...
    Cheshirea Cheshirea 18-21, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    I do. Books are so thrilling. I finished the book 'The Outsiders.' I few weeks ago; I cried at the end. XD my teacher gave a copy of 'The Extras' I think she said it's part of 'Th...
    XxLittleBrotherxX XxLittleBrotherxX 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 26

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    Barbara Kingsolver I read her book, The Bean Trees, and loved it. I read the sequel and loved that too. So I ended up looking into more of her stories. There were details here...
    TheBadgeringWitness TheBadgeringWitness 26-30 a week ago

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    It's weird, he has this unique smell after he's done doing physical labor, or after he's done exercising or when he comes home from riding his motorcycle. And no, it's not body...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 22

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    So apparently bookstores in many regions are shutting down due to books on line, but I prefer paper books. Am I in the minority? It's much easier to read without having to use a...
    lujocin lujocin 31-35, F 19 Responses Nov 23

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    This is true . At this point I allow myself one bookcase for books. Just trying to keep it simple ....I used to have waaay too many books so I donated most of them. This is one...
    roseanne00 roseanne00 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    finished all of Dan Brown's books. would like to read books like his. mystery, adventure, thriller and knowledge able. PLEASE HELP
    richardzparker richardzparker 18-21, M Nov 29

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    I can spend hours in a bookstore! I love buying and reading new books,reading is my thing! Whenever i see a bookstore i get too excited.
    Tessa3 Tessa3 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 4

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    I can read pretty much anything and I love to critique what I read. I focus more on sentence structure, punctuation, word variation, and the flow or rhythm of the story itself. I...
    Plungeintoadream Plungeintoadream 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    For me, this group is a little variant. Sometimes I love reading books and sometimes I don't. It really depends on the book. I've stuck to one series for a long time so far and...
    ForgottenCelestria ForgottenCelestria 16-17, F a week ago

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    I kind of went crazy with buying books this week. spent over 100 bucks on these. I have issues. But, it was worth the money. They're collectibles! The outsides of the pages are...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    So before I posted about a patient that comes into the doctors office I work at and he smells like celery. I love that smell he works in the produce department at a local grocery...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F Nov 22

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    I'm a guy- my friend that's a girl has the same books as me. Those books are romance books. Is that bad?
    ColtonS ColtonS 18-21, M 12 Responses Nov 24

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    the time my friend Freddie became a girl part 1 I leaped out the other side of the table and ran for my life, I heard the girls shouting at each other behind me in unison ?You let...
    Jaitheboy Jaitheboy 13-15, T Nov 27

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    Omg I love the smell and i love the sound. I don't know but it amazing if u listen to it it's just like a song... Sometimes having the right beat sometimes sounding crazy. Then...
    Arielle1justsmile Arielle1justsmile 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    There's a bookstore right by my house that I absolutely love called Wee Book Inn. They're open till midnight and have tons of books. I love going there in the middle of the night...
    SilentRider SilentRider 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 22

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    bookshops are time machines spaceships story-makers secret-keepers dragon-tamers dream-catchers fact-finders & safe places (this book is for those who know this to be true) I...
    CaroleOR CaroleOR 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    Is there a website or an app that has free books to read?? I can't seem to find free books !! Thanks
    Memiii25 Memiii25 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    I love how books can take you to new worlds. It is great how books can show you new concepts or ideas to think about and how they can influence you.
    silentiusman silentiusman 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 29

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    Today I went to a used book store in an unspoken challenge for them to have anything of Confucianist or Daoist texts. Of course they were in the NEW AGE section- neverminding that...
    CinimonGypsy CinimonGypsy 41-45 4 Responses Dec 9

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    I love to read. I guess is something i grew up with. My parents would read to us all the time. We didn't have much growing up, so getting a book from the library and reading out...
    Gatikasensual Gatikasensual 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 10

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    the smell of pine needles as per me is the best room freshner anyone could ever make ..its so refreshing ,,,so earthy smell lingers in your mind like a intoxidant..
    romell romell 41-45, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I don't just love books, books love me.
    JezebelWhitman JezebelWhitman 16-17, F 4 days ago

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    I'm reading The White Trash Zombie series right now, 4 books by Diana Rowland. I love it so far! It's a easy read and fast. Small chapters, which as a new mom I love. I can always...
    ErinTripp94 ErinTripp94 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago