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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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    ...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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Old Things

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

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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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    I like some books, but right now I only read fanfics.
    fighteratheart fighteratheart 13-15, F Jan 9

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    >>> I like big books and i can not lie ...;)
    falkenboi falkenboi 22-25 Jan 21

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    I like reading books because it makes me forget about reality.
    littlelup littlelup 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 12

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    Mmmm, that moment when you first walk into the bookstore … the sight of all those books, the excitement of what you might find, in the case of my favourite bookstore the smell of...
    Chrye Chrye 51-55, F 1 hr ago

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    mmmm.... haaaa... the smell of books everywhere around us makes us feel immediately that we possess the knowledge of all the books present there. Isnt it? I am not a book worm...
    psycruler psycruler 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 15

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    Can someone recommend me a good high-school read? I like mostly the work by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Dickens.
    FlawfulCreation FlawfulCreation 18-21, F 6 hrs ago

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    I love books. I love libraries, book shops, studies, even text books! I don't have a Kindle and I never plan to. You just can't beat the feel, smell and weight of a book.
    NPMEE NPMEE 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 18

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    Nothing can beat the feel of a book in your hand..the smell of the pages when you open a new one. When I buy preowned books I just leaf through them, looking for little secrets...
    VanTraveller VanTraveller 51-55, F 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    Old books have the smell of history and time.
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 3 days ago

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    I adore the smell, the texture of the pages between my fingertips and the feel of a book in my hands. I always carry a book around in my purse. Books are stacked in baskets waiting...
    Southernbelle1203 Southernbelle1203 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 20

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    I love going into a bookstore and being surrounded with books and knowing all the knowledge that is stored in them. I especially love going into Barnes and Noble and perusing the...
    metaphorical metaphorical 46-50, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    10 Commandments Every Book Lover Needs You To Abide By Commandment I Thou shalt not watch the movie first. Commandment II Thou shalt not lose or never return borrowed book...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 12

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    Hey look! PRINTED INFORMATION! yeah i know, old school. But nothing beats that feeling of holding a book in your hands, smelling that odour of new and having the same exciting...
    DestinyWriter DestinyWriter 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 8

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    I LOVE that smell. I bet if they made it into a body spray they would bank! ^_^
    MermaidTripp MermaidTripp 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    The smell of books is one of my favorite scents. each one had its own, and the best is the real old ones. i know most of my fellow book loving friends agree but idk bout the rest...
    restless09 restless09 70+ 3 days ago

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    I would be totally ok to spend every day in a used book store. I relate more with books than people anyway.
    nothingandno1 nothingandno1 26-30, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    When Tomorrow Comes Part Five - Chapter Twelve Jock kept his word. He came by early the very next day and told me to pick up two of my books. "We have a lot of catching up to do...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F Jan 8

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    It breaks my heart that I see only eldery people in libraries. Everyone's just holding kindle and read on a bus. If you are one of the people who never reads in a library you're...
    Nausicaafreckled Nausicaafreckled 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 15

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    I have been finishing off a few books that i downloaded but couldn't read cause i never had the time because of school. I like to read almost anything from romances similar to...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    I love to learn things so I spend a lot of my time in book stores. I prefer the older used book stores. the smell of paper is just so comforting.
    youngkinyteenmom youngkinyteenmom 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 13

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    Bookstores are like a second home for me. I feel at peace followed by excitement of all the books. I dont even know where to start! Bookstores are full of great knowledge and...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F Jan 17

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    I love the smell of an old book...my special time when reading...just so busy in this mad world that barely have time to read something lately
    semperliberi semperliberi 31-35, M 18 hrs ago

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    They're a dying bread and I mourn their demise even as I contribute to their downfall. I used to go to bookstores for hours at a time, meandering through the shelves looking for...
    Easysteam Easysteam 31-35, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I just got some books at the library and a few of them were children's books lol i hadnt read some of these and ages.I like the feeling of nostalgia I guess.I like reading them...
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F Jan 17

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    i really enjoy reading graphic novels, unlike text only books. text only books require much imagination, and also certain reading skills so you can recognize what the writer is...
    Nick232 Nick232 16-17, M Jan 22

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    Does anyone have any fave books on oil painting or drawing at all? I've been wondering if there any websites that show classic textbooks on how to draw, how to paint, etc, but...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    when you know your love for book has become out of control: 1. When you have purchased way too many books at once and now you are paralyzed by trying to choose which one to start...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    In my free time I would always go to a nearby bookstore and stay there for hours just to read books and browse different genres and even check out new releases and best-selling...
    sui123 sui123 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 17

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    I like the smell of my shampoo and my leave in conditioner, and it makes my hair smell nice. I smell it sometimes when people aren't looking. People are always petting it too...
    WhereThereIsHope WhereThereIsHope 18-21, F Jan 19

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    any great books with adventure? Any books that are suspenseful thrillers or full of mystery? any is fine. or just recommend me any books that are worth reading :)
    ThePixie123 ThePixie123 16-17, F 7 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Some of the most interesting people are those who you might normally avoid. i remember one day a few years back. i was shopping in a mall with a friend, and she was caught up in...
    YohKomori YohKomori 22-25, M Jan 2

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    I like to read more than anything in my life. My bf read this and asked why I don't like him best. I said "Because my books books have been around for two to six hundred years (a...
    Andwen Andwen 13-15, M 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Totally! Those are paradise! If I live in those worlds... If only lol There WAS one day where it went kinda like this.... Me: *sees bookstore* *gasps* *starts sprinting* Dad...
    johannesc4 johannesc4 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 9

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    I love books, and stories. I'm constantly looking for new things to read. my favorite books are: 1. The Bible 2. Desired by Virginia Henley 3. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer...
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 11