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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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    :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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    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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    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 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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    Old Things

    I like especially the smell of old books
    BeInTwoMinds BeInTwoMinds 18-21, M Nov 3, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Well the sex scenes I read in my female friends' books were hot as hell, and I love my life as a Dom in the BDSM community in reality. Unfortunately, I found the movie so terrible...
    TravDog3291985 TravDog3291985 26-30, M 34 mins ago

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    Ah, there's nothing like it. The musty scent brings forth an onslaught of memories of all the books I have read before, as well as a hunger for a new page-turner. Few things are as...
    1whatislife1 1whatislife1 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I really really enjoy and have fun reading books, whenever I'm at the library or the bookstore I get so overwhelmed trying to figure out which book I want the most, because all the...
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 15 hrs ago

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    I want to start reading more books, I'm interested into real stories or educational books, but of course very interesting at the same time. Maybe something inspirational and...
    m4riiam m4riiam 16-17, F 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    I literally bought 12 books today *gasp*!! And will most likely finish them all before in a weeks time :)
    FindingFate FindingFate 16-17, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I am incontinent and wear nappies all the time. I am sure I must smell of urine most of the time. No one has ever said that as an adult I smell but as a kid I was always known as...
    Stillwetshisbed Stillwetshisbed 46-50, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I prefer physical books, so I can feel the paper in my hand and hear that flick when I turn the page. Besides, reading digital books strains my eyes.
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I get taken to this whole other world when I am reading a book, I get completely engulfed and I love it. It takes me away from any problems or any stress. Books just make me feel...
    Jessicademond Jessicademond 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Everyone loves short stories right? They're quick to read and often contains more information than regular ones in my opinion at least. As I don't use english as my first language...
    Ennah Ennah 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I have started to read books (not related to school, books like novels etc.) since I have been a child. They helped me a lot and I am thankful of those wrote them, most of them are...
    sadsands sadsands 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I find joy in reading. I used to read in the dark or under dim light at night even if my parents told me to go to bed. It gave me comfort in what I read and I have learned a lot...
    Artandabstarct Artandabstarct 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I never really used to read in the past. But I have begun to. There is just so much you cannot find on the internet. I went to the libary yesterday I just wanted to fill a truck...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    I recently have been reading the Harry Potter series with my son. My husband and I used to read to our son every night. We read more series and chapter books now that he is older...
    dreamingquietly04 dreamingquietly04 26-30, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm generally not very keen on having lots of stuff, but books are the glaring exception to that. I have way too many bookshelves at home, all full, all read. Most of my favorite...
    lcz415 lcz415 26-30 6 days ago

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    I read only best sellers and short books. Not because I'm pretentious, but because I'm always scared to commit to a book that could be really bad. I don't want to waste my time on...
    allanali allanali 13-15, F 9 Responses 6 days ago

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    Books were my first love. I've been borrowing and reading library books all my life. I just couldn't afford to buy and store all the books I want to read. Luckily, lots of free...
    James1169 James1169 51-55, M 7 Responses Jun 23

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    I love older men. I hope to someday find a man that is mature, academic, sophisticate, charming, funny and is willing to have intellectual talks with me, and teach me things like...
    lessneedymonica lessneedymonica 22-25, F 21 Responses Jun 23

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    Me, my husband and our 2 kids were sat in the living room, our dog was laid on the floor. Suddenly I got a whiff of a smell coming from outside, it smelled like a BBQ, meanwhile...
    lynda278 lynda278 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    I love books so much. They are an escape from the real world. All the crap we have to deal with on a daily basis is unreal sometimes. Books help me get through my life by looking...
    GarasaurausRex GarasaurausRex 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    I love going to books-a-million for manga. my grandma told me I'm not allowed to buy anymore books though....
    RavenRena17 RavenRena17 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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    Some smells always bring back certain memories. like every time I smell gardenia. I remember bringing my great uncle gardenia flowers the morning before he died. I was at my...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F Jun 19

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    I would love to be forced to Smell a boys feet. I just love The smell of it. especially when they r sweaty. I also love to lick their feet. I Love how salty it tastes. I love to...
    Chris4323 Chris4323 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 19

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    When I was a child, I was fortunate enough to go to the best school in the world (well, to me anyway). There was a library with a fireplace in it and the entire outside and inside...
    ifeelachangeinthewind ifeelachangeinthewind 22-25, F Jun 18

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    Cigarette smoke, old books, certain coats and garden mint. Weird I know, but these smells remind me very strongly of my grandparents who I adored.
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    I have trouble concentrating but even if I didn't some of the books aimed at adults are so big/fat I'm put off by them. Also many books for adults have death/violence or something...
    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 18

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    Old books especially. My grandfather had hundreds of books. He inspired my love of reading and my collecting of books.
    Littlemissshy25 Littlemissshy25 46-50, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    I love bookstores! I live in a small town and we have no bookstores. The closest town with an actual bookstore is an hour and a half away. this makes me wonder what people do...
    Mimiramirez Mimiramirez 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    This will not smell of anything, but I will promise a good read. I can also vouch it will be ongoing. www.myhusbandisasociopath.wordpress.com
    myhusbandisasociopath myhusbandisasociopath 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 17

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    And old bookshops. That lovely mix of old book, wet dog, mould and halitosis...
    vicjustvic vicjustvic 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 17

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    The library of Alexandria contains many books. How many letters are in those books? Ten. There are 10 letters in "Those Books".
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 2 Responses