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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Old Things

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Among all these chaos that is going on , lingering past and foggy present But always the smell of flowers will make me feel better and see a glimpse of a nice future to be ..
    Sweetcardiac Sweetcardiac 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I love various reading material and I love visiting different local bookstores. I enjoy reading different types of books, newspapers, and magazines before going to sleep at night...
    businesswomanathome businesswomanathome 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    I just reading books! Especially things like fantasy books like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, just to name some and I also like reading fan...
    Xoxolife Xoxolife 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    I have like 20 books that I read over and over and I don't read anything new because I love my favorites so much (my most favorite ever is harry potter):)
    ellajade ellajade 13-15, F a week ago

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    I personally like the books more than the movie
    silverstrike silverstrike 13-15, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Hey! I find solace in quiet places. I love sitting under the moonlight watching the stars and getting lost in it, I like Reading books, Simple things and kind people make me happy...
    Modernpsyche Modernpsyche 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Not only old ones. I like new ones as well. Funny how i recieved a new book from my church and i was just walking around skimming thru the pages close to my nose just to smell it...
    PreciousMoments7 PreciousMoments7 22-25, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    GIRL FROM HELSINKI I fell in love with a girl from Helsinki, a pretty good place, but rinky-dinky. our love life had been elemental, and then it was just...mental; then I realized...
    paulie138 paulie138 66-70, M 4 hrs ago

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    There's nothing better than finding a little book shop or a new library and finding new books, new worlds, to travel to that day. Books are food for the soul and the smell of the...
    Sxculent Sxculent 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 3

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    I love walking into bookstores, seeing rows and rows of books. I love the smell of bookstores. I love old books. I collect old books and magazines...the nostalgia is so sweet...
    bobbieshae bobbieshae 41-45, F 9 Responses Feb 16

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    I love cleaning. I can't relax after work until everything is squared away- floor swept, counters and bathrooms wiped down, everything smelling nice and fresh. My kid even cleans...
    marladurden13 marladurden13 41-45, F Feb 3

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    I love going to bookstores. I love the smell of books, the possibility of discovering great books to read. I could just get lost inside for hours without even noticing it.
    grrrey grrrey 22-25, F 9 Responses Feb 4

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    I went into an old bookstore run by volunteers today to buy some used books and the woman at counter asked if I was there to relieve her. I always wanted to run an old bookstore...
    padraig17325 padraig17325 51-55, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    A room without books is like a body without a soul...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 15 hrs ago

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    Smells like knowledge cx xD
    TassiAnime TassiAnime 18-21 a week ago

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    my ritual to find a perfect book : go to the library and pick random titles, read the brief description at the back of the cover and the biography of the author, pick a random page...
    SabiDarrio SabiDarrio 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    Hey, I really need some suggestions!! So I have recently come across a really cool quote by George R.R. Martin, "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never...
    Browneyes4322 Browneyes4322 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    If I were to say I love bookstores and libraries I would be understating it. I was a University Professor for years and now, after retiring early, I increased my dedication to...
    Dancewithme2 Dancewithme2 51-55, M 9 Responses Feb 14

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    I love to read but lately I have been getting out of it I'm reading this grate book and omg hardcore fangirling. I mean il read books then go and read fanfics about the book/books...
    thelastfallenangel thelastfallenangel 13-15, F 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    Hey all I just got back from Tampa, on a business trip and I am so pumped. While I was down there though I had a business partner wanting to come back to my hotel room and talk...
    flightexpert flightexpert 18-21, M Feb 4

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    I'm just a beginner, yet i've spent years picking out books i've liked or heard was useful, could be a useful Top 40 List, or maybe the best 50 books on Japanese to own...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M Feb 17

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    Mostly because i can't decide on what i want to buy. i like to read teen fiction, romance, fantasy and suspense. I have only read a few suspense books. I bought a couple of scarier...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F a week ago

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    I realized this today... I never quite understood why no one liked the smell like I do, the people I know just tells me they despise it. It may be that I grew up around my uncle...
    roamingtree roamingtree 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    That foggy grey color. The fresh smell to everything. It feels like everything was given a great, natural clean. The flowers smell better. The world smells like a clean slate...
    MackenzieBSnow MackenzieBSnow 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 11

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    Usually when I smell it , it smells like wet asphalt and I like that smell .
    TreDaeOne87 TreDaeOne87 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    I remember when I was small, I wouldn't stop reading books, and when it's time for bed, my mom would take away my books and turn off all the power in my room and force me to go to...
    Netfreak21 Netfreak21 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 18

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    I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. I dont drink it too often. I also love to walk down the coffee eisle at the supermarket. The smell from the coffee beans just...
    bubblebobble83 bubblebobble83 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    Books are great because you can find out about life, fact, famous people who are dead and living. I am going to read more books. I had borrowed books from the library. I am going...
    mother1983 mother1983 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Currently reading six books at the one time. 1. Skullduggery Pleasant book 7. 2. Rereading Fifty Shades of Grey 3. Death Comes to Pemberley 4. The Mortal Instruments book 4...
    nainaii nainaii 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    The love it when I put on my undershirts and my body warmth elicits the faint smell of bleach. Mmmm. Happiness. I use some when cleaning the floors and when I clean the toilets...
    Satx457 Satx457 41-45, M Feb 20

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    I love to read manga!! Among other books books books ^_^
    PChan33 PChan33 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    when I got an 81 in my maths exam which was the highest in form 5. instead of good job and stuff he said, try to improve your mark. also I kinda smell in the morning and he went...
    daniel147 daniel147 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    THIS IS MY LAST YEAR PADS AND BOOKS  DRIVE IN KISERIAN ,I HOSTED SIX VOLUNTEERS FROM U.S.A AND THEY BOUGHT PADS ,BOOKS WITH THEIR OWN MONEY AND THEY DISTRIBUTED THEM TO NEED...
    ngog ngog 36-40, M Feb 4

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    I was at a school fair and it was me and my friend putting our shoes back on after the trampoline and as she was putting her shoes back on I pretended that I could smell something...
    shyfootguy15 shyfootguy15 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 5