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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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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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    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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    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'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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    :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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    Old Things

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

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    Related Experiences

    All the psychology books I own are on psychological disorders. They are on the bookshelf in my room. Its always a blast when someone comes over and I have to explain my interest...
    PenandMind PenandMind 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    :) fantasy books are awesome. dwarfs, elfs, ... dragons are awesome i read allmost only fantasy books
    joseph1995 joseph1995 18-21, M Apr 15

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    Stephen king.. It-movie and book.. Enough said :)
    AlynaBean AlynaBean 36-40, F Mar 28

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    I can't quite put my finger on exactly what I like about bookstores but I like them nevertheless. I'd rather be stuck in a bookshop all day than go shopping for clothes like most...
    RupanjaliSamadder RupanjaliSamadder 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 25

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    EVERYONE....hey you, yeah you and you....EVERYONE needs to check out this site goodreads.com It is f@cking amazing you can rate books you've read, search endlessly by author, isbn...
    Goodbadladywoman Goodbadladywoman 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Have like 12 books too read.. Im reading sixty one inch nails at the moment, very good, feel like i have watched a movie instead of reading a book.
    notworthitatall notworthitatall 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    I love it...it's like smelling life,history,wildness...it's our ancient roots kicking in.It makes you feel alive and connected to your soul.
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F Apr 9

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    I feel like it expands your mind. Makes you develop a more complex imagination than the average person. I 110% believe that it makes you smarter as well. I've been buying book...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F 12 mins ago

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    I keep having a dream about my grandmother, dead in her casket in the circus tent up on the hill. She wont stay dead and keeps wandering down the hill to come in the house. Her...
    Squirrelinabox Squirrelinabox 36-40, F 7 hrs ago

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    Specially Inspirational, Horror, Romantic and suspense..most of all i love inspirational and romatic books...any suggestions???
    starryangel starryangel 22-25 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    It's extremely rare for me not to have something to read. One of my few friends from middle school was the school librarian. I've been told that I have no life, that my antisocial...
    BleedingOrchids BleedingOrchids 13-15, F 5 hrs ago

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    I read a lot. And I read fast. I was surrounded by books since birth. My parents and my grandparents were all bookworms. When I was a teenager, I was going through some 200 and up...
    fakehotairbaloon fakehotairbaloon 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 1

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    I adore the smell of most books, although there are a few exceptions. I also love that lovely musty aroma in used bookstores. Sometimes I will sneak a good sniff of a book I'm...
    LuminousMotes LuminousMotes 31-35, F Mar 24

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    Sometimes a quote can make a point in a much more concise and clear way than I which is why I like them. This one, I like for it silliness - the absurdity in the sincerity of the...
    salacioustoastlicker salacioustoastlicker 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I LOVE TO READ!!!! But I only read at home because people will think I'm like an awkward, anti-social person. So sad but true, it's happened to me before. I love to read mysteries...
    Brookiecookie2000 Brookiecookie2000 13-15, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I love to read ALOT ALOT ALOT ALOT I read like 24/7 it's great!!!!
    peetalover062 peetalover062 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    I love smelling an old book, i sound such a fool to say that! I love going into an old library, even a charity shop and flicking through an old book, feeling the smell of old...
    CharleighBrazil CharleighBrazil 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    Basically, when I walk into a bookstore, I feel overwhelmed. It's like I'm surrounded by new adventures and beginnings and I just wonder which one I should start next. Which path I...
    TotallyWoW TotallyWoW 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    I especially love old and used book stores. The smell of the books just hit you when you open the door. Rows of books that have been used and read already. I used to splurge big...
    BobFrost BobFrost 36-40, M 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    When I walk into any bookstore, I always seem to find the one book or two, I can not live without. I love the smell of a new book...oohhh! I can't wait until I get home to read it...
    Sookie70 Sookie70 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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    I remember I loved to read books when it was all wet and gloomy and foggy outside. It definitely made the PERFECT twilight weather. BUT Now I hate it because I'm in track and I...
    Live5772 Live5772 18-21, F Mar 29

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    I live for the thrill of finding an amazing book among the clutter and random stacks of forgotten literature. There is nothing like the smell of musty pages, aged perfectly. I love...
    flightlessbird314 flightlessbird314 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 31

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    Michael Snyder Economic Collapse April 7, 2014 The level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000. There have been moments when things have...
    Brooke01 Brooke01 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 7

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    I can (and often do!) spend an entire day in Barnes and Noble, or any bookstore for that matter. There is just so much wonderful and interesting stuff to read! I usually...
    lifeisatest lifeisatest 22-25, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Okay, the bullying has continued. One day in math class, I was getting out my homework. Then, my teacher was on the phone and went outside. I didn't think much of it. Then, she...
    BADLIFEFORME BADLIFEFORME 13-15, F Mar 24

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    I do believe this is a huge understatement because i do not like books - i rely on them. Stories and storytelling are everything that's kept me alive this long, otherwise i would...
    PseudoWriter PseudoWriter 16-17, T 1 Response Apr 8

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    Delivering a speech at a banquet on the night of his arrival in a large city, a visiting minister told several anecdotes he expected to repeat at meetings the next day. Because he...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 12

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    A lot of people wouldn't expect that from me, or think I'm weird cause I read for fun. Like I'm sorry? Lol I either spend all my money on movies or books. I do read the more...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F Mar 26

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    i like to read books this increase my general knowledge and make me able to know more about things nd to do something new nd interesting in my life..i buy 2 new books from...
    Aarshiaa Aarshiaa 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Newest Discovery By R. J. Heathorn (* PUNCH, May 9, 1962) A new aid to rapid--almost magical--learning has made its appearance. Indications are that if it catches on all the...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 7

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    sometimes ill be doing something and the smell of horses and leather comes to me, sometimes its the smell of livestock, manure and all. i love the smell of dogs Evan when there...
    nutjobgoatherd nutjobgoatherd 26-30, M 5 days ago

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    I love the smell of rubber and it is a special kind of torture in and of itself as I pull my latex out of my drawer and hold it up to my nose. Breathing the deep, industrial tang...
    wyolatex wyolatex 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 23

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    Recently, I got back into reading. "Never judge a book by its cover' is so true. I have finished 3 books in the course of 2 months. I am now reading a second book of one of the...
    strangerinacrowd strangerinacrowd 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    It is not true we have only one life to love, if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. People say that life is the thing, but I prefer...
    PosterGirl PosterGirl 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I currently have probably read more than 1 maybe 2 thousand books in my life. I absolutely love reading in my free time when I'm not playing video games, watching youtube or...
    haneko haneko 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    My friend and librarian Dena found a Japanese word for it...books are amazing but I prefer tangible news. I'm an exemplary reader and I have always exceeded on writing, but I don't...
    cmitchellichs cmitchellichs 18-21, M Apr 9

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    There is this patient that comes into the doctors office I work at and he smells like celery....and I love it. Celery just has this really clean smell. I found out he works at a...
    Slackergirl Slackergirl 31-35, F Apr 12

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    When I was in high school I used to read 1 to 2 books a week. And when I go on my graphic novel spree, a book every day. This was nothing compared to the 5 hours I spent daily...
    nekerd nekerd 18-21, F a week ago

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    I Prefer Smelly Women I hate girls who have good hygiene because they think that's what society wants not what they want. If they want to let go, but are to afraid of what society...
    RJmartyr RJmartyr 13-15, M a week ago

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