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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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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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    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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    :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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Things

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

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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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    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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    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 cant help myself but to count them. I know it is the content that should matter, not the number.. And I have wondered why I do that.. count them.. It is not that I set out to...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    So yeah I've been thinking about it and sometimes I honestly can not tell... It's hard to say when sometimes I feel like there's just too many things I hate and my tolerance for...
    SpoiledKingPotatoePop SpoiledKingPotatoePop 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 28

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    I’ve been talking to this guy/boy/man that I met online around a year ago. He is older than me. I’m 21 and he’s 26. He has a secure and successful career, went to school on...
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    I like history books I like History Channel I like history class I like looking things up on the Internet about human history. I'm even going to school for history and political...
    me0883 me0883 18-21, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    Sometimes, I call bookstores as my heaven. I experienced being in the bookstore for 3-4 hours without looking at my phone, if my sister wouldn't have called me, I think I would be...
    Maesia1998 Maesia1998 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 11

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    There are few joys greater than an old bookstore. Walking into the door and smelling the aroma of time. Hard covered books missing their sleeves, broken bindings from others...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 16

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    I have books in my collection that are over a hundred years old have a certain smell from the paper, it's so authentic. It's a way to tell how old a book is. However it's scent has...
    tsukiyodesu tsukiyodesu 16-17, F a week ago

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    I absolutely love old books. One of my favorite things to do is roam around the library flipping through random books. There is something so special about books that most people...
    korym korym 18-21, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    Okay. Not to be an elitist or anything, but I love bookstores that have character. Borders and Barnes and Noble never did anything for me. I have always loved the smell of old...
    liliuminterspinas liliuminterspinas 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 25

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    Is it just me but when you walk into a bookstore...could be Waterstones or WHSmith or elsewhere that you find all your worries and stresses just float away. I find I get so...
    DawnRosen14 DawnRosen14 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 12

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    I have close to a thousand paperbacks and hardcover books. I have a few on my kindle app, but it's JUST NOT THE SAME! I need to hold that book, feel it's pages. Smell the paper.
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    Is there anything quite as intoxicating as the scent of new books mingled with the smell of Starbucks coffee? I love Barnes & Noble.
    ondine14 ondine14 41-45, F 6 Responses Oct 13

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    Agree. Still that's nothing compared to OLD books.
    Zabecki Zabecki 51-55, M 6 days ago

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    I'm a 16 year old in high school, and I LOVE reading books! A good book is my "happy place", and it helps keep me away from depression. I read mostly fiction, to escape from the...
    kaitlynnicole98 kaitlynnicole98 16-17, F 8 Responses Oct 5

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    Yes, I like books and have all kinds. Bird books, craft books, religious books, poetry, pottery, different dictionaries. In fact I an a book-worm.
    katyarty katyarty 51-55, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It started when I was young, I loved to read girls annuals. And I use to collect Nancy Drew detective books. Loved reading them and would dream about being a detective. It is not...
    katyarty katyarty 51-55, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Well I am back again with another fart experience. Well it was one afternoon and my sister was laying on the floor in some black sweats relaxing watching tv and I decided to lay...
    flightexpert flightexpert 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    I am absolutely obsessed/addicted to the smell of pinesol. I remember when I was about 5 years old and my mom would use it to wash our wood floors, and I would stick my head in...
    justlivinglifeasme justlivinglifeasme 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    I have an addiction. Yes, I LOVE BOOKSTORES. Always have. Bookstores represent a place of escape and wonder to me. Being lost in endless selections of books is a piece of heaven to...
    eartheyes82 eartheyes82 31-35, M 4 Responses Oct 15

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    I have read several books about law/crime, and I absolutely love them all! It's always been a fascination of mine, I don't really remember how I even got into such books but I'll...
    DrKittyNinjaBunny DrKittyNinjaBunny 16-17, F Oct 16

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    Oh, wow, someone hasn't made a pointless entry on here in a few days. Anyway I want to discuss Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I nominated this book for my book club as part of Banned...
    dustypork dustypork 31-35, F 8 Responses Oct 1

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    Anyone who wants to talk about Go books for the board game, we can try here... Things like Ishi Press aka Kiseido Publishing Yutopian Publishing Slate and Shell Publishing and...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 5

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    My favorite book is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Dickens is a fantastic story teller and while reading David Copperfield Dickens makes you feel like you are walking...
    BustingFree BustingFree 26-30, F Oct 5

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    I love books and bookstores as they have a large diverse cross section of books rather like humans, all subjects and classes, all different and individual, turn the pages and you...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    So, I got all the books for "The Maze Runner" series, thanks to my awesome boyfriend. :) Can't wait to start reading these! It's hard to find good books these days, and since I...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 12

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    So, I got all the books for "The Maze Runner" series, thanks to my awesome boyfriend. :) Can't wait to start reading these! It's hard to find good books these days, and since I...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 12

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    When I was in a craft store, I noticed an artificial plant. But for some reason, it had a peculiar scent. It was really stinky. Especially since they were clumped together. The...
    ThereIsNoName ThereIsNoName 31-35, F Oct 13

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    1. All Harry Potter books 2. All Percy Jackson books 3. Paper Towns 4. The Kane Chronicles 4. All of the Narnia books 5. The beautiful creatures books. That adds up to way more...
    PointlessSafety PointlessSafety 13-15, F Oct 14

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    A few years ago my mom used to get her hair done at a church member's house and I knew her son. When I wanted to smell his feet he would laugh, and let me smell his feet. They...
    meep154 meep154 16-17, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Since my friend and I found her neighbour dead at the top of the stairs in his home, I have found that I now smell the same smell of death that I smelt at his house on other people...
    woggledogdog woggledogdog 51-55, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I really do, but I'm not good at it. In fact, the only place I've actually read most books and finished them was at school. I really do want to read a bunch of books! I want to...
    TheSpookyPotato TheSpookyPotato 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 1

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    For the people unfamiliar with this word it is know to be a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. Other than the...
    hibs186 hibs186 16-17, F Oct 6

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    I read all three books at the beginning of the year. It makes sense to me now after reading books after I had watched first two movies. I know i will need a hanky for the next two...
    BigRalphie74 BigRalphie74 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 12

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    If I got to chose between going to Paris or a bookstore I would choose a bookstore. It's a double if it's a bookstore IN Paris!
    IAmARebel IAmARebel 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    So I love books and I read all the time but I don't know what to read anymore. I read adult books or young adult books. Any recommendations?
    Bm489 Bm489 13-15, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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