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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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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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    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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    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 18-21, 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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    Old Things

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    have for as long as I can remember even before I could read I liked picture books, as a kid I read Pippi Longstocking books and my big brother read me books such as James and the...
    Snowbird22 Snowbird22 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I like mystery, horror, comedy or even romantic books. I like big books that's have a lot of chapters.
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Mar 18

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    I read lots and try to read for at least an hour a day. I especially like reading books about those in the medical professions and books written by people with mental health...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    EP won't let you me tell you WHY I like adult bookstores. I've tried to tell you what it means to me in terms of the emotions connected with that experience, which is supposed to...
    jimz1000 jimz1000 41-45, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    “I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow Of The...
    lemonturtle lemonturtle 13-15, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I buy books whenever I can. I download them but... I love the feel of a book in my hand. buying books for me is like drugs. I go to thrift stores and get all the good ones I can...
    MaggieVakarina MaggieVakarina 26-30, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    You should do it too! If you go to college and take classes don not be suckered into buying overpriced books from the bookstore. This semester I needed a book for my Biology class...
    Ayunir Ayunir 22-25, M 6 hrs ago

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    My cousin is my age 13 and growing up we discovered that each other like feet and started this thing where every night he is over my house we play truth or dare and do feet dares...
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    It's not that I can't recycle or am too old or slow in the head to figure out how to. I simply choose not to. The apartment complex I live in does provide recycling bins or mixed...
    poopielizard poopielizard 31-35, M Mar 17

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    I miss bookstores. They are almost all gone. Electronic media is wiping them out. First came the ability to shop on-line and then the greater horror of e-books. But real bookstores...
    FriendlyBryan FriendlyBryan 41-45, M 9 Responses Mar 8

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    There will be a time when there is nothing but stories on electronics. Knowing that future generations will not have the memory of browsing a bookstore and smelling that certain...
    FirstEmpire FirstEmpire 16-17 4 Responses Mar 14

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    I work in a library and it is the best job ever. I'm always surrounded by books. Old, new, it doesn't matter. I just love the smell and feel of all of them.
    ThousandFootKrutch ThousandFootKrutch 13-15, F Mar 19

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    Even though it reminds me of funerals I just love the smell and the way it makes my eyes burn. I can't explain it it just makes me happy.
    xxRetroxx xxRetroxx 26-30, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    4th day of not talking. Gah, her smell haunts me<3
    Definitelysome1 Definitelysome1 18-21 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I like any any ancient thing , I feel that I traveled years ago
    as3adsamy as3adsamy 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 2

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    Okay so I have been eating books as of lately. By eating I'm mean I have been reading books one after another within a few days to a few from each other. I started with a list...
    Zaleanda Zaleanda 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 5

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    Iknow its long,sorry,but i needed s1 to listen to my feelings.I always loved to work at a bookstore,untill I finally filled an application,interviewd n got a job in a "bookcity...
    ferenii ferenii 22-25, F Mar 14

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    I have always liked to read ever since I was a little girl, my sister too. My brother, eh, he likes and liked the hands-on things like video games, interactive video games...
    blankcheck4urhart blankcheck4urhart 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    I have set myself a goal for 2015 I decided on this near the end of February. I plan to read 50 books this year. To some people that seems like a too big of an amount and to others...
    ScarM3 ScarM3 16-17, F Mar 3

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    Opening a brand new book the smell of fresh paper and you hear the spine crack better than sex
    sweetcandycane99 sweetcandycane99 26-30, F 23 Responses 3 days ago

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    I can smell you even before you walk in the room. That, ‘I’m all yours’ smell, that ‘just try to wear me out’ smell…that ‘lace me up tight and break me in...
    Mirages Mirages 41-45, F 15 Responses 3 days ago

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    There I was, all alone, about to leave this world of pain and torture. Was I making the right decision or was this just all an act based on my feelings from years past and present...
    Becca7799 Becca7799 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 5

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    I love the smell when it rains in the bush in Africa. The first rain after a long dry season with soaring temperatures and choking dust. The days come when the dark clouds roll up...
    mar3sword mar3sword 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 9

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    First book I read was I guess titled "Wonders of science ". That's the book that made all the difference. I learned that there's this huge world and it's beautiful to learn about...
    ThisIsMeYeah ThisIsMeYeah 18-21, F Mar 8

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    Hey everyone ! I'm selling books!! They're called Usborne books! They're great books and they last for a long time ! They're very nice ! If you'd like to buy some just let me know...
    Dollfan32 Dollfan32 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    A woman's hair to be exact. Not freshly shampooed smell. The day old smell. After two days it gets a little funky. Between one and two days is ideal. I like cuddling up behind...
    mikowee mikowee 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I love second hand bookstores. I could spend hours in them. I love how there are notes on the first page like birthday wishes. It always gives the book history. One of my favourite...
    wawow wawow 26-30, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Ok, so I know this is a little weird but I got the hunger games books for Xmas 2 year ago and I read all 3 within 3 days. I loved them so much that I have been the the cinema to...
    Lollypopgizmo Lollypopgizmo 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I love books and I love to read...name a genre and I probably have it on a shelf somewhere. The classics, poetry, biography, theology, mythology...all that sh!t we were forced to...
    pinkstarburst pinkstarburst 41-45, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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