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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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    ...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 61-65, 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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 6, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Through all what we go in our lives, I feel books as an escape, an escape to live a momentary life that we crave for. I come from a very conservative family background I am not...
    Bareen Bareen 22-25, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I grew. Up with the smell of urine in my bedroom as me and my younger sister was both bed Wetters and made to share the same bedroom our bedroom was so smelly back in them...
    Joanne181 Joanne181 18-21, F 7 hrs ago

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    Great love only happens in books! Hahaha... Good thing I love to read books... :p
    cjg1289 cjg1289 26-30, M 8 hrs ago

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    Write about your experienceI hope someone will help me. I'm a medical student who lives in Gaza *****. I need a lot of books for my study, but they're expensive and really hard to...
    Salamat123 Salamat123 22-25, F 12 hrs ago

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    My new husband was a single child and lived a sheltered life. We have only been married a few weeks now, and since he comes from a religious family, we lived strictly apart until...
    bakeddolores bakeddolores 18-21, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    I prefer books any day to those silly little e-books. I don't see the point of them. They can never replace the feel, smell & calmness of a real book.
    selina1986 selina1986 26-30, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    It's like crisp apples to me lol I just love it I could sleep in an old Library forever
    CallMePonyTail CallMePonyTail 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    life if too short not to stop and smell the roses.... all flowers have a wonderful scent unique to their type
    Aprildawnmarie Aprildawnmarie 41-45, F 4 days ago

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    When you smell coffee the day can begin. Like Pavlows dogs I know what to do when I smell coffee.
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I mean I know its not really the case but I always have this feeling that when someone talks to me they don't wanna be there and that people are always judging me and people who...
    Popsicles01 Popsicles01 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Nowadays I live in a big city so I no longer get to smell freshly cut grass as often as I did growing up in the countryside. But to this day whenever I hear the sound of a working...
    BeadyEyes BeadyEyes 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    There´s always a lovely bunch of red roses on my desk...my favourite flowers.
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind 31-35, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    This is really funny! I took the quiz and it says I'm supposed to smell like a peach, plus all this other stuff below. You are sensual and flirtatious. You always make sure to...
    MaddietheGoalie MaddietheGoalie 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    I absolutely love to read books! I read King. Patterson ( most of his genre's), Dean Koonts. and that is just a few. once I find a good author I try to read everything they write...
    krazykitten420 krazykitten420 46-50, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I've got 5 books I'm reading at once including the Holy Bible. Two of the books are really short. And a normal sized novel I'm reading has almost 400 pages I've been reading since...
    Balletomane Balletomane 26-30, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    1. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills. This book was, was, was, the reason I had the courage to come out to my Mom as Transgender. Parts of it still make...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It just makes the idea of there being a world within those covers more interesting. It's not so processed, filtered, or synthetic smelling or feeling that it appears artificial or...
    ProcessOfBecoming ProcessOfBecoming 18-21, T 1 Response 6 days ago

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    the 2 things I love is the smell of freshly cut grass and the smell of cucumbers when making a salad is it just me or do they smell very similar lol
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    Next week I have my friend on his own I want to make him smell dirty clothes as he hates it and he deserves it I will list below what there is and I want you to answer what part of...
    AJRobo AJRobo 18-21, F 28 Responses Jan 29

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    I discovered a stack of hard cover Tintin books in the public library when I was 11 or 12, and read every one of them. Herge was a fantastic writer! Of course I went to go see...
    litw litw 51-55, M Jan 28

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    My favorite gloves now smell like gasoline So do my scrub pants So does a cheap tea pot Gas cans are not allowed to easily pour gas anymore, that is another story So, I...
    notPC notPC 56-60, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    i dont mind staying in the bookstores for an hour or two or even the whole day. i feel like peaceful when I'm there.
    eunlee eunlee 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    I have multiple books and a milllion pens and markers and sharpies! Usually at home if I am not otherwise occupied I will be listening to something and coloring surrounded by my...
    Doomflower Doomflower 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    Today I went and bought a dozen roses for myself and they gave me another dozen because I fillled up my discount card. I have roses in the kitchen and in the bedroom and the...
    Dancemomisme1 Dancemomisme1 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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    When I go to the gay bars guys are picking me up because I smell like cow manure and they find it a big turn on.
    Smellyjeans Smellyjeans 46-50, M 6 Responses Jan 25

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    I quite simply love the smell and the taste of good ground coffee strong enough to keep me awake. If I didn't like it so much maybe I'd sleep at night. Goes well with the smell...
    wetadam wetadam 70+, M 2 Responses Jan 24

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    I love reading books. It makes my imagination wider and increases my knowledge. Every turn of a page is another adventure. Some of my favorite books are Percy Jackson and the...
    LightHigami LightHigami 13-15 2 Responses Jan 24

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    I love books. They make me feel amazing to live through romantic stories of heroes
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 23

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