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I Like the Smell of Books and Newspapers

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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Megadava Megadava 18-21, M May 18

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    Does anyone else dislike major bookstores as much as I do? Give me the tiny, narrow-aisled, musty smelling and dimly lit stores any day of the week. For Christsakes, Barnes and...
    Zachary29 Zachary29 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    i am always reading a bunch of books at once. in my room there are always books just laying around open on the page i'm at. i have a pretty good collection. i'll start reading one...
    sludgefeast sludgefeast 26-30, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    i like used bookstores. last book i bought was The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner. Masterpiece.
    DiaLeigh DiaLeigh 26-30, F 3 Responses May 19

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    (Upper left: In front of a mirror; Upper middle: Reflected from a door in the metro station; Lower: My legs when I was sitting; Right: I have tucked in my T-shirt.  Do you...
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    As a child they were my escape. My other and father loved a good fairytale and even made up an audio story for my brothers and sisters. I cherrished my books. The smaller they...
    Borinquen Borinquen 41-45, F 7 Responses May 15

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    yes, i stay in the universities library for about 6-12 hours ... nothing in the world smells like books ... it's not just a smell .... it's the spirits of thousands of writers...
    calmfeeling calmfeeling 18-21, M May 16

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    Being a book Fanatic, I am sure, my love for bookstores will never die. The moment I walk into a bookstore, the smell of those books, perfectly shelved, lights up my world. If I...
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F 7 Responses May 15

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    I'm that weirdo that'll go into the bookstore just to smell the books. I feel very soothed afterwards.
    ErraticallyGrey ErraticallyGrey 22-25, F 5 Responses May 16

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    More like I would love a large room in my home that is entirely a library. Much more than the study I have. I know the Internet is an immense database, but what about the...
    TrevorThomson TrevorThomson 26-30, M 1 Response May 17

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    There is a book out there for everyone, even those who dislike reading. They house entire worlds between their covers, allowing a means of egress from reality. I fear the growing...
    FoolOfATook FoolOfATook 16-17 2 Responses May 11

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    I have always loved reading as long as I can remember as has my sister. Our brother, not at all. He's the hands-on type. I love to read lighthearted things as well as serious but...
    neverendingfairytale2 neverendingfairytale2 36-40, F 1 Response May 15

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    One of my friends was wondering if they should start on reading a book on Set Theory for their Math Degree. [I have no degree btw] Here's a list of probably the easier books on...
    atenra11 atenra11 46-50, M 4 days ago

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    Nope. I I never had enough money to buy all the books that I wished , always had to cut down to one or two only. But I loved the public libraries as well as my relatives friends...
    laughingsoul laughingsoul 41-45, F 3 Responses May 14

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    I LOVE books and reading so much. Funny part, I used to hate reading when I was younger. Mostly when I was forced to. Then I got to junior high and I began loving books. I remember...
    RocaAzul RocaAzul 18-21, F May 5

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    thats a lie, because i dont love books i am addicted to books. if books were a drugs then i would never stop reading. my profile picture is from my favorite series Hush Hush by...
    XxMyDemonsxX XxMyDemonsxX 16-17, F 6 Responses May 11

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    I like the smell of skunk. It is not because I can smell the pheromones or anything, it is just because it smells gross. I smell the same thing other people smell, yet for some...
    randomguy8 randomguy8 31-35 1 Response May 20

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    Who doesn't? I can't stand people with poor personal hygiene. Nothing beats shopping for new body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, perfume etc. and going around sniffing all the new...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 1 Response May 6

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    You know when you read a book, and when you finish you just have to sit there for a while, contemplating the book, and life in general. Three books recently have done that for me...
    loveyourselfalwaysxx loveyourselfalwaysxx 13-15, F 3 Responses May 10

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    I know this is old now but does anyone else think the fault in our stars was a bad book and there is so many way better books that people should read. So many people at my school...
    Babygirl3799 Babygirl3799 16-17, F 2 Responses May 14

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    It's so nice to read something that gives you excitement and thrill. fiction books can provide this. it gives us our own perception of the story. it's like we create our own movies...
    LifeisRiddle LifeisRiddle 16-17, F 1 Response May 7

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    People say I smell bad but I don't. I shower everyday, brush my teeth and tongue, and perform all the necessary hygienic routines, but no matter what, I hear people sniffling...
    LadyL31786 LadyL31786 26-30, F May 17

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    John Green “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless...
    theoneyoullneverforget theoneyoullneverforget 18-21, F 2 Responses May 3

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    I don't know if it is because I attended a school in the UK where we were taught Dickens, Chaucer and Steinbeck like gospel, but I really have a passion for the classics, in...
    amazingamelia amazingamelia 13-15, F 1 Response May 15

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    After dinner, I love to read different books and other materials from my local bookstores. I do not concentrate on one subject but many. I generally read 3 or 4 different books...
    singlefemalegardening singlefemalegardening 46-50, F 2 Responses May 8

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    A good bookstore is a treasure store for me. I knew few such bookstores where I used to be a frequent visitor. Whenever I enter them, I will be lost in books. Then I will be...
    pamir1992 pamir1992 22-25, M 3 Responses May 9

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    Oh, you might want to check out this slam- poem I wrote. Umm.. it has something to do with bookstores. haha An Open Letter to People Who Can’t Stop Saying “You don’t have a...
    PercyAmor PercyAmor 22-25, F 2 Responses May 12

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    I am a librarian, a writer and adore being around books. I appreciate the binding and fonts of older books. I cringe at the stickers they now put on well bound hardbound books. I...
    doggygrrrlsex doggygrrrlsex 41-45, F 2 Responses May 16

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    I can spend hours in a bookstore just skimming over books and reading summaries... I probably know the shelves of my local bookstore better than the owners do. :)
    Esme190 Esme190 18-21, F 3 Responses May 16

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    A life changer most definitely is the Torah. The inspired five books written by Moses. I love to read from the psalms too. I have been reading many of the books by Yehuda Berg, a...
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt 22-25, F 7 Responses