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I Absolutely Love Bookstores

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    I went into a volunteer run used bookstore

    today, and a woman asked if I was there to relieve her. I always wanted to run a used bookstore, so I was tempted to say yes. I didn't. I did agree to start volunteering next week!
    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M 2 Responses Feb 27

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    Wish they never made electronic books today.

    I own one and yes it is easier and quicker but I miss the days before they closed most of the bookstores, I used drive down and buy my coffee to take out and just sit in a cozy chair for an hour of more forgetting about reality and living in my own world of erotic romance...
    rachhappyville rachhappyville 31-35, F 26 Responses Mar 20

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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 bookstores was R.M.C stamps and coins in Moonee ponds, Melbourne. The second hand books were just stacked too the roof it was...
    wawow wawow 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 28

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    bookshops are time

    machines spaceships story-makers secret-keepers dragon-tamers dream-catchers fact-finders & safe places (this book is for those who know this to be true) I found this in a wonderful book, The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell and think it's marvellous.
    CaroleOR CaroleOR 46-50, F 3 Responses Nov 25, 2014

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    They took the Barnes

    and nobles away the one closest to me... I'm so pissed
    silverxrose silverxrose 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 26

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    In the UK there is a book store chain called

    Waterstones and I could very easily spend all day in these shops. I love reading and I love learning new facts
    smiler2015 smiler2015 26-30, F 7 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I dream of opening an old bookstore cafe,

    where in the back, I bake cupcakes and sell coffee, and it's a bookstore in the front. And you can buy books, or you can just sit and eat cupcakes and drink coffee and read a book, and put it back when you're done. Nice leather couches, bean bag chairs for the adventurous, soft...
    hornewrecked hornewrecked 16-17, F 17 Responses Jun 9, 2014

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    If only guys bought girls books in a bookstore

    like they do drinks in a bar..
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody 31-35, F 60 Responses Jan 6

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    I love to going to the library,

    but it feels like I've read everything already or I can't find anything, but once in a blue moon I go to the only book store I know, which is at my one least favorite places...the mall. It's got a pretty nice selection & it's well organized, but it's somewhat expensive. I've...
    SamiLy SamiLy 18-21, F Jan 31

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    I always feel guilty shopping in my local

    independent bookstore. Not only do I sometimes cheat on them with Barnes and Noble. But in times of need I am Amazon's *****.
    SlightlyDaft SlightlyDaft 31-35, F 16 Responses Apr 4

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    I think I'm right in saying: Without books,

    the recording of ideas, and histories, man would still be living in caves. He would not be the primary species on the planet, and fear would be everything.
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    These are books I got today at Charity Bookshop,

    a cute little store in Blackstock Road, London. I absolutely love to browse through the shelves of secondhand bookstores and read the titles and authors caotically placed without any alphabetical order or else, with my head tilted until I get dizzy.. ☺️ It's always hard to...
    neeia neeia 36-40, F 8 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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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 24 Responses Mar 26

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    It is hard for the consummate learner to leave

    a bookstore without a book. And I am no different. I love books. I own a Kindle, but there's nothing like the enjoyment of opening a book or smelling used ones.
    NewMan2015 NewMan2015 31-35, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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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 cannot be replaced. There is the smell of real books. It’s the first thing you notice upon entering a bookstore. It’s not a musty scent...
    FriendlyBryan FriendlyBryan 41-45, M 9 Responses Mar 8

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    I go into my favourite bookstore to find the

    book I want, only to find three books I didn't know I wanted :)
    bill1960 bill1960 51-55, M 12 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Does anyone ever get

    so into a book and its characters that its almost as if you're feeling what the character is feeling?? I love reading and find I enjoy a book when this happens. When is so good that you can't put it down and even shake a bit as you turn to the next page. Lmao weird? Maybe...
    Miabbby Miabbby 18-21, F 10 Responses May 24, 2014

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    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M 3 Responses Feb 9

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    I love walking into bookstores,

    seeing rows and rows of books. I love the smell of bookstores. I love old books. I collect old books and magazines...the nostalgia is so sweet. I can get lost looking through all the books...just so much to write about. The kicker? I seldom read a book. Maybe someday when...
    bobbieshae bobbieshae 41-45, F 9 Responses Feb 16

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    Sometimes I stay and browse them

    so long I wonder if it makes me look strange. But I usually find one or two new paperback or hardcover friends
    bobwasbad bobwasbad 51-55, M 3 Responses Apr 4

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    I absolutely love going to bookstores.

    On many weekends, I drop by at Starbucks and get some great tasting coffee and head to my local bookstores. I am there for a few hours looking at different magazines and book with different topics.
    momfromcolorado momfromcolorado 41-45, F 6 Responses Feb 22

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    I could spend all day in a bookstore.

    Get a nice hot Americano coffee, play some Ibiza style chillout music on my headphones and just browse...
    PaigeMadison33 PaigeMadison33 22-25, F 7 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    Bookstores are awesome especially small family

    own bookstores; they seem to be well rounded in their choices and not over whelming like big bookstore have/do. If that's the case you'd think the bookstores would have an area for ebook readers. Further more, you'd think the publisher/seller would give a percentage to the...
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 4 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    Its a place where you can buy experience

    and figments of imagination. How neat is that?
    darkgent darkgent 22-25, M 6 Responses Mar 15

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    I would love to meet someone

    who is willing to spend hours in a bookstore with me
    Annapie Annapie 18-21, F 12 Responses Jul 20, 2014

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    There literally is no better place to provide

    peace of mind. There is so much potential in a bookstore. You can almost always find a similarly minded individual there. You all are there for the same reason. A library and/or bookstore is a kind of 'home' for me. A safe haven from the rest of the world.
    Alexz72 Alexz72 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 24

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    I'm sorry, but can we talk about

    that panty tingling bookstore smell??? Come on you know the smell I'm talking about: that beautiful smell of crisp newly published pages wafting about in the air. Oh, the smell of fresh paper.
    Ezria96 Ezria96 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 25, 2014

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    It's quiet and it smells nice

    and the people mind their own business and i love it ^^
    LessOne LessOne 13-15, F 7 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    There's just something really interesting about

    bookstores that is unexplainable. Being able to approach books is candy to my eyes.
    ohangela ohangela 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    I get all nerdy and excited

    when it comes to reading. I love the way the books smell (hope it isn't just me), the way it sounds when you turn the pages. My imagination is definitely much larger because I read. I honestly would go to Barnes and noble or any bookstore once a week if I could :)
    JellyBear92 JellyBear92 22-25, F 7 Responses May 15, 2014

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    AHHHH I CAN SPEND HOURS IN A BOOK STORE OR

    LIBRARY. If you want me to marry you just buy me the library from beauty and the beast.
    thisISalessa thisISalessa 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    I love going to bookstores.

    I love the smell of books, the possibility of discovering great books to read. I could just get lost inside for hours without even noticing it.
    grrrey grrrey 22-25, F 9 Responses Feb 4

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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 smell of new books is quite upsetting. I hope during the race of moving forward that humanity is doing, that we don't...
    FirstEmpire FirstEmpire 16-17 5 Responses Mar 14

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    I really miss boarders.

    They used have shelves upon shelves of romance and erotica. Cant believe they shut it down, thanks to the intenet No other bookstores like it.
    rachhappyville rachhappyville 31-35, F 4 Responses May 24, 2014

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    I love various reading material

    and I love visiting different local bookstores. I enjoy reading different types of books, newspapers, and magazines before going to sleep at night.
    businesswomanathome businesswomanathome 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    I don't think any one thing has the ability to

    capture my attention quite like spending time in a bookstore. I can easily get lost for hours, immersing myself among the shelves. I find it utterly peaceful... and always come home with new treasures . :)
    WithGracefulness WithGracefulness 46-50, F 6 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    No better place to go

    for some down time in the middle of a hectic day.
    jleeb98 jleeb98 16-17, M Feb 22

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    Human beings have nothing left to offer books

    are the only true friend I had
    Princeofnothing Princeofnothing 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    It's HEAVENS! It's weird

    that we don't fight over knowledge and books, while they're the real weapons... people are just to blind to see anymore
    FazyH FazyH 18-21, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I absolutely love reading

    and would love to have my own bookstore for my personal enjoyment. I have an excellent collection of books at my disposal in my family library at home. I normally go to local bookstores a few times a month and purchase a few books then. I love to read multiple books at a...
    gloriahughes gloriahughes 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    So apparently bookstores in many regions are

    shutting down due to books on line, but I prefer paper books. Am I in the minority? It's much easier to read without having to use a scroll bar constantly.
    Emma4fun Emma4fun 31-35, T 15 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Why Cant Guys Do This

    You know how at bars guys buy girls drinks well if he wants to talk to her or date or something. well I guarantee that if a guy made small talk with me at a book store then offered to buy me the book I was looking at then I would definitely go on a date with him.
    turtlegirl1312 turtlegirl1312 22-25, F 70 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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    They're sadly non-existent in my area,

    but most of the charity shops have good and reasonably priced secondhand books, I could easily spend several hours just searching for new books in them, just like I could in a bookstore. :)
    everyotherusernamewastaken everyotherusernamewastaken 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 31

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    If I were to say I love bookstores

    and libraries I would be understating it. I was a University Professor for years and now, after retiring early, I increased my dedication to historical research. I study Sino-Soviet relations as well as China’s relationships with its immediate neighbors like Viet Nam, Taiwan...
    Dancewithme2 Dancewithme2 51-55, M 10 Responses Feb 14

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    Hey look! PRINTED INFORMATION!

    yeah i know, old school. But nothing beats that feeling of holding a book in your hands, smelling that odour of new and having the same exciting emotions as if you are holding a mystery box of sorts. Because thats what a book is: a treasure chest of knowledge, no matter if it is...
    DestinyWriter DestinyWriter 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 8

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    I truly love bookstores

    and the contents inside these stores. I have a huge library at my home with 4 huge bookcases with over 100 books in each bookcase. Obviously, the majority of my readings within the medical career field. My other books include travel, sightseeing events, tennis, cookbooks, and...
    momathercomputer momathercomputer 41-45, F 8 Responses Jun 2, 2014

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