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I Absolutely Love Bookstores

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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 19 Responses Jun 9

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    Whenever I step into a bookstore,

    new or old, it feels to me as though time slows down. It's like I can almost hear the whispers of imaginary people calling to me. Each new book I see; is a new portal to some new intriguing world, which I can't wait to explore. So many worlds cramped together...all waiting...
    InTheAutumnBreeze InTheAutumnBreeze 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 21

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    Don't you love the smell of new text

    when you enter a bookstore? I literally want to kiss all the books as the bliss warms my passion and imagination for books. I may not have any cash, but I read all the books I can to get a quick demo of the amazing quality of the pamphlets. In fact Ima hit my bike to Walmart and...
    HarmonicArtist HarmonicArtist 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 20

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    I love going to bookstores

    and reading in general many different types of books and magazines on a variety of topics. I have a huge library and den at home to sit and read in. I have several bookcases full of books here to read. My kids enjoy reading too. They have a great collection to choose from...
    momlaidoff momlaidoff 36-40, F 3 Responses May 7

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    Oh this is an easy story to add!

    I cannot possibly walk into a bookstore without spending at least a hundred bucks! I have many books I've yet to read but find the compulsion to buy more overwhelming and over powering than common sense. I'm constantly reading and guess I'm simply building my retirement library...
    don0063 don0063 51-55, M 6 Responses Jul 17

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    That smell of books and paper upon entering a

    bookstore. Is there a way to bottle it up so I can smell it whenever I want??
    michellekay michellekay 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 2

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    In England we have a bookshop chain called

    Waterstones and I absolutely love it. About half an hour from where I live there is a 3 floor shop and I can happily spend all day in there and spend a small fortune if I had it! I love learning things and you find such a diverse range of people in bookshops too.
    Turnturn Turnturn 26-30, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    Unfortunately, I don't find myself in a

    bookstores often, but I love them. I find it relaxing and fun to browse the shelves and look for interesting titles. New bookstores are wonderful (mostly because a lot of them serve coffee. Coffee and a good book? Sign me up :P), but there is something charming and quaint about...
    Aventias Aventias 16-17 2 Responses Jul 21

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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 11 Responses May 24

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    I can (and often do!

    ) spend an entire day in Barnes and Noble, or any bookstore for that matter. There is just so much wonderful and interesting stuff to read! I usually collect a stack of books, make my way to a cozy armchair, and park myself there for the next few hours. Ahhhh....heaven...
    lifeisatest lifeisatest 22-25, M 5 Responses Apr 20

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    fpdee11 fpdee11 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 20

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    I love books stores so I suppose I'm in the

    right place! Is anyone else working towards a personal library? I have a room in my house dedicated solely for this purpose. Though I have a long way to go
    SolitarySummer SolitarySummer 22-25, F 10 Responses Apr 30

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    Bookstores are filled with

    so much books to read. They are so interesting and they pique my curiosity all the time.
    lovelinessbathes lovelinessbathes 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 17

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    It's my favorite place to be,

    the smell of new books 😍
    sourpatchkid578 sourpatchkid578 22-25, F Jul 10

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    My favorite bookstores are second-hand

    bookstores. I like to think of all the people before me that read those books and found a release from reality in those pages. When I read a used book, I feel like I'm joining an exclusive club- a society of people that have read the same words I've read and felt the same...
    mortcouture mortcouture 26-30, F 9 Responses Jan 28

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    I miss sitting in bookstores reading.

    I used to go in them alone and read erotica. I didn't care who saw me or saw what I was reading. I would find the naughty parts and literally enjoy them all by myself. Then I started to bring my best friend, and my satisfaction remained. I still love to read as I often do, and...
    WasteYouthWithMe WasteYouthWithMe 18-21, F 6 Responses May 7

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    I could stay in there forever,

    its just the smell of new books and its quiet and there's so many books and idk I just could live in one
    jacithepanda jacithepanda 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 21

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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 18-21, F 7 Responses May 15

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    I'll have to thank my father

    for this. :) He introduced me to books at such a young age. Well, I did have a normal childhood playing outside with kids my age but when I'm at home, I do puzzles and read books. You'd all be surprised to know that, in my city, we only have 1 bookstore. and it doesn't sell much...
    malipatient malipatient 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 16

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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 9 Responses Jun 2

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    When I was in Paris last year I went to a shop

    called Shakespeare & Co. It was such an adventure!
    Shintaro95 Shintaro95 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Forget bookstores, I love anywhere with books.

    My school library is to die for. I can isolate myself in there for hours and completely lose track of time. There's something about rows and rows of distinct books that brings me to peace. Something about the lack of breathing things that relaxes me. The other day, I found the...
    Mirabal19 Mirabal19 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 16

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    We have a bookstore here in Aberdeen called

    'Books & Beans' They hold a two storey range of second hand books of every genre imaginable as well as books to help with uni or school. Basically a library!!! the whole concept for this was to create a homely feel therefore you are able to sit down in beautifully comfy...
    cassandrawilkinson cassandrawilkinson 26-30, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    And it is a shame so many of them are closing

    up. I have bought out countless book stores
    mrmarine mrmarine 46-50, M 4 Responses Jul 20

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    Well, not absolutely.

    .. But I do love the smell and the sections and the upstairs and the reading nooks and the displays and the hidden lost books and the checkout and the way time flies in book stores... ;)
    Sinjintiger Sinjintiger 41-45, M 1 Response Jul 21

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    I could just spend hours in a bookstore walking

    around and reading through books! There are so many interesting things to read about!
    tsg96 tsg96 18-21, F 2 days ago

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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...
    TheWeepingWoman TheWeepingWoman 36-40, F 10 Responses Jun 15

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    Bookstores are like heaven to me.

    I feel like I have the world, right there in front of me, close enough to touch. Everything I could ever want to know about anything that I can browse through, see things for myself, and at the end of the day, take home and read again and again. All of my favorite books are just...
    LoserLibs LoserLibs 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    I love being able to search around

    and see all of the options for books to buy that I never would have thought of just sitting in front of my computer on home browsing Amazon. There's just something far more special about the experience of going to an actual book store, spending time there and seeing everything...
    PunkinH2O PunkinH2O 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 11

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    I love the quiet, relaxing feel of them.

    I also love big libraries. It's so quiet. I sometimes am a person that lives in my own head and it feels like a place where I can get away from reality once and a while. I love the smell of old books. Reading has been my passion since I was a little girl. I hope I can pass this...
    wendymrtns wendymrtns 36-40, F 4 Responses Jul 8

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    I love book stores they smell soooo good!

    !!! And I could spend all my money in there.
    hellerpeople hellerpeople 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Our authors who art in Heaven Amazon be they

    name. Thy Kindle on Thy Nook download In store as it is online. Give me this day my Stephen King And lead me to Ruth Rendell, Margaret Atwood, and other marvelous stories For thine is the bookstore, and the power to vacuum my wallet Forever and ever, Amen.
    PopcornForDinner PopcornForDinner 46-50, F 7 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    Not like Barnes and Noble bookstores.

    I mean those are alright, but I like the small bookstores, because then it's like the owner is only putting the books into their community that they think the community should read. They know the stuff intimately and can always give you a recommendation. Bookstores are zee best...
    GirlFromChicago GirlFromChicago 18-21, F 2 Responses May 31

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    My favorite bookstore in Los Angeles is "The

    Last Bookstore," which has new and used books, but also sculptures, tunnels and installations made out of books. Yes I own a Kindle, but some special books I need to feel in my hands.
    Screenwriter66 Screenwriter66 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 22

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    Especially Second Hand Bookstores

    I can get lost in a book store for hours. I don't dare stop in one while on my way to anywhere that I must be on time for; and I don't take too much money or a credit card when I go, either. I am a fanatic, and will always overspend.
    Serenitree Serenitree 70+, F 23 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    I prefer used book stores the older the better.

    the smell of old paper. and all the types of books from all over and they have there own story to tell other than the story in them.
    Yungbug Yungbug 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 22

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    It's like a toy store to me.

    I love the smell of books. The fact that everyone whispers. I love that they are all so fresh and that everyone in there is trying to get educated about something. It's a beautiful relaxing place to be
    classytami classytami 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So i went shopping for clothes

    and halfway through I found my self gravitating towards a waterstones (book shop in the UK), well next thing I knew I was on the floor in the fantasy section reading this amazing book by some author Robin Hobb, needles to say I bought the trilogy there and then. I don't know...
    Ailurus23 Ailurus23 18-21, M 5 days ago

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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 5 Responses May 24

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    Kicked Out Of A Bookstore

    I love browsing in libraries, bookstores, used bookstores included. I had a package to pick up at the post office at lunch, no one in line so it took less than 5 minutes. There is a small used bookstore that accepts books for credit for other books right down the road so I...
    CherokeePatti CherokeePatti 56-60, F 25 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    I love bookstores. I'd

    rather own books, than borrow them.
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 12

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    I love the smell of new,

    opened books, the weight of the book under my hands, and sense of comfort I get from reading. I love being immersed in a new world while reading. Reading helps me escape reality for a little while when the real world becomes too much for me to handle.
    worldisupsideup worldisupsideup 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Especially Used Bookstores

    I really like going to used bookstores. Especially the ones that look like they belong on Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Bookcases to the ceiling, lots of little nooks where they shoved a bookself to make the best use of the space. They don't make books like they used to over 5...
    CobaltToad CobaltToad 41-45, M 3 Responses Oct 30, 2011

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    bookstore was closed today

    so I when to the library instead to see if I can borrow the book I want instead....O.O the whole library is empty. No students! just two workers. I have the whole library to myself Q.Q beautiful......*sits in corner and starts reading*
    rukesh3 rukesh3 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 9

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    I love books. Always have.

    I will sit and read 2-3 books a day if I have the time. Usually 2 if I haven't read them before. If I had to choose, I'd take books over cable anytime.
    Handyman25 Handyman25 22-25, M 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    I love shopping in bookstores.

    I spend hours reading in them and at home too. I have many different areas of reading that I thoroughly enjoy. in my den at home, I have four bookcases full of reading material.
    funchickfromcanada funchickfromcanada 36-40, F 2 Responses May 18

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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 72 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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    So much to discover. All of us have our

    favorite sections we gravitate towards immediately upon entering. Sometimes we hone in on a particular author or we are searching for a specific titles. Sometimes it's spent perusing the plethora of books that grace a store and who knows we might just make a discovery we hadn...
    thebigtexrock thebigtexrock 41-45, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    Love thumbing titles.

    The irony is ... since getting the handy Nexus ... I can't stand reading a paperback anymore. I am a gadget freak. Oooh! *looks for the "I am a gadget freak" experience*
    immobilise immobilise 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    Don't ever take me to a Barnes

    and Nobles or I will spend every last penny that I have. I can spend hours upon hours there! Reading is a beautiful way to get sapped into another world, I love it!
    Untamablespark Untamablespark 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 25

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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

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    xoxoMeowliciousxoxo xoxoMeowliciousxoxo 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 14

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    I hang out much in the bookstores.

    I always went to this bookstore where they sell cheap and used books or novels everytime. I usually spent 3-4 hours scanning the books or novels that are interesting for me. I only buy when i have money. For now, I'm broke. >_< But i still hang out there and read books.
    RubyR21 RubyR21 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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