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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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    It's crazy how much I enjoy it.

    I can easily live there.
    PosterGirl PosterGirl 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 9

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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

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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 26 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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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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    Today I went to a used book store in an

    unspoken challenge for them to have anything of Confucianist or Daoist texts. Of course they were in the NEW AGE section- neverminding that these faiths/philosophies predated most contemporary religions and philosophies. I'm sure they have their reasons for arranging the store...
    CinimonGypsy CinimonGypsy 41-45 4 Responses Dec 9

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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.
    lujocin lujocin 31-35, F 19 Responses Nov 23

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    Not so much modern stores,

    but the old fashioned 2nd-hand book shops. I just love the smell and feel of books.
    small5paul small5paul 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 20

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    It is like opening a door to the world of

    endless possibility. I can find adventure, mystery, facts, fantasy, history....anything I decide, right at my fingertips. Libraries and bookstores were the internet of my generation and even though I can appreciate the convenience of my tablet, laptop and smartphone being able...
    overtherainbow47 overtherainbow47 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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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

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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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    Bookshops are so peaceful.

    The best ones are those little backstreet second hand ones where the books are piled as high as the ceiling. Where you can find books that were read when you parents were your age by hands that are now old and wrinkled. So much history, so many memories made. Who knows, maybe...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 25

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    I'm a simple girl. Put me in a bookstore

    and I will leave utterly content with 15 new books to add to my every growing collection. There is something so great about running your fingers over the spines of books hunting for the next story in immerse yourself. Sometimes it can be expensive to be a bibliophile though.
    LadyRubenesque LadyRubenesque 18-21, F 7 Responses Sep 4

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    I love bookstores. I'd

    rather own books, than borrow them.
    sweetstar1 sweetstar1 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 12

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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 2 Responses Nov 25

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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...
    TheFieryWoman TheFieryWoman 36-40, F 9 Responses Jun 15

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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

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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

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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 5 Responses Oct 30, 2011

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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

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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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    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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    The Strand in NYC is,

    by far, my favorite. I took my daughter there for the first time recently and what a joy it was to see her eyes light up when she first walked in. Pretty sure she and I could easily kill a whole day there.
    Gotthegottagoes Gotthegottagoes 41-45, F 5 Responses Dec 3

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    Going to a bookstore with me is dangerous!

    !! I look down every row, look at every section, look threw every shelf. It's my addiction. I LOVE the smell of them, it's even better in secondhand bookstores. I always find something I want or several things. I can be in there all day long!! :)
    ErinTripp94 ErinTripp94 18-21, F 9 Responses Sep 14

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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 Jul 25

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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

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    Whenever I go shopping with my sister I always

    head for the bookstore and she ends up practically dragging me out when I take to long browsing.
    ForgottenPaige ForgottenPaige 18-21, F 7 Responses Sep 12

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    So I have a confession .

    No I didn't do anything wrong. But I do like to write. So, me and bookstores. Bookstores and I. Taking me to a bookstore is like taking a child to a candy store . I am in heaven on bookstores and could spend hours reading, looking at the books. The most I ever spent in a...
    Stefanie5678 Stefanie5678 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 7

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    I just had the perfect lunchbreak wandering

    around a nearby bookstore sipping on my favorite latte. It's my favorite place to go when I just need to get out of the office for awhile and treat myself :)
    canadiangrl canadiangrl 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 12

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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

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    There are few joys greater

    than an old bookstore. Walking into the door and smelling the aroma of time. Hard covered books missing their sleeves, broken bindings from others enjoyment. The genius of authors left on page, but forgotten by the world - left for you to savor. Dickens and Bronte or the stories...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 16

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    I need to have a book store closer to me,

    because the nearest Barnes and Noble is a good 40 minute drive away and it's not convienent. I actually have money now and there's no good book store near me that I know of
    21goth12 21goth12 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I made my boyfriend go to a bookstore with me

    while we waited for the movie we were going to see to get into at least the "OK go sit" part. He put up a huge stink because he doesn't like to read (reading is not the easiest thing to do for him). As I walk around my favorite sections, I hear from two toes away "Hey, you see...
    Nelsaroo Nelsaroo 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 27

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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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    How come society makes us feel bad

    for thinking out the box when all the time it's made up to control us. Come play at secreterotica . com it's sexy, fun the groups and library are wicked and no BS censorship either.
    YouKnowItMakesSense YouKnowItMakesSense 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 28

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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

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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 22 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    I don't mind my Kindle.

    ...but nothing like going to a book store and feeling the stories in your hand, going thru the pages and reading the words. The smell of the fresh the paper, the new book smell. I am a firm believer that having a mini library in your own home is a must.
    BlaiddDrwg05 BlaiddDrwg05 41-45, M 13 Responses Nov 12

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    Barns & Nobles! The one

    where I live is huge. It has 2 floors and 2 escalators. It also has a Starbucks inside :]
    ChthonicMassacre ChthonicMassacre 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 27

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    I go to Barnes and Noble every now

    and then, but I love going to used book stores the most. I like looking through shelves of old books and discovering a classic or a book that just grabs my interest for $4.00 or less.
    FlatbushGuy21 FlatbushGuy21 46-50, M 5 Responses Oct 27

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    With all the possibilities

    and diversity, I just love bookstores. Plus my favorite bookstore always smells like coffee.
    Allyyoop Allyyoop 16-17, F Nov 2

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    I can just get lost in the seemingly endless

    row upon row on beautiful books....
    wardskye wardskye 16-17, F 5 Responses 13 hrs ago

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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 don't love Barnes & Nobels anymore.

    They once had a charm about them that has long since evaporated. Now they're just another chain store. That having been said, I walked into one the other day, just to kill some time, and I ended up dropping forty bucks I didn't have. I guess they still have a hold on me.
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20

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    “I was ready to take on the world

    until I saw the most marvelous little book store”.Sometime I felt the below quotes are very true..” we are all born with a reading list that will never finish..may be, the fact is that, we don’t like to finish reading good books. Let the list grow each day; I...
    fikrisharif fikrisharif 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 2

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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 8 Responses Jul 31

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    I live in a town where the population is

    probably 80% Christian. Barnes and Noble is always full of Christian teens and young adults sitting around sipping lattes and reading. I get a little enjoyment out of hanging out on the "new age" aisle just to watch them all squirm and watch me and wonder if I worship satan...
    Ladyscorpioz Ladyscorpioz 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 23

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    I have often said that heaven

    for me would be a library. I like a place to sit down and read or just write my thoughts down. Expressive writing is important to me. It is important to chose what I read or what I write carefully. It is important that those pictures and words in my brain be things that will...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 2 Responses Nov 7

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    I could hibernate and read

    for days straight. I love dragging friends with me to a bookstore and then they discover it's not so bad :-) As soon as you walk in the aroma of vintage books hits you I love it! Maybe a little too much that I might one day just have my wedding there lmao
    zhr014 zhr014 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 31

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    I can spend hours in a bookstore!

    I love buying and reading new books,reading is my thing! Whenever i see a bookstore i get too excited.
    Tessa3 Tessa3 22-25, F 4 Responses Dec 4

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    "You know that feeling,

    when you're reading a book, and you know that it is  going to be a tragedy, you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing close around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage, and you...
    iamabibliophile iamabibliophile 16-17, M 2 Responses Dec 8

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