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I Absolutely Love Bookstores

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    I especially love old

    and used book stores. The smell of the books just hit you when you open the door. Rows of books that have been used and read already. I used to splurge big time in used book stores. For under $30, I would bring home several books and be set for the next couple of weeks. The...
    BobFrost BobFrost 36-40, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Alot of people just don't realize the amount of

    knowledge and entertainment that lies within the walls of a good book store. Sure movies can visually stimulate you and make you cry but really when you actually let your mind go along with the story of the book it is so much easier to lose yourself and to fall in love with the...
    derekplus2 derekplus2 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 4

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    I could browse a bookstore

    for hours on end. The serene, peaceful environment does a great job at concealing the mass amount of knowledge awaiting in each shelve. As Kindles and Nooks become more popular, printed paperbacks and hardcovers become more valuable. Sometimes I forget to appreciate the little...
    kimburhlychatte kimburhlychatte 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    You know how guys offer to buy girls drinks at

    a bar? Why cant people do that at book stores? I mean if i was at Barnes and Nobles looking at a novel and someone came up to me, strikes up a conversation and offers to buy the book for me, there's a better chance of that working out in their favor. Just sayin.
    SirenofScarlet SirenofScarlet 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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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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    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 1 Response 5 days ago

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    The smell of books eapecially.

    But I would rather be alone taking in the magnificance of people written words. Some of course not as good as others. Maybe just have my own intense library would be better. Surround myself with books I love. You can never have enough books.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 11

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    Whenever I enter a bookstore I can stay there

    for hours. I search for all kinds of books. Though I love Fantasy the most. I only read English books. I can't stand reading books that are written in Dutch.
    xlevinus xlevinus 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 18

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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 4 Responses 2 days ago

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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 22 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    I Could Get Lost For Hours In a Book Store Or Library

    I have developed a serious addiction to books. I all ready have way more, than I have time to read but somehow, I still manage to keep bringing in more. A couple of times, I've even had to give away some boxes of books that I didn't even get to read, because they were taking up...
    Shinigami69 Shinigami69 36-40, M 20 Responses Jun 22, 2009

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    I love bookstores to pick up different types of

    books to read and enjoy. I have many interests and enjoy reading about them. I love to read multiple books at times for pure enjoyment. I normally go to a local bookstore generally on the weekends when I am off and can spend a few hours there.
    femaledressed4work femaledressed4work 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 16

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    Unfortunately book stores with a good stock

    aren't as easy to find any more (at least where I live). I love book stores where I can easily find a book I'd really like and find a spot to read through them. Strangely enough I like places with a few wandering customers as well, where there's a better chance to strike a nice...
    reversa reversa 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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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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    I once owned a bookstore.

     We had a fireplace.  I wanted to put a sign up that said "you buy it, you can burn it", along with a stack of encyclopedias or similar recovered in book jackets of obvious candidates (Bible, Koran, Torah,  US Constitution, Mao's Red Book,  Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, etc...
    JacquesSade JacquesSade 46-50, M 10 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    I haven't been to a book store in a while.

    In fact, outside of buying for others, I haven't gone to a book store in over a year. Last night I realized as I was finishing a book on my kindle that one thing that I miss about books is feeling the progress- seeing it- as I read. Watching as one side of the book gets larger...
    IO4ever IO4ever 26-30 2 Responses Apr 10

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    ^~^

    Most girls would love it if a guy bought them a drink in a bar. Me, personally? I'd love it if I was in a bookstore and a guy offered to buy a book for me. c:
    ButterfliesInJars ButterfliesInJars 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 17, 2013

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    Kinokuniya saved my life: Whenever

    negativities incept my temperamental functioning brain, go Kino and yolo!
    bordersea bordersea 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    i like to read books this increase my general

    knowledge and make me able to know more about things nd to do something new nd interesting in my life..i buy 2 new books from bookstore every new month starts from first date nd end to the last this is really good nd beneficial for me..:)
    Aarshiaa Aarshiaa 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Woe be to you, if you are the soul

    who is with me and there is a bookstore in sight. I assure you, I will go in, with or without you. I will stop and breathe in the aroma of paper and ink. I will appear to wander aimlessly, and often that is exactly what I am doing. If I find a section or shelf of...
    Steph613 Steph613 41-45, F 7 Responses Mar 28

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    Words have always been my refuge.

    Whether I am writing them or reading the stories of others, I love the power that they have and the comfort they can bring. Perhaps that is why I run to the local bookstore during times of stress. The quiet environment where I am surrounded by the tales of others helps me...
    Ailill Ailill 36-40, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I love book stores and reading

    but I have trouble reading. It really sucks
    cbrXX cbrXX 31-35, M 6 Responses Mar 29

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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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    IFeelAlone0 IFeelAlone0 22-25, M 5 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    I went to the mall for a friend's birthday

    celebration, and we just happened to go to the bookstore. I ended up leaving that store with five new books, $84 less than what started with, and a vague awareness of all the good books I would have to go back to buy.
    Lesbianheart Lesbianheart 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 24, 2013

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    I can't quite put my finger on exactly what I

    like about bookstores but I like them nevertheless. I'd rather be stuck in a bookshop all day than go shopping for clothes like most of my classmates. If the bookshop has a coffee shop then, that's a huge advantage 'cause reading a book and enjoying black coffee at the same time...
    RupanjaliSamadder RupanjaliSamadder 13-15, F 4 Responses Mar 25

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    Bluestarrr Bluestarrr 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    My idea of a perfect day,

    would be to spend at least an hour in the lovely book store near my home. And occasionally, I have and hour to spend there and simply rewind and buy a book. There's a cafe inside..and the smell of coffee and new books and colorful beanbags to sink into...hmmm..irresistible!
    Stephanie2211 Stephanie2211 41-45, F 6 Responses Mar 17

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    A bookstore is like heaven in my head.

    There's a bookstore about an hour or 2 away from where i live and it even has like a little cafe.I just want to stay there forever and read. If i was able to live there i would plus I'd never get bored with all the books there to read. I love reading so much I can't even...
    wolfsfire wolfsfire 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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    The sight and smell of old book is just awesome,

    too bad I don't have the time to read all the books that I want.
    Solgrid Solgrid 26-30, M Feb 11

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    I think the best way to spend the afternoon is

    to just go and find a good book. To sit in a cozy chair and get nestled with a warm blanket in order to get lost in a whole new world. A good book is all I need to be happy. To read the way things unfold on a whole new world is just amazing to me.
    WinterUnicorn WinterUnicorn 16-17, F 15 Responses Mar 15

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    I Absolutely Love Bookstores!

    I love bookstores so much! All of the stories and knowledge and history! I always start in the sci-fi and fantasy section, then wander over to the nature and animals section. Then on to the languages and world history. Oh! The science section gets a visit too! There are...
    Susinko Susinko 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 30, 2013

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    I live for the thrill of finding an amazing

    book among the clutter and random stacks of forgotten literature. There is nothing like the smell of musty pages, aged perfectly. I love when you can tell that a book has had an interesting journey...a dog-eared page, a worn cover, a tattered spine; it's all poetry <3
    flightlessbird314 flightlessbird314 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 31

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    I am partial to a good bookstore

    but I am in love with those very old crooked musty used stores like the one 20 minutes from my house with the grandmother at the till. I'm addicted to the smell dank and mildew paper backs covered in dust, 3 for 1, slice your finger on the sharp pages. I got a kindle for...
    Arriety Arriety 18-21, F 7 Responses Jan 8

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    I love them, i remember going to each isle

    and just reading each row, it would just take up so much of my time. But recent changes in the city i live in almost all the bookstores have closed down like barnes and noble or borders. Everything is now done through the kindle which is lame. I really miss it now i have to...
    NymNin NymNin 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    When I walk into any bookstore,

    I always seem to find the one book or two, I can not live without. I love the smell of a new book...oohhh! I can't wait until I get home to read it, so I find myself reading my new book on the way home. I love the children's section. It reminds me when I was a child searching...
    Sookie70 Sookie70 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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    Bookstores are where I can escape out my own

    world and jump into another. Just me and my new reality..
    4Ana 4Ana 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    It's so easy to lose track of time.

    .. I think it's cool that we can read on Kindles, Nooks, and such, but nothing compares to thumbing through crisp pages during a quiet evening in the bookstore.
    Literaturelover Literaturelover 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    They are addictive to me.

    There is a bookstore on the 15 minute walk home from my physical therapy, which gets out at 7pm on Mondays. If I'm lucky, I'm home by nine. Whenever I go to a bookstore to buy someone a gift, I come out hours later with the book I was looking for and 3 others for myself. Also...
    JohnMoreDread JohnMoreDread 26-30, M 3 Responses Mar 12

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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 4 Responses Oct 30, 2011

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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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    Obsession

    Books are my obsession. Walking into a bookstore filled with the "just off the press smell", shelves lined with beautiful colors and pictures... There's nothing quite like it. I've been known to be "lost" for hours carefully picking out my new treasure.
    swtsacrifice swtsacrifice 36-40, F 13 Responses Sep 17, 2013

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    Basically, when I walk into a bookstore,

    I feel overwhelmed. It's like I'm surrounded by new adventures and beginnings and I just wonder which one I should start next. Which path I should choose this time. Everything about book stores get me from the nice people with common interests, to the smell of new books, to the...
    TotallyWoW TotallyWoW 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    I could spend all day looking through the books,

    and I love that new book smell when you buy one and the excitement of reading something new :) And who doesn't love Starbucks!?
    allthatistrue allthatistrue 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 16

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    Back in the 80's (OMG!

    !!) I would run out of money between paychecks. That was when I discovered the beauty of the bookstore, a place where I could go hang out, sit on the floor (this was way before the coffee bars and comfy chairs were in place!)...and just read for a couple of hours. I know you're...
    SweetPeaLove SweetPeaLove 51-55, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I love to read many different types of books.

    I could and have spent hours at a time in my local bookstores doing just that. I enjoy reading three books at a time for pleasure and enjoyment.
    momatfloridabeach momatfloridabeach 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 15

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