Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops #1)
'Can books conduct electricity?'
'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok... isn't it?'
A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collect ...more
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another fantastic gift from laima.
years ago, i read Overheard at the Bookstore, and since i was new in the bookstore career, i laughed appreciatively. now that i have been employed here for what seems to be more than half of my life, my laughter towards this latest book is fueled by a sort of desperate recognition and tinged with melancholy.
oh, my bookstore sisters and brothers, come to my sweet embrace. i was going to start a section in my writing for my tales from the stacks, but instead, i a ...more
I said I don't think you really want this job. Sh ...more
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday.
My favorite quotes (and illustrations) taken from the book:
“CUSTOMER (to her friend): What’s this literary criticism section? Is it for books that comp ...more
I used to imagine book selling was the happiest, most relaxing job in the whole wide world. I was terribly wrong! I thought I was already weird but the level of weirdness of a lot of people who go to bookstores is wow, just unbelievable!
Now, I know I can never work at a bookstore. I’m too soft for the job. Lol! This is the perfect stress reliever or readin ...more
But it figures, since the customers that are visiting bookshops are often equally weird. Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops proves just that. It contains a collection of the most peculiar and hilarious things customers have said in bookshops from all over the world. I could ramble on about how hilarious (and shocking!) this book is, but I could also pick a few random dialogues, so you get to decide for yourself. Enjoy!
Customer: I'm ...more
"Where's your true fiction section?"
(To this day I have no idea what the person meant.)
"You must get so much time to read, just sitting here surrounded by books."
(I once had a customer assume I'd read everything in the store. It was a relatively small bookstore rather than one of the big chains, but still -- not cool to be indignant that I haven't read every title we stock.)
"I'm looking for a book for my son. He's only seven but ...more
A few of my favorites:
"Where is the true fiction section?"
"Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?"
Do you have Fiddler on a Hot Tin Roof?"
"Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?"
Overall, a good little side-read with some cute illustrations, but expected a bit more bang for my buck(s)!
Time changes and with time, people. For me, libraries and bookstores are sanctuaries. Great places to breath, talk and recommend books. But I'd never in my life had thought it would be a a place to crack up with weird people and their weird questions.
CUSTOMER: Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?
CUSTOMER: Yeah, but Voldemort killed Cedric, who’s playe ...more
I second Neil Gaiman’s sentiment when he said this regarding Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
So funny. So sad…Read it and sigh.”
Some of the comments made me laugh right out loud, some were really mean-spirited and yes, some were sad and some just left me scratching my head. I focused on the funny, which most are. If you’ve got an ...more
كتاب مجموعه خاطراتى طنز آميز از كتابفروش ها با مشترى هاى عجيب و غريبشونه. بيشتر ديالوگ هايى چهار پنج خطى هستن و گاهى طولانى ترن.
اين هم چند وقت پيش براى من اتفاق افتاد، وقتى كتابو مى خوندم يادم اومد:
مشترى: كتاب ديوان سهراب سپهرى رو داريد؟
فروشنده: منظورتون هشت كتابه؟
مشترى: نه، ديوانش.
فروشنده: سهراب ديوان نداره، شعرهاش همينه.
مشترى (با حالت حق به جانب): ندارى بگو ندارم. چرا الكى حرف مى زنى؟ (با عصبانيت خارج مى شود.)
فروشنده (گيج شد ...more
Es raro puntuar esta obra... ¿Qué estaría puntuando? ¿La estupidez e ignorancia de la mayoría de estos clientes? Le pongo tres estrellas porque la pasé bien leyéndolo y la autora tuvo una muy buena idea juntando estas "anécdotas" tan divertidas.
En fin. Un libro ameno, gracioso, óptimo para olvidarte un rato de los problemas que te acucian y disfrutar, solo disfrutar. Nos pueden quitar todo, pero que jamás nos quiten la risa.
Here are some examples:
COSTUMER: Do you sell ipod chargers?
COSTUMER: Do you have any books on
the story of Easter?
BOOKSELLER: I'm sure we do,yes
COSTUMER: Excellent! Something with
lots of chicks and rabbits
would be great,thanks!
COSTUMER(Holding up a Jamie Oliver cook ...more
This book is so HILARIOUS!! It's super short, super funny, super awesome and you should go read it!! 4 hilariously awesome stars! Just a little less than 120 pages, could read in 30 minutes! Definitely recommend, in case you hadn't figured that part out when I recommended it to every one of my friends on GoodReads! :) I really, really enjoyed it!
*I was given a review copy of this book but this in no way has affected my thoughts ...more
CUSTOMER (having read the blurb to Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief aloud to his son): Excuse me, is this book based on a true story?
BOOKSELLER: It’s about an American teenager discovering he’s the son of Poseidon by accidentally vaporising his maths teacher.
BOOKSELLER: So, no.
CUSTOMER: Do you have this children’s book I’ve heard about? It’s supposed to be very good. It’s called ‘Lionel Richie and the W ...more
Bookseller: Yes (takes customer to section)
a few minutes later customer moves to the front door with a book in his pocket
Bookseller: Are you going to pay for that book?
Bookseller: (takes book from customers pocket) Please don't come back
Customer: Does this mean I have to bring back all of the other books I've taken?
Customer: Do you sell mobile phone top up cards?
Bookseller: No, we're a bookshop, we only sell books
Customer: Not ...more
I love humor. It is an essential part of life that helps you to bond with people (or avoid people), to recove ...more
Here is a sample....
CUSTOMER: What kind of bookshop is this?
BOOKSELLER: We're an antiquarian bookshop.
CUSTOMER: Oh, so you sell books about fish.
CUSTOMER: (holding up a Jamie Oliver cookbook):
Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?
BOOKSELLER: Yes, I would.
CUSTOMER: Do you have Agatha Christie's Death in Denial?
CUSTOMER: Do you have a crafts book on how to build a gun?
Customer: Do you have any Robin Hood stories where he doesn't steal from the rich? My husband's called Robin and I'd like to buy him a copy for his birthday, but he's a banker, so...
This little book is full of the weird, the wonderful and the hilariously funny things customers say in bookshops. The cover is beautiful and I love the little illustrations alongside the quotes, especially this one:
Favourites that aren't in the book, from the website:
a customer reading a book about the nativity....more
One of the perks of having a job that requires you meeting lots of people is you'll realize there's many different people out there. There are hilarious people, weird, funny, funnily weird, nice, etc.
From this book, now I know there is customer...
-that's naive and funny
(view spoiler)[CUSTOMER (holding up a Jamie Oliver cookbook) : Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?
BOOKSELLER : Yes, I wo ...more
The one about the kid’s nightmares was what I read first. So funny. Then I read it cover to cover, quickly.
The illustrations are cute but I didn’t really need them.
What’s truly scary is not even how ignorant many people are, but how rude, how unethical ...more
This is an actual quotation from Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. The book is mainly a collection of genuine questions recorded by the proprietors of two independent bookshops, plus a few other extras. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, some are unbelievably cheeky or bordering on criminal. What do you think about a person who goes into a bookshop every morning out of the rain while she waits for her bus. Is that OK? Well, perhaps it is. But if she ...more
Cliente: ¿Tenéis ejemplares del libro favorito de Bella Swan? Ya sabes, la chica de Crepúsculo.
El librero suspira y saca un ejemplar de Cumbres borrascosas de la estantería.
Cliente: ¿No tenéis la edición que se parece a los libros de Crepúsculo?
Librero: No, ésta es una librería de viejo. Todas nuestras ediciones son antiguas.
Cliente: Pero, ¿es la misma trama? ¿Con la tal Cathy y el chico malo?
Librero: Sí, sigue siendo la trama de Emily Brontë.
Cliente: Genial. ¿Harán película?
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She is also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry pamphlet The Hungry Ghost Festival is published by The Rialto, and her collection in progress, the girl aquarium, won an Eric Gregory A ...more
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CUSTOMER: I really enjoyed her first book.
BOOKSELLER: Her diary?
CUSTOMER: Yes, the diary.
BOOKSELLER: Her diary wasn’t fictional.
BOOKSELLER: Yes... She really dies at the end – that’s why the diary finishes. She was taken to a concentration camp.
CUSTOMER: Oh... that’s terrible.
BOOKSELLER: Yes, it was awful -
CUSTOMER: I mean, it’s such a shame, you know? She was such a good writer.”