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More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops #2)

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Customer (holding up a book): What’s this? The Secret Garden? Well, it’s not so secret now, is it, since they bloody well wrote a book about it!

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops was a Sunday Times bestseller, and could be found displayed on bookshop counters up and down the country. The response to the book from booksellers all over the world has been one of heartfel
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Constable and Robinson (first published January 1st 2013)
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what's this??

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the last souvenir from my bookstore days!

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i mean, they cleaned it up a little; i am not one who says "sir," and i don't have the pub dates of books in my head at the ready like that, but still! it's like fame, only smaller!

3. The man who wants fast food in the Himalayas
Yesterday I had a lovely man in from the "shif" whose English was very strangely accented and who wanted a book on breadmaking but rejected all the ones I had. Most of them involved bread machines and he was adamant it had to be bread for an oven. There was a difficulty in that I could hardly understand his English and he was convinced he spoke it perfectly. Eventually I understood that he was a steward on a cruise ship and that this was his l
So after the hilarious Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, bookseller Campbell has collected even more weirdness. And although this follow up is not nearly as hilarious as the first book - a few 'jokes' seem a bit far-fetched - there's still more than enough to snort-laugh about.

So here we go, shall we!

Customer: We're having a book burning at our religious group tonight. I need all your books on witchcraft.
Bookseller: .....
Customer: And we're expecting a discount. We're doing the world a fa
Like the first book, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, it was a quick and entertaining read.

The story in the prologue about a children book getting back to its original owner after forty years is really heartwarming.

Conversations with kids are cute and funny, and the rest also made me laugh many times.
The things customers say in bookshops are not only weird, but insulting, sometimes ridiculously dumb…
CUSTOMER: You know, I go to this book club thing, but I really hate reading.
"CUSTOMER: I’d like to buy this audiobook.


CUSTOMER: Only, I don’t really like this narrator.


CUSTOMER: Do you have a selection of narrator to choose from? Ideally, I’d like Benedict Cumberbatch”

I found some hilarious. Some are not though. Are some of these made up? Haha. People are weird.

This is my favorite. :DD

"CUSTOMER: Can you help me find a book, please?

BOOKSELLER: Sure, what are you in the mood for?

CUSTOMER: (leaning in very closely) I'm feeling very vulnera
This second book of strange but true things people say in bookshops is just as hilarious as the first.
The author has included many more submissions from booksellers and librarians from around the world. Our very own Goodreader, Karen Brissette, submitted an entry which also appears in this edition.

This copy is from the U.K, so all of you goodreaders in the U.S. and Canada will have to wait a little while longer before this edition is released in North America. It really is very funny and worth t
Jen Campbell is back with another collection of truly bizarre things that people say in bookshops. And this time I am in it! Page 73 for those of you who care. You may also find my former colleague Chloe in there a couple of times. Just pop in and I'll happily sign it for you. I got mine for free so you should really make sure you buy yours.

It's quite amazing the things that people say without thinking, without knowing what they are saying, without realising just how rude they are or in the case
Ummu Auni
After non-stop laugh reading Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, I find the second installment still hilarious!

Nice dedication written inside: For bookshop customers, booksellers, librarians, bookworms, book-hoarders, bookworms and librocubicularists (those who like to read in bed). The last one feels like me, though.

I particularly like the dialogue between a young boy and a bookseller on a safeguarding dragon:

Young Boy: You should put a basement in your bookshop.
Bookseller: You think so?
Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui
JEN CAMPBELL makes my day on a not-so-good day by writing this unique wonderful experience involving weird customer sayings weird and most of the times funny things in bookshops

The best thing I loved about both of the books in this series is that they aren't a novel. One doesn't need to focus on the plot or characters cause they aren't any. If the first part was excellent, this ain't behind. It's a must read for all the bibliophiles out there.

Brendon Schrodinger
Cross-posted from my blog The Periodic Table of Elephants

Jen Campbell, the poor lady who deals with the general public when they enter a bookshop, is back with more tales that will make you question the future of the human race.

Not all are encounters with morons, there are encounters with cool people, and funny encounters with children. And I think that some readers of her previous book are visiting her store and saying shit to get in her next book.

Here is a great example:

CUSTOMER (pulls her Kin
Me and my friend in the bookstore:

Me: Hi, do you have this Filipino book? *says title*
My friend: DON'T TELL US WHERE IT IS! Just tell if it is available.
Bookseller: Let me check.
Me(to my friend): Cover your eyes! Don't look to where the guy is going!
Bookseller (returns): Yes, we have a few copies left.
Me: First one to find it is the winner! Go! (we ran and looked for it, she won)
Bookseller: ...

P.S. I love doing this.

(Passing through the Romance section with my friend)
Me: God, I hate Filipino R
Einstein raz povedal, že ,,Len dve veci sú nekonečné. Vesmír a ľudská hlúposť. S tým prvým si však nie som úplne istý." Táto kniha je pre to ukážkovým príkladom. Ak ste to nečítali, tak by ste neverili, čoho sú ľudia schopní. Ja sa divím, že ma to ešte stále prekvapuje. Napríklad, že žena volá do kníhkupectva, aby sa spýtala, či nevedia kde sa predávajú cestoviny, ktoré sú na obale jednej kuchárky. WTF?? Alebo si niekto pýta ilustrovanú verziu Fifty shades?? :D

Customer: Im looking for a book fo
Loved this one a little less than the first book, but it was still funny! Some people are REALLY weird hahaha :D

Here are some of my favs:

Woman (holding a copy of a Weight Watchers book in one hand, and The Hunger Games in the other: Which of these dieting books would you recommend most?

Customer: I'd like to buy this audiobook.
Bookseller: Great.
Customer: Only, I don't really like this narrator.
Bookseller: Oh.
Customer: Do you have a selection of narrators to choose from? Ideally, I'd like Benedic
Obsessed! I especially like the ones with the children saying funny stuff. Fifty Shades appeared just a little too often in my opinion.
Hunger For Knowledge
Short thoughts for a quick reads: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.

These both books were enough fun to entertain my busy day. Few of the stories were rather hilarious, many the way I had no hard time to imagine them happening.

At first, I was a little bit worried that I might be reading ideological pamphlets, the kinds that would make us good people to shake our heads and roll our eyes because someone out there doesn't want to read fiction
MAN: Weird Things, ey?
ME: Yep.
MAN: You should follow my wife around; she says stupid things all the time.
ME: Really?
MAN: Yeah. Not necessarily in bookshops, just in life.
ME: Oh.
MAN: Yeah. Like, she tells people that I poisoned our cat. But I totally didn’t.

Reading Challenge 2015: a funniEST book
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MOTHER: If you want to buy a book you’ll have to use your own money. I’ve bought you enough books already!
DAUGHTER: But I’ve read all those books!
Not as good as the first one. All the examples of the weird things said started to sound the same, it was rather repetitive. But for the most part it was still fairly amusing.
I swear I've never laughed so much while reading. Working in a bookshop myself I have a few of my own to add.
Starting with the second book, because I'm a rebel! (Not really...)

Anyways, it was entertaining and I laughed like an idiot(well, at least at the jokes I found funny). But I have one question: Do people really say these things??

For some of the jokes I really believed they we're saying this stuff for some dare, because honestly... how dumb can a person be?
Apr 07, 2013 Bookphilia marked it as to-read
Yay, another! :)
Samantha Arroyo

Meh, it was okay. I give it 2.5-3 stars because I didn't hate it.

It wasn't nearly as funny as the first book, in fact, I only really chuckled at ONE quote. Most of the quotes just felt rather fake or fabricated, and the rest of them were by children. It should have been called Kids Say the Darndest Things... In Bookshops. Little kids always say wild and funny things, so putting them in a book full of clueless customers didn't seem very... funny.

There were are few that were mildly humorous, such
MOTHER: If you want to buy a book you'll have to use your own money. I've bought you enough books already!
DAUGHTER: But I've read all those books!
MOTHER: Well then, you should learn to read slower!

¿Qué puedo decir? La genialidad de estos libros es... insuperable. Esta bien, no son exactamente libros ni tienen exactamente una autora, pero es que son geniales igual. Me es imposible dejar de reír mientras los leo, no hubo momento en que no tuviera una sonrisa gracias a ellos. Y es que... ¡gracias
Sandra Bašić
Genijalna kao i prethodna, preporuka onima koje zanimaju dogodovštine u knjižarama, o ljudima čija su pitanja i zapažanja toliko smiješna a nekad nažalost i totalno bedasta. Eng. jezik ne bi trebao biti prepreka jer je vrlo jednostavno pisana.
Naomi V
Quick read. Funny and sometimes so very, very sad (because people can be so stupid sometimes it makes me want to cry.)

Customer to her friend: I only like books that I can really believe happened, you know? Like Twilight

Customer: These are used books?
Bookseller: Yes
Customer: Do you have the Stephen King book that comes out next week?
Bookseller: ....No.
Lucía Cherri
3.5. Este me hizo reír mucho más que el anterior.

CUSTOMER: This is the bookshop from the film Notting Hill, isn’t it?
BOOKSELLER: No, I’m afraid it’s isn’t.
CUSTOMER: It is. It looks exactly the same!
BOOKSELLER: Well, not really. The bookshop in Notting Hill is a travel bookshop. Also, it’s in Notting Hill – the place.
CUSTOMER: You have a travel section, though.
CUSTOMER: Are you not allowed to tell me that this bookshop is the one from the film, is that it?
Well, some things in this book are really bizarre, but honestly I myself have heard quite a few things like these. Though I laugh I feel that some of these are actually quite sad, because they just make you think how ignorant and illiterate people can be. Most of them in my opinion show how the movies and TV influence everything nowadays. I think the selection wasn’t as funny as the previous one, but it has got its moments. Some of my favorites are:

CUSTOMER (to her friend): What about this book
Kushal Srivastava
Not as funny as the previous one,but it has got its moments. Some of my favorites -

CUSTOMER: I don’t like biographies. The main character pretty much always dies in the end. It’s so predictable!

WOMAN (holding a copy of a Weight Watchers book in one hand, and The Hunger Games in the other): Which of these dieting books would you recommend most?

CUSTOMER: I really don’t like the planet today – can you recommend a book set far, far away?

CUSTOMER: Are you prepared? BOOKSELLER: ... For what? CUSTOMER:
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Jen grew up in a small village by the sea in the north-east of England. After studying English Literature at Edinburgh University, she moved to north London to sell books and write stories. She works part-time at an antiquarian bookshop.

Jen's first book, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, was published in 2012 and was a Sunday Times Bestseller. The sequel, More Weird Things Customers Say in
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“CUSTOMER: I’d like to buy this audiobook.
CUSTOMER: Only, I don’t really like this narrator.
CUSTOMER: Do you have a selection of narrators to choose from? Ideally, I’d like Benedict Cumberbatch”
“CHILD: Mummy, who was Hitler? MOTHER: Hitler? CHILD: Yeah. Who was he? MOTHER: Erm, he was a very bad man from a long time ago. CHILD: Oh. How bad? MOTHER: He was like ... he was like Voldemort. CHILD: Oh! That’s really, really bad. Mother: Yes. CHILD: (Pause) So, did Harry Potter kill Hitler, too?” 12 likes
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