Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
'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 b ...more
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 am going to use this t ...more
Some of these people wondered into the bookshops Jen Cambell worked at and asked some rather stupid things.
Some of my personal favourites are:
"Where's your true fiction section?" (Isn't that an oxymoron?)
"Do you have anyth/>/> ...more
This was freaking funny, guys, flipping hilarious. It's, very simply, a collection of ridiculous things that customers say in bookshops, but it made me giggle and lol and just, the roflcopter flew while reading this.
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? Isit.Weird ...more
Every time Twilight was mentioned I felt a bit strange. I'm starting to think, that that book changed a lot of people.
A story that I've witnessed just ...more
I love humor. It is an essential part of life that helps you bond with people (or avoid people), recover from difficult times, see life differently. ( ...more
Cust: Do you have a book of mother-in-law jokes? I want to give it to my mother-in-law as a joke. But you know, not really a joke at all.
Cust: Do you have a copy of 'Atonement'? But not the fi/> ...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 readi ...more
I think this one would work better as a book you pick up here and there and read a page or two. Reading it all at once, it seemed to loose something along the way. I have another book like this, but about travelling, and I pick it up here and there for a laugh.
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 y ...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 onl/>"I'm/>"You/>"Where's ...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 then a ...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 s ...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 played by Robert Pattinson, and noquestions. ...more
(when Trump can do it for you)
I thought that this book would be cute, and of course the other reason I bought it was because it was about a bookstore. They are so tempting. One movie I loved had Ellen DeGeneres in it, and she worked in a bookstore and found a card or a letter in a book and had to find out who sent it. It was titled, The Love Letter. I know because I just looked it up, so it was a letter and not a card, unless it was a ...more
“I tell you something, you must get some odd requests, working here.”
“Is this book edible?”
A very entertaining collection. My favorite is the one with the Twilight-Wuthering Heights-Harry Potter mix. Hilarious!
Customer: Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?" (If only!)
I had a very brief career as a bookseller just after college, so reading this book was a fun reminder of some of the weird things customers say. :-) A funny, quick read. (Borrowed from the library, though I should have bought it from a bookstore!)
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?
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 ...more
I used to work at a stationery store and had a couple of weird customers but not too many.
I also worked at a shoe store that had it's fair share of strange customers but for some reason, the customers that come into a bookstore are on another level. A lot are downright rude, many I don't understand how they function and some I assume have to be pulling my leg, they are that ridiculous.
Here's some of th ...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 and opinions!.*
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 b ...more
The book is set in three parts,Tales From The Edinburgh Bookshop, Tales From Ripping yarns and Weird Things Customers Say In Other Bookshops. Some of the comments are just plain stupid, some are jaw dropping and some are quite funny.
This is a very quick book to read. There is a few illustrations ...more
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Other books in the series
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.”