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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
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 anything written by Jan ...more
Recently one of my friends, who also happens to be a graduate, asked me to recommend her some good fiction books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Ap ...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. ...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 c ...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 recently:
I love humor. It is an essential part of life that helps you bond with people (or avoid people), recover from difficult times, see lif ...more
“CUSTOMER: Have you read every single book in here?
BOOKSELLER: No, I can’t say I have.
CUSTOMER: Well, you’re not very good at your job, are you?”
Books are awesome. As I’m prone to do, I’ll quote Sir Terry Pratchett here: “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” I spent my childhood browsing every bookstore in the small town where I grew up and making weekly trips to the library.
We book readers and bookshop and library patrons are clearly a superior subspecies o ...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 film cover, please. Ke ...more
Some of my faves:
Customer: "If I had a bookstore I'd make the mystery section really hard to find."
Customer: "Do you stock Nigella Lawson under 'sex' or 'cooking?'"
Bookseller: "It's a tough call, isn't it?"
Customer: "Do you have Harry Potter, book seven, part two?"
Bookseller: "Book seven is just one volume."
Customer: "But the movie has two parts, so there must be a second book. They don't just ...more
This book is exactly what it says it is! A quick and humorous read, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops only takes an hour or so to read.
I want to say I was surprised at some of the things included, but having worked as a shop assistant when I was younger, I wasn't shocked at some of the unintelligent and rude things reported here! A few of these made me chuckle, and lots made me roll my eyes ...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.
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
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
"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)!...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' ...more
You can't make this stuff up!
SOME. PEOPLE. ARE. JUST. SO. F**KING. STUPID!
These and several other thoughts crossed my mind as I read this collection of anecdotes from booksellers across the UK, USA and Canada. How can one give fewer than 5 stars and a big THANK YOU to all the booksellers (and librarians) who have had to "put up" with us, your customers/patrons, whether we make you smile, laugh out loud, or bang your head against a wall!
A quick read - I especially e ...more
It’s a good thing customer service exists because the amount of stupid people came out with was bizarre. And there’s no way you could’ve pointed out their stupidity in a polite manner.
How have the booksellers survived? It’s like the customers were asking you to get angry.
You know that saying, that there’s no such thing as a stupid question? Well, we’ve been lied to! This book proves it.
Humans are amazing. I adored this so much! I know it’ll be something I’ll flick through ...more
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 ...more
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!) ...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!
Young girl (pointing to a cupboard under one of the bookshelves): Can you get to Narnia through there?
Bookseller: Unfortunately, I don’t think you can.
Young girl: Oh. Our wardrobe at home doesn’t work for getting to Narnia either.
Young girl: No. Dad says it’s because Mom bought it at IKEA.
Customer: It’s amazing, ...more
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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.
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CUSTOMER: I mean, it’s such a shame, you know? She was such a good writer.”