This Sunday Times bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments: ‘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 collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.
From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to ‘Excuse me… is this book edible?: here is a book for heroic booksellers and booklovers everywhere.
This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.
As a passionate reader I always love to spend time in a bookstore / shop and just sit there for hours. But that only happens like- twice a year because of how busy life always is. I just can´t make enough time. So the reality of my bookshop love looks more like this:
Rush inside a bookshop. Quickly scan the the room for something to read. Spend 2 minutes to take in the smell. Walk to the register and pay. Rush back out. Kinda like a slow version of the Flash. And that´s such a bummer because I would love to have a small chat with the employees about new releases or have them help me search for my next read at a normal pace.
A few days ago, I was looking for a birthday gift for my bestie ( who happens to love books as much as I do ) and stumbled upon something I knew she didn´t have yet. Something that would complete her already massive book collection. BUT, I had to read it first before I pass it down.
´Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` by Jen Campbell, is a piece of art. I have never laughed this much while reading a book. `Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` is basically a collection of remarks made by customers in bookshops and it´s, by far, the most entertaining read I´ve read in a long time.
The catchline on the cover couldn´t be more accurate.
“So funny. So sad… Read it and sigh.” – Neil Gaiman
Every question asked by a customer in this book is either outragously funny or incredibally idiotic. The responses from the booksellers are often genius. You can actually feel how annoyed / stunned / shocked they were during their conversations.
There once was a time I worked with customers, so I know how hard it can be when a person has to deal with odd questions or is confronted with…. less brighter folks. Looks like bookshops aren´t immune to the 40-watt club members, either.
CUSTOMER: Who wrote the Bible? I can´t remember.
CUSTOMER`S FRIEND: Jesus.
And that´s just one example of many that will make you either fall off your seat from laughing or will make you shake your head in disbelief.
This is another one of my favorites:
CUSTOMER: Does this book come in other versions?
BOOKSELLER: I can check on the computer for you.
CUSTOMER: It´s just that I don´t like the way that this one pans out.
Wouldn´t it be brilliant if every book came with an alternative ending? How cool would it be if there were 2 versions of every book? *rolling on the floor, cracking up* Poor, poor authors. Lol. And poor booksellers!
An absolute brilliant page turner and eye opener.
I´m giving `Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops` by Jen Campbell, 5 out of 5 stars.
This book can be purchased on Amazon.com