Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores A simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese What is your biggest pet peeve inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore Did Beatrix P

  • Title: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores
  • Author: Jennifer Campbell
  • ISBN: 9781468308938
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • A simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese What is your biggest pet peeve inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun I ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter Excuse me is tA simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese What is your biggest pet peeve inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun I ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter Excuse me is this book edible Filled with fun and quirky illustrations by the award winning Brothers McLeod and featuring contributions from booksellers across the United States and Canada, as well as the author s native UK, 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.

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    1. another fantastic gift from laimaars 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 g [...]

    2. Updates 15. A girl came for an interview. She was nicely dressed, a bit shy and kept her eyes downcast, but looked me full in the face when answering questions. She sat pulled up very close to the cash desk so I couldn't see beneath her waist. She seemed a very nice girl. Only looking for something until college starts in Jan. but that's ok. I got up and as I did I saw she had her phone on her knees and was swiping through it and probably texting.I said I don't think you really want this job. Sh [...]

    3. 3rd one finished I wanna read all the tiny books today so i don't have to worry about the reading challenges, and just focus on the 2 bigger books :)

    4. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.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.

    5. This particular book has been on my radar for awhile now, so I was extremely glad to finally having read it.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 [...]

    6. أجمل الكتب، ذلك النوع الذي يأتيك بعد كتاب دسم هذا الكتاب الخفيف الظل تناولته بعد إنهاء نصف الجزء الأول من موسوعة (المفصل : د. جواد علي) وهذا أجده متنفس جميل بين كل الكتب الضخمة حجمًا ومعرفة الكتاب لو أردت إختصاره في كلمة لقلت (مسلي) حقيقة لا أجد غير هذا الوصف له.أنه يذكرني شخصيً [...]

    7. From Faulkner to this. I read everything. Well, almost everything. But lately, I've been enjoying these hilarious little gems. I fell in love with Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops only by looking at the cover (I just confessed I judged a book by its cover, again). I mean, Do you have any books by Jane Eyre? I knew this one was going to be a funny read. 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 di [...]

    8. I haven’t read a non-fiction book in a long time. I’m so happy I picked this one! It’s a fun, fast read complete with comical illustrations. 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 o [...]

    9. Cute book. A bunch of weird, but mostly dumb things people say in bookstores. Obviously some of the dumber things were said by non-readers. Example: Customer: Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?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.

    10. ممنون از دوستانى كه ريويو نوشتن و باعث شد كتاب رو دانلود كنم و بخونم. 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 [...]

    11. This was so funny! I want to come across some doozies like these when I'm working in the Uni Library! Just to see if I can keep a straight face, or if I can have an appropriate comeback. There are more books in the series and this is a good thing if I can come across things like this.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. Keira [...]

    12. No, I’ve never worked in a bookstore, but I did work in libraries for over 30 years so I couldn’t resist this collection of the weird things that customers say. I second Neil Gaiman’s sentiment when he said this regarding Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsSo 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 [...]

    13. Things from this book I actually heard while working at a bookstore:"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 [...]

    14. Dang. Some of the books that are out there are just weirdBut 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 lo [...]

    15. People really do say the craziest things in bookstores as you will see after reading this fun-filled work of humor. 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)!

    16. I preface this review by saying that I have worked in retail books for more than eleven years. 4.5 years at Dymocks (for all of you Aussies), 6.5 years with Borders (everyone knew them, right?) and six months with an embarrassingly poor chain of stores here in Melbourne who don't rate a mention. I say this because my background is the sole reason I read this book and may also prejudice my opinion.I was disappointed with this book, thought it would be a lot funnier than it was. Why? because I hav [...]

    17. What kind of people do you find in a bookstore? Smart people? Intellectuals? Old ladies? People looking for a bathroom?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 questionsSTOMER: Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?CUSTOMER: Yeah, but Voldemort killed Cedric, who’s played by [...]

    18. Reading this just reinforced the notion that approximately 75% of the questions asked in bookstores are ridiculous. I'M NOT ALONE.

    19. "Do you have anything written by Jane Eyre?"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 [...]

    20. “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! Highly recommended!!

    21. Customer: If I came to work here, would I get a discount at the liquor store next door?" (Ah, sure.)***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!)

    22. From time to time I get emails through that purport to be saying lovely or cute or witty things that children/students/Lawyers/policeman/dogs/raw vegetables etc etc are supposed to have said or written in different situations. They are regularly funny and clever and i enjoy reading them but I as equally regularly read them with a heavy pinch of salt. For every genuinely funny thing that is recorded there are oodles that I cannot believe were ever really said. They are created, made up. This in i [...]

    23. Customer: Do you have a true crime section?Bookseller: Yes (takes customer to section)a few minutes later customer moves to the front door with a book in his pocketBookseller: Are you going to pay for that book?Customer: NoBookseller: (takes book from customers pocket) Please don't come backCustomer: Does this mean I have to bring back all of the other books I've taken?Bookseller:Customer: Do you sell mobile phone top up cards?Bookseller: No, we're a bookshop, we only sell booksCustomer: Not eve [...]

    24. Buen libro. 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.

    25. جين كامبل:شاعرة وكاتبة قصص قصيرة، تعمل في متجر كتب أثري. هنا مجموعة مواقف ومحادثات غريبة ومجنونة، ومثيرة للفزع أحياناً، جرت في متاجر الكتب . مضحك وممتع . *اقتباسات:-هل تبيعون كتباً للقراءة؟-أوه واو هذا المتجر جميل! شكراً.-كنت في مخبز مماثل له قبل فترة قصيرة…-هل تمانع إن نمت قلي [...]

    26. It's so good finding out I'm not alone in dealing with weird customers.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 the weird customers I expe [...]

    27. Review can also be found here@ my blog My Little Corner For BooksThis 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 an [...]

    28. This book is a compilation of actual conversations between booksellers and costumers in bookshops. This book is brilliantly hilarious with funny illustrations that made this one even more entertaining.Here are some examples:COSTUMER: Do you sell ipod chargers?BOOKSELLER: NoCOSTUMER: Why?COSTUMER: Do you have any books onthe story of Easter?BOOKSELLER: I'm sure we do,yesCOSTUMER: Excellent! Something withlots of chicks and rabbitswould be great,thanks!COSTUMER(Holding up a Jamie Oliver cookbook): [...]

    29. VAROVÁNÍ: nečtěte tuhle knihu, pokud se nechcete zasmát. hodněkrát. nahlasSTOMER (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 teacherSTOMER: YesOKSELLER: So, noSTOMER: Do you have this children’s book I’ve heard about? It’s supposed to be very good. It’s called ‘Lionel Richie [...]

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