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?
A simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese-”What is your pet peeve?” -inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore, everything from “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; from “I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter” to “Excuse me … is this book edible?”; and from “Can books conduct electricity?” to “My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?”
If we didn’t know it already, this irresistible book is proof positive that booksellers are heroes, the world over.
Cover Gushing Worthiness: I think the cover for this book is delightful. It’s quirky and cartoony in the way that I like. It really is a good reflection of the book.
Review: I first heard about the book through goodreads and then it appeared again on my wordpress reader thanks to Clair from The Captive Reader when she shared some of her favourite quotes.So this isn’t really a review for the book because I don’t think it’s the type of book you can necessarily review, but I thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes from it. Also the illustrations in this book made me laugh out loud as well. They were done with such good humour.
Customer: Where’s your true fiction section?
Customer: Do you have a copy of Nineteen Eighty-Six?
Bookseller: Nineteen Eighty-Six?
Customer: Year. Orwell
Bookseller: Oh. Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Customer: No, I’m sure it’s Nineteen Eighty-Six; I’ve always remembered because it’s the year I was born.
Now this one…I’m having a hard time getting my head around it.
Five-year-old-girl: Mommy, I could stay in here all day!
Mother: I don’t know why you read; it’ll never get you anywhere.
This was one was really sad in my opinion.
Customer:Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?
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’s awful.
Customer: I mean, it’s such a shame, you know? She was such a good writer.
This was in “The Adult Section” part of the book.
Customer: Do you have a restricted section?
I can probably go on and on about most of the quotes in this book, but I’m going to let you guys read this for yourself. If you’re interested you can check out Jen Campbell’s blog here
My Rating: 5/5
Would I recommend it? Absolutely