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Review: Weird Things Costumers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell


I read this book in Dutch, which I’m really proud of as I almost never read something in Dutch apart from magazines. But anyways, Jen Campbell is a booktuber I really enjoy watching, so when I saw we had her books in the bookshop I work at. I had a few hours left of doing nothing at work, so I decided to read this book, and I loved it!

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

This book is hilarious if you work in retail. I get a lot of stupid questions on a daily basis (some people just leave their brain at home when they go shopping) and this book made me laugh so hard the entire time I read it, because it felt so close to home. Yes, the book is about the stupid things people say to bookstore employees, but if you work in retail or worked in retail, it still feels familiar. The stories aren’t long at all, most of them are just about 2 lines, which makes it a really quick and fun read.

It’s a really short book, and I finished it in 2 hours, so if you want a book to reach your reading goal for the month, this would be a very good one! I really want to get Jen’s other books, I wanted to anyways because I really like her as a person, but now I know her writing style, I really want it more.

If you are a retail worker, or want a cute little gift for someone who does, this is the perfect books!

You can buy this book here, and I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads!

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