This morning I finished my 24th read of 2015, #19 A book based on a true story, in the 2015 Reading Challenge: “More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops” by Jen Campbell. This is a series of apparently true comments made by customers, either to fellow customers or to booksellers in bookstores worldwide. I have absolutely no idea where I heard about this book, but I thought the premise sounded fun and quirky, so I picked up a hardly used copy on eBay.
A couple of days ago I watched a YouTube video by one of my favourite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, who was discussing the sacrilege (or lack of it) of annotating your books. I am actively opposed to this process, except in circumstances in which it is deemed necessary, such as for a literature class, but I decided this was the perfect time to go against my opinions, and annotate “More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops”.
I’m equally surprised and thrilled to say that I loved it. I now have a record of quotes I loved, and some comments on those I felt were worthy. I’m not saying that it will become common practice for me to write in my books (there’s not even the remotest chance it would happen in a first edition), but from time to time I may read a book that warrants such erratic behaviour.
My Goodreads Review
“This is a nonfiction book about, as is apparent in the title, weird things customers say in bookshops. This little book was hilarious – it actually was laugh out loud funny at some points. I wonder how the booksellers managed to keep a straight face when posed with some of these questions! Notable comments include:
Customer: “I’d like to return this ‘Where’s Wally?’ book, please.”
Customer: “Because I’ve found him.”
Customer: “Tell me, is ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ still in print?”
Bookseller: “Yes, of course.”
Customer: “I wasn’t sure if they stopped printing it, you see – surely everyone has a copy by now?”
If you’re in the mood for a quick, lighthearted read, this is perfect.”
Since I completely went outside my comfort zone by annotating this book, it’s also worth noting that I have yet to read the previous book in this series, (shocker, I know), “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops”, but fear not, I have ordered it, and I am planning on reading it in May, as a break from all the scary exam revision I’ll have to do!
#19 A book based on a true story – More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell (7/10)
Twenty-three down, twenty-seven to go. (Twenty-four read)
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