Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, #2) by Jen Campbell

Author: Jen Campbell
Publisher: Constable
Pages: 128
Format: E-book
Published: April, 2013
Price: $ 10.07 -> Rp 125,799 (Amazon)
Rating: 3½ / 5 stars

Date started: January 27, 2015 - Date finished: January 27, 2015

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops was a Sunday Times bestseller, and could be found displayed on bookshop counters up and down the country. The response to the book from booksellers all over the world has been one of heartfelt agreement: it would appear that customers are saying bizarre things all over the place - from asking for books with photographs of Jesus in them, to hunting for the best horse owner's manual that has a detailed chapter on unicorns.
Customer: I had such a crush on Captain Hook when I was younger. Do you think this means I have unresolved issues?
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops has yet more tales from the antiquarian bookshop where Jen Campbell works, and includes a selection of 'Weird Things...' sent in from other booksellers across the world. The book is illustrated by the BAFTA winning Brothers McLeod.
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is actually the second book in the Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series (or maybe duo logy?). I believe that this is a non-fiction book that follows, well as the title said all the weird things people have said when they're in a bookstore. Although, in this book it was divided in three sections: weird things people said in bookstores, libraries, and when the author was signing her own book at a bookstore.

This book was by far my most favorite non-fiction book so far, though not all parts of the dialogues are funny some of them are just downright weird but throughout the book most of the time made me wonder and I was like "wow, some people really said these things?" because I seriously couldn't imagine people saying some of the things in this book in real life. LOL.

Here are some of the dialogues I find funny:

CUSTOMER: Where would I find a book about William Shakespeare?
BOOKSELLER: We've probably got one in our biography section. I'll have a look for you.
CUSTOMER: Wouldn't it be in fiction? I mean, he wasn't a real person or anything, right?

CUSTOMER: Do you have Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Abracadabra?

CUSTOMER: Do you have Harry Potter book seven, part two?
BOOKSELLER: Book seven, The Deathly Hallows, is just one volume.
CUSTOMER: But the movie has two parts, so there must be a second book! They don't just make movies from nothing!

These ones are funny for those of you who have read Fifty Shades of Grey. Actually there are a lot of FSOG references in this book, which made me think that it was made during the time when FSOG was like really popular. Here are some of the dialogues:

(Customer holds up Fifty Shades of Grey and shows her boyfriend)
CUSTOMER: Babe! It's the book I was telling you about! My sister reckons it's exactly like us!

CUSTOMER: I'm looking for the fourth Fifty Shades of Grey book.
BOOKSELLER: There are only three in the series.
CUSTOMER: No, there are four. I saw it in another shop yesterday. It's really big. It's called Fifty Shades Trilogy.
BOOKSELLER: ... That's the box set.

So when I was browsing Goodreads I see that some people who've read this book said that it wasn't as funny as the first book. I haven't read the first one and skipped right to the second book because I was curious about it and it didn't disappoint. I (think) I didn't miss out at all by skipping the first book because I think the readers can read it not in order because the content between the two books are different.

Also, there are some dialogues that are relatable to fellow book lovers, like:

CUSTOMER ONE (admiring a leather-bound classic): Wow, what a beautiful cover
CUSTOMER TWO (while purchasing Reflected in You by Sylvia Day): I don't buy books because they're beautiful; I buy them because they expand my knowledge.

LITTLE GIRL: I want to play hide and seek. Do you have a big book that I can hide in?
BOOKSELLER: Not a book, but we could hide behind a bookcase?
LITTLE GIRL: But ... but, mum says she likes books because you can get lost in them.
BOOKSELLER: Ah, I don't think that's quite what she meant.

But I definitely would want to read the first book also, since people said it was funnier than the second book. I laughed at some of the dialogues in the second book, maybe I'll laugh more when I read the first book.

Overall, if any of you guys are looking for a light read to spend a few free hours of your time then you should definitely pick this book up. It wouldn't take a long time to finish it at all since it is quite short in terms of pages.

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