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 was awful –
CUSTOMER: I mean, it’s such a shame, you know? She was such a good writer.
CUSTOMER: I read a book in the sixties. I don’t remember the author, or the title. But it was green, and it made me laugh. Do you know which one I mean?
CUSTOMER: Who wrote the Bible?
CUSTOMER’S FRIEND: Jesus.
CUSTOMER: I’m always on night shift at work.
BOOKSELLER (jokingly): Is that why you’re buying so many vampire novels?
CUSTOMER (seriously): You can never be too prepared.
CUSTOMER: Do you have this children’s book I’ve heard about? It’s supposed to be very good. It’s called Lionel Richie and the Wardrobe.
CUSTOMER: I don’t know why she wants it, but my wife asked for a copy of The Dinosaur Cookbook.
BOOKSELLER: The Dinah Shore Cookbook?
CUSTOMER: Do you have black and white film posters?
BOOKSELLER: Yes, we do. They’re over here.
CUSTOMER: Do you have any posters of Adolf Hitler?
CUSTOMER: Adolf Hitler.
BOOKSELLER: Well, he wasn’t a film star, was he.
CUSTOMER: Yes, he was. He was American. Jewish, I think…
BOOKSELLER: Hi there, how can I help?
CUSTOMER: Could you please explain Kindle to me.
BOOKSELLER: Sure. It’s an e-reader, which means you download books and read them on a small hand-held computer.
CUSTOMER: Oh OK, I see. So… this Kindle. Are the books on that paperback or hardback?
CUSTOMER: It makes me sad that grown up books don’t have pictures in them. You’re brought up with them when you’re younger, and then suddenly they’re all taken away.
CUSTOMER: Where are your fictional novels?
A Very Special Quote
Little girl: Books are my favourite thing.
Jen: They’re great, aren’t they?
Little girl: Yes. They make an air balloon fly inside my head, and all the animals are dancing.
This quote is from Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops Facebook Page.