Bookshops are wonderful places. Obviously, they’re full of books, which is enough to make them wonderful, but they’re also full of interesting people who love books. Our kind of people, in other words. And it’s always fun to eavesdrop on those people.
Standing outside my local bookshop . Overheard a pearl of wisdom. 'It's not a shop. It's the door to a thousand new worlds.' We just have to open the doors. pic.twitter.com/ENkRyWBrm7
— Matt Johnson (@Matt_Johnson_UK) March 31, 2018
Kudos to the person who thought of this response immediately and not in the shower the next day.
Overheard in bookshop: "Do you have a book about Pavlov's dog and Schrodinger's cat?" "It rings a bell, but I'm not sure if it's here."
— Captain ACAB, BA* (@TheGrimRecapper) March 29, 2017
I can see how this would get heated.
Just overheard furious argument in Totnes bookshop over philosophical implications of this notice pic.twitter.com/MrvDtaSGnA
— MrsMills (@MrsMillsST) August 31, 2013
When asking for recommendations, specificity is key.
*Overheard in a small bookshop*
CUSTOMER: Do you have any books that take place in Europe?
CLERK: Um…Europe? Like, anywhere in Europe?
CUSTOMER: Yeah, like Italy. Or France.
CLERK: Yeah…sure. Historical or contemporary?
— William Gerrard (@Bill_Gerrard) December 22, 2019
Like this would stop us…
Overheard in @DCist outside ECB:
“Let’s go in and look around.”
“You have like a thousand books at home that you haven’t read!”
“I don’t want to read, I just want to shop for books!”https://t.co/4n925D7bsV
— East City Bookshop (@eastcitybooks) August 31, 2019
No, no it’s not.
Overheard at @eastcitybooks: "You have lots of books at home; we're not going to buy any more right now." Is that… is that how this works?
— Claire Handscombe (@bookishclaire) October 21, 2017
Although I can see how it would be confusing…
Overheard in bookshop: Little boy: "Daddy, you always say we've got enough toys, well don't you have enough books?"
— Neuroskeptic (@Neuro_Skeptic) March 29, 2014
This person has their priorities right. But I hope they got cake too.
Overheard in our bookshop "I stopped in West Dulwich to buy cake & have ended up with books" That's our customers
— Dulwich Books (@DulwichBooks) March 26, 2014
I want to live in this bookstore. Overheard in the aisles: “buying a book is just the expensive way of adding it to my “want to read” list” lol. So accurate… pic.twitter.com/t1givOVJSx
— Meredith Mapes (@alaskandoggirl) September 25, 2019
So young, so much still to learn…
Just overheard outside the store, two boys walking by with their skateboards:
"Dude, I didn't know a bookstore could be so fuckin popular, man."
— City Lights Books (@CityLightsBooks) July 16, 2019
Unsure what to buy for someone else? Just get them all the words. They can make their own book.
Overheard two teenagers in Waterstones arguing about what to get their dad for Christmas. Neither of them had a clue so they ended up buying him a dictionary
— Amelia Dimoldenberg (@ameliadimz) December 19, 2017
Parenting done right.
Overheard a customer speaking to her daughter:
“We’re not going to go book crazy today… just moderately nuts”
— East City Bookshop (@eastcitybooks) August 25, 2019
This is how you warm an author’s heart.
Exciting first-time author moment: in a little independent bookshop, I overheard some unsuspecting customer ordering my book. An odd coincidence, but a welcome confidence boost!
— Eleanor Parker (@ClerkofOxford) December 14, 2019
Yep yep yep.
'Bookshops always smell so good' overheard this morning…and thoroughly agreed with.
— David Burbidge (@burb58) December 3, 2019
We believe in you too, Eric!
While browsing the YA section in this bookshop, I muttered “soon” while thinking of my book.
Shout out to the dude in back of me who overheard and said “you’ll get there one day man!”
May you all have the confidence of a random kind bro who fist bumps your waking daydreams.
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) September 9, 2019
Where do you stand on this hot-button issue?
Overheard at bookshop: booksellers intently debating whether HOW TO SPEAK KLINGON should be shelved in sci-fi or foreign languages section.
— Molly O'Neill (@molly_oneill) June 29, 2013
Yep, we’re old.
— Broadhursts Bookshop (@BroadhurstBooks) September 10, 2018
It’s definitely this simple.
overheard in bookstore: "if only I had a moleskin, I would write a novel."
— Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy) July 6, 2019
I mean…fair point?
Overheard from passersby:
Person 1: "What is that shop there?"
Person 2: "A bookshop"
P1: "What do they sell?"
P1: "What… *just* books?"
P2: "Yeah, just books"
P1: "Do they sell ice-cream?"
P1: "Bit stupid in the summer not to"#BookshopLife
— Broadhursts Bookshop (@BroadhurstBooks) August 12, 2019
Ah, yes, don’t we all…
Overheard in the bookstore "I just want bookstore giftcards forever."
— Belmont Books (@belmontbooks) December 28, 2019
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