Review; Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell

As I've read the other books by Shaun Bythell, I couldn't resist Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops when it released last year. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A wickedly witty field guide to bookstore customers from the Person Who Doesn't Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover) to the harried Parents Secretly After Free Childcare.
It does take all kinds. If you visit bookshops more often than the grocery store, you'll recognize the types. There's the Expert (with subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).

Then there's the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lyrca Clad), the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter), and the Family Historian (generally Americans who come to Shaun's shop in Wigtown, Scotland).

Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer -- all from Shaun Bythell (author of Confessions of a Bookseller), the funniest sell-and-tell observer in the house of books.

This is the perfect read for anyone who ever felt a bookstore was home. You've been spotted! Or have you?

My Thoughts on the Book
As the other two books by the author, this one is of course centered around bookshops. It has a dry and sarcastic humour with sometimes hilarious observations of various customers. I've worked at bookshops myself and I got a good laugh at times, as some of the types were way too familiar.

It's a funny read, so feel free to read it. By the way, I wouldn't mind working in Shaun's bookshop.


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