This week in books

This Week In Books (September 21st 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, Jen Campbell


This Sunday Times Bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments:
‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’

A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.

From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to’Excuse me… is this book edible?’

This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.

I cheated. I was supposed to read Jenny Lawson’s good looking book, but then my birthday happened and I received brilliant gifts, including Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. Between two fights with the post office, I just had to grab this book and get a good laugh. Some people should not be allowed in bookstores.

≈ Now ≈ Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

lets pretend

Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend never happened—are in fact the ones that define us. In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include: “Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.

I am only a few chapters in, so I can’t really say much, but I am not as convinced by this book as I was by Furiously Happy.

∨ Next ∨ Manipulated Lives, H.A Leuschel


Five stories – Five Lives.
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

I really like the sound of this book. I will try and catch up with the three reviews waiting to be written before picking it, so I better get to work.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading

22 thoughts on “This Week In Books (September 21st 2016)”

    1. When I read the blurb for Manipulated Lives, I knew I had to get it! 🙂
      The kind of things people say in bookstores is crazy, the book made for an easy and light read, it was just what I needed! Thank you for the link, I’ll check your post now! 🙂


  1. Wow, all three of these books seem so interesting! Especially the bookshops one! 🙂
    Will defo wait for your reviews on these to find out more.

    I am currently reading Book 5 in a steampunk series of ‘The Great Iron War’ by Dean F Wilson. I’ve been on a journey with these books for a couple of years and it’s still not getting old for me.

    Happy reading!


    1. Oh no! You ended up in spam, Claire! It’s happening a lot these days!
      I was shocked by a few stories, which added to the hilarity. I just can’t believe such people exist. I really had a good time reading it 🙂
      As usual, thank you for the link! I’m heading to your post now.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Okay, someone asked me what books I wanted for my birthday and Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops just made it to that list :D. I hope the Jenny Lawson book gets better for ya!


  3. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops sounds like a must! I really should write Weird Things Prisoner’s Say in Prison Libraries…but I’m not sure the world is ready for that LOL!!!


    1. Retail was my world every weekend and holidays for two years, people wouldn’t believe some of the things we can hear! 😀 The book was brilliant, the only flaw is that it’s too short!


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