I Can’t Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue is the perfect book for anyone who has ever worked in customer service and had to deal with the general public.
It’s also for anyone who has dreamed of working in a bookshop: welcome to the reality!
People are strange and wonderful beasts. I use ‘wonderful’ in the literal sense, in that I am constantly full of wonder at the truly bizarre quirks we exhibit as a species.
Elias Greig, PhD candidate and bookshop worker, took it upon himself to study the sub-species of human which visits bookshops. Each day he would note down one particularly memorable interaction he’d had with the general public.
The results are variously hilarious, heartwarming and utterly bizarre, accompanied by very funny illustrations by Phillip Marsden.
I read this in a single day while lying on the couch recovering from illness. It was so much fun and definitely brightened up my day. If you enjoy scrolling through funny Facebook and Twitter anecdotes, you’ll love Greig’s collection of book shop anecdotes.
Here are a couple of my favourites, both kid-related.
Harried curly lady: Hi – I’m hoping you can help me – I’m after a book about toilet training, for boys, and it has to be funny.
Me: Right, we should have something… *smiles theatrically*. Follow me to one of our most popular sections!
Harried Curly: *browses through several toilet-training titles* This one looks helpful. *narrows eyes and searches cover image of triumphant toddler, chubby fist punching the air, conquered receptacle behind him* But is it funny?
Me: *thinks carefully* Well, maybe not funny… What about Pirate Potty?
Harried Curly: No, he’s frightened of pirates.
Me: *nods sagely* Fair enough. I think that’s probably our funniest toilet-training book, though. Maybe take the helpful one and see how he goes?
Harried Curly: *unequivocally, with a chopping motion of the hand for emphasis* No! It HAS to be FUNNY! He won’t do ANYTHING unless it’s funny!
Sunday, 10.50 a.m.
Wild-eyed little boy puts a book called SHARKS! on the counter.
Me: Just this one?
Shark Boy: Yes, please – it is about SHARKS and they are my favourites! *glares maniacally*
Me: *holding down laughter* Are they? What’s your favourite shark?
Shark Boy: *goes full Ahab* My favourite is MEGALODON IT IS THE BIGGEST SHARK AND NOBODY HAS EVER SEEN IT OR KNOWS WHO IT IS! *stands in staring, silent rapture as visions of this mighty fish swim before his eyes*
Me: *tears of held-in laughter*
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