Bookstore Blues: Fifty Shades of RAGE

One time a customer came into the store and approached me for help. I could tell right away this wasn’t going to be a pleasant exchange and he was very agitated and short with me from the beginning.

He started out by asking me where the books about Grey’s Anatomy were. I immediately thought of the TV show (because I watch too much TV) and I told him that I didn’t think that there were any books about the show. Then I asked if he meant the actual medical text “Grey’s Anatomy” and he was so mad. So I took him with me to a computer to double check.

He told me he couldn’t believe that I didn’t know what he was talking about and that it was everywhere and everyone knew about the book.  “It’s all over the TV” he said. I again asked him if he meant the show with doctors in it and he said no.

After going round and round like this for awhile he finally said “they just made a movie about it for god’s sake!”.

Then it finally clicked. I asked him if he meant Fifty Shades of Grey. Ladies and gentlemen this is the book that this rude man so desperately wanted and HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THE NAME AND COULDN’T DESCRIBE IT TO ME!

Anyways I got him the book, wished him a wonderful day and got out of there as soon as humanly possible.

*disclaimer* I have never read Fifty Shades of Grey(and I don’t intend to) so I can’t judge but REALLY DUDE?

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the Bookstore Chronicles

So I work in a bookstore and yes as you can imagine most of the time I am in heaven.

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But people are weird and sometimes customers say and do funny, silly, and down right ridiculous things! Join me as I chronicle the random things people do in bookstores.

That Time When PEOPLE LIKE TO GENDER BOOKS

So this is something that drives me crazy and unfortunately happens all the time. People ask me for book recommendations all the time, which is great, yay for reading. However, particularly with books for kids, tweens and teens some people get really stuck on whether it’s a ‘girl book‘ or a ‘boy book‘. This infuriates me to say the least, I firmly believe that every book is accessible and enjoyable to people of any gender you can think of and any and every age. When people are trying to pigeonhole kids at such an early age only exposing them to a specific type of book, then they are limiting them.

It’s a different story if for example a girl loves books about princesses, that is so awesome princesses are great and I can definitely help you find books with princesses in them. But when people say to me “this book isn’t ‘girly enough’ are you sure it’s for a girl?”. Well just because the cover isn’t pink doesn’t mean there isn’t a kick-ass princess story waiting to be read.

Then we have the people who are shopping for someone and know nothing about what they like to read. They tell me the age range and ask for suggestions. Why are you so affronted by my recommendation of the Lightning Thief for a girl? It is one of the most popular series and people off all ages enjoy them. Then when I recommend a book with a female protagonist for a boy the shock in their eyes, as if how could a male human being read about a female human being? How can a boy relate in any way to a girl?

IT’S MADNESS I TELL YOU

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A book is a book and there should be no limitation to who should read what, be free my lovelies and READ ALL THE THINGS YOUR HEARTS DESIRE

*rant over*