The Booktruck Chronicles
Chapter 29: Comfort Reads & TBR Piles

Chapter 29: Comfort Reads & TBR Piles

August 31, 2020

Hey, YOU! Today I am back with another bookish episode, and it's ALL about the books! No Business talk this time. I have been getting so many email & DM questions about the right book for the right mood, how to work through your To Be Read pile and so many more... today I am tackling a few of your questions and then sharing what books I have been reading lately. Keep in mind that I am not only going to share books with you that I want you to buy - my goal is to provide honest opinions about the books I've read, not sugar-coat them to make you spend your money. As a bookseller, I have to be honest or my opinions aren't worth trusting, right? Get out your pen and paper so you can write some of these titles down!

Books I Have Read Recently:

The Forgetting Time

The Almost Sisters

Mr. Mercedes

The Return (Released on Sept 29, 2020)

The History of Bees

The Dilemma

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Let's talk! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Chapter 28: Let’s Talk Business, Because YOU Asked

Chapter 28: Let’s Talk Business, Because YOU Asked

August 17, 2020

OK, so I missed posting an episode last week.

I know you can forgive me because well, life happens. As posts about my bookshop on wheels are being shared widely on social media, there has been a significant increase in the number of requests I receive about duplicating my business idea. So, as much as I feel like it is similar to the last episode's rant about Copycats and pursuing a unique and personal business model, this is clearly what y'all are wanting to hear so I will respond accordingly.

Here are answers to the top questions I have been asked recently about booktruck life and the business of running a mobile retail company. I want to hear what you think so please leave comments, questions, and feedback so I can help you in your pursuit of the ideal business idea. I am by NO means an expert in this field, just someone who is figuring it out as I stumble along and I'm happy to share my journey with you.

Next week we'll talk about books, I promise!!

 

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Online calendar of upcoming booktruck events and an online database of all our marvelous books at Daisy Chain Book Co.

Chapter 27: Business Bar Rant About Social Media, Copycats & CDB

Chapter 27: Business Bar Rant About Social Media, Copycats & CDB

August 3, 2020

As much as I love talking about the books, there is so much behind-the-scenes about the business of bookselling that I want to talk about today. I get so many emails and in-person questions about booktruck life, and there are a ridiculous amount of uninformed opinions or assumptions about what I do, so I thought I would tackle a few of them here. Last episode, I ranted. This time - I do so again. Straight talk, unedited, from me to you. 

I discuss the valuable impact of the right photos and being vulnerable in social media, the realities of the Cost of Doing Business (CDB), my intense dislike for Copycats and focusing on WHO you are serving in your business.

So many people are just too nice to be honest about this stuff, or they don't know how to answer the questions, but you know by now that with me you will get the truth as I see it every time. Enjoy!

 

Keeping Shop Podcast: The Impact of  Powerful Customer Experience

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

 

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Chapter 26: Body Shaming Rant & a Fun Convo with Carrie Thunder

Chapter 26: Body Shaming Rant & a Fun Convo with Carrie Thunder

July 20, 2020

So, if you know me at all, you know that sometimes I go off on a topic, unhinged and passionate... I did that today. I have some very strong opinions about body image and the language we use to talk about how we look or how we think someone else SHOULD look. Daisy Chain Book Co. was featured in a very fun video created by the talented Brandon Mattice and as I watched myself in this video, I had some thoughts. Since we're friends, I thought I'd share them with you here. 

Awhile ago, I recorded a fun Rapid Fire 30 with Carrie Thunder, a neighbor, fellow Book Club member and friend. She is an inspired Reader and I couldn't wait to share her with you! You're welcome. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Online calendar of upcoming booktruck events and an online database of all our marvelous books at Daisy Chain Book Co.

Chapter 25: The Sweet Life with Colleen Heidecker

Chapter 25: The Sweet Life with Colleen Heidecker

July 13, 2020

I am so incredibly blessed to have discovered such inspirational and dynamic women entrepreneurs on my Booktruck journey. One of this women is Colleen Heidecker, of Colleen's Chocolates. If you have been around Edmonton for the last couple of years and discovered her amazing chocolate delights at any of the locations lucky enough to sell them, then you KNOW. She is not just a chocolate master - there is far more to this sweet lady than just chocolate. In today's episode, Colleen shares with us her fascination for all things food, the sustainability and wonder of organic, homegrown tastes from all around the world. She is also a huge reader, so you know we talked books - get a pen and paper and write down the titles from her Rapid Fire 30!

 

AND, in this episode, I announce some pretty big news for Daisy Chain Book Co. I am over the moon, but you can find out more on my social media and website... and sign up for our emails to get all the deets on upcoming info you don't want to miss!

Find out more about Colleen on Instagram, Facebook and her website!

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Chapter 24: Just Brandi

Chapter 24: Just Brandi

June 29, 2020

Hey there!

I find that this COVID time for me is all about lists: the lists of things I want to get done, the lists of things I have to get done and the list of things I have not finished... I'll give you one second to guess which one of these lists I have excelled at.      Uh-huh.   There are days I am successful and many that I am not. I know I am not alone in this, and let's face it - I can't blame all of this on CV19. This is just my life.

Today I am sharing the list of books I stopped reading for whatever reason, the couple books I have read recently that hit the mark and a few things I have noticed about Booktruck Life lately. There is so much going on that I have NOT said, and I will touch on those things in future chapters but like all books, this one is told one chapter at a time and it is a beautiful thing to keep this audio chronicle of my journey as a booktruck owner and Reader.

Books Discussed:

The World According to Garp

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Beautiful and Damned

The Invisible Man

Prodigal Summer

The Great Alone

The Nickel Boys

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Online calendar of upcoming booktruck events and an online database of all our marvelous books at Daisy Chain Book Co.

 

Chapter 23: Friends, Meet Kelly Buckley

Chapter 23: Friends, Meet Kelly Buckley

June 15, 2020

Where to begin? First of all, let me just say that the Booktruck world right now is SUPER crazy. There is so much going on and plates are spinning all over the place! Amidst all that is happening, and other things I cannot share with you just yet (wink-wink), it is so nice to take a deep breath and spend time here with you on the podcast for a brief moment because I love this podcast community and it is one of my fave things to prepare and record these chapters of this Booktruck story for you.

Today I am beyond thrilled to share with you a conversation I had with Kelly Buckley, a reader I met while delivering books and we just began talking and talking and I knew right away I had made a friend. Isn't it wonderful when that happens? So, naturally, I wanted to share her with you because I don't believe in keeping beautiful and inspiring things all to myself... Kelly is a Social Worker, a Reader, a Traveler and so much MORE! Enjoy her Reader Rapid Fire 30.

In this chapter, I mention that I want to include audio clips from YOU in an upcoming episode about Literary Comfort Food - share with me one or two of your most comforting titles in a brief audio clip recorded on your phone and email it to brandi@daisychainbook.co or record an audio text message and text it to 780-977-4210 because I would love to share you and your bibliotherapy suggestions with everyone.

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Chapter 22: Musical Storytelling with Kerri Brigden

Chapter 22: Musical Storytelling with Kerri Brigden

June 8, 2020

Friends, it's raining here. Raining HARD. All I want to do is hunker down with a good book and a hot cup of tea! On days like this I am grateful for the comforts of home, and editing this podcast was such a fun process to do while I listen to my girls laughing and reach down to scratch Mr. Benson as he lays at my feet. Today I am sharing with you a convo I had with Kerri Brigden, a young woman I have known for awhile and had the pleasure of watching her grow into a stellar woman, wife and mother. She is incredibly talented musically as well, and it was the most natural decision in the world to approach Kerri and ask her to create a song for this podcast. Many have asked me about who the voice is behind the song, so here she is! Enjoy my discussion with Kerri.

And today in The Business Bar I am talking about what it means to pivot as a mobile retail business in a world that demands something different than you had intended. Be ready to try new things, people! Your audience demands it.

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Chapter 21: A Storytelling Beekeeper - Janelle Dudzic

Chapter 21: A Storytelling Beekeeper - Janelle Dudzic

June 1, 2020

Today's episode is a mixture of silly and motivational.

Last week, I introduced you to the segment of the podcast I am calling the Reader Rapid-Fire 30. 30 questions about your fave books, details about your reading life and a sneak peek into the fabulousness of people I meet on my booktruck journey. Today I am sharing the raw, unedited piece that my daughters and I recorded about MY Rapid-Fire 30. There are some giggles, some accents and maybe one or two whoops moments. I hope you enjoy it!

The motivational part is entirely due to my Guest, Janelle Dudzic, a local entrepreneur, photographer, urban beekeeper and education enthusiast. Her talent for visual storytelling is evident if you check out her wedding photographs online, and we talk about how her desire for photography was born and how she is incorporating it into her other shared interests. Janelle is proof that you can be good at so many things, so you don't have to only do one thing. She wears many creative hats and at such a young age, she inspires others to chase their dreams and be constantly striving to learn more along the way. I also admire how honest Janelle is about her reading life and yes, even admitting that Harry Potter is used to put her to sleep at night... enjoy our convo!

Connect with Janelle on Instagram, Facebook and her website: Janelle Dudzic Photography

Books discussed:

You are a Badass

Harry Potter

Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Never Split the Difference

Emotional Intelligence

Cell

The Stand

Master of the Game

Swimming Lessons

 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Online calendar of upcoming booktruck events and an online database of all our books at Daisy Chain Book Co.

Chapter 20: Friends, Meet Hannah Morpurgo

Chapter 20: Friends, Meet Hannah Morpurgo

May 25, 2020

Apparently, as the pace of life has become very different lately, so is my podcast scheduling! After a couple weeks away, it is so good to talk with you again.

Today it is my profound pleasure to introduce you to Hannah Morpurgo. She is an avid booklover, a dedicated English Major training to become a High School music teacher, a young woman likely to say the funniest thing at the drop of a hat and my firstborn daughter. As the newest member of the Daisy Chain Book Co. team, Hannah is doing everything from inventory management, bookselling and now being a podcast Guest. I am beyond thrilled to share her with you!

We are starting something new, I'm calling it the Reader Rapid-Fire 30. 30 questions I came up with about your reading life, books that have made an impact on you and quirky details about your habits, bookshelves and favourites. Each Guest will be asked the same 30 questions, and it's just a fun and casual way to get to know each other and dive into what we are really curious about: their bookish picks. So today, we are kicking it off with Hannah's Rapid-Fire 30.

Enjoy!

Books mentioned:

All Adults Here

The One

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

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Online calendar of upcoming booktruck events and an online database of all our books at Daisy Chain Book Co.

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