The Bookshop Chronicles
Chapter 64: Business Bar Questions Answered

Chapter 64: Business Bar Questions Answered

June 15, 2022

When you are starting out in business, there are SO many hurdles, questions, and fears. Today, I am answering three questions I get asked regularly.

1. How do I know if being in a Market is the best way to start my business?

2. What is the difference between a Hobby and a Business?

3. How do I know where to start when it comes to social media/branding and content creation?

I certainly do not have it all figured out and I mess up nearly every day, so please know that I am right in it with you, figuring it out as I go. I have, however, overcome a lot of objections, and risen to the top in areas I knew nothing about initially. Being your own Boss means you own 100% of the mistakes, and there is always so much to learn! I'm happy to share some of what I've learned with you. Please send me any questions or areas you'd like me to discuss in future Business Bar episodes. I hope this episode helps!

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks that 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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful store in High Street, and if you are in the community of Beaumont, we are opening a second store to serve your reading needs in July 2022! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

 

Chapter 63: May Reading Wrap-Up

Chapter 63: May Reading Wrap-Up

June 1, 2022

So much going on around here! Please enjoy this list of titles that I have read recently - many of them I have liked, even LOVED, and some I did not enjoy at all. Sigh. Thus is the reading life, right?

 

Books Discussed:

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance by Alison Espach

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker

The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

 

Thank you to Edmonton radio stations Cruz fm and Play 107 for the clip!

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks that 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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

 

Chapter 62: When Books Can Surprise You with Haylee Freake

Chapter 62: When Books Can Surprise You with Haylee Freake

May 6, 2022

When we started with the booktruck and then opened a brick & mortar bookstore, we hoped that we would build a community of readers. Actually, I was a little obsessed with the idea. Imagine my delight when Haylee Freake discovered our store and decided this was IT for her. She has been in our Book Club from day one, and she is also an active member of Write Night, our creative night for budding authors. Haylee dives into reading with the passion that must make her Newfoundland parents proud, since they surrounded her with books and the encouragement to read her whole life. Haylee doesn't want to know much about a book before she chooses it, she prefers to go in blind and be surprised - this trick has been very fruitful for her reading life.If you are curious about just how fantastic and well-read our community at DCBC is, take a listen to this convo with Haylee!

 

Books/Authors we discussed:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasFinlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Sarah Dessen

John Green

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

Fredrik Backman

The Maid by Nita Prose

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Far From Home by Nellie Armstrong

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Kiera Cass

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks that 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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

Chapter 61: Writing & Reading Inspiration from Stella Telleria

Chapter 61: Writing & Reading Inspiration from Stella Telleria

March 8, 2022

When you get a chance to speak with someone who is passionate about the process of writing a book and getting it into the hands of readers, you pay attention. When that same person also boldly shares her well-crafted book reviews on her very own YouTube channel, you pay extra close attention. So, basically, this episode is one you don't want to miss. Stella Telleria is a Local Author of the book Across the Wire. Her second book will be out shortly. She is actively dedicated to good books, both the reading and writing of them and if you're like me, you will want to up your reading game after hearing this discussion. This was a fun and informative conversation and I can't wait for you to listen in!

Find the link to her YouTube channel and more HERE!

 

Books We Discussed:

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

 

Writing website: Critique Circle

 

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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

 

Chapter 60: 13 Books

Chapter 60: 13 Books

February 14, 2022

It's already the middle of February and I have read 13 books for the year, so I thought I'd break them down for you and help you add a couple more to your TBR. Happy Reading!

Books Discussed:

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

The Summer Sail by Wendy Francis

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

 

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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

Chapter 59: Books Can Open Your World with Kim Tanner

Chapter 59: Books Can Open Your World with Kim Tanner

January 19, 2022

Reading may be an isolated activity, but like so many of us, we long for friendships with people that share our love of books and stories. Where do we find them? Kim Tanner is a teacher, and a dedicated reader who was determined to establish her own reading community of Kindred Spirits through #bookstagram. Kim has been a member of our Petal Club community and established a strong connection to our readers. Her desire to read widely and have solid friendships is something she has in common with SO many of us - I hope you enjoy her story and feel inspired to reach out, be your authentic self and find your people.

Today's episode is brought to you by the 2022 DCBC Reading Challenge - get out of your reading funk and join us as we cross new categories off the list and discover new writers and titles. Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co to receive your free PDF and get reading!

 

Books Discussed:

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

The Guernsey and Literary Peel Pie Society by Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Anne of Green Gables  by L.M. Montgomery

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

 

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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

Chapter 58: Having Tennessee Williams at Your Table with Beth Harding

Chapter 58: Having Tennessee Williams at Your Table with Beth Harding

January 11, 2022

We have some of the best Readers ever in our little Daisy Chain Book Co. community. Beth Harding is one of them. Beth is a testament to perseverance, grit, and passion. She and I first met when she visited the booktruck at the beginning of my travels, and we hung out, chatting and exchanging stories of service and inspiration cementing us as Kindred Spirits. Beth works as a communication manager for a non-profit, is one of our Petal Club's original members, and she is dedicated to service in parenting, business, and she's one of the all-time best huggers. She reads historical fiction for fun and non-fiction books about awareness and leadership that are actionable. 

 

So, whether you want to discuss who would sit at your imaginary ideal dinner table, or you want to talk about pursuing passions, or you want to eavesdrop on two giggly middle-aged women fangirling for an hour... feast your ears, Friends. This is the episode for you.

Today's episode is brought to you by the 2022 DCBC Reading Challenge - get out of your reading funk and join us as we cross new categories off the list and discover new writers and titles. Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co to receive your free PDF and get reading!

 

Books Discussed:

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake

Kate Morton titles

Elizabeth Hay titles

Tennessee Williams titles

My Policeman by Bethany Roberts

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

 

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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

Chapter 57: Books as a Lifeline & the Value of Community with Melissa Ahmed

Chapter 57: Books as a Lifeline & the Value of Community with Melissa Ahmed

January 2, 2022

Earlier this year, I introduced you to Melissa Ahmed. Your response to that conversation was outstanding. It was the most shared and downloaded episode of our podcast EVER, and I received the most DMs about it. Melissa's ability to say what's on her mind and on her heart in a bold, refreshing "I don't care" attitude is what we need. 

Once again, please listen to this episode and then SHARE IT. This conversation with Melissa Ahmed is too good not to share. She is an avid reader, a Muslim mother of 2 young girls, a Homeschooling teacher, and advocate for social justice, a feminist who seeks to intelligently raise the bar for women, and speaks boldly about what matters most. Melissa and I talk about the challenge to find a Bosom Friend when you are older, the reality of being understood and valued for what makes us different. She believes strongly, loves fiercely and fights daily. I am sure you will love her almost as much as I do. 

 

Today's episode is brought to you by the 2022 DCBC Reading Challenge - get out of your reading funk and join us as we cross new categories off the list and discover new writers and titles. Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co to receive your free PDF and get reading!

 

Books Discussed:

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Blubber by Judy Blume

That Was Then, This is Now  by S.E. Hinton

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Bookshop of the Brokenhearted by Robert Hillman

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Will by Will Smith

Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment

Gwendy's Button Box by Richard Chizmar

The Twenty One Rules of Love by Matthew Dicks

 

 

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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

Chapter 56: Breaking the Tape - DCBC Firsts

Chapter 56: Breaking the Tape - DCBC Firsts

December 14, 2021

At Daisy Chain Book Co., we are led by creativity, passion and curiosity. That means finding new ways to serve our reading community as we tell our own story in the marketplace. For a firstborn like myself, that means doing what no one else is doing because copying others is just not how we roll. It is not boastful or cocky to recognize areas of achievement and pat yourself on the back. I can say these things confidently because I did not do any of it alone. I have the most incredible team and the dedicated support of our online community that has cheered for us every step of the way. Thank you so much!

 

So, here are some ways we have led the way:

1. 1st booktruck in the province

2. 1st bookstore in YEG to partner with Libro.fm for audiobooks

3. 1st bookshop podcast in YEG

4. 1st bookstore in YEG to reach 10k followers on Instagram

5. 1st bookstore in YEG to launch a monthly book subscription - The Petal Club

6. 1st bookstore in YEG to get on TikTok (for better or worse)

7. created the "Booktruck Quote of the Day" - which became "Bookshop Quote of the Day" for social media

AND NOW...

8. we are the 1st bookish community in YEG to launch our own book awards - The Daisy Chain Book Awards!! Stay tuned to our social media for updates and chances to VOTE!

9. In January 2022 we are launching the DCBC Reading Challenge - you can vote from anywhere in the world for 12 fun categories that we will announce on social media and our website. Join us and vote for the Winners! #DCBCReadingChallenge

 

The booktruck was on the road for 2 years and the bookstore has only been open for 1 year. Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done! To read our Core Values, go HERE.

 

 

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks that 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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

Chapter 55: DCBC Community, Meet Karen Irwin.

Chapter 55: DCBC Community, Meet Karen Irwin.

December 7, 2021

I think I need to take a sec and brag a little on our incredible community at Daisy Chain Book Co. We are so fortunate to have gathered some of the most stimulating and diverse readers in the area. They encourage me to read outside my comfort zone, they remind me why it is so special to be a Reader, and they excite me with moments of togetherness that have been so vital during a time when the world has gotten more used to staying apart.

In the bookstore, we run Book Clubs that meet in person. The chance for humans to sit together and find commonalities while they discuss the complex story ideas in a fictional novel is a precious thing. One of the Readers who has become a valued member of our Book Club is Karen Irwin. Karen is a teacher who is fiercely dedicated to the literacy of students. She has also been a determined role model for reading to her kids, and her High School aged daughter is also a member of Book Cub on a different night! When Karen talks about books, I pay attention. I hope her suggestions of titles and passion for books inspire you.

Books Discussed:

The Weird Sisters

The Secret Garden

The Island of Sea Women

The Mountain Story

The Girls

This Little Light

The Spirits Up

The Space Between Us

The World That We Found

The Egypt Game

Black Dog, Dream Dog

Where the Red Fern Grows

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks that 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. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

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

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