The Bookshop Chronicles
Chapter 54: DCBC Community, Meet Rachelle Lee

Chapter 54: DCBC Community, Meet Rachelle Lee

November 30, 2021

One of our mantras at Daisy Chain Book Co. is "Creating a Community of Readers". I am passionate about humans connecting over books, stories, and our diverse experience with both. In today's episode, I am pleased to share a special person in our DCBC community with you. Rachelle Lee is an Electrical Engineering student and a reader of all things Fantasy and Imagination. She reads broadly, she loves movies, and she truly appreciates a fun story in any format. We have loved having her be a part of our Book Club which she calls her "favorite day of the month", and she has recently joined The Petal Club, our monthly book subscription. Rachelle's feelings about the books she reads are so contagious, and I have written down new titles she speaks about every single month!

 

The "Murder Van" meme I mentioned can be found here.

 

This episode has been brought to you by Book Clubs. Wherever you are, find other people who want to discuss books and feed your bookish delights. Reading may be a solitary activity, but discussing them is not - find your bookish community!

 

Books Discussed:

Harry Potter Series

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The Passengers

The One

Library of the Unwritten

Sharp Objects

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

The Push

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue

Percy Jackson series

The Extraordinaries

The School For Good & Evil Series

Wish You Were Here

 

Podcasts Discussed:

My Favorite Murder Podcast

 

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 53: Small Biz & Podcast Buddy, Rachel Wentworth

Chapter 53: Small Biz & Podcast Buddy, Rachel Wentworth

November 23, 2021

Books are great. Of course they are. But the business side of running a bookshop has been a wild ride, and like all businesses, we have been impacted by a pandemic in ways we couldn't have imagined.

In 2019 I was a Guest on a podcast called "Keeping Shop: A Brick and Mortar Podcast" hosted by Rachel Wentworth. We had such a fun conversation, and I decided it was time to rekindle this connection. During what Rachel calls "the before time", we talked about customer connections and serving your people well. Now that we are in a pandemic, our conversation is still about our customers, but also about how to adjust your business model to serve your people well when the world is wonkypants. Rachel and her business partner, Meredith, have adopted new ideas, re-prioritized and took some risks that are still centred on the same "why the heck not?" POV.

I hope this convo inspires you and encourages you to SUPPORT LOCAL because these small businesses are the core of a thriving community - support them to keep them.

Today's episode has been brought to you by FORTY WINKS. If you are in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area, shop for intimate wear at Forty Winks. "if you have boobs you want to put in something safe and cozy, visit Forty Winks!" (not endorsed by Forty Winks, just shared because I want to support them)

 

Books Discussed:

Disappearing Earth

Circe

Daisy Jones and the Six

 

Podcasts Discussed:

Retail For the Rest of Us

Being Boss

Here Lies Me

 

 

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 52: October Reads For November

Chapter 52: October Reads For November

November 5, 2021

Well, hello again! It's been a crazy month at the bookstore, but I am back again for another installment of "What Has Brandi Been Reading?". I read 11 books in October and I am here to break them all down for you, the hits and the misses. If you'd like to find my up-to-date reviews on the books as I go, please become a Friend on Goodreads!

 

Today's episode is brought to you by THE PETAL CLUB, a monthly book subscription through Daisy Chain Book Co. - a surprise book wrapped and delivered to you each month with a local small business bonus thrown in? Yes, please! Go to Daisy Chain Book Co. to sign up!

 

Books Discussed:

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

Flower Crowns & Fearsome Things by Amanda Lovelace

When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

 

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 51: Meet My Friend, Melissa Ahmed

Chapter 51: Meet My Friend, Melissa Ahmed

September 28, 2021

Here's what I want you to do. You trust me, right? I'm not going to ask to to dance in the street singing New Kids in The Block in your underwear, come on.

I want you to listen to this episode and then SHARE IT. This conversation with Melissa Ahmed is too good not to share. She is an avid reader, 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 a Muslim. She was homeless for a period of time in her young life, and she has always turned to books as her safe place, her refuge and ally against a hard world. Melissa and I have become friends at the bookstore and I cannot imagine the space without her. She believes strongly, loves fiercely and fights daily. I am so grateful for you, Melissa. Thank you for sharing some of your story with me and for being my Friend. xo

 

Books Discussed:

Starlight Tour: The Last Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild   by Susanne Reber

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

No Promises in the Wind  by Irene Hunt

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls   by Jessica Diarmid

Five Little Indians  by Michelle Good

 

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 50: Stories For Your Ears with Jenna Clark of Libro.fm

Chapter 50: Stories For Your Ears with Jenna Clark of Libro.fm

September 15, 2021

Daisy Chain Book Co. has had so many firsts.

Like looking back through our bookshop baby book in which we record milestones and firsts, here is one I am super proud of: in Edmonton, we were the first bookstore that partnered with Libro.fm as an audiobook provider for our Readers. From Day One I have been amazed at how this company supports independent bookstores and provides outstanding customer service, all the while making it possible for us to fit books into our very active lives.

 

Today it's my pleasure to share a conversation with Jenna Clark, a software developer with Libro.fm and avid audiobook listener. This was a fun convo, and if it doesn't make you want to sign up with Libro.fm and/or SWITCH from an ama*on's Audible subscription, then I don't know what will!

Books discussed:

The Final Girl Support Group

The Rural Diaries

Between Two Kingdoms

Finlay Donovan is Killing It

Fight Night 

 

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 49: Just Books

Chapter 49: Just Books

July 26, 2021

It's time to talk books, no bookstore or booktruck business, let's just chat about what I've been reading lately, shall we?

 

Books Discussed:

The Shadow Sister

The Plot

The Dutch Wife

All The Beautiful Lies

84, Charing Cross Rd.

Her Every Fear

Before She Knew Him

The Girl in His Shadow

The Girl With a Clock For a Heart

 

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 48: YouthWrite with Gail Sidonie Sobat

Chapter 48: YouthWrite with Gail Sidonie Sobat

July 5, 2021

Last week we were having some tech challenges, but this week we are BACK!

And what a conversation to come back with - to hear Gail Sidonie Sobat speak about her passion for young writers and reading books in a wide range of literary titles is to be inspired, encouraged and (be warned) the urge to pump your arm in the air may occur. I hear ya. Gail is celebrating YouthWrite's 25th year of preparing young aspiring writers to creatively launch their imaginations in a wild assortment of ways. I would have LOVED this as a teen, and I'm so excited to support them and shout them out to you all!

Find out all about YouthWrite here:

Website

Instagram

 

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 47:Book, Books, Books!

Chapter 47:Book, Books, Books!

June 21, 2021

As promised, this episode will not feature bookshop business, booktruck details, the entrepreneur life or any other non-bookish content you can often find on this podcast.

Today, we are only talking about books. I am sharing books I've read recently, and discuss how my reading experience is changing for this particular Summer season.

Get your note-taking, TBR-adding self ready, let's talk some books (and there are more

 in my next "nothin; but the books" episode, so stay tuned)!

Books Discussed:

Eight Perfect Murders

Every Vow You Break

Beach Read

Madam

The Soulmate Equation

Mirrorland

Malibu Rising

The Pearl

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

 

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 46: Yummy Reads with Peter Keith

Chapter 46: Yummy Reads with Peter Keith

June 16, 2021

Sometimes a book makes me hungry. Sometimes a Guest reminds me what I love about local business communities. And sometimes both of those happen at once! Today I enjoy sharing a conversation with you that I had with Peter Keith. Peter is a Red Seal Chef, an entrepreneur, a foodie, and an avid reader, so you KNOW we had lots to discuss. If you are in the Edmonton area, you absolutely MUST check out Meuwly's to satisfy your taste buds AND Support Local.

Meuwly's is also on Instagram & Facebook

The 124th Market Community is also worth looking into... trust me.

And let's not forget about The Public

 

Books Discussed:

The Dutch Wife

The Dorito Effect

The Hundred Foot Journey

Under the Tuscan Sun

 

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 45: Meet My Incredible Sales Rep, Jessica Price

Chapter 45: Meet My Incredible Sales Rep, Jessica Price

June 7, 2021

Running a bookstore means I have to wear many hats. Most people think it's all relaxing, bookish delights in the bookstore biz, and whereas that is true sometimes, there is a crazy amount of work behind the scenes to make it all flow smoothly. One of the things we rely on is getting new books from publishers that we can count on. Ordering new books for customers seems like a no-brainer, but not all book distributors or publishers are created equal, my Friend. It can sometimes be a tedious and exhausting chase for a title or a delivery ETA that is acceptable to our customers.

That is why I am so grateful to have found Jessica Price at Ampersand Inc., one of the companies that provide books and puzzles that make our readers happy. I can always count on them, and knowing that they share a close business relationship with our favorite (and incredibly reliable) book distributor, Raincoast Books, means I have even more reason to appreciate them. What does a Sales Rep do? What makes her job especially grand? Listen here to find out!

 

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 talk books, podcasting & the indie bookshop biz! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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.

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