The Bookshop Chronicles
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.

Chapter 44: Spooky Books With Elise Eichmuller

Chapter 44: Spooky Books With Elise Eichmuller

May 26, 2021

Ok, who is a fan of thriller reads? Maybe horror reads? Possibly a serial killer book or two? You are not alone! The pandemic may be making the world extra uncertain, but the growth of true crime and thriller/horror reads has proven that we like a little thrill in our reading lives. Elise Eichmuller is a dedicate reader, and as you will discover in this conversation, she is wildly passionate about surrounding herself with as many bookish pleasures as possible. She is such a delight, and we are grateful to have her be a part of our community of readers at Daisy Chain Book Co.

Here is a list of the books discussed:

Jigsaw Man

Bunny

J.D. Barker's Four Monkeys Trilogy

My Sister, the Serial Killer

The Deep

The Bright Lands

The Chestnut Man

The Son

Lars Kepler's Joona Linna Series

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Karen Slaughter - The Grand County Series

The Relatives

A Darker Shade of Magic

What Alice Forgot

 

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.

Chapter 43: Inspiring Young Readers with Bluefish Learning

Chapter 43: Inspiring Young Readers with Bluefish Learning

May 20, 2021

Young Readers Will Change the World.

At DCBC, that is our mantra for what motivates us to provide the best selection and experience to enhance the reading life of a young reader. In today's episode, I am speaking with Tara Foxcroft and Suzy Peacocke from Bluefish Learning a passion project that aims at selecting books that will inspire readers from all levels to dive deeper into reading. Tara is a Literacy Teacher and Suzy is a retired Teacher, and both share a love of what is possible if children get hooked by reading.

We have also just launched our "World Changers Literary Society", an opportunity for kids to read more and feel that their reading is not only valuable to them and their parental units, but for each book they read and tell us about, a book will be donated to a child in Foster Care here in Edmonton. Kids helping kids read. What is better than that? Get more info about the World Changers Literary Society HERE.

 

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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