I'm author who just fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening a bookstore (during a pandemic). AMA (Happy indie bookstore day!)
Today it's National Independent Bookstore Day and the culminations of the craziest year of my life...because my wife and I began the process of opening a bookstore in January 2020, which we basically put most of our savings into. By March, it was sort of like that Arrested Development Meme: "I've made a huge mistake."
Anyway, we got through it and now The Painted Porch is now open on Main Street in historic Bastrop, Texas. I'd love to recommend any books, or answer questions for anyone who has had this same insane dream. I love books, they're not just what I do (my name is Ryan Holiday) but what I think about all the time. So it's pretty awesome to be able to sell them in this 140 year old building that's survived fires and pandemics (including the 1918 on), wars and god knows what else...mostly I just think bookstores make the world better.
Also here's a Texas Monthly piece about our crazy journey: https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/opening-small-town-bookstore-pandemic-craziest-thing-we-ever-did/
Update: 14 hours in, I am about to fall asleep, but I'll keep answering for a bit longer and pick up again in the morning. Please follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/paintedporchbookshop/ or come visit the store. I also do monthly book recommendations at http://www.ryanholiday.net/reading-newsletter
Update: Back answering...