Sarah’s Bookshelves Live

Hosted BySarah Dickinson

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live is a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, Sarah of the blog Sarah’s Bookshelves will talk with her guest about:


I’m getting real about all things books and serving you up a bit of snark on the side.

Ep. 28: Annie Jones (Owner of The Bookshelf, Thomasville & Co-Host of From the Front Porch Podcast)

In Episode 28, Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA and Co-Host of the From the Front Porch podcast, joins me to talk about owning a bookstore…and answer listener questions! Plus, bonus new release recommendations! 

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  • Annie’s business strategy to grow The Bookshelf.
  • The original mission of the From the Front Porch podcast that was never filled.
  • Where Annie spends most of her time as a bookstore owner (rather than a bookseller).
  • Annie’s best advice for small business owners.
  • What would surprise people about owning a bookstore.
  • How Annie and her staff select what books to buy for the store…and The Bookshelf’s “store reading taste.”
  • The “Annie” and “Thomasville” Reading Taste Venn Diagram.
  • The book that’s selling like hotcakes that Annie is surprised to see sell like hotcakes.
  • How books make it onto the front tables at certain bookstores (and how this works at The Bookshelf).
  • What happened when Annie set a goal to read 100 books in one year.
  • Annie’s favorite news sources.
  • Bonus upcoming releases Annie is excited about.
  • How Annie decides which ARC’s to read.
  • Annie’s advice for where to start with Jane Austen.

Annie’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

Three NEW RELEASES She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Annie

Website | Instagram | Twitter

Annie B. Jones owns The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in downtown Thomasville, Georgia, where she and her husband Jordan have lived since 2013. A Tallahassee, Florida, native, Annie graduated summa cum laude with her degree in journalism from the Great Books Honors College at  Faulkner University before becoming a writer and editor for The Florida Bar News and Journal.

In 2012, she began living her Kathleen Kelly-dream as the manager of The Bookshelf in Tallahassee, and in 2013, she took over operations of the flagship store in Thomasville. Annie was featured as one of Southern Living magazine’s 50 innovators changing the South; The Bookshelf was listed in the top ten of the 2016 Independent Small Business of the Year Awards, and in 2017, it was named Small Business of the Year by the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce.

Annie currently co-hosts From the Front Porch, a weekly podcast about books, small business, and life in the South.

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