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Author: James Robertson

Top Ten Binge Worthy TV Shows

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 22 May by James Robertson


If you are like me, you probably can’t watch a show without binging the entire series. The summer heat is blistering in Arizona and binge watching a stellar show is the perfect excuse to stay inside. So jump into worlds unlike your own and indulge, everyone! Looking for some guidance? Here is a list of my top ten favorite binge-worthy TV shows!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Musical Notes on 10 May by James Robertson


Over the past few years, vinyl records have made a comeback in a big, big way. More and more music enthusiasts are heading to their local record stores to discover or collect music. There are a lot of reasons why vinyl has made a resurgence in recent years, and if you are just starting to create your own vinyl collection, you’ll want to know all about how to pick and choose records – and what else you need to make them play beautiful music.

Flagstaff Vinyl 2

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The Best Star Wars Merch for Millennial Kids

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 29 Apr by James Robertson


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Star Wars: A 7.5-billion-dollar franchise. Since 1977, Star Wars has ruled the galaxy. With books, toys, novelties, video games, tv series, and of course the movies, Star Wars has inspired millions. Here is a list of some of the coolest Star Wars Merch from my childhood.

Star Wars Logo that reads "Star Wars the Best Of..." in yellow on a black background

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I’m With the Banned: Banned Musicians

Posted in Core Values, Musical Notes on 09 Apr by James Robertson


Bookmans knows the importance of fighting censorship. Taking a stand against censorship is what keeps this nation free. Got a favorite musician from the good old days? From political rallies to terribly staged photographs, you may be surprised about some of these famous banned musicians!

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Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts You May Not Know

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 26 Mar by James Robertson


You know Harry Potter. You know that we know Harry Potter. Throughout the years, the characters, stories, and magical worlds of Harry Potter have permeated nearly every facet of our culture. For all that we collectively know about the extended Harry Potter universe, there is still so much to learn – like these 10 magical facts!

Harry Potter cast with "Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts" written on it

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Treasure Hunting: An Interview with Artist Taylor Graves

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Core Values, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Mar by James Robertson


They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For local Southern Arizona artist Taylor Graves, that old saying could not be truer. With the right materials and a little imagination, a “piece of junk” becomes a work of art. Let’s get to know a bit more about one of Bookmans’ most popular local artists.

Bookmans Interviews artist Taylor Graves image of microphone interview with reporter
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American Horror Story Seasons Ranked Worst to Best

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 16 Feb by James Robertson


I love American Horror Story. This show is filled with heart-wrenching scenes of murder, love stories, dark humor, and so much more. The acting from every character is phenomenal. You can really tell each actor/actress put their all into the show. Every season of AHS is packed with hidden motifs, metaphors, and messages and that is what makes this show so fantastic. But there are some parts of each season that just did not sit well with me. Without further ado, here is my take on all the seasons of American Horror Story, ranked from worst to best.

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Indulge in the Divine: Tarot Recommendations

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Feb by James Robertson


Tarot reading has been around for centuries and from the look of it, will be around for many years to come. With thousands of tarot decks to choose from, looking for the perfect one can be a struggle that all mystics face. From color choices to the weight of the cards to illustration and design, sometimes decks just don’t feel like the right ones for you. Don’t fret – Bookmans is here to help! We offer a wide selection of decks for all experience levels. Here are my top four favorite tarot decks that I’ve encountered at my Bookmans store.

Tarot Card deck with book and two piles of cards

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How to Handle a Breakup, Bookmans-style

Posted in Bookie Blog on 05 Jan by James Robertson


No one wants to be sad during the holiday season. December, also known as Cuffing Season, may have been the perfect time to find someone to snuggle up with and not to be alone. But, as the holiday cheer wains and January moves on, you may find that it’s time to make a clean break, or worse, you may find yourself broken up with. My advice: best to get it over with before Valentine’s Day is in sight. This January, instead of sulking your way through it all, celebrate breakup month by focusing on yourself and your needs instead and get your reading on! Here are my top five Young Adult novels to get you through an awful – or maybe just awkward – break up.

Three books including John Green's An Abundance of Katherines, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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50 Creative Ways to Be Kind During the Holidays

Posted in Core Values on 19 Dec by James Robertson


‘Tis the season of giving! The holidays can be a rough time for everyone. With shopping, family gatherings, traveling, and the festivities, things can get a little crazy out there. So let’s stop for a second and think about what we can do to give back. With the right amount of care and kindness, it is so easy to turn a stranger’s day around.

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Bookmans Recommends: Nintendo Classics

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 08 Dec by James Robertson


Bookmans is obsessed with all things Nintendo. Classic games like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and the ever loved Pokemon franchise… we could talk about those for hours! Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, we are all buzzing with excitement – and a bit of nostalgia too. Every time a new console is released, our minds go straight to the memories we made playing the Nintendo games that were such a big part of our childhoods. For most of us, Nintendo games were a comfort and a friend; an escape from the long days at school or how we made and grew friendships. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to geek out and reminisce about the best of Nintendo franchises.

Nintendo Switch console with Pokemon, Yoshi, and Mario Amiibo figures. A Zelda game is shown on the Switch screen.

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Cook Your Way Through the Holidays

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 21 Nov by James Robertson


The holidays are just around the bend, and you can see signs of it everywhere. As one of the most heartfelt times of the year, it is important to have a battalion of great cooking and baking ideas ready for those last-minute party invitations. Luckily, Bookmans is here to save the day with our gigantic array of cookbooks! Here are five cookbooks to cook your way through this holiday season.

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Spread the Local Love

Posted in Community Events, Core Values, In Our Stores on 14 Nov by James Robertson


Every November, Bookmans celebrates supporting locally owned businesses with Shop Local Give Local Month. We believe independently owned businesses are the key to creating and maintaining cultural diversity. This is what makes Tucson, Arizona so unique. Our lovely city is stuffed with unique local businesses making a name for themselves, each store just as diverse as the last. We could not be more proud! Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite hard-working local businesses and share some local love.

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Five Great Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 07 Nov by James Robertson


Hey there! You probably clicked on this post because YOU are an animal lover! Well we can tell you one thing – you are in good company! Bookmans has a ginormous animal welfare family! From golden retrievers to greyhounds, we support all animal lovers! ‪November 5th through November 11th‬ is National Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week! In celebration, here are five great reasons to adopt a pet. (Cue the Sarah McLachlin song… )

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Frightful Fall: Unlucky 13th

Posted in Reel Chat on 31 Oct by James Robertson


Halloween is here and it is the perfect time of the year for old myths, legends, and scary stories. But what exactly is the story behind Friday the 13th? The answer? No one really knows.

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Tucson’s Fall Bucket List for the Family

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 26 Oct by James Robertson


Fall is an amazing time of the year! Pumpkin-flavored everything, costumes, cool weather, scarves, and leaves of many hues slowly falling off the almost-bare trees. Some say autumn is the season of love, so let’s bundle up and find out some amazing ways you too can celebrate this beautiful season with those you love the most!

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Frightful Fall | Classic Halloween Songs

Posted in Musical Notes on 19 Oct by James Robertson


Everyone celebrates Frightful Fall differently. Costumes, candy apples, trick-or-treating and fall festivals are all popular ways to show your autumn spirit. At Bookmans, we like to celebrate with the perfect Halloween playlist. With so many creepy songs to choose from, we recommend making a few different playlists in order to capture each specific spooky mood. Today, we are highlighting the classics. These songs are a must at any Frightful Fall party. Whether you will be watching horror movies or carving pumpkins this Halloween, here is a list of knock-your-socks off songs to get you in that scary spirit.


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Local Arts | Luna Gale at Saint Francis Theater

Posted in Community Events on 12 Oct by James Robertson


What does it take to raise a child? In Rebecca Gilman’s drama Luna Gale, two teenagers struggle with drug abuse while trying to raise a child. Caroline, an esteemed social worker believes she has a typical case on her hands. Stuck in the middle of this custody battle, Caroline can’t help but connect deeply with the case. On one side, she sees the love that the mother and father have for each other and their baby, but is wary of their sobriety. On the other side, she sees a grandmother filled with love and compassion, but soon realizes her main priority is to prepare for the coming rapture. Little does she know that her involvement in the case opens doors that are maybe best left untouched. Heart wrenching, gripping, and estranged, Luna Gale takes the stage at Tucson’s very own local Saint Francis theater on October 13-29, 2017. “Luna Gale is a compelling drama,” director Mark Klugheit says. “It has no villains. It has seven people, each of whom are intensely driven by what they feel is right. And when you have people who have a strong sense of what is right, there are clashes, there’s drama.”

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Frightful Fall | Top 5 Underrated Horror Movies

Posted in Reel Chat on 09 Oct by James Robertson


It’s Frightful Fall at Bookmans and we’re counting down our Top 5 favorite underrated horror films! These films were chosen for a variety of reasons, each one displays certain extraordinary qualities that set them apart from others in the horror genre. Some were executed with professional expertise utilizing cinematography, sound, special effects, lighting, direction, acting, plot development and the like in original and professional ways. Others were adapted from novels and utilized cultural and literary references to bring cannon concepts into the modern arena. While others had a stellar cast and stood out not only because the direction was spot on but the acting was as well. These films stick with us and give us what we crave from a horror film: a good scare and a lasting thrill.

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Top Five Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument

Posted in Musical Notes on 04 Oct by James Robertson


Johann Sebastian Bach once said, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Music has been around since the dawn of time. Its incredible diversity in the sounds, genres, instruments, and emotions makes music is a universal language. Well, maybe not technically a language, but people can connect in such a way that sometimes words cannot reach. So here are a list of the top five reasons why you should learn a musical instrument!

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