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Author: James Robertson

Books to Pair with a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted in Bookie Blog on 19 Sep by James Robertson


Fall is finally here! The weather is cooling down, stores are filled with yellow, orange, red colors, and the famous pumpkin spice latte is available at most coffee shops. However, for book nerds like us, this isn’t enough! Autumn is one of the best times to snuggle up with a good book and a nice warm drink! Here is my list of the top five books that pair well with a pumpkin spice latte.

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To Ban or Not to Ban

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 08 Sep by James Robertson


It makes me sad that, as a society, we need to have a month dedicated to recognizing the impact of ignorance on literature and education. What is worse, books are still being challenged today with bans. Like, right now. Literature has been a staple of self-expression since humans began to write. And there has always been (and probably will always be) someone who believes those words and thoughts should be locked away. With anti-censorship being one of our core values, Bookmans continues to fight for everyone’s right to read. With that, I give you five reasons why books are banned –  and four better reasons not to.

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Pokémon Games Ranked Worst to Best

Posted in Games, In Our Stores, Merchandise, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 17 Aug by James Robertson


Pokémon is one of the most iconic video games of all time. First launched in Japan in 1996, this role-playing video game quickly spread worldwide. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company made sure to include a Pokémon game for every Nintendo-based console. For 20+ years Pokémon continued to grow. Now, with 802 Pokémon and over 100 games, it’s hard to decide which ones are the best (but I’m gonna try anyway)!

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7 Genius Ways to Make Reluctant Readers Love Reading

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 07 Aug by James Robertson


It is every parent’s dream that their child will one day devour books like they do candy. Reading can be one of the most magical gifts a child can get, but in this day and age many children would rather sit at watch television or play a video game instead. So how do you encourage your child to pick up good ol’ Harry Potter and enjoy it too? First, we need to take a look at what is stopping your child from enjoying books.

Father and two children reading in a blanket fort with twinkling lights

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The Crime and Punishment of Classic Literature

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 19 Jul by James Robertson


Face it! Classic literature is intimidating. From the lengthy words to the old-fashioned ways of thinking, books written before the 21st century have this stigma of dryness and intelligence that feels beyond our own. You are not going to like every single book you read. And anyway, why should you bother with classic literature in this day and age?

Classic Literature

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Which Ninja Turtle Are You?

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 07 Jul by James Robertson


I don’t know about you, but back in the day, I was obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I say obsessed, I mean it! I watched the cartoon, owned all the movies (my favorite being the second one), wore a Michelangelo costume nearly every Halloween, and even had TMNT pajamas. The Ninja Turtle franchise has been around for decades and it is still alive and well. Just look at the new 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arriving on Nickelodeon in September of 2018! Needless to say, I am beyond excited. With all this hype, we want to know: Which Ninja Turtle personality are you?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Frame

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Lavatory Loobrary: National Bathroom Reading Month

Posted in Bookie Blog on 19 Jun by James Robertson


June is National Bathroom Reading Month. Seriously, we aren’t joking! The average person spends around 2,200 hours on the toilet in a lifetime. What you do with that time is what really matters. I mean, it is a lot of time on your hands. Put down your phone and pick up one of these books perfect for your time on the porcelain throne!

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Ten Best Book Quotes of All Time

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 07 Jun by James Robertson


Nothing is more important than your favorite book. From the characters you fall in love with to the words that continue speaking to you even after you put the book down, the right book can stay with you forever. These magical words end up taking over your life, covering your walls, captions on social media, and some permanently etched on your body. Whatever the words, they stick with you through the darkest and brightest of times. Without further adieu, here are my top ten favorite book quotes of all time!

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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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