Bookie Blog

15 Aug

The Art of Adaptation

What does it take for a movie to be considered a good adaptation?  Is it how faithfully it follows its source material? Is how close it can keep the initial vision of its creator intact while keeping the story both new and exciting? Or can it be something completely different? Can it in a way be a bridge for a new generation of artists to have the room and freedom to express themselves and update the story for a new audience? Let’s examine the art of adaptation through the lens of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

07 Aug

7 Genius Ways to Make Reluctant Readers Love Reading

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

19 Jul

The Crime and Punishment of Classic Literature

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

16 Jul

The Superstitions Surrounding Friday the 13th

Everyone knows that Friday the 13th is an especially unlucky day in Western culture, but how did it come to be this way? There are tons of superstitious myths about what causes bad luck, and Friday the 13th is some kind of special magnet to that bad luck energy, and many people take precautions to avoid it. An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S are affected by a fear of this day, called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Some people so fear the bad luck caused on this day that they avoid their normal routines.

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07 Jul

Which Ninja Turtle Are You?

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

05 Jul

Winnie the Pooh Quotes That Will Make Your Heart Melt

Winnie the Pooh is more than just a honey lovin’ bear. Pooh has been around since 1926 and has stolen hearts all over the world. What people love most about Pooh are his loyalty and fun-loving spirit. There’s also his adventures with his pals Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo, adventures that millions around the world grew up with. There’s something magical about Winnie the Pooh that sticks with you, and here are some of the most heart-melting quotes from these iconic characters.

NEW ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, 1988-91, © Walt Disney / Courtesy: Everett Collection                                          © Walt Disney / Courtesy: Everett Collection

19 Jun

Lavatory Loobrary: National Bathroom Reading Month

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!

07 Jun

Ten Best Book Quotes of All Time

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!

30 May

Exploring Mythical Creatures

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is only a drop in the bucket of mythological and magical creatures. Just like Newt Scamander, I am fascinated by the wide variety and cultures and stories of these creatures. But mermaids, unicorns, and dragons are everywhere in pop culture. I want to expand my horizons and look into some lesser-known mythological creatures. Luckily, I work in a bookstore. I get to explore my wildest daydreams every single day (and you’re welcome to join me)! Here are some of the interesting creatures I discovered lurking in the lesser-known areas of mythology.

22 May

The Great American Read: The Search for America’s Favorite Book

When it comes to books, there’s no harm in playing favorites, right? We all have a list of books that loom large in our hearts, but can one book be America’s favorite? That’s exactly what PBS aims to find out with The Great American Read!

08 May

Comics to Read Before Deadpool 2

If you haven’t seen someone cosplay as him or a trailer or, hell, pretty much anything else you can put a character on, you may want to check your surroundings. You either live under a rock or lead a miserable, cold, dark shell of an existence that is Deadpool-less. Seriously, he deserves your attention, maybe now more than ever. Deadpool 2 is already on its way to a theater near you, but before you grab your refillable popcorn bucket and head off, you should consider reading these comics to prepare yourself for all the awesome to come.

Deadpool 2 Movie PosterDeadpool 2, Marvel/20th Century Fox

23 Apr

Weird Facts About Superman for His 80th Anniversary

The man of steel just turned 80 on April 18th and he still looks like a spring chicken. I don’t know what his secret is but clearly, he is doing something right. The man looks like he’s still in his 30’s! With 80 years under his belt, he’s had some pretty amazing adventures and story arcs. I know everyone likes to focus on the awesome moments. But with 80 years also comes some questionable moments and powers. Oh, the strange powers that have come up over the years… My point is that Superman is super weird. Here are some weird facts about everyone’s favorite last son of Krypton.

Superman panel in a DC Comics comic book

26 Mar

Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts You May Not Know

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

07 Mar

Nostalgic Books From My Childhood

There are books from my childhood that still give me a warm feeling inside when I think about them. I remember being so excited about reading them again and again. They weren’t complex really at all, they were simple books, but there was something about these books that helped me discover a love of reading. Back then I wasn’t a huge fan of reading mainly because it seemed more like a task. If anyone remembers AR (Accelerated Reading) then you’ll know that you had to read a certain amount of books based on your reading skill level and take tests to earn points. That seemed like work to me. However, the books I’m about to get all nostalgic on gave me genuine joy. Considering this was 15+ years ago, they clearly made an impression on me. Here’s my list of the top children’s books from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

dinosaurs before dark book cover

10 Feb

Harry Potter, Thank You for All the Years of Magic!

For me and a lot of others my age, reading the Harry Potter series produced a lot of emotion and laughter. It also taught an entire generation valuable lessons while stimulating our imaginations. It helped me discover what a true reading adventure was. At a time when Harry Potter was monumental to me, I remember the excitement of each book being released and begging my grandfather to wait in line with me and the other Harry Potter fans to snag a copy. Deep down, I know he was a Potter fan too. Aren’t we all?

Harry Potter book and DVD collection with a black background

I loved having my Grandfather with me each time a new Harry Potter book reached my hands. I also loved the nights spent reading with me and my cousins, everyone excited to turn the page. One of my favorite HP memories was reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with my entire class. I remember we had convinced our teacher to let us have a Hogwarts’ feast. The class made and drank butterbeer and played games. That memory will stay with me for a very long time! After we finished each chapter, we would talk about it, and, perhaps more importantly, the meaning behind it.

Harry Potter was the first book to show me the magic of reading. It also helped me learn that some of the most important lessons we learn come from literature. As we celebrate Love of Reading Month at Bookmans, I’m celebrating by re-reading Harry Potter, my all time favorite series.

Thank you, Harry Potter, for all the years of magic! J.K. Rowling, you’re a true wizard!

If you are looking to add a little magic to your life, I recommend heading over to your local Bookmans and scooping up all the Harry Potter books you can hold!

05 Feb

My Bromance with Andre Norton’s “Outside”

February may be our Love of Reading month, but face it, who doesn’t love books ALL the time? Everything from the cover art, to the feel of holding the book in your hands, to turning that page. Nothing truly compares to or has the smell of a book. This is the true story of a sometimes book collector.

Book cover of Andre Norton's Outside

25 Jan

A Murderino’s True Crime Reading List

Held a place in your heart for true crime stories for decades or new to the scene? There is certainly something undeniably fascinating about every aspect of this macabre world of storytelling. It’s hard to keep true crime books on our shelves these days, and everyone seems to have a story to tell in one form or another. From tales of survival to unsolved murders, two women blend their enthusiasm for true crime into one killer podcast. Best of all, their accompanying reading list is just as incredible as their show.

12 Jan

Books to Read Before They Become Movies

So many books have seen a transformation into a film adaptation, from The Lord of the Rings to The Great Gatsby to Captain Underpants. For all the ones that you know of, there are hundreds more you may not know about. SURPRISE! (or not) – 2018 is full of popular book-to-film adaptations. And the best way to prepare for any and all of these movies is to submerge yourself in the books before you catch the films. Here are a few of 2018’s must-read books to devour before they hit the big screen!

ready player one book cover

08 Jan

5 Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

This year, forget all of the latest diet trends and save yourself from the worries of detoxing. Instead, make resolutions easy on yourself by making book-related goals! Here are some ideas on how to tackle that bookish list of to-dos and resolutions that will make your new year of reading your personal best.

Book store shelves with blog title 5 New Years Resolutions for Book Nerds

05 Jan

How to Handle a Breakup, Bookmans-style

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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