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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

25 Nov

Bookmans Recommends Holiday Cookbooks for Vegans!

‘Tis the season to eat literally all the food. And, you know, spending time with family… but also FOOD! Here at Bookmans we love books, so much so that the word book is right there in the name. But we also love cooking, and what better way to stretch our culinary muscles than by opting for a vegan recipe or two? For some, a vegan diet is a necessity. For others, it’s a way to stay healthy. No matter how or why you go vegan, throwing in a few vegan dishes throughout the week provides adds diversity to everyday cooking. Whatever the reason you are eating vegan, Bookmans has a plethora of colorful vegan cookbooks and culinary how to’s sure to impress this holiday season.

21 Nov

Cook Your Way Through the Holidays

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.

15 Nov

Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptions Coming 2018

Some of the most successful films in history – we’re talking Harry PotterThe Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games – were based on books. These films bound for 2018 are no exceptions. Which book adaptations do we think are going to be box office gold in 2018? If you go by the most anticipated book-to-movie adaptions coming in 2018, it will be: 50 Shades Freed by E.L. James, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engleand Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

05 Oct

Messing with the Bull | The Legacy of Ferdinand

By Samantha Verini, Editorial Intern for Worlds of Words

You would be hard-pressed to find a home in America without a copy of The Story of Ferdinand, but you might still be surprised by the full story of our beloved bull. It turns out that Ferdinand survived more than just the bullring; from his creation in 1936, Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s most cherished character appeared as a controversial symbol during the Spanish Civil War and World War II before appearing across the media as an icon for peace.

29 Sep

Banned Books Week | Counter Culture Lit

Bookmans is known for having those hard to find treasures in all our departments. This is especially true for our book department, where we frequently have unique titles, quirky subject matter and interesting artwork. This week is no exception. In honor of Banned Books Week, we are thrilled to feature some controversial, extremely rare, counter culture titles. These works were groundbreaking and highly controversial for their time. Many are still hotly debated and some are even reviled. Today, we highlight three of our favorite rare esoteric counter culture works.

27 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Reiki Readings

Bookmans is a wonderland of books, music, movies and media. So, it isn’t surprising that there are certain sections in our stores that some folks have yet discovered. Today, we focus on our New Age book section. More specifically, we’re delving into the art of Reiki. Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that therapists can channel healing energy into the patient by means of touch. This form of natural healing is very spiritual (yet has no religious attachments) and has been known to help physical pain, insomnia, stress reduction, depression, and much more. This control of healing energy can also be used in daily activities. Some use the technique while gardening, cooking, during pregnancy, studying, and even with electronics. Reiki functions on a physical, mental, and emotional level. It is an unlimited form of spiritual healing energy. This healing energy is passed through gentle static light pressure touch and has also been known to work over long distances. It’s all about sending those good vibes!


26 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Levar Burton Reads for YOU

By Guest Blogger, C’loni Bailey, Bookmans Enthusiast and Cosplay Connoisseur.

Reading Rainbow was a staple of the American childhood during the ’80s and ’90s. Levar Burton was the face, the voice, and the personality that made reading not only fun but magical. For over twenty years, Levar Burton brought the magic of reading straight into people’s homes via the half-hour television show. Now, those same children who grew up watching Reading Rainbow get the chance to experience that magic again with Levar Burton Reads, a new podcast in which the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor reads his favorite works of short fiction.

21 Sep

The Benefits of Reading For Adults and Children

September is here which means Banned Books Month is here! Every September, Bookmans proudly celebrates literature that has been banned or challenged in schools, libraries or any public spaces. Censorship is so widespread, it’s even likely that some of your favorite children’s books were once banned. Bookmans stores across Arizona are hosting a plethora of events this month for literary geeks out who are proud to read. To get you started on the right path, we are highlighting all the wonderful benefits of reading for both adults and young children. Reading not only builds intelligence, but it also improves countless other aspects of our lives. Let’s get started!

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20 Sep

Get Crafty | Bookmans Recommends Geeky Projects

As you may have heard, Winter is coming. This means many different things around Arizona, from snow-covered streets in Flagstaff to perfect hiking climes in Tucson. No matter what your fave cool-weather activity might be, we recommend that you throw crafting into the rotation. Whether you’re a geek or not, you can be sure to find something to satisfy your creative side at your local Bookmans. Also, be sure to check our event calendar for creative and crafty gatherings across the state. When it comes to crafting, there is quite a universe out there and Bookmans is ready to help you boldly craft how you’ve never crafted before. All six of our Bookmans locations have a section dedicated to all different kinds of craft books. There are even a few especially for us geeks out there. Today, we highlight the best and brightest in the geeky craft world.

15 Sep

10 Books You Wouldn’t Believe Were Banned

There are definitely times where banning a certain book leaves you with only one question: why? For example, you can look at a book that came out in the early 1900s and see that maybe society wasn’t quite ready for a sexually explicit novel such as Tropic of Cancer. But when some books are banned, it frankly makes most of us want to laugh. Here is a list of 10 banned books that were banned for the weirdest and most ridiculous reasons.

14 Sep

#ArrestedReading | Top 5 Ladies of Banned Lit

As we continue to fight censorship during #ArrestedReading Month this September, we want to highlight those characters who bring girl power to the conversation. Today, we count down our top five heroines in banned or challenged fiction. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself a timeless story. Not only do these characters represent life, love and coming of age, they show the world through the eyes of a young lady. How is it possible to so accurately capture the essence and adventure of growing up as a girl? These protagonists are written by some of the most ground-breaking authors of all time, who are also women.

12 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Insomnia Reading List

I sleep pretty well, most of the time. But lately, I’ve found myself waking up at 2 a.m. with lots of ideas on my mind. I recently read an article that recommended powering down all electronic devices and going into another room of your apartment or house when you have a hard time falling asleep. I usually go to my spare bedroom where I keep all my books, write down all of my ideas on a notepad and then grab a book I’ve already read and go through my favorite chapter. Why a book I’ve already read? Because then I won’t stay awake anticipating what will happen next. I learned my lesson when I read Game of Thrones for the first time. I stayed up reading until 5 a.m. because I couldn’t put it down. So, here are few ideas for all of us out there with a touch of insomnia. Whether these are right for you or not, perhaps they will inspire ideas on how to ease your mind back to sleep!

11 Sep

#ArrestedReading | Banned Books for All Ages

By Guest Blogger and Bookmans Enthusiast, Megan Maiden

Every year, the American Library Association releases a list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books. These are titles that were forced to be removed from libraries and schools for various reasons. Like most rebellious children, I never liked being told what to do. I never liked being told that I couldn’t watch a certain kind of movie, couldn’t listen to a certain kind of music or couldn’t read a certain kind of book. “Don’t tell me what I can’t read!” I would screech while causing a scene at the public library. Nothing has ever stopped me from reading what I wanted, whether it was appropriate or not (says the girl that used the novelization of Sleeping with the Enemy for her 4th grade book report). Bookmans opposes censorship of any kind all year, but September is #ArrestedReading Month which includes Banned Book Selfies, Blind Dates with Banned Books and a pretty all-around awesome Fight Censorship campaign. Fighting censorship is never about cramming scandal down people’s throats, but instead about allowing people to read whatever interests them. Banned books, shmanned books! Today, we are highlighting banned books for every age.

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