Bookie Blog

20 Jul

Book Blog | Creative Cover Art

As the old saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. In reality, we all judge books by their covers and it’s not always a bad thing. In the past, publishers concerned themselves more with the binding and fabrics for covers rather than cover art. Times have definitely changed and cover art is now an art form all its own. While walking the aisles or perusing displays at your local Bookmans, one might think that every section is the art section. There are breathtaking examples all around our stores of ingenious, skilled, dramatic and evocative covers that run the gamut of mediums. No one style can claim the title of “Best Cover Art.” We see brilliant covers done with painting, photography, graphics, collage and mixed media. It would be a waste to not take these wonderful covers into consideration when deciding upon your newest read. The covers are well thought out and are often a collaboration between the artist and the writer. That collaboration gives the potential reader a fairly accurate idea of what to expect from the pages inside. Today, we take a look at some classic covers that consistently drive readers to purchase the book – sight seen.

06 Jul

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Once upon a time, 20 years ago to be exact, a book was released into stores that would change the world of fiction as we know it. Readers’ patience would be challenged like never before. Obsessions would be ignited over the book release dates, who might die next, who would fall in love, and what cape should be worn to book club. Best friendships would dissolve in arguments over which quidditch team was better. Relationships would be tested when one party failed to understand the importance of reading the series multiple times in between viewings of the films in theaters. No, I am not talking about a daytime soap opera or telenovela. I’m describing the phenomenon we now know as Harry Potter. 

04 Jul

Bookmans Recommends | A Darker Shade of Magic

Phoenix Comicon has become a well-known convention for many genre authors to attend, perhaps even more so than most comic conventions. This year, the author guest list was rounded out with such genre greats as Terry Brooks, Timothy Zahn, and Diana Gabadon. We had the opportunity to meet lesser known fantasy author V.E. Schwab, whose work we had been eyeing for some time, but had never gotten around to actually reading it. We were first introduced to V.E. Schwab’s work through an excerpt of her book, A Darker Shade of Magic, in a sci-fi/fantasy magazine. We enjoyed the Gaiman-esque style of her writing style. The story did not feel heavy or overly involved as many epic fantasies do, but still drew us in and kept us interested. She treats the concept of magic as something close to home rather than being otherworldly as many fantasies represent it.

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30 Jun

Book or Movie | Which do you prefer? (Part 1)

Some of the best movie ideas come from books. Movie adaptations have been a staple for Hollywood from the start. How many times did you watch To Kill A Mockingbird in high school? Being book and movie lovers, the Bookmans staff has many opinions on which is better, the book or movie. So what is the answer? Well, it depends on which book to movie adaptation you are discussing and who you ask. This is, like all artistic criticism, a highly personal viewpoint. It often comes down to which you experienced first, the book or the movie, or which you are more loyal to. Let’s dive in to a few examples.

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26 Jun

Tarot Cards | Tarot Throughout Time

For all of recorded history, mankind has longed to lift the veil of the unknown. Humans have an innate desire to explore both inner and outer realms and realities. We also long to know the future, to be able to have some warning or insight as to what is headed our way, both in our personal lives and on the global stage. What awaits humanity, society or the future of our very planet? Mankind has developed, or uncovered, many methods by which this exploration can take place. History tells us of ancient shamans, wizards, goddesses and oracles who probe the mysteries of existence with runes, fortune sticks, tea leaves, palmistry and crystal balls. Here at Bookmans we are not immune to the charms of crystals, pendulums or talismans but we prefer to leave the rabbit’s feet to another era. Let the bunnies keep their feet. Luckily folks have many other alternative methods by which to explore their realities. One such method is the ancient practice of reading Tarot Cards.

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02 Jun

Evolution of Wonder Woman | From Amazon Princess to Warrior

“Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.” With these words Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston set out to create the ultimate feminist icon. There were plenty of superheroes that were role models for boys, but what about girls? Great Hera! 

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26 May

Queen of Geek Town | Graphically Speaking

Common wisdom for writers suggests that one sticks to writing what they know. Once a writer has a few works under their belt and is a bit seasoned, they can reach out past their lives and daily concerns, but in the beginning, most writers should stay on the porch. I’m not a writer.  Does that mean I get to write about any ol’ thing that strikes my weird fancy? No. I should really stick to what I know. I give myself some freedom this time around because being a geek is something I know pretty well. Geeking out over pastimes and items of interest is a task I was born to live out! One could say I am the Queen of Geek Town; busily spazzing out over a variety of things that I find especially entertaining. Personal history has proven that not only am I comfortable geeking about but that I am in the right place. Bookmans IS Geek Land and has it’s own Geek Zone. In fact, May is Geeking Out month, so lets let our geek flag fly and get our geek on!

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07 May

Geeking Out | Goats: The Book and Movie

Each department at Bookmans comes with an employee that thoroughly loves their job and the product they specialize in. Some prefer video games, but couldn’t tell you who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. Others could tell you the names of every musician in almost every band, but won’t know Pyrex from Family Dollar. We each have our things and that’s what makes Bookmans so special. We all get to geek out about the things we love. Being a total book nerd myself, I have to shamefully announce I watched the movie Goats starring David Duchovny and fell instantly in love. It’s not often I’ll watch a movie over and over again, but there’s something about this gem of a film that keeps me coming back for more. To make matters worse, I found out the movie originated as a book and I felt even more shame for not knowing. Now, I have a new favorite movie and book combo, where I appreciate each one for entirely different reasons.

04 May

Books Get Sexy at Bookmans

Bookmans East has rearranged some of our non-fiction sections to make finding the books you are hunting for easier. Some of those sections include topics that are fundamental to the human experience. No, we aren’t talking about taxes. We aren’t even talking about cooking or home maintenance, at least not cooking in the traditional sense. We are talking about sexuality, relationships, marriage and divorce – the BIG 4. It’s something we all have in common, unless you are a monk, but even then you got here somehow. So yeah, sex is a thing.

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02 May

Bookmans Favorites | Heroines from Kids Books

We recently took a moment to search for the all-time best selling children’s books and stumbled upon a list published in 2001 from Publishers Weekly. Compiled of well over 100 children’s books ranked by their sales, the number one kid’s book was The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Lowrey. Published in 1942, this book has sold more than 14,898,341 copies. That’s insane! It’s not surprising that the other top authors are classics such as Dr. Seuss, J.K Rowling, Shel Silverstein and Beatrix Potter, who wrote the Peter Rabbit stories. We noticed, however, that these top selling stories all have one thing in common: the main characters are all male-oriented. With the exception of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (p.s. she is absolutely one of our all-time favorite fiction females) not a single book within the top 20 spots has a female lead. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite children’s books with strong female leads. Some titles you may recognize and others you may not. Either way, we want your future feminists to have a library full of women they can look up to. Let’s dive in!

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01 May

What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Sell Textbooks

It’s May and the weather is beautiful. The sun shines and the birds chirp. Even better, school joyously screeches to a halt and will soon be a thing of last semester. But what to do about those cumbersome and pricey school books? You can sell textbooks at your local Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, of course! We caught up with real life college student*, Rhett J. Bookcestershire IV, to answer a few of his questions about selling and trading with Bookmans. End of semester can be a confusing time, we know. We’ve been through it too. Rest assured, we’re here to guide you through the textbook trading experience.

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28 Apr

Being Green and Orange

April is Earth month for Bookmans, because one of our core values as a company is the environment. It makes sense to take care of that which is most important to all of us – Mother Earth. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle has been our mission for 40 years, way before the term global warming was an unfortunate part of our modern lexicon. While we are glad that humanity is beginning to wake up, we have a long way to go. Like Kermit said, “it ain’t easy being green” or orange. The best changes are those that are incorporated into our daily lives, small changes that can have lasting and large cumulative effects. All through the month of April our Bookmans locations host environmental fairs and recycling events to help you stay informed, but we rock Mother Earth all year long and we want you to join us. We’re here to help you find the best ways to support our environment and protect this precious planet, so let’s get started!

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10 Apr

Coloring Grows Up – Join Our Adult Color Club

Coloring has grown up, and become quite sophisticated. One of the newest trends in relaxation and creativity is adult coloring. When the trend first began, Bookmans was bombarded with requests for adult coloring books and we responded quickly!

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27 Mar

Art 4 All; Art History Unpacked | Bookmans

Not everyone can be an art historian, critic or theorist, even if you actually studied art history. The Fine Arts field is a highly dynamic and ever changing arena. There is always something new to explore, always something new to learn. Art history is much broader than the Renaissance where even the most learned scholars who have devoted their entire lives and careers to it’s study are daunted. From there is can be argued that art is essential, innate to the human experience. The creation and appreciation of art can be traced back to man’s earliest history. There is a fundamental quality about artistic endeavors. Humans are compelled to pursue creativity. Art, of course, is a somewhat over-broad term that encompasses the entirety of all human creations. We could include non homosapiens in our discussion, as in painting elephants. We will, however, stick to people and people creating fine art.

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14 Mar

Young Adult Book Club at Bookmans East in Tucson | Bookmans

PSA: Bookmans East has a Young Adult Book Club.

Have you ever read a book and desperately wanted to talk about it? Some novels, especially the best ones, leave us with a multitude of questions and ideas bouncing around our minds. We believe that the purpose of art and literature is to “hold a lens up to reality” (as aptly stated in Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) as well as educating, expanding or challenging our own ideas – even ones we aren’t aware of.

We’re calling all young adults! Bookmans East has a Young Adult Book Club and you are invited to join! The club originally began as a teen club but the excellence of the genre coupled with the attention Hollywood has given these titles inspired us to open membership to all young adults. Books such as Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Perk of Being a Wallflower and more have been adapted for the screen which bringing wider attention to young adult fiction.

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07 Mar

Bookmans Reccommends – The Virgin Suicides

Need a new book recommendation? We suggest The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – it perfectly captures the adolescent obsession and infatuation that so often comes hand-in-hand with pubescence and High School. Written from the perspective of a group of young boys in the quiet town of Grosse Pointe (a suburb of Detroit.) The Virgin Suicides details their attempts to understand the mysterious Lisbon sisters, the youngest of which, Cecilia, has committed suicide at the age of 13.

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The Lisbon girls (Mary, Therese, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia) come from a very conservative household. Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon hold the girls to strict guidelines, and as a result they are largely isolated from the rest of the kids from school. Since most of their time is spent behind closed doors at home, the neighborhood boys are left to imagine what might occupy the minds of the elusive sisters.

02 Mar

Read To Me: Recommends for Kids to Love Reading | Bookmans

We are literary lovers, and rightfully so surrounded by all the awesomeness that is our orange shelves. We are passionate about reading – obviously. The question sometimes posed to us is “How do I get the young people in my life to enjoy reading as much as I do?” or “My kid doesn’t like to read, how do I get them off their smart phone?” Naturally we have an answer, one that may surprise you, it is a two-part answer.

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27 Feb

Love of Reading: Home to Harlem | Bookmans

February is Love of Reading Month and Black History Month, so naturally, with two more days we are celebrating the great American writers of the Harlem Renaissance. These poets and authors revolutionized literature and paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning in the 1920s, The Harlem Renaissance was an era of expression and voicing of African-American cultural experiences. Writers, artists and performers spanned the Northeast and Midwest United States – expanding even to Paris, France. At the heart of the movement was New York’s own Harlem. We’re highlighting just a few of the brilliant writers who made American literature a world-class artform.

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23 Feb

Grind Your Gears at Bookmans! Find all things Cars at Your Fave Bookstore

When you think of Bookmans you think of…Cars!! Yeah!! Cars. Not just cars though, anything that moves, runs, can work on those vehicles or can be made from parts from said vehicles. We have parts and manuals, tools and photo essays. We even have tiny little cars, motorcycles, tractors and kits that you put together to make your own model cars, ships, bikes and planes. Do you have a transportation enthusiast in your life or, maybe, you ARE an enthusiast? Check out our Transportation section for all kinds of motorized wonders, and read on to get a better idea!

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20 Feb

Wandering Through the Wellness Wilderness | Bookmans

We feel like it’s that time of year (STILL) that people are on a roll with thinking about health and wellness, trying out new fitness and diets. We assume that in a few more months we’ll all have moved into the routine phase and less into the research, but if you’re still there (go you!) then let’s have a look at some awesome wellness reads as we wander through the wellness wilderness together. #handinhand

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