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17 Oct

A Haunting Good Time in Phoenix

Phoenix is hosted to a wide variety of happenings. We have several major sports teams, restaurants claiming they are the creator of the almighty chimichanga, and scorching summers. In contrast, did you know that Phoenix is also home to many spooky sites and infamous spectral sightings? Let’s begin our tale of spirited encounters and phantasmal parables of Phoenix! Come along… if you dare. 

ghost, haunting, ghost costume, forest, night

11 Oct

Witchy Women We Love

Witches. If you’re looking for an example of pure female badassery in literature, look no further than these powerfully wicked women. Witches are by far the coolest ladies in supernatural and fantasy novels.  Honestly, wish I was one. It’s no secret I’m a bit obsessed with these spell casting heroines, and there is no better time to let my crone flag fly than in October. After all, it’s kind of expected to get a little spooky and no one looks twice at my pointy black hat! So with that in mind, I put on my Stevie Nicks Bella Donna record and hunkered down to brew a list of my fave witchy women.

10 Oct

Wanted: Flash Fiction Stories

As there are many different types of readers in this world. There is an equal if not a greater number of diverse writers, from epic fantasy tale-tellers to succinct poets, to memoirist, and journalists. While each is putting pen to paper or typing words out on a computer screen, their use of language and technique varies immensely. Of all these different types of writers in the world, my personal favorite has always been the micro or flash fictionist. And I can’t wait to read yours.

06 Oct

Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Martín & Meditations on the South Valley

When I picked up Jimmy Santiago Baca’s semi-autobiographical, two-volume “novel in verse” poetry collection Martín & Meditations on the South Valley, I knew little about the acclaimed poet’s backstory. I did not know, for example, that like his narrator, Martín, Baca was abandoned by his parents in early childhood, or that, unlike his narrator, Baca taught himself to read and write—and then to read and write poetry—in prison.


30 Sep

4 Ways to Fight Censorship All Year Round

Throughout the month of September, Bookmans fought the good fight against banned books and censorship! You might have participated in one of our Banned Book events or even bought one of those mysteriously wrapped books at our stores from our Blind Date with a Banned Book displays. Just because September comes to an end, our rebellion against censorship does not have to. Here are some ways to celebrate resisting censorship all year round.


25 Sep

5 Books & Authors To Help You Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

September 15th marked the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month or Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s time to celebrate, honor, and recognize the artistic and cultural achievements of Latinx Americans. It’s also an amazing opportunity to show some love for a few of my favorite Latinx authors, each of whom represents diverse cultures. If you’re ready to explore some Latinx authors, I highly recommend these reads.

22 Sep

For the Love of Language

Not a year goes by that you don’t daydream about taking off and seeing the world. Yes, you. You, me, and everyone else too. On our road to becoming the adventurers we would like to be, having a solid second or third language can make a world of difference. Even if you’re not keen on traveling, there are a whole lot of great reasons for everyone in the family to learn a second language.

Learning languages online. Audiobooks concept. Books and headphones on the map world. 3d

19 Sep

Books to Pair with a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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.

14 Sep

3 October Releases We Can’t Wait To Read

We know it’s only mid-September, yet the idea of cuddling inside with a good book as fall foliage blankets our town has got us scouring the bookish blogosphere and getting our TBR list ready. The fall season is reading season. All bibliophiles know this. And though there are still plenty of classics that still need reading, we can’t help but set aside current untouched titles collecting dust on our shelves for a new release or two… or seven. That’s why we’ve compiled an extensive list (three books) of titles we can’t wait to get our greedy little hands on!

08 Sep

To Ban or Not to Ban

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.

31 Aug

Join Bookmans for Fight Censorship Month

Bookmans fights censorship every month, but in September we intensify our focus. We believe in the freedom to read, watch, play and listen to whatever media we want. In conjunction with Banned Books Week, we highlight ways to speak up and speak out. The right to discovery, knowledge, and enlightenment is never a crime — and we want to keep it that way.

Fight Censorship 2014

28 Aug

Adventures in Book Arts and Crafts

As a cashier, I’m in the unique position to see nearly everyone’s epic finds. I meet great people and talk about my favorite games, bands, and books. I end those conversations with a reminder of our 7-day guarantee in the event there’s any problem with the book or disk. Now and then the reply back is: “does the condition matter?” The reason being, the item is going in an art project. This blog post is a shout out to the artists and the crafters. The customers that see potential in the finds others would discard. Let’s dive into the world of book art!

Book art with book open and a folded heart made of paper in 3D facing front

24 Aug

Great Reasons to Join a Book Club

Have you ever thought of joining a book club before, but not quite sure it’s for you? Well, I have to say that a book club can be for everyone and anyone. Truthfully, you don’t have to love books THAT much to enjoy yourself! Of course, the obvious reason to join a book club is a love of reading, but there are so many other wonderful opportunities you can look forward to when you join. Let’s talk book clubs, everyone!

Students Youth Adult Reading Education Knowledge Concept

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!

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