The Book Man, new and used book stores in both Chilliwack and Abbotsford have been a fun resource and a great place to find and buy amazing books, on a wide variety of topics. I think for me one of the attractions was the friendliness of the staff and their willingness to go "above and beyond" to find books. For example a special book as a gift which was out of print, and yes, they had a used copy available, in "gift condition". When shopping at either store, always allow yourself enough time to browse especially if you take your grandkids with you. Read on for more information, and visit their website (see below), and enjoy!
Fiction - Fun Books
Fact or Fiction: No contest - I love both and spend much time reading. I would like more time to read as there are so many books to enjoy and learn from. At the Book Man you can request titles of books or authors you, or your family, would like to read, or gift, and they search them out for you - new or used. This is a super way to locate books easily.
For example, I am re-reading my favourite mystery authors (Colin Dexter, etc) as I wished to read them again, by author and in chronological order. The Book Man has been invaluable in this search with great success. Also a super resource with so many outstanding new authors (for me) such as Anne Cleeve.
If you or a loved one is recovering or going through medical treatments, especially long term, books are always a unique gift idea to keep minds occupied.
On checking our home library of books the main categories seem to be resource books for gardening, health, food, lifestyle, the environment and climate. John Seymour's "The Self Sufficient Gardener" has been, and still is, one of my "gardening go-to" books. A treasure ... and a book I buy to gift to others.
Check with The Book Man for availability of the books by your favourite authors and interests as well as staff recommendations. They have an incredible inventory of over half a million books.
Books for Kids
Another plus for us, is that our grandchildren from a young age have been eager readers and enjoy visiting The Book Man when they come to town. This has been a very good way to get our grandkids loving reading. There are so many benefits for kids (and adults) to reading books:
- Books can reduce stress and improve your memory
- Reading improves and helps your vocabulary grow and helps with your writing
- You can use your imagination and learn about new people, places and learn "how to" do things
- ... and much more
Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
More About The Book Man
There's so much more to The Book Man than books! Both stores have resident cats and you can even adopt a cat at the Chilliwack store. A super idea! Here are three more environmentally positive ideas used at The Book Man.
They also have the best (reusable) Book Man book bags and if you re-use them when shopping a donation goes to your choice of charity and matched by Book Man
Any books not suitable for trade - The Book Man donates to a Charity Book Auction every year.
I support the idea of "recycling" our used books as an excellent way to keep them out of our landfills. Both environmentally "friendly" ideas
One topic I have not mentioned is the Trade A Book program. The stores will give you a credit for your used books, if suitable, and you can use this credit towards future used book purchases. This is so practical.
There are also many other positive aspects of the two book stores which have been a family business for more than three decades. Check them out for yourself and enjoy catching up on your reading. It is the best place to visit, search, browse and shop for books. Above all reading is simply FUN! Best wishes ~ Liz
Links & References
- The Book Man
- "Top Ten Benefits of Reading for All Ages" Markham Public Library
- "Read That Book Again - Its Good for the Child" - Michigan State University
Caramel and Parsley
- Reading Books can be a great learning experience for example "John Yudkin - Pure White & Deadly"
- "Books Recommended to Add to Your Reading List"
"Amy Johnson "Queen of the Air"
"Amy Johnson - a brief biography" by Midge Gillies. Biography of the first woman to fly from the UK to Australia in 1930