Totally Random Lists 2019: Home Sweet Home

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


We’re shaped by the home we grew up in. And once we’re grown, we obsessively shape and re-shape our homes to reflect who we are—or want to be. Home is definitely where the heart is, and there’s plenty of domestic bliss to be found on the list below. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: All About the Benjamins

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


 Some say money makes the world go ’round. Some say the love of it is the root of all evil. Either way, you can’t live without it, and storytellers have a lot to say on how it affects us. One thing’s certain: thanks to our prices, diving into the list below won’t cost you too much. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: Playing Hardball

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


If you’re a sports fan, it’s not enough just to play sports or watch sports. You also want to read about people playing sports. You want to see movies about people playing sports. You want to hear vaguely sports-related music. In other words, you want to check out the list below. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: First-Name Basis

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


 It’s pretty simple. When you write a book or make a movie about a person, often the best title is just the name of the person. And sometimes the first name is enough, which sort of makes these books, movies and albums feel like good friends. Friends who live on your shelves. Continue reading

Hangin’ With the Girls

There’s nothing like calling all your girlfriends and spending the day shopping, getting pampered at the spa and then closing down a restaurant just gabbing, unless it’s getting together at your house for wine snacks and a good movie. Now, I don’t normally need an excuse to get together with my friends, but knowing that August 1 is Girlfriends’ Day is an awfully good excuse to have some fun with the girls. So whether it’s your book club ladies, your crazy college sisters or just your BFF, Half Price Books has books, movies and music to help you celebrate with the girls.

Books to share with the girls:
The Group, by Mary McCarthy
Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
Waiting to Exhale, by Terry McMillan
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, by Fannie Flagg
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
Divine Serets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
How Should a Person Be, by Sheila Heti

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Totally Random Lists 2019: Twinsies!

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


When you’re born with an identical partner in crime, there’s plenty of drama and comedy ahead. But the truth is two are often better than one—for double the fun or double the trouble. Check out our list of twin-centric titles, including albums by bands with twins in their lineups. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: State Your Name

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


 You could be living in your own private Idaho, or in a New York state of mind. Either way, the states in the U.S. of A. have inspired a lot of unforgettable entertainment. No need to break out an atlas—these state-named works will let you explore the country without leaving your armchair.  Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: Leading Ladies

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


We’re taking a page from herstory to discover the plucky girls and uncommon ladies at the center of our favorite stories and music. Heartfelt or heroic, each featured female embodies the complex nature of women in a way that’s both memorable and inspirational. Continue reading

Mother May I? A Random Wish List for the Month of May

With Spring in the air, it’s the perfect time for play! One of our favorite games growing up, way back when kid’s chased ice cream trucks and endured skinned knee caps from rough bike rides, was Mother May I. Ahem, Mother May I. See what we did there? Anywho, as an ode to playing outside when the weather is pristine, we’ve compiled a list of items you can find at HPB that correlate with some of the actions a player might choose after asking the famous question. Continue reading