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Author: Mariah Brule

Bookmans Recommends | Majid Jordan

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Aug by Mariah Brule


Majid Jordan isn’t to be confused with one person, it’s the production name of Canadian R&B duo, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman. Both collaborated together in their hometown of Toronto. These two artists’ lives changed after their anonymous track “Good People” on SoundCloud made it’s way into the ears of Drake. This is where the “OVO Tents” come in, helping produce hit tracks like “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Mine.” Both artists seem to have taken a lot away from the experience and are really making waves with music. Not only are they writing and producing for other artists, but they are generating their own groovy R&B exclusive soundscape melody. Today, I’m counting down my personal favorites from the Majid Jordan album.

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Love for Literacy at Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 Aug by Mariah Brule


At Bookmans, our mission is to spread love for books across the state. We present early literacy story times at each of our six locations around Arizona. By providing fun and interactive story times for the surrounding communities, our goal is to instill a love of reading in youngsters and grow a new generation of avid readers. Local non-profit organization, First Things First (FTF) believes that literacy is a skill that should be developed before kindergarten. FTF states that “A child’s environment – and the amount of nurturing and care they get from the adults in their lives – shapes their brain development. If you think of the brain as a human skyscraper, a child’s experiences in the early years are how the foundation is built.” With so many amazing books from which to choose, let’s get building. Stop by any Bookmans location for fun, free and interactive weekly story times.


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Blast to the Past with #MOVIEMADNESS

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 03 Aug by Mariah Brule


The ’90s were the years that gave me all my childhood memories! Being a kid that grew up in the ’90s was like enjoying the best of two worlds. I got to watch all the cool ’80s movies on repeat with my older siblings and I also got to collect all the best ’90s films on VHS. As a side note, I can probably still recite most lines to said films, just in case that skill is ever in demand. If you didn’t grow up in either of these two decades, you may never know the real torture of waiting for a VHS tape to rewind before getting to watch your favorite movie. Not to worry, I’m here to help. You can still enjoy these classic works of cinematic art from the ’80s and ’90s. Behold, these are a few of my favorite movies from my ’90s childhood!

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Bookmans Recommends | Melodrama by Lorde

Posted in Musical Notes on 31 Jul by Mariah Brule


Many of us discovered Lorde when she was just 16 after she released an album that instantly catapulted her into the mainstream music world. Four years later, at the age of 20, Lorde has just released her second album, Melodrama. You can only imagine how immensely Lorde’s life has changed over the past four years. This album is a sneak peak into those changes. Lorde expresses emotions unlike any other. This album reflects on Lorde’s teenage years and entering adulthood. Her songs deal with new experiences, discovering herself, heartbreak, uneasy feelings, self control and the melodrama that comes with growing up. The title of Lorde’s second album says it all. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite tracks from Lorde’s Melodrama.

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Honoring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

Posted in Musical Notes on 26 Jul by Mariah Brule


After hearing the news of Chester Bennington’s death, a piece of my heart ruptured along with whole generations of hearts around the world. At a young age, I remember owning one of Linkin Park’s albums and sharing it with my friends. Our scribbled sharpie artwork covered the top of the CD case. Linkin Park shared what felt like the background music to so many lives. Bennington made a strong connection with fans. He expressed the idea that someone else, somewhere else is also fighting their own real world struggles. This connection made our own fight seem a little less brutal. Even when things seemed like the worst of times, his music made it seem like everything would be okay. After all, we are only humans. In memory of Chester Bennington, I am highlighting Linkin Park songs that are meaningful to me.

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Go Local! Over 40 Years of Bookmans

Posted in Core Values on 21 Jul by Mariah Brule


We want to thank you for buying, selling and trading your media with Bookmans for over 40 years! Every time you buy, sell or trade used books, you are supporting our community and our planet. Statewide non-profit organization, Local First AZ shows that just a 10% shift from corporate chains to locally-owned businesses creates millions in economic activity, adds hundreds of new jobs and provides higher wages for workers in our communities. When you spend money locally, 52% stays in Arizona. That’s amazing compared to the 13% that stays when you spend at big box stores. Bookmans has always been a big supporter of the Shop Local movement, after all we are local ourselves. We’ve been selling used books and media for 40 years and that’s all thanks to the communities that support us. Buying, selling or trading used books and media is not only important and helpful to our community but also to our environment. Recycling items through trade gives used books and media a second life (outside of a landfill).

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Bookmans Recommends | Jay-Z’s 4:44

Posted in Musical Notes on 10 Jul by Mariah Brule


Jay-Z’s newly released album, 4:44 went platinum in less than a week. This album only runs 36 minutes with just ten tracks. But don’t let that deceive you, Jay still has a lot to say. 4:44 a lot more than a response to Beyonce’s Lemonade album. Jay- Z unfolds everything from his hustle lifestyle with fame and fortune to revealing a sense of betrayal. He addresses how becoming a father has changed him and offers a long-awaited apology. The album features a celebration of his mother publicly coming out and poignant details about the dichotomy of living as both a superstar and a regular person. Let’s just say this album looks like it might run short but it’s nothing less than jam-packed with material. If you haven’t already started to unpack this new album, here is some help with my personal top tracks from the record.

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Unpacking Kendrick Lamar’s Album “DAMN”

Posted in Uncategorized on 27 Jun by Mariah Brule


Kendrick Lamar has without a doubt been one of the best storytellers in the rap industry. His newly released album “DAMN.”, tells emotional stories about character, honor, society, politics, culture and religion. With fourteen tracks and a 55 minute run-time, this is one to listen to a few times to wrap your mind around Lamar’s lyrics. The majority of the album is simple but gets real heavy at times. Let’s be honest, we can’t really expect anything less from Kendrick. With that being said, here are some of my favorites as I continue to unpack this album. Trust me this wasn’t easy!

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6. LOYALTY.
This track features the one and only Rihanna, I’m sure this one will be a part of the summer hype soundtrack of 2017. It’s definitely a lot more relaxed than his other tracks and it’s dope to hear Rihanna and Lamar work together from bar to bar.

11. XXX.
Kendrick goes in speaking his mind on politics and social issues. This might be the most important track on the album. I was a little unsure of what to expect with a collaboration with U2. I have to say it was far from disappointing! Kendrick easily coasts through many different sounds.

12. FEAR.
This is the longest track on the album and probably one I would say I personally relate to the most. This track deals with anxiety. insecurities, and how it all ties in with life. He talks about how his struggles and most of all his fears that changed from childhood to teen years and up through his 20’s. He says that some kind of fear always continues to follow us, sharing his struggle of getting rid of  fear or whatever it was that was causing it. Getting towards the end of the track he says, “I wonder if I’m living through fear or living through rap.” Strong statement Kendrick.

For Kendricks’s older albums, we suggest coming by Bookmans today. His older work is just as monumental and is the basis for the love that we have for new releases. For more on his current work and a sneak peak into his new musical release visit his website here.

5 Forever Favorite 90’s TV Shows

Posted in Job Postings, Uncategorized on 19 Jun by Mariah Brule


Where are all my 90’s kids at? It was a decade that gave us some of the raddest video games in history(in my opinion). It was a decade that brought us the struggle of renting a VHS tape that the person before you didn’t rewind. If you remember that then chances are there are probably pictures of you in a bright neon wardrobe inside an old photo album, hopefully buried away at your parent’s house. Don’t worry, we don’t have to get into all that. Let’s focus on the good and dig into some of the great 90’s TV shows that you still remember watching today. There was the pop culture Bel-Air family, the daily adventures of being a rugrat, and the yellow cartoon family who is perhaps the most popular family in the world. The best way to re-cap these great shows is to watch them again. So with a little help, here are a few of my favorites from our 90’s childhood!

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Listen Up | Bryson Tiller’s New Album ‘True to Self’

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Jun by Mariah Brule


Surprise! If you haven’t heard, Bryson Tiller had an early release of his new album True to Self. Time to drop in with a review. I’ve been exploring this album since its unexpected release last week, and there is still a lot to drive in to with 19 tracks and a 58 minute runtime.

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Geeking Out | Freddy Krueger Films

Posted in Uncategorized on 30 May by Mariah Brule


Many people know and love Freddy Krueger. It’s true! No, you’re not dreaming. How many horror villains seem to have as much fun as Freddy? Most slash kingpins show so much hatred or a sense of other worldly compulsion. Yes, Freddy is as evil as Jason, but Freddy has FUN! He uses his imagination to dream up some very twisted, yet original ways to kill helpless sleepers. Who can forget the poor girl who was turned into a bug and squashed in a bug trap? Or the teen who wanted to be a star on TV so Freddy welcomed her to primetime by shoving her head in a TV? Classic.

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Geeking Out | Logic “Everybody”

Posted in Uncategorized on 19 May by Mariah Brule


Some might say this is debatable, but in my book, Logic has been one of the most under-rated rappers in the industry. Haven’t heard of him? Believe me when I say that he shouldn’t be ignored. I’ve continued to follow Logic as he progressively made his way into the hip-hop scene. He recently released his third official album, Everybody, which touches on current issues in the world from race to mental health, and everything in-between. If you have yet to unpack this album, let me offer some suggestions with a breakdown of my top songs.

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Geeking Out | Throwback to Childhood Video Games

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 May by Mariah Brule


When it comes to video games, my all-time favorites are still the ones that I grew up playing. Now don’t get me wrong, I can definitely get down on the newest ps4 games too. I’m totally a sucker for annihilating zombies in Black Ops and always down to hijack the baddest looking car in the latest GTA. I have to be honest though, I catch myself a lot of times throwing it back to the games I grew up on. Here are just a few of my favorite video games, all the way from childhood.

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Sony PlayStation Does Virtual Reality

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 06 May by Mariah Brule


It was the year of 2016 and virtual reality was becoming the next big thing. Once Sony PlayStation stepped into the VR (Virtual Reality) world, I became a pushover for it. I mean let’s be real, if you have a PS4, then you are pretty much halfway there.  The PSVR operates off of the PS4 console itself, then all you need is the VR component/headset and a PlayStation 4 Camera. The PSVR easily plugs right into the back of the PS4, while you slip on the lightweight headset. Now that I’ve been explained a little bit on how it gear up let’s expand more on the actual VR experience. 

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Spring Cleaning With Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 25 Apr by Mariah Brule


Spring never fails to bring all the things we love to the forefront like pastel and earth tone colors, a fresh breeze, flowers growing and birds chirping. Life is good. Then you realize you have a accumulated a lot of new stuff in the recent season. It’s due time for some spring cleaning, and for some this task might be a major mood killer. Fear not for Bookmans is here to help!

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Children’s Storytime Tips

Posted in Uncategorized on 13 Apr by Mariah Brule


When looking back to my childhood, I have more memories of being read to than I can count, from snuggling up for bedtime stories to feeling the magic of my favorite books come alive during storytime. Now let’s be honest, sometimes it isn’t always the easiest to read aloud to a child. As the children’s storyteller at Bookmans Northwest, I have parents ask me, “how do you get them to sit and listen. At home, they wriggle and seem uninterested.” Whenever I get that question I always tell them to not feel discouraged, and offer them the my top tips for story telling.

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Syd Goes Solo | Bookmans Review

Posted in Uncategorized on 06 Apr by Mariah Brule


One of the many perks of working for such a company like Bookmans is the ability to digest music, movies, games and books effortlessly. As new material makes it’s way in our stores we eat it up and spit it out – in the form of reviews so that you, our avid reader and listener, can decide just what goes on your shopping list for your next trip to Bookmans. Here we review Sydney Bennett.

Sydney Bennett known as “Syd”, who you may know from going back to the days of being a Odd Future member or from being a huge leading part of a group named The Internet. Syd currently has been prepping to release her first solo album; “Fin.” Syd’s lead single “All About Me” was the first single released on the album, which is produced by member of the Internet; Steve Lacy.
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Why Art Is Important To Us | Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, Uncategorized on 28 Mar by Mariah Brule


Art in some way has existed just about as long as the world itself. It has become to be a huge part of our lives; appearing in cultures all across the world. It is such an important element because it delivers a wider perception of: self, each other, emotions, awareness, history and more. It is created and appreciated by many different people for countless reasons. Here is why art is important to us…

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Robert talks Thrash Metal: Liege Lords Review | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 15 Mar by Mariah Brule


What does one think of when asked about Stamford, Connecticut? Did you answer “Thrash Metal?” Of course you did! That was a hot bed of metal in the mid 80’s…oh, wait. That was Los Angeles. Well, regardless, out of this lovely, coast-side town, a metal band that has been forgotten in the annals of Metal history, was born. That band is none other than Liege Lords.

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Zombi Review

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 Feb by Mariah Brule


You know, I’ve talked about punk rock for most of my blog posts. I can’t help it. It’s my passion. It’s something that drives me to wake up in the morning. It’s strange to think a genre of music could completely engulf someone’s entire essence in a single drum fill or angular guitar chord. Sometimes I do get a little burnt out on my passion. I’ve had to switch it up occasionally just so I don’t become pigeon holed into one of those mindless drones that plague any sort of musical subculture. So I’m going to talk about one of my passions, my love for synth-driven music.

There are a few groups that come to mind when it comes to synth music. A few groups come to mind instantly, but I’m not going to talk about Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, or New Order. About a year ago, I was delving into the depths of the internet. Something I do from time to time, especially when it comes to finding something new and riveting in the musical realm. I stumbled onto this group, Zombi, which is promptly named after the Italian release of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

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