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Author: Mariah Brule

Hilarious Holiday Movies

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 06 Dec by Mariah Brule


‘Tis the season is already here! Holidays should be a time of family, friends, parties, presents, and eggnog. Of course, holiday movies belong on that must-have-to-truly-feel-like-the-holidays list. If your holiday spirit is waning and you can use severe amounts laughter, trust this little list of our favorite funny holiday movies to put you in the holiday spirit! Grab the cookies and the eggnog and get ready for this hilarious holiday movie kick-off. 

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Above and Beyond

Posted in Musical Notes on 09 Nov by Mariah Brule


Lately, I have been getting the question “who your top favorite DJs in electronic music?” That’s a tough question, isn’t it? I’ve decided that the best way to answer this question (instead of just listing of countless DJs) by sharing a break down of one of my all-time favorite electronic group: Above and Beyond.

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H.E.R. | Mariah’s Favorite Tracks from the Albums

Posted in Musical Notes on 24 Oct by Mariah Brule


Have you heard new R&B artist H.E.R.? This mystery artist who has bypassed exposing her real identity has the internet questioning “who is the female behind the shadow?”As always, I just came here for the music and there is no denying that enough was revealed to keep these ears lingering for more. Whoever H.E.R. may be, she guarantees mesmerizing soulful melodies.

So here is my highlight of my top 3 favorite tracks from H.E.R. – H.E.R. Vol. 1 & 2


Track 1: Losing

By far my #1 track off this album. It’s like getting lost in a relatable atmosphere carried by a serene tempo over clouds of emotion. I think we have all been caught up in that scene, yet she puts up her own unbreakable stamina.  The title may be “Losing” but I think with this one, H.E.R. may be winning.

Track 6: Facts

Apparently, facts aren’t the only thing she brought. She didn’t leave behind her fierce mindset for this one. “You make me wanna put my phone down” must be the complement of the year of 2017. Nonetheless, H.E.R.’s vocals blend smoothly with a nice rhythmic groove. Definitely worth adding to the playlist!

Track 11: Changes

“Changes” sounds like she is craving something more steady this time around, mixing vulnerability and willpower! She definitely puts out there what she wants in addition to pretty much leaving the ball in their court. Lesson took!

Intrigued and interested in taking a peek behind the curtain (as much as you can, anyway)? Check out H.E.R.’s official site to learn more about this talented young woman whose acronym H.E.R. – Having Everything Revealed – is just as killer as her music.

Excited about the mystery that is H.E.R.? Tell us about it! Loving the music? What are your favorite tracks and why? There’s so much to love and discuss about the Vols 1 &2 and it is clear that we’ll all be talking about H.E.R. for a long time.

Love Mariah’s taste in music? Check out her other reviews for Galantis’ The Aviary and Jhené Aiko’s Trip!

Bookmans Recommends | The Aviary by Galantis

Posted in Musical Notes on 06 Oct by Mariah Brule


If you know much about Electronic Dance Music then chances are, you’ve heard of Galantis. This Swedish duo consists of Christian Karlasson and Linus Eklöwn. The two have made their mark in sculpting House music. Galantis is best known for their 2014 hit single, Runaway (U & I) as well as individual accomplishments within the music industry. Their latest album, The Aviary infuses their unique sense of vitality into the songs while keeping their melodies groovy. Today, I’m highlighting my top three tracks on Galantis’ The Aviary to help break down the album.

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Bookmans Recommends | Trip by Jhené Aiko

Posted in Musical Notes on 28 Sep by Mariah Brule


Jhené Aiko’s new album, Trip is an inside perspective on her journey of healing. From love to heartache, she talks about growing as a mother, the overwhelming grief of losing her brother to cancer, and the thought that she might have actually found real love. This album is more than a surprise, it’s a revelation with light airy beats whirling around in a familiar atmosphere. Here to help unpack this newly released album, I will be highlighting my top three favorite tracks.

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Bookmans Recommends | ODESZA’s A Moment Apart

Posted in Merchandise, Musical Notes on 13 Sep by Mariah Brule


ODESZA is an electronic duo featuring Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. This group writes and produces their own individual style of electronic music while performing at music festivals full of fans from all over the world. Maybe you are one of their fans, maybe you have heard their music remixed by popular DJs or played at millions of night clubs. Whether directly or indirectly, ODESZA definitely has a following. As said in the intro of this album, “The only way to save sanity is to fall in love with the sound.” Today, I’m breaking down their newly released album, A Moment Apart and highlighting my top three favorite tracks.

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Bookmans Recommends | Yours Truly Forever by Phora

Posted in Merchandise, Musical Notes on 07 Sep by Mariah Brule


Marco Archer, known as Phora, is a poetic singer and rapper from Anaheim, California. His music is a testimony to his talent in storytelling within the context of rap music. His style is almost like a mix between Logic and a young J. Cole. At 22 years old, Phora has crushed the many barriers that stood in his way of success. Though he grew up amidst violence that threatened his life, Phora never let his struggles or fears consume him. Instead, he looked to music as his fortitude. Today, we celebrate his top earning deal with Warner Bros. and newly released album, Yours Truly Forever. Here are my favorite tracks from Phora.

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Bookmans Recommends | Kesha’s Rainbow

Posted in Merchandise, Musical Notes on 29 Aug by Mariah Brule


When I first listened to the song Rainbow from Kesha’s new album of the same name, I was stopped at a red light trying not to shed any tears. Let’s just say that I wasn’t able to hold any back. It’s been five years since Kesha has released an album and she claims that this one saved her life. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “Rainbow is a cathartic album for Kesha…making the record helped her cope with depression. ‘I would roll out of bed, get in my car and show up to the studio,’ Kesha said. ‘And I would just keep making songs. That was my way to cope.'” Rainbow features appearances by the Dap-Kings Horns, Eagles of Death Metal and the one and only Dolly Parton. This album is different from anything that Kesha has ever done. Her single, Praying is already attracting attention as a powerful study in healing and redemption. Kesha’s Rainbow feels like the album that set her free.

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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!

Kendrick Lamar

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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