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Musical Notes | Car Karaoke


One of Bookmans’ core values is environmental awareness. A great way to take a step toward reducing your carbon footprint is to carpool. An environmentally better way is in a hybrid. A more entertaining way, and quite possibly the best way, is to have a car karaoke party! The idea ‘dance like no one is watching’ is an essential philosophy when doing this, seeing that most of us do not have tinted windows on our vehicles. Now that I think about it, I have seen some pretty great dance moves when people are rocking out. Regardless, someone else is bound to hear you belting it out if you’re sitting in traffic, so you might as well give it your all. Toss your worries aside and embrace the morning commute by singing your heart out! Every moment waiting in your car just became a moment to shine and party down. I’ve even recruited other drivers to join me in reinacting the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne’s World – complete with full air guitar with my windows rolled down! The driver next to me even used his dashboard like a drum kit. Had it been a contest, we totally would have won! Some carpoolers even bring instruments including drum sticks for air solos. Today, we are counting down our picks for best carpool karaoke musical instruments.

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Bookmans Recommends | Majid Jordan

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Aug by


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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Movie Madness | Castlevania

Posted in Reel Chat on 14 Aug by


Netflix has been killing it lately with their original exclusive and original shows! After making a splash with various Marvel TV shows like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Netflix is now expanding into the realm of anime production with their newest original show, Castlevania. Based on the classic video game series by Konami, Castlevania follows vampire hunter Trevor Belmont as he tries to save the country of Wallachia from the undead maurading hordes of Dracula. The Netflix series features the voice talents of Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”) as the hero Trevor Belmont and Graham McTavish (Dwalin in “The Hobbit”) as the elusive Dracula. The series is written and produced by comic legend Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red), who originally penned the script for the adaptation of Castlevania back in 2007. After nearly ten years of being stuck in development hell, the series finally entered production in 2015 and aired on Netflix in July 2017.


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Bookmans Recommends | The Guild 10th Anniversary


By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Summer of 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the The Guild web series. It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since I was first introduced to the adorable awkwardness of Codex and her wonderful gang of unruly weirdos. For the uninitiated, The Guild is a comedy web series created by geek goddess Felicia Day. The series follows a group of MMO gamers in an online guild called “The Knights of Good” as they try to awkwardly navigate real life with little understanding about how to manage relationships outside of the virtual world of The Game. The series stars Felicia Day as “Codex”, aka Cyd Sherman, an unemployed violinist who spends 8-9 hours a day playing The Game with her guildmates, whom she has never actually met in real life. The other members of the guild include Zaboo the love interest of Codex (sort of), Vork the neurotic guild leader, Clara the alarmingly neglectful mother of three, Tinkerballa the ascerbic ranger, and Bladezz the vulgar teenager. The Guild aired for six seasons and featured a slew of geeky guest stars like Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, Erin Gray, Zachary Levi, Doug Jones, Neil Gaiman and even features a cameo by Stan Lee.


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Movie Madness | Book to Film Adaptations

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 10 Aug by


Hollywood has a long tradition of using literature to inspire film and television. This long standing alliance between actors, writers, directors and authors has produced some of film’s finest works. Bookmans staff has a deep affection for both mediums and lots and lots of opinions on where film adaptations of novels are successful (and where they fail). The following Book-to-Movie discussion will look a little deeper into the elements that work toward transferring words to the screen. We will also have a look at a few films that are noteworthy. The list is far too long to discuss more than just a few titles. In fact, while researching, we uncovered a couple of titles that surprised even us.


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Geeking Out Over Obscure Holidays

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 09 Aug by


Did you know that today is National Book Lovers’ Day? Indeed it is! There’s a whole host of odd, unconventional and obscure holidays out there. In fact, there is probably a bizarre holiday for every day of the year. In honor of National Book Lovers’ Day, we are recognizing all the crazy, fun and off-the-wall holidays that coincide with quirky Bookmans products. Bookmans is a store full of adventure, knowledge and merchandise. We have some pretty peculiar and very interesting things come through our doors. Our shelves hold a well-curated selection of popular merchandise mixed with cool, one-of-kind items. The other day, I heard a customer ask a co-worker if we had any books about ferret behavior issues. As it turns out, we did. This led me to wonder if there’s a holiday for ferrets. Low and behold, April 22nd is National Ferret Day. So, get your party hats out, you’ll want to celebrate some of these far out holidays!

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A Rose by Any Other Name | Catchy Book Titles

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 08 Aug by


Every now and then, we come across a book title that really stops us in our tracks. If you are a life long reader, there is an excellent chance that a title has lept out and grabbed you. Book titles can convey feelings to readers that resonate with real situations in their lives. Is it fair to select a novel based solely on its title? Let’s have a look at a few of those titles that caught our attention. Some of our selected titles are coupled with cover art that perfectly marries two concepts and some are so lyrical that they stand alone.

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Love for Literacy at Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 Aug by


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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Movie Madness | Miyazaki Magic

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 04 Aug by


Hayao Miyazaki has often been referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan. A co-founder of the renowned Studio Ghibli, his imaginative and original animated fairytales are both visually and narratively captivating. We admire Miyazaki for weaving culturally significant themes into his complex story lines. His films often address issues such as environmental awareness and moral fortitude. We also love that Miyazaki tends to feature strong female leads. Empowering and inspiring, Hayao Miyazaki films are adored by millions around the world. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of his filmography.

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Blast to the Past with #MOVIEMADNESS

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 03 Aug by


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 Summer Sale | BOGO Mystery and Romance

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 02 Aug by


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer BOGO Sale this weekend, August 4th and 5th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all mystery and romance novels. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we once again offer up a few suggestions for must-have mysteries and lusty literature. So sit back and relax as we provide some genre fiction sure to be added to your TBR pile.

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Catch Movie Madness at Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 01 Aug by


Lights, camera, action! August is Movie Madness Month at Bookmans and we’re celebrating cinema with fun events and giveaways. Stop by every location for movie-themed activities inspired by the silver screen. From Movie Nights to Minions to Grease Sing-a-Longs, we’re pulling out all the stops. Be sure to peruse the orange shelves at your local Bookmans for great deals on DVDs and BluRays in addition to fun and free events. Movie Madness is going around and we have a feeling that you’re going to catch it. Get ready for your close up and have a blast with us at Bookmans this August!


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Bookmans Recommends | Melodrama by Lorde

Posted in Musical Notes on 31 Jul by


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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Bookmans Recommends | Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 28 Jul by


National LGBTQ Pride Month is observed across the country each June. But here at Bookmans, we like to keep the celebration of diversity going all year round. What better way to reflect on acceptance and diversity than to read incredible books? Today, we highlight Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw, a multi-genre biography about a multi-genre life. This book is about humanity, journeys and choices. The pages are filled with gumption and wisdom. It is written in a relatable way that encourages readers to reflect on their own individual experiences with misunderstanding and adversity. Bornstein sets an example of how readers can speak and live their own truths. She has dedicated herself to redefining ‘identity’ and is an inspiration for living life in an understanding and creative way.

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Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO CDs

Posted in Musical Notes on 27 Jul by


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 29th and 30th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on CDs. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we once again offer up a few suggestions for must-have albums you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. So sit back and relax as we provide some sweet tune suggestions sure to combat any restlessness during these hot summer months.

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Honoring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

Posted in Musical Notes on 26 Jul by


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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Behind the Trade Counter | Meet Gus!

Posted in In Our Stores on 25 Jul by


If you have visited Bookmans Mesa recently, you have probably noticed some changes. What kind of changes? I’ll give you a hint. Someone new is responsible for providing even more rad products, even more great customer service and even more fun than ever. How is this possible, you might ask. To find out, let’s go behind the trade counter with Gus, our new assistant manager! Driven by his love of video games and musical instruments, Gus comes from the helm of our Electronics Department and is doing a bang-up job right out of the gate. His vision is clear, “To offer the best consumer electronics, books, musical instruments, and entertainment needs at the best prices available.” He loves talking to customers and hearing their Bookmans stories.

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Find Your #ThirdPlace at Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 24 Jul by


Arizona is known for its beautiful landscapes, open space, entertaining cities and, of course, radical weather. Flagstaff during monsoon season can be a conundrum. One minute it’s 80 degrees, the next minute it’s kinda snowing. No seriously, that really happens. Flagstaff also has a winter season that frequently sends residents south to Phoenix and Tucson. Conversely, the weather in Central and Southern Arizona is quite dreamy during the winter but excruciatingly hot in the summertime. Between all of us, we take every opportunity to summer or snowbird within this awesome space that is Arizona. If you can’t get away, I offer this advice for escaping the elements – come hang out with us at Bookmans! What better way to seek relief from the heat or stay out of the rain than to spend time at your local Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. No matter what’s going on outside, Bookmans is the perfect third place – not work or home, but an excellent space to hang. Weather (pun intended) it’s a gallery full of treasure hunting delights, an epic LP search or a cozy reading chair for story time, each of our stores has its own something special to share with you. We’ve even compiled a list for your perusal. Check it out!

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Go Local! Over 40 Years of Bookmans

Posted in Core Values on 21 Jul by


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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Book Blog | Creative Cover Art

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 20 Jul by


As the old saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. In reality, we all judge books by their covers and it’s not always a bad thing. In the past, publishers concerned themselves more with the binding and fabrics for covers rather than cover art. Times have definitely changed and cover art is now an art form all its own. While walking the aisles or perusing displays at your local Bookmans, one might think that every section is the art section. There are breathtaking examples all around our stores of ingenious, skilled, dramatic and evocative covers that run the gamut of mediums. No one style can claim the title of “Best Cover Art.” We see brilliant covers done with painting, photography, graphics, collage and mixed media. It would be a waste to not take these wonderful covers into consideration when deciding upon your newest read. The covers are well thought out and are often a collaboration between the artist and the writer. That collaboration gives the potential reader a fairly accurate idea of what to expect from the pages inside. Today, we take a look at some classic covers that consistently drive readers to purchase the book – sight seen.

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