Ultimate Movie Party: Clueless

Posted in Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 17 Mar by

You may have noticed that the 1990s are totally back. From fashion to music, everyone is getting in on the fun and funky styles of Xennials’ teenage years. With that in mind, this Ultimate Movie Party blog is giving you the 411 on hosting an unforgettable Clueless-themed movie night! Is there anything better than rolling with your homies at a movie party? Uh, I don’t think so!

Clueless movie poster

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Get Active at Gilbert’s Ka-Pow! Superhero Adventure Run

Posted in Community Events, Uncategorized on 15 Mar by

Attention Super Heroes of all ages! Don your capes because… It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It… it… it could be YOU!

Superheroes? Capes? Adventure runs? What is this craziness that we speak of? We assure you, future saviors of the world, it’s no dream. Nestled deep within the greenery and tennis courts known as The City of Gilbert’s Freestone Park, lies a top-secret headquarters rumored to house one of the “Most Awesomely Impressive Superhero Training Courses Ever Imagined!”

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Movie Soundtracks That Rock My World: Part Two

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 14 Mar by

No matter how many years after their release, these soundtracks have found their way onto playlist after playlist. Some are newer but hit all the right notes. Some are nearing 20 years old and still have so much life in them that I can’t bear to take them out of my rotation. And why would I? In my last blog, I covered just half of my go-to movie soundtracks. Here are the rest of the soundtracks that put a smile on my face every single time I hear them.

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Upgrade Your Game Night with These Tabletop Gems

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 12 Mar by

We’ve all played board games before, and yeah, Monopoly is good I guess. Sure, Scrabble is great if you’re my grandma. If you’re bored just reading that, it’s time for a board game revolution in your home! Let Bookmans shed the skin of boring board games and boring game nights past and shout to the world board games are awesome!

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Black Panther Movie and Music Review

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 09 Mar by

Haven’t seen Black Panther yet? This isn’t a movie I’d wait to take a stroll to go see – I’d sprint if I were you. This movie has taken over not only the big screen, the internet, and, at least temporarily, pop culture! I don’t want to spoil my own review, but I have to say that the movie truly lives up to all the hype. There are spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, turn back now. If you have, read on because there is so much to talk about!

Black Panther movie poster collage


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Nostalgic Books From My Childhood

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 Mar by

There are books from my childhood that still give me a warm feeling inside when I think about them. I remember being so excited about reading them again and again. They weren’t complex really at all, they were simple books, but there was something about these books that helped me discover a love of reading. Back then I wasn’t a huge fan of reading mainly because it seemed more like a task. If anyone remembers AR (Accelerated Reading) then you’ll know that you had to read a certain amount of books based on your reading skill level and take tests to earn points. That seemed like work to me. However, the books I’m about to get all nostalgic on gave me genuine joy. Considering this was 15+ years ago, they clearly made an impression on me. Here’s my list of the top children’s books from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

dinosaurs before dark book cover

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Treasure Hunting: An Interview with Artist Taylor Graves

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For local Southern Arizona artist Taylor Graves, that old saying could not be truer. With the right materials and a little imagination, a “piece of junk” becomes a work of art. Let’s get to know a bit more about one of Bookmans’ most popular local artists.

Bookmans Interviews artist Taylor Graves image of microphone interview with reporter
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Celebrate Spring with Bookmans this March!

Posted in Uncategorized on 01 Mar by

This March, Bookmans wants to add a little spring to your step! The air is already cooler, the bare winter trees are starting to green, and Bookmans has a ton of amazing events to start your springtime off with a bang!

Celebrate Spring With Bookmans poster of a book, wildflowers, and butterflies

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When Grace And Frankie Worked 9 to 5

Posted in In Our Stores on 28 Feb by

Undoubtedly, Netflix has created comedy gold with its hit “Frankie and Grace.” The mega-hit cast stars Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson, a retired cosmetics mogul of Say Grace, and Lily Tomlin as Frances “Frankie” Bergstein (née Mengela), a hippie art teacher.  Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when their husband’s Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. The wives caught in the middle, who have never been particularly fond of each other, are forced to live together and learn to unite as they cope with difficulties. Fans may be surprised to learn this is not the first time Fonda and Tomlin have teamed up. Superfans, however, know exactly what I’m talking about. Remember that 1980’s gem 9 to 5?

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A Gamer’s Field Guide to Couch Co-Op

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 27 Feb by

Don’t go in alone! Always have a buddy who’s got your back!

If you spend a lot of your free time gaming, you’re a lot like me. I mean, how can you not – they’re awesome! My wife and I are always on the hunt for our next great gaming adventure. For us, that next great hidden gem of a co-op experience is harder than trying to find Will in Stranger Things. It’s frustrating that a key feature that shaped many childhoods, mine included, is being forgotten. I miss the good old days where all you needed was a few good snacks, a great game, and a second controller. Here’s a walk down memory lane with my list of awesome co-op games you need to play with a buddy.

Couple playing video games together on a couch

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Songs You Won’t Mind Getting Trapped In Your Head

Posted in Musical Notes on 25 Feb by

Ever get a certain beat or anthem stuck in your head for hours? It’s pretty much an everyday thing for me. Often times around Bookmans, you can spot me singing to the catchy piece of music trapped in my head at the moment. These new tunes have been playing on a loop in my brain, and though sharing them might not get them out anytime soon, I’m happy to have them playing on repeat in my head. You might find yourself singing along in a minute too.

Fetty, Kyle, and Drake Album Covers

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How I Met Your Mother Steals My Heart – Until the Last Episode

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 22 Feb by

How I Met Your Mother, or HIMYM for short, has been my all-time favorite show to watch since it aired. I’ve re-watched it at least 10 times. To me, this show is perfect. It’s comedic, light-hearted, and you don’t necessarily have to watch the episodes in order to know what’s going on. It’s the best sitcom for when you just need a good laugh and want to unwind. It was so easy to emotionally attach yourself to the characters because their lives were relatable. It’s that connection with the show that makes the last episode hard to watch – even 4 years later.

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Movie Soundtracks That Rock My World: Part One

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 19 Feb by

Movies are true works of art. Most of us use our inner critics to take in a movie’s acting performances and the director’s storytelling abilities.  Those who study film (or are just passionate movie watchers) will also pay attention to the world of the story created by the writers and the cinematographer’s eye for space and light as well. There are costumes, sets, edits – a million little things that can make a movie great or merely average. My favorite “little thing” is the movie soundtrack.

For me, music can make or break a movie. These are just some of the most outstanding movie soundtracks that make my world go ’round.

Movie still image graphic: The Life Aquatic, Drive, and Purple Rain

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American Horror Story Seasons Ranked Worst to Best

I love American Horror Story. This show is filled with heart-wrenching scenes of murder, love stories, dark humor, and so much more. The acting from every character is phenomenal. You can really tell each actor/actress put their all into the show. Every season of AHS is packed with hidden motifs, metaphors, and messages and that is what makes this show so fantastic. But there are some parts of each season that just did not sit well with me. Without further ado, here is my take on all the seasons of American Horror Story, ranked from worst to best.

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Romcoms That Will Never Get Old

It’s no secret that romcoms (romantic comedies) can be hit-or-miss. Some lack in the comedy department, have an unoriginal or weak storyline, or are a bit too raunchy. Some romcoms, for whatever reason, are just not that memorable. The truth is, it’s hard to find a type of humor that works for everyone, a feat made more difficult when throwing romance into the mix. BUT, when we do find a movie that hits all the right notes, we won’t soon forget it. These two movies are some of the most unforgettable romcoms in my book.

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Friendships We Love This Galentine’s Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on 11 Feb by

Hey! Hey! Hey ladies! Our fave holiday is here and no, it is not that candy heart, red rose raining, pink and red parade known as Valentine’s Day. It’s Galentine’s Day! Time to leave bae at home and spend the day before Valentine’s with your truest soulmates, your best girlfriends. Those badass chicks you call to both vent about your stresses and celebrate your successes deserve to be honored!

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Harry Potter, Thank You for All the Years of Magic!

Posted in Bookie Blog, Uncategorized on 10 Feb by

For me and a lot of others my age, reading the Harry Potter series produced a lot of emotion and laughter. It also taught an entire generation valuable lessons while stimulating our imaginations. It helped me discover what a true reading adventure was. At a time when Harry Potter was monumental to me, I remember the excitement of each book being released and begging my grandfather to wait in line with me and the other Harry Potter fans to snag a copy. Deep down, I know he was a Potter fan too. Aren’t we all?

Harry Potter book and DVD collection with a black background

I loved having my Grandfather with me each time a new Harry Potter book reached my hands. I also loved the nights spent reading with me and my cousins, everyone excited to turn the page. One of my favorite HP memories was reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with my entire class. I remember we had convinced our teacher to let us have a Hogwarts’ feast. The class made and drank butterbeer and played games. That memory will stay with me for a very long time! After we finished each chapter, we would talk about it, and, perhaps more importantly, the meaning behind it.

Harry Potter was the first book to show me the magic of reading. It also helped me learn that some of the most important lessons we learn come from literature. As we celebrate Love of Reading Month at Bookmans, I’m celebrating by re-reading Harry Potter, my all time favorite series.

Thank you, Harry Potter, for all the years of magic! J.K. Rowling, you’re a true wizard!

If you are looking to add a little magic to your life, I recommend heading over to your local Bookmans and scooping up all the Harry Potter books you can hold!

Everyone Loves Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons isn’t geek culture, it’s pop culture. For the uninitiated, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Of course, for those who play, it’s so much more than that. At its core, D&D is about storytelling; it’s about you and your friends telling a story together. This includes guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. Each player creates a character with different attributes and abilities that they can level up through playing multiple sessions, otherwise known as the campaign.

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My Bromance with Andre Norton’s “Outside”

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 05 Feb by

February may be our Love of Reading month, but face it, who doesn’t love books ALL the time? Everything from the cover art, to the feel of holding the book in your hands, to turning that page. Nothing truly compares to or has the smell of a book. This is the true story of a sometimes book collector.

Book cover of Andre Norton's Outside

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Indulge in the Divine: Tarot Recommendations

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Feb by

Tarot reading has been around for centuries and from the look of it, will be around for many years to come. With thousands of tarot decks to choose from, looking for the perfect one can be a struggle that all mystics face. From color choices to the weight of the cards to illustration and design, sometimes decks just don’t feel like the right ones for you. Don’t fret – Bookmans is here to help! We offer a wide selection of decks for all experience levels. Here are my top four favorite tarot decks that I’ve encountered at my Bookmans store.

Tarot Card deck with book and two piles of cards

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