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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

Sky Walker – Miguel (ft. Travis Scott)
WARNING! This beat is contagious and a first-class collaboration that deserves to be thrown into your rotation! This one is all taking the time to enjoy yourself, life, and all that comes with it. Take the time to enjoy the moment and just try to get this out of your head.

Sky Walker Image from Video

Could You Believe It – Fetty Wap
Fetty’s got a new album this year, and he’s definitely come along way with this one. How many of you remember Sway?  I’m down with the energy! Don’t let them sleep on you, achieve whatever it is you believe! Hard work, commitment and support and you’ll get there.

fetty album cover

God’s Plan – Drake
Scary Hour! This track yet again made into another one of my reviews. Seriously, it’s that addictive! The beat keeps flying around in my head. Drake is back, and I have a feeling this is only the beginning of some new greatness.

Drake Album Cover for Scary Hours

Doubt It – KYLE
KYLE’s music is full of staggering references from pop culture to wealth to lifestyle to gaming (yes, he is also a professional gamer). He’s keeping it real and humble. The upbeat tempo that makes your feet move mixing with the allegorical lyrics are exactly why it’s stuck in my head (and will undoubtedly be stuck in yours too).

kyle Doubt It Album Cover

If you like the music or the review, keep your eyes peeled to read more from me. And if you see me singing along to a song in my head at Bookmans, it’ll probably be one of these, so feel free to join in! Be sure to check out our employee recommendations when you’re at our stores. Our selection is always changing and new music makes its way across our counters daily, so there’s always something new to recommend.

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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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The Greatest Showman

Posted in Reel Chat on 03 Feb by


Loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman delivers something truly special to the big screen. Between the choreography, storyline, and music from the composers (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of La La Land), it’s no wonder that people are flooding into theaters to see this masterful movie. Here’s why I think you should see it too, even if you’re not a lover of spectacle.

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Feel The Love of Reading This February

Posted in Uncategorized on 01 Feb by


“Is that a hardcover or are you just happy to see me?” With blush-inducing bookish pickup lines like “Did I just step into an E. M. Forster novel because any room with you in it is A Room with a View” and fun date nights for you and bae like Ukulele Workshops, Bookmans is obviously the place to be for book lovers young and old.

Whether you got a date to the dance or are living the single life, Bookmans can help you meet The One… book that is. Our Blind Date With A Book displays are up and loaded with novels pining for you to take them home. Looking to try something new? Give Book Speed Dating a whirl at Bookmans Flagstaff. Whatever your flavor may be, Bookmans is sure to deliver. Don’t believe us? Check out all the fun date nights our stores have planned all February-long.

Okay, last one! “Hey beautiful, wait until you see the size of my Phillip K. Dick collection.” 

Come hang at Bookmans Flag for Book Speed Dating where you can pick a date or two or three! Need a night out on the town? Head to the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. If you need a more family affair, celebrate the work of Theodore Geisel Seuss at Dr. Seuss Crafts and Story Time with The Literacy Center.

Bookmans Mesa will serenade young lovers at their Spotlight On Sound event featuring local artist Simon Wong. Want to do some serenading yourself? Learn the ukulele at Live From Bookmans. What if you’re more of a Zoe and Hoban couple? Well then head to Pokemon League and catch them all!

Join Bookmans Phoenix at the Phoenix Art Museum for a special Bookmans Story Time event. Fall in love stargazing at the Phoenix Astronomical Society Free Telescope Workshop. Enjoy crafts, games and more at Seuss on The Loose. And don’t miss Bookmans Phoenix joining in the musical fun with their very own Ukulele Jamboree!

Head to Bookmans Northwest to catch their Seussabration with Silly Tassie! Enjoy a special Dr. Seuss story time, crafts and games. Take a chance on love at Book Speed Dating or meet your next great read at the Local Author Fair.

Bookmans Midtown asks you to go on a Blind Date With A Book the entire month of February. Simply stop by and pick up a date for two. Saturday Morning Story Time launches the first Saturday in February. Want to meet fellow bibliophiles and discuss books? Join the New Adult Book Club or Bookmans Backroom Book Club. Or join Bookmans as they go on an adventure of our making at the Choose Your Own Adventure Read Aloud. Celebrate your love of reading in Seusstacular fashion with Silly Tassie and Literacy Connects at the Spectacular Seussabration!

Join Bookmans East for a Ukulele Festival. Beginners and intermediate players welcome. Ukuleles will be provided or you can bring your own! Celebrate Arizona’s birthday at Paint Night. Paints, brushes, and canvases provided at this entirely free event! And of course, East host a Dr. Seuss event as well. Join them for ObSEUSSed With Seuss at the end of the month!

Celebrate your #LoveOfReading all month long at Bookmans stores!

Ultimate Movie Party: True Romance

Posted in Reel Chat on 30 Jan by


Welcome to the first edition of Ultimate Movie Party, Bookmans’ new blog about pairing an excellent movie with its soulmate party elements. Instead of just flopping on the couch for a run-of-the-mill movie night, celebrate your love of cinema by throwing the ultimate movie party that puts your guests smack-dab into the world of your favorite flicks, food and all! What goes better with a movie than some family, friends and movie-themed festivities that perfectly complement your viewing experience, right? 

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Add These Tracks Your 2018 Playlist

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 27 Jan by


One of the advantages of working for a company like Bookmans is the ability to digest music, movies, games, and books effortlessly. As new material makes its 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. And here we are back at it again.

Album covers surrounding the title Favorite Tracks of 2018 so far

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A Murderino’s True Crime Reading List

Posted in Bookie Blog on 25 Jan by


Held a place in your heart for true crime stories for decades or new to the scene? There is certainly something undeniably fascinating about every aspect of this macabre world of storytelling. It’s hard to keep true crime books on our shelves these days, and everyone seems to have a story to tell in one form or another. From tales of survival to unsolved murders, two women blend their enthusiasm for true crime into one killer podcast. Best of all, their accompanying reading list is just as incredible as their show.

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Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Posted in Reel Chat on 23 Jan by


In 2014, fans of Japanese animation shed a collective tear when Studio Ghibli announced it would no longer produce films. Led by Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary film studio which produced iconic movies like My Neighbor TotoroSpirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service officially entered a new phase when Miyazaki announced his retirement and surprised the world. Today, we’re looking at the next phase of heartwarming animation from Japan, Mary and the Witch’s Flower.
Mary and the Witch's Flower movie poster

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Pokémon League presented by Team Rocket Az

Posted in Games, In Our Stores on 18 Jan by


We’ve all been familiar with Pokémon for a very long time – more than two decades. Any kid will remember the endless Gameboy games, cards, and media surrounding these little, animated characters. Today, Pokémon leagues and meetups are popping up all over the place. That said, there has never been a better time to join one.

Pokemon League poster advertising Pokemon event for February 11th and 25th at 3 PM at Bookmans Mesa

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Why Telestrations is the Best Party Game

Posted in Games, Merchandise on 17 Jan by


If you haven’t heard of Telestrations before, you’re definitely in for a treat! Hands down, this is the most fun party game out there. It’s one of those games that has everybody laughing and you don’t need a certain type of humor or personality to like this game – which is rare nowadays.

Photo of Telestrations board game box

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Books to Read Before They Become Movies

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 12 Jan by


So many books have seen a transformation into a film adaptation, from The Lord of the Rings to The Great Gatsby to Captain Underpants. For all the ones that you know of, there are hundreds more you may not know about. SURPRISE! (or not) – 2018 is full of popular book-to-film adaptations. And the best way to prepare for any and all of these movies is to submerge yourself in the books before you catch the films. Here are a few of 2018’s must-read books to devour before they hit the big screen!

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Proof that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the Best Show Ever

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 10 Jan by


Okay, maybe I don’t have proof. What I do have is some really strong evidence to support my claim that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the best show to ever air on television. If you don’t believe me, it’s time for a rewatch.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show main cast photo

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