How to Rock a Road Trip Playlist

Posted in Musical Notes on 17 Jul by

Summer is reaching its end and the thought of school lingering over like a big, gross cloud of adulthood is just… too much to think about right now. We all need a last minute impromptu escape from the mundane. What better way to get away than a road trip! Nothing beats having the windows down feeling the fresh air and bearing witness to all of Arizona’s grand beauty. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading North, South, East, or West. I’m sure no matter where you go in this beautiful state of ours, you are sure to have an adventure. Nothing beats taking a day trip. Every grand adventure needs the right soundtrack to accompany it.

Route 66 painted on street

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The Superstitions Surrounding Friday the 13th

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 16 Jul by

Everyone knows that Friday the 13th is an especially unlucky day in Western culture, but how did it come to be this way? There are tons of superstitious myths about what causes bad luck, and Friday the 13th is some kind of special magnet to that bad luck energy, and many people take precautions to avoid it. An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S are affected by a fear of this day, called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Some people so fear the bad luck caused on this day that they avoid their normal routines.

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Learn Guitar 101 at Mesa’s Introduction Workshop

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 14 Jul by

Have you ever wanted to try something new but have been hesitant for any reason? Those reasons could be financial, the nervousness of the unknown trying something new. Maybe it’s just about breaking out of an everyday routine. Well, now is the time to take that first step forward.  Continuing through July and August, we invite you to try our next Guitar 101 Workshop on July 21st at 1 P.M. This is an introductory class where we will learn simple chords. It’s finally time to learn guitar, everyone!

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Ultimate Movie Party: House Party

Posted in Reel Chat on 12 Jul by

Once upon a time, a slightly goofy hip-hop duo (not the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff) were the hottest thing in town. That time was the 1980s, and no teenager could escape the lure of Kid ‘n Play. Kid ‘n Play were absolutely everywhere and was no surprise that they scored their own movie. If you’ve been keeping up with Bookmans’ Ultimate Movie Party blogs, you know that all of the movies chosen have a lot in common. They’ve all got memorable performances, great soundtracks, enviable outfits, and of course, an undeniable party vibe. Kid ‘n Play’s House Party truly has it all, and here’s why it should be your next Ultimate Movie Party inspiration.

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Review Redemption: Jupiter Ascending

Posted in Reel Chat on 09 Jul by

Ever hear horrible reviews about a movie and go from excited to see it to skip it altogether? A few months or years later, you may give one of those movies a chance and realize – it wasn’t that bad. Yeah, me too. If you’ve ever thought a movie was unfairly reviewed after you’ve been able to judge it for yourself, read on. You may just want to give the movie Jupiter Ascending – and countless critically-panned films – another chance. Buckle up, readers. This is a long one.

Movie Poster for Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum

Which Ninja Turtle Are You?

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 07 Jul by

I don’t know about you, but back in the day, I was obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I say obsessed, I mean it! I watched the cartoon, owned all the movies (my favorite being the second one), wore a Michelangelo costume nearly every Halloween, and even had TMNT pajamas. The Ninja Turtle franchise has been around for decades and it is still alive and well. Just look at the new 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arriving on Nickelodeon in September of 2018! Needless to say, I am beyond excited. With all this hype, we want to know: Which Ninja Turtle personality are you?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Frame

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Winnie the Pooh Quotes That Will Make Your Heart Melt

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 05 Jul by

Winnie the Pooh is more than just a honey lovin’ bear. Pooh has been around since 1926 and has stolen hearts all over the world. What people love most about Pooh are his loyalty and fun-loving spirit. There’s also his adventures with his pals Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo, adventures that millions around the world grew up with. There’s something magical about Winnie the Pooh that sticks with you, and here are some of the most heart-melting quotes from these iconic characters.

NEW ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, 1988-91, © Walt Disney / Courtesy: Everett Collection                                          © Walt Disney / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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Three Identical Strangers

Posted in Reel Chat on 03 Jul by

What makes a movie a must see? Is it the genre, the actors, or the talent behind the screen? For me, it all comes down to a fascinating story. Right from the get-go, a superb movie can make you see and feel things from so many different points of view. Movies have the power to share life experiences, dreams and aspirations and so much more. Pair that with an exceptional trailer that will pique anyone’s curiosity and you have the ability to showcase something truly special.  The new documentary Three Identical Strangers is definitely something special.

Have Some Summer Fun with Bookmans In July!

Posted in News on 01 Jul by

July is a shaping up to be a spectacular month for Bookmans events! Some of our most popular events expanding to other stores in Arizona over the next few weeks, and that means that there’s a whole lot more fun coming your way this summer. Grab your calendar and pencil in your faves!

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The Case for Physical Music

Posted in Musical Notes on 28 Jun by

There are so many ways to tune in to your favorite music! A lot of people stream music via web services, some channel into their favorite radio station, other sare even bring it back with the wax. Some still keep their case full of CDs in great condition. While convenience makes a good argument for buying an album online, I also loved being able to a have my own physical copy! Physical copy gives ownership. There’s never a chance that a purchased album will mysteriously disappear from your music library on your phone after an update. Which happens way more often than it should. It also allows fans to display their music. And have you ever tried to get a digital download autographed? Here are more reasons to love physical music. 

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The 2018 Summer Kids Events Continue!

Posted in Community Events, News on 28 Jun by

Summer is in full effect and Bookmans has been the place to be for summer fun! As we wrap up our June events, we are gearing up for all these incredible July and August Summer Kids Events! No matter which Bookmans store you call your favorite, there is a whole lot of fun in store for little ones to enjoy. From sea-themed adventures to Ninja Turtles and so much more, your local Bookmans is bursting with free entertainment at all our Summer Kids Events!

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VR: Taking Gaming to the Next Level

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

Is it finally time to take the plunge and invest in a virtual reality gear? If you’re interested in technology, are a serious gamer who needs the latest and greatest, or are just looking for a new and exciting experience, it’s time to take a virtual reality video game offerings. Follow me down the rabbit hole of video game VR and discover some pretty awesome game recommendations that were literally made to be experienced in virtual reality.

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Creative Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 25 Jun by

Summer just began and the heat… Let’s just say it is not holding back. We’re in for more hot days than we’d like to admit. It’s enough to make you want to stay indoors with the A/C cranked up until that grueling sun goes down. It may be easy to binge-watch Netflix all summer, but that can get tiring day after day. You don’t have to dread that long summer heat any longer by taking a look at this list that will get you off your couch and keep you entertained as well as active. Not melting is a huge plus too. Let’s get into some summer fun!

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Feeling the Love for Flagstaff’s Pride In The Pines

Posted in Community Events on 22 Jun by

What is pride? You have undoubtedly heard a lot about Pride Month, Pride parades, and Pride events in June. One of those events, Pride in the Pines, is an annual favorite. Pride in the Pines is an incredibly fun weekend and a reminder to celebrate diversity in your local community. Bookmans is always here to help celebrate pride. Here’s why.

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Lavatory Loobrary: National Bathroom Reading Month

Posted in Bookie Blog on 19 Jun by

June is National Bathroom Reading Month. Seriously, we aren’t joking! The average person spends around 2,200 hours on the toilet in a lifetime. What you do with that time is what really matters. I mean, it is a lot of time on your hands. Put down your phone and pick up one of these books perfect for your time on the porcelain throne!

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Movie Review: Incredibles 2

Posted in Reel Chat on 18 Jun by

The wait is finally over. After 14 years of anticipation, Incredibles 2 has a lot to live up to. Incredibles 2 finds itself in a tough position. On one hand, in the era of superhero movies, things have become somewhat formulaic. On the other, with such a large time gap between movies, living up to audiences hype is a daunting task. Incredibles 2 handles both of these issues with utmost ease. Let’s dive in (***spoilers ahead***)!

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Ultimate Movie Party: Marie Antoinette

Posted in Reel Chat on 17 Jun by

Do you think that a truly great party deserves time, effort, and all you can give it to make it the best night ever? If you’re one to go above and beyond to show your friends a good time, this Ultimate Movie Party is for party royalty. Marie Antoinette, like the woman herself, is not without its flaws, but man does it make for a great party movie. Here’s why Marie Antoinette should be your Ultimate Movie Party choice. On y va!

Marie Antoinette movie poster
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Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame Is Worth Revisiting

Posted in Reel Chat on 14 Jun by

Since Snow White premiered in 1937, Disney movies have influenced generations with their magical stories and impressive animation. As the days of classic 2D animation are replaced with the new doe-eyed CGI characters, some of us are feeling a little nostalgic for the days when each detail was painstakingly drawn, animated and colored for our unique viewing pleasure. One of the most beautiful and underrated Disney films, in my opinion, comes from the Disney renaissance era. It’s time to talk about The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

U.S. stage debut of 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' will be in La Jolla

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Journals: A Love Affair

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 13 Jun by

There’s something magical about a crisp clean blank book with a badass cover… Bookmans, the purveyor of fine readables and cool knickknacks, is no slouch brand new journal department. They include themed foiled notebooks, classy leather bounds, bright sketchbooks, gorgeous Decomposition books, and more. There’s a design for everyone, from sleek guitars to ballerinas to fantasy art. One of my favorite things to do while working at Bookmans is eyeing those beautiful embossed covers and foiled colors – they make the books almost glow! If you’ve been bitten by the journaling bug or are looking for the perfect gift for someone special, you just can’t beat a journal. Let me tell you why.

PoeFest: Student Writing Competition 2018

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, News on 09 Jun by

PoeFest is celebrating its 10th year commemorating the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and you can be a part of it all at multiple locations throughout Phoenix, Arizona this October. PoeFest has been a labor of love for a decade. When PoeFest first opened, it did so to just six audience members. With a packed audience on the third night, they knew they had something special. The fest includes mainstage productions of Poe’s short stories every weekend during the month of October with Poe’s stories rotate nightly. Then, on Oct. 20th & 27th, they will present PoeFest Seance. PoeFest culminates on Halloween night with ‘The Raven’ at Rosson House Museum. But there’s something extra special about PoeFest that makes Bookmans honored to be a sponsor!

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