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Geeking Out At Bookmans Mesa

Posted in Uncategorized on 24 May by


Have you wondered what it is like to be as close to paradise as humanly possible? If you haven’t been in our stores lately, now is the time to come back. Whether you are a collector, birthday shopping or doing some early holiday shopping, we have you covered. Let us tell you about what you can find in our Geeking Out corner at Bookmans Mesa!

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Devour Arizona | Geeking Out On Gastronomy

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores on 23 May by


Arizona restaurant street-cred is on the rise. Just this year, The Guardian published an article about the eclectic and culturally diverse culinary scene in Phoenix. This city’s evolution into a foodie oasis is thanks to the growing local businesses of Devour Phoenix, a coalition of independent restaurants working with our friends at Local First AZ. At Bookmans, May is our month to geek out over all of your favorite things. Gather up those collectibles & comics, but don’t forget to show some love to the the most delicious of pastimes. From tacos to antipastos to pizzas, these local Arizona restaurants offer some of the best fare in the state. And even better, supporting local businesses keeps more funds here in our communities. Studies have shown that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, roughly $42 remains right here in Arizona, while for the same $100 spent in a national chain, only $13 remains here. Get those forks & knives ready and head out on a local culinary adventure. Today, we’re highlighting five of our favorite Arizona restaurants. Luckily, each of the top five are moments away from Bookmans Phoenix. This summer, get on the road and explore one or all of these local gastronomic gems. Then, stop in at Bookmans to peruse our awesome cooking section for some rad finds.

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Comic Books | Read Em’ Before You See Em’

Posted in Reel Chat on 22 May by


Bookmans is all about celebrating your inner geek. From Dungeon Masters to Sith Lords and creative cosplayers, all members of the geekosphere are welcome at our stores. That’s why we’ve devoted an entire month to celebrating all thinks geek! Comics are just a small slice of the pie, but have quickly become the most sought after screenplay source material for would-be blockbusters. If the success of Guardians 2 is any indication, the superhero film franchise is here to stay. We’ve got the inside scoop on all the single issue comic books you need to read before they hit the screen. Here are our top 3 Read ‘Em Before You See ‘Ems.

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Geeking Out | Logic “Everybody”

Posted in Uncategorized on 19 May by


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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Geeking Out | Summer Vacation Horror Flicks

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 18 May by


School’s out for the summer and for the high school or college student that usually means parties, vacations and road trips – your general garden variety young-adult shenanigans.  But of course where the rowdy naiveté of youth can be found, evil is lurking close behind.  Here are some classic horror films to geek over this summer that pit young-adults against forces of evil, both supernatural and mundane.

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Winner Wednesday | Cinemania: House (Hausu)

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 17 May by


**CONTEST CLOSED** Cinemania is a monthly film series at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix that highlights all-time favorite genre films on the big screen. Hosted by Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout, Cinemania celebrates the essence of FilmBar – Phoenix’s true indie cinema. Since opening in 2011, FilmBar has made it their mission to preserve the art of independent film in the local community. The innovative programming of Andrea Canales and Dan Stone has attracted many accolades including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” and Phoenix Magazine’s Best of The Valley “Best Cinema.” Specializing not only in the latest independent and foreign films, but in local, cult and classic films, FilmBar offers something for everyone. On this Winner Wednesday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: House (Hausu) at FilmBar on Saturday, May 20 at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!

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Geeking Out | Mass Effect: Andromeda


Five years after the release of the final climatic installment of the original Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware is back with the much anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda. The story of Andromeda begins around the same time as the first Mass Effect game, as tens of thousands of the diverse Milky Way races (human, asari, turians, salarians, and krogan) depart their home galaxy for a 600 year journey to the Andromeda galaxy.

 

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Games Gone Retro | Vintage Board Games

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 15 May by


Vintage is trending and Bookmans East has just the games for you! Retro Range has released a collection of retro inspired games with original artwork and game pieces. These are “modernized versions of old favourites” that combine the quirky charm of vintage toys and games with the special features of updated versions. There is nothing tacky about these games; they are wonderfully eccentric. These modernized classics incorporate wholesomeness paired with a cheeky sensibility. The games they chose to update and remake are not just the games from your childhood but also from your grandparent’s childhoods.vintage Read More…

Geeking Out | Bat For Lashes

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


Can we please take a moment to geek over one of my all time favorite artists? Bat For Lashes is a pseudonym of British Singer/Songwriter Natasha Khan, who released her debut album Fur and Gold in 2006.  Since then she has produced three additional studio albums including The Bride, which was released earlier this year.  

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Craft How-To | Recycled Wall Decor

Posted in Core Values on 13 May by


Bookmans is all about going green, all year long. In a previous article we mentioned that we like to save items that get left behind at our trade counter, such as books, DVDs, comics, video game consoles and many others. We wanted to highlight some of the amazing things you can do to repurpose old materials. In this craft how-to, we’re making wall décor out of recycled discs and comics. This is a cheap and easy way to spend a summer afternoon crafting and what better way to do it (and save money) than using items you no longer use.

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Geeking Out | Throwback to Childhood Video Games

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 May by


When it comes to video games, my all-time favorites are still the ones that I grew up playing. Now don’t get me wrong, I can definitely get down on the newest ps4 games too. I’m totally a sucker for annihilating zombies in Black Ops and always down to hijack the baddest looking car in the latest GTA. I have to be honest though, I catch myself a lot of times throwing it back to the games I grew up on. Here are just a few of my favorite video games, all the way from childhood.

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Freak Out and Geek Out

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 11 May by


Let us take you to a very special place, your happy place! It is a wonderland of treasures, where everything you love is there and everyone is smiling. We don’t have any lemon drops, but boy do we have sweet stuff! May is Geek Out month and Bookmans wants to introduce you to our uber elite, culturally reflective playland we call the Geek Zone.geek Read More…

Phoenix | Top 5 Cool Spots For Pets

Posted in Core Values, In Our Stores on 10 May by


As the weather heats up around Arizona, a burning question looms in the minds of all pet owners. Where can we take our fur friends when the sidewalk is not suitable for paws? Local First Arizona is on the case with a handy directory of all local pet-related businesses in our state. Local First Arizona is a driving force behind building better communities for Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and everything in between. So what could be better than spending some quality time with your four-legged best friend, while supporting the businesses that grow the local economy? Possibly doing the aforementioned activities with coffee, in which case, #2 has us covered. Today, we’re counting down the top five local spots to take your pets when the hot weather just won’t quit. Spoiler alert, we’re a little biased on #1.

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Bookmans Tucson | Free Summer Kids Events

Posted in Community Events, In Our Stores, News on 09 May by


Everyone’s favorite used bookstore is hosting a cornucopia of family-friendly events all summer long at each of our six state-wide locations. Join us for Free Summer Kids Events with fun-filled activities like mad science experiments and lego build offs. Meet real-life mermaids and pirates as you sail the seven seas. Settle in for a jolly storytelling experience with puppets, magic and more. Free Summer Kids Events take place Tuesday through Friday at 10am. Here’s what we have coming your way:

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Mesa’s Great Geek Giveaway

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 May by


According to Urban Dictionary  “geeking out” is when one likes to  “spend an amount of time discussing geekish things with other geeks, or to participate in geeky undertakings and pastimes with one or more other geeks.” Let’s face it, we all have those things that make us geek out. You’re a member of the club if you enjoy fumbling through a new book, powering up with the latest video game, debating whether or not to open that new toy, or even collecting unusual tchotchkes. You like what you like. We understand that. We truly believe that geeking out is half the fun and we’d like to help you take it to the next boss level with a Great Geek Giveaway at Bookmans Mesa.

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Geeking Out | Goats: The Book and Movie

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 May by


Each department at Bookmans comes with an employee that thoroughly loves their job and the product they specialize in. Some prefer video games, but couldn’t tell you who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. Others could tell you the names of every musician in almost every band, but won’t know Pyrex from Family Dollar. We each have our things and that’s what makes Bookmans so special. We all get to geek out about the things we love. Being a total book nerd myself, I have to shamefully announce I watched the movie Goats starring David Duchovny and fell instantly in love. It’s not often I’ll watch a movie over and over again, but there’s something about this gem of a film that keeps me coming back for more. To make matters worse, I found out the movie originated as a book and I felt even more shame for not knowing. Now, I have a new favorite movie and book combo, where I appreciate each one for entirely different reasons.
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Sony PlayStation Does Virtual Reality


It was the year of 2016 and virtual reality was becoming the next big thing. Once Sony PlayStation stepped into the VR (Virtual Reality) world, I became a pushover for it. I mean let’s be real, if you have a PS4, then you are pretty much halfway there.  The PSVR operates off of the PS4 console itself, then all you need is the VR component/headset and a PlayStation 4 Camera. The PSVR easily plugs right into the back of the PS4, while you slip on the lightweight headset. Now that I’ve been explained a little bit on how it gear up let’s expand more on the actual VR experience. 

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Geeking Out | Magic: The Gathering

Posted in In Our Stores on 05 May by


This week we’re taking a break from our typical book, movie, and music recommendations to expose our blog readers to something a little different –  the trading card game Magic: The Gathering.  

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Books Get Sexy at Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 04 May by


Bookmans East has rearranged some of our non-fiction sections to make finding the books you are hunting for easier. Some of those sections include topics that are fundamental to the human experience. No, we aren’t talking about taxes. We aren’t even talking about cooking or home maintenance, at least not cooking in the traditional sense. We are talking about sexuality, relationships, marriage and divorce – the BIG 4. It’s something we all have in common, unless you are a monk, but even then you got here somehow. So yeah, sex is a thing.

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Geeking Out | Con Man The Game

Posted in Uncategorized on 03 May by


Mobile gaming is the hottest thing right now, with thousands of games offered on Google Play and iTunes. As a long time gamer, it took me a while to get into the idea of casual mobile gaming, especially since my phone does little to rival the graphics and power of my PS4 or gaming PC. However, there is one genre of games that will always hook me no matter what platform it is on – simulation games. I adore any game that takes what should be the boring monotony of life and turns it into a fun time-management simulation game. Two games in particular have caught my interest recently: Con Man the Game and Fallout Shelter. Let’s take a look at Con  Man.

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