Review: 2018’s Spider-Man for PS4

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 10 Sep by

With the recent release of Spider-Man by Insomniac Games, the Spider-Man hype is at an all-time high. There are so many great Spider-Man games, but let’s be honest – everyone has their personal favorite. Here’s the scoop on why Insomniac’s Spider-Man is my new fave. Believe the hype!

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To Ban or Not to Ban

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 08 Sep by

It makes me sad that, as a society, we need to have a month dedicated to recognizing the impact of ignorance on literature and education. What is worse, books are still being challenged today with bans. Like, right now. Literature has been a staple of self-expression since humans began to write. And there has always been (and probably will always be) someone who believes those words and thoughts should be locked away. With anti-censorship being one of our core values, Bookmans continues to fight for everyone’s right to read. With that, I give you five reasons why books are banned –  and four better reasons not to.

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Fight Censorship and Have Fun with Bookmans in September!

This Fight Censorship Month Bookmans is incredibly excited to celebrate our freedom to read and appreciate art in all its forms in September! We’re also thrilled to host and participate in so many great events within the communities we serve. No matter your age or interest, there are amazing events coming your way all month long at your local Bookmans!

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Art Supplies Put to the Test!

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 06 Sep by

The plan was simple: purchase the pens and colored pencils I pined for. Grab tons of bags. Make those bags beautiful. Sneak them back into the bag supply. Watch the fun. Here’s how it all went down.

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Old Childhood Computer Games

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 05 Sep by

Do you ever wonder what happened to classic computer games? Back in the day my friends and I would have a blast playing them and when my parents would buy me a new one I was over the moon about it. Unfortunately, it seems that not too many people play computer games anymore. Here’s a flashback to some of the games I used to love from the mid-1990’s to early 2000’s.

Boy wearing headphones playing a computer games with a mouse and keyboard

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Join Bookmans for Fight Censorship Month

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 31 Aug by

Bookmans fights censorship every month, but in September we intensify our focus. We believe in the freedom to read, watch, play and listen to whatever media we want. In conjunction with Banned Books Week, we highlight ways to speak up and speak out. The right to discovery, knowledge, and enlightenment is never a crime — and we want to keep it that way.

Fight Censorship 2014
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Adventures in Book Arts and Crafts

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 28 Aug by

As a cashier, I’m in the unique position to see nearly everyone’s epic finds. I meet great people and talk about my favorite games, bands, and books. I end those conversations with a reminder of our 7-day guarantee in the event there’s any problem with the book or disk. Now and then the reply back is: “does the condition matter?” The reason being, the item is going in an art project. This blog post is a shout out to the artists and the crafters. The customers that see potential in the finds others would discard. Let’s dive into the world of book art!

Book art with book open and a folded heart made of paper in 3D facing front

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Bookmans Recommends: D.C. Follies

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 28 Aug by

Who doesn’t have something they have fond memories of? One show took America’s funny bone by storm, and I remember it fondly, even if I was too young to get all the jokes. That nostalgic, kooky cocktail of 1980s politics and pop culture has finally landed onto DVD. Presented by Shout Factory, all 44 episodes of D.C. Follies are presented uncut – for the first time.

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Great Reasons to Join a Book Club

Posted in Bookie Blog, Core Values on 24 Aug by

Have you ever thought of joining a book club before, but not quite sure it’s for you? Well, I have to say that a book club can be for everyone and anyone. Truthfully, you don’t have to love books THAT much to enjoy yourself! Of course, the obvious reason to join a book club is a love of reading, but there are so many other wonderful opportunities you can look forward to when you join. Let’s talk book clubs, everyone!

Students Youth Adult Reading Education Knowledge Concept

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Let’s Get Crazy: 10 Bob Ross Facts

Posted in Reel Chat on 22 Aug by

When it comes to painting, it’s hard not to think of one iconic name: Bob Ross. Ross is known for his calm demeanor, soothing voice, and of course, that amazing hair. His love of animals and nature shined as much as his skills with a brush. Every one of his paintings seemed so effortless, and watching him work is mesmerizing. It truly is a joy to watch the Joy of Painting. Here are some happy little facts about Bob Ross!

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Remembering Aretha Franklin 

Posted in Musical Notes on 19 Aug by

Last week Aretha Franklin, ‘the Queen of Soul,’ passed away at the age of 76. Over the weekend I took time to read many remembrances of her songwriting, vocal prowess, and talent as a pianist. I dove deep into her discography and live performances. The moments that were the most vivid to me were most certainly ones that I can remember, moments from recent history.

Aretha Franklin

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Pokémon Games Ranked Worst to Best

Pokémon is one of the most iconic video games of all time. First launched in Japan in 1996, this role-playing video game quickly spread worldwide. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company made sure to include a Pokémon game for every Nintendo-based console. For 20+ years Pokémon continued to grow. Now, with 802 Pokémon and over 100 games, it’s hard to decide which ones are the best (but I’m gonna try anyway)!

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The Art of Adaptation

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 15 Aug by

What does it take for a movie to be considered a good adaptation?  Is it how faithfully it follows its source material? Is how close it can keep the initial vision of its creator intact while keeping the story both new and exciting? Or can it be something completely different? Can it in a way be a bridge for a new generation of artists to have the room and freedom to express themselves and update the story for a new audience? Let’s examine the art of adaptation through the lens of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part Three

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 13 Aug by

The ultimate tabletop game, Dungeons and Dragons, is having a major popularity boom at the moment. Like so many others, if you are just learning how to tackle the tremendous world of Dungeons and Dragons with your friends or in a DnD club, the size, scale, and complexity of the game can feel overwhelming. As a longtime DnD gamer, I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you master Dungeons and Dragons! In fact, I’ve got 25 of them right here! If you haven’t read Parts One and Two, check them out now. If you’re all caught up, here are my final tips and tricks that will turn you from a novice into a full-fledged gamer!


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Gamers Can Score Big At Bookmans

Posted in Games, In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 09 Aug by

Are you a gamer looking for the latest video game releases? Maybe you’re a collector looking to fill out your retro Nintendo cartridge collection or find some rare Playstation JRPGs. Perhaps you simply want a cheap and entertaining video game system to occupy the kids. Whatever video games you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it and more at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. Take a look at some of the awesome systems we see regularly!

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7 Genius Ways to Make Reluctant Readers Love Reading

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 07 Aug by

It is every parent’s dream that their child will one day devour books like they do candy. Reading can be one of the most magical gifts a child can get, but in this day and age many children would rather sit at watch television or play a video game instead. So how do you encourage your child to pick up good ol’ Harry Potter and enjoy it too? First, we need to take a look at what is stopping your child from enjoying books.

Father and two children reading in a blanket fort with twinkling lights

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25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part Two

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog on 05 Aug by

Thanks to the recent resurgence of 80s nostalgia (I’m looking at you, Stranger Things), the already incredibly popular tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons is attracting new players every day. If you yourself are new to the world of DnD, Bookmans is here to help. Some of our employees are, in fact, and this should be unsurprising, serious DnD gamers. As a devoted Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast myself, I am always happy to impart some wisdom to newbies. If you haven’t read Part One of this 3-part blog, catch up here. If you’re ready for some more tips and tricks, read on, adventurers!

Markers, multi-sided dice, game pieces, and writing on a tap signifying a Dungeons and Dragons game being played

The Best Songs from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 03 Aug by

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again was just released in theaters a few weeks ago. I saw it (because why wouldn’t I?) and I have to say, to my surprise, I was bawling for a good portion of it. The storyline and the songs really just moved me. The two films feature some of the best soundtracks that I’ve heard to date. Plus, I’m just a huge sucker for musicals. For me, Mamma Mia stands above all else. Here’s my list of the top songs from the newly released sequel. In case you haven’t seen it already, spoilers ahead!

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Sunshine and Fun to Come at Bookmans in August!

The summer days are still long here in Arizona, and everyone is looking some great ways to beat the heat and humidity in August. Lucky you, Bookmans’ August calendar is overflowing with free events for every member of the family. If your jam is painting, gaming, live music, pets, Pokemon, or trivia, your local Bookmans has your entertainment needs covered!

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25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part One

Posted in Games, Merchandise on 31 Jul by

Wow – there’s been a lot of love for Dungeons and Dragons at Bookmans lately. People are picking up the Lost Mine of Phandelver starter set, dice, and game books in droves. There’s no better time to impart some wisdom for newbies from a veteran player! Hopefully, these will help you navigate the world of D&D and bring a new level of adventure to your game nights!

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