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Do You Have Bibliophelia Southwestus?

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 29 Jun by


When traveling and adventuring to new places, I always subconsciously bring a reminder of home with me. Always, it is in the form of a favorite book that has been read at least a dozen times and almost always it is by a regional author. I’m sure there is some deep, psychological term for this habit (especially because the books always seem to have a Southwestern flavor to them), but for now I will call it Bibliophelia-Southwestus. I’m pretty sure there is no cure and until there is one, here are a few selections I read while I am on an adventure. You can find most of these titles at your friendly neighborhood Bookmans!

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Bookmans Recommends | Fallout Shelter

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 Jun by


Fallout Shelter is a simulation game that is set in the post-apocalyptic universe of the Fallout series. Created by Bethesda Game Studios, the same developers responsible for the award-winning Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter allows players to do something that they have never been able to in the Fallout games: manage their own vault.

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Unpacking Kendrick Lamar’s Album “DAMN”

Posted in Uncategorized on 27 Jun by


Kendrick Lamar has without a doubt been one of the best storytellers in the rap industry. His newly released album “DAMN.”, tells emotional stories about character, honor, society, politics, culture and religion. With fourteen tracks and a 55 minute run-time, this is one to listen to a few times to wrap your mind around Lamar’s lyrics. The majority of the album is simple but gets real heavy at times. Let’s be honest, we can’t really expect anything less from Kendrick. With that being said, here are some of my favorites as I continue to unpack this album. Trust me this wasn’t easy!

Kendrick Lamar

6. LOYALTY.
This track features the one and only Rihanna, I’m sure this one will be a part of the summer hype soundtrack of 2017. It’s definitely a lot more relaxed than his other tracks and it’s dope to hear Rihanna and Lamar work together from bar to bar.

11. XXX.
Kendrick goes in speaking his mind on politics and social issues. This might be the most important track on the album. I was a little unsure of what to expect with a collaboration with U2. I have to say it was far from disappointing! Kendrick easily coasts through many different sounds.

12. FEAR.
This is the longest track on the album and probably one I would say I personally relate to the most. This track deals with anxiety. insecurities, and how it all ties in with life. He talks about how his struggles and most of all his fears that changed from childhood to teen years and up through his 20’s. He says that some kind of fear always continues to follow us, sharing his struggle of getting rid of  fear or whatever it was that was causing it. Getting towards the end of the track he says, “I wonder if I’m living through fear or living through rap.” Strong statement Kendrick.

For Kendricks’s older albums, we suggest coming by Bookmans today. His older work is just as monumental and is the basis for the love that we have for new releases. For more on his current work and a sneak peak into his new musical release visit his website here.

Tarot Cards | Tarot Throughout Time

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores, Merchandise on 26 Jun by


For all of recorded history, mankind has longed to lift the veil of the unknown. Humans have an innate desire to explore both inner and outer realms and realities. We also long to know the future, to be able to have some warning or insight as to what is headed our way, both in our personal lives and on the global stage. What awaits humanity, society or the future of our very planet? Mankind has developed, or uncovered, many methods by which this exploration can take place. History tells us of ancient shamans, wizards, goddesses and oracles who probe the mysteries of existence with runes, fortune sticks, tea leaves, palmistry and crystal balls. Here at Bookmans we are not immune to the charms of crystals, pendulums or talismans but we prefer to leave the rabbit’s feet to another era. Let the bunnies keep their feet. Luckily folks have many other alternative methods by which to explore their realities. One such method is the ancient practice of reading Tarot Cards.

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Uke “U” | Bookmans Ukulele University


June is Music month here at Bookmans because, well, we like music. A significant number of our employees, both past and present, are musicians. Our Bookmans Peeps play professionally, are in bands, teach music and take the craft seriously. Music is another key part of the Bookmans identity so we thought it would be perfect to host some ukulele workshops. Why go to Ukulele University? Lets have a look at the basics of this charming little instrument and find out what makes it so popular!

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Mesa | Top 5 Local Pet Adoption Agencies

Posted in Core Values on 22 Jun by


If you have never owned an animal or you are currently in the market for one, NOW is the time to act. The are many rewards to adopting a new animal, but the road to finding your perfect fur-ever friend may be a long one. You start with a lot of  questions. Why is adoption so important? Where should I adopt from? What are the pros and cons of adopting from shelters as opposed to breeders? We collected some of our favorite pet adoption agencies near Bookmans Mesa to help you find the right pet for your family.

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First Look | Wonder Woman Reviewed

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 21 Jun by


“It’s a sacred duty to save the world and it’s what I’m going to do” – Diana, Princess of the Amazon. It finally happened. The powers that be in Hollywood finally brought Wonder Woman to the big screen! Folks flocked to the theaters and the reviews are in. Let’s take a look at what Bookmans employees thought of the much anticipated film adaptation of DC’s popular female superhero (or heroine); the one and only Wonder Woman!

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June’s Tunes | Top 5 TV Theme Songs

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 20 Jun by


You know them by heart. You clap along when appropriate. They are the sounding bell for many TV binge sessions. Of course, we are talking about those completely recognizable TV theme songs. From the classics like “Come and Knock On My Door” from Three’s Company to more recent ones like Malvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” on Weeds, these short, catchy and on-point songs help sell the show and set the mood. So sit back, pop some corn and chill as we count down our Top 5 TV Theme Songs courtesy of Bookmans Midtown.

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5 Forever Favorite 90’s TV Shows

Posted in Job Postings, Uncategorized on 19 Jun by


Where are all my 90’s kids at? It was a decade that gave us some of the raddest video games in history(in my opinion). It was a decade that brought us the struggle of renting a VHS tape that the person before you didn’t rewind. If you remember that then chances are there are probably pictures of you in a bright neon wardrobe inside an old photo album, hopefully buried away at your parent’s house. Don’t worry, we don’t have to get into all that. Let’s focus on the good and dig into some of the great 90’s TV shows that you still remember watching today. There was the pop culture Bel-Air family, the daily adventures of being a rugrat, and the yellow cartoon family who is perhaps the most popular family in the world. The best way to re-cap these great shows is to watch them again. So with a little help, here are a few of my favorites from our 90’s childhood!

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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June’s Tunes | Top 5 Great Video Game Soundtracks

Posted in Musical Notes on 16 Jun by


June is Music Month here at Bookmans and we’re putting the spotlight on one genre that doesn’t get enough attention. Video game soundtracks make great background music for work and play because they are designed to enhance the setting and mood of a game, while not distracting from the gameplay experience. We use some of our favorite soundtracks to set the mood for our work, while we are in the office, as well as when relaxing at home in the tub. We present to you a few great video game soundtracks to use as background music for your life.

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Six Degrees of Binge Watching Movies

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 15 Jun by


Once a month, for movie night, my friends and I like to play a game called “Six Degrees…” An example is “Six Degrees of Marilyn Monroe” or “Six Degrees of Mel Brooks.” The way it works is we choose a movie star and everyone brings a DVD to watch (the cast must include that actor). For the best results, we try to bring some “B” movies or indie films for binge watching. It’s always fun to see how they started out!

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Winner Wednesday | The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at FilmBar

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 14 Jun by


**CONTEST CLOSED**Cinemania is a new 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: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at FilmBar on Saturday, June 17th at 10pm in Downtown Phoenix!

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June’s Tunes | Original Songs by Arizona Bands

Posted in Musical Notes on 13 Jun by


In honor of Music Month, we’ve gathered some of our favorite songs by our favorite bands. It just so happens that these bands reside right here in Arizona – when they aren’t touring the globe, that is. By elevating Arizona to international levels, these home-grown musicians are taking the multifaceted culture of our community on the road and showing the realness of Arizona on a world stage. From Cumbia to Blues to Afrobeat to Mariachi to Mambo, check out what amazing talents we have right here in the Grand Canyon state. Take a listen and find out how these Arizona bands are reinventing vintage sounds through original compositions in order to create an alchemy of tradition mixed with innovation. The best part is that we can catch all of these bands playing live shows in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff. So whether you buy a ticket to their next European show or get out and dance to the following songs at a local venue, make sure to show these incredible Arizona musicians some love.

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Now Hiring | Musical Electronic Repair in Tucson

Posted in Job Postings, News, Uncategorized on 12 Jun by


***THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED*** Bookmans is hiring for our Musical Instrument Repair Shop based in Tucson! We are in need of an experienced Musical Electronics Repair Technician and we think it may be you! Join our amazing team at the Bookmans Instrument Repair Shop based out of the Bookmans Resource Center. You can get a full description of the job below then apply online today!

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Bookmans Mesa Giveaway | Win a Ukulele

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 09 Jun by


Aloha a me ke alohaia mai Bookmans heluhelu!  (Hello and greetings Bookmans readers!) It is June’s Tunes month, which means we are showcasing our love of all things music.  Of course you already know we have your favorite video games, books, electronics, movies and toys, but did you know we also sell both new AND used instruments?  That’s right! We have a large assortment of musical tools that are sure to let loose your inner rockstar. Grab a guitar, drum set, trumpet or ukulele. Have a gig coming up? Prepare yourself as we carry a large assortment of strings, supplies, mics, and amps. We know what you’re thinking and YES, you can even use your trade credit!

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Listen Up | Bryson Tiller’s New Album ‘True to Self’

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Jun by


Surprise! If you haven’t heard, Bryson Tiller had an early release of his new album True to Self. Time to drop in with a review. I’ve been exploring this album since its unexpected release last week, and there is still a lot to drive in to with 19 tracks and a 58 minute runtime.

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Bookmans Midtown | Top Album Recommendations

Posted in Musical Notes on 07 Jun by


It’s June’s Tunes here at Bookmans! The store to explore has mad love for all things geek and that includes music. Whether it’s classic rock like Zeppelin, funk like George Clinton or something a bit softer like Joni Mitchell, we love all types of tunes. That’s why we asked our Musical Instrument Department at Bookmans Midtown to share their favorite albums. These albums never get old for our team members, with each album serving as an introduction to their love of music. Maybe you’ll know a few mentioned here or gain a new favorite yourself.

Album Recommendations

Artwork by Joe Fanning

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Ticket Tuesday | Rebelution at Mesa Amphitheatre

Posted in Contests & Giveaways on 06 Jun by


**CONTEST CLOSED**As summer heats up in Arizona, a little beach-inspired relief is headed to the Valley of the Sun. California roots & reggae band, Rebelution will grace the Mesa Amphitheatre stage on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. Along with fellow bands, Nahko and Medicene for the People, Rebelution brings their unique brand of reggae, roots, calypso and ska-infused jam-band grooves to town. Gather up the flip flops, beach towels and cold drinks! Don’t miss this opportunity to channel some coastal breezes at this stellar summer concert. Tickets start at $35, but not to worry: this Ticket Tuesday, we’re giving away two tickets to see Rebelution live in Mesa.

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Our Top Musical Movies for Summer

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 05 Jun by


It is June’s Tunes month here at Bookmans and with summer in full swing, the kids home from school and everything hot enough to practically explode, no one wants to do much straining and that includes what you watch. Musicals are the perfect choice for a feel good film that will be enjoyed by everyone. Here are our top picks for the summer!

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Bookmans Grant Clearance Sale

Posted in In Our Stores on 05 Jun by


We’re at it again! Bookmans Grant will be hosting another clearance sale this weekend. We recently moved our inventory from our Grant location to the new Bookmans Midtown location at 3330 East Speedway Blvd. just east of Country Club Rd. Bookmans Midtown is up and running and ready for you to come buy, sell and trade. With that said, we couldn’t bring everything over, we just had too many books. We love books and want to make sure these fabulous titles find their way into good homes, so we are having another GRANT LOCATION CLEARANCE SALE!


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