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19 Oct

The Greatest Horror Villains of All Time

We all remember the very first horror movie we saw. The one that messed with our brains so much that we were too scared to even get out of bed. When we think about the villains, even years later, they can send shivers down our spines. Whether it’s monsters in our dreams, in the waters off Amity Island, or under our beds, these are the greatest horror villains of all time (IMHO, of course)!

17 Oct

A Haunting Good Time in Phoenix

Phoenix is hosted to a wide variety of happenings. We have several major sports teams, restaurants claiming they are the creator of the almighty chimichanga, and scorching summers. In contrast, did you know that Phoenix is also home to many spooky sites and infamous spectral sightings? Let’s begin our tale of spirited encounters and phantasmal parables of Phoenix! Come along… if you dare. 

ghost, haunting, ghost costume, forest, night

08 Oct

Cassette Tapes: The New Vinyl

You may have thought cassette tapes had died with the 90’s. We’re excited to say that they are back! The resurgence of vinyl has been steady for the past decade, but it isn’t the only media that has come back. In 2016, cassette tapes sales rose nearly 75 percent. And yes, cassette sales are still on the rise today. Here’s a taste of what led this seemingly obsolete music format to see a dramatic increase in popularity.

30 Sep

4 Ways to Fight Censorship All Year Round

Throughout the month of September, Bookmans fought the good fight against banned books and censorship! You might have participated in one of our Banned Book events or even bought one of those mysteriously wrapped books at our stores from our Blind Date with a Banned Book displays. Just because September comes to an end, our rebellion against censorship does not have to. Here are some ways to celebrate resisting censorship all year round.

 

22 Sep

For the Love of Language

Not a year goes by that you don’t daydream about taking off and seeing the world. Yes, you. You, me, and everyone else too. On our road to becoming the adventurers we would like to be, having a solid second or third language can make a world of difference. Even if you’re not keen on traveling, there are a whole lot of great reasons for everyone in the family to learn a second language.

Learning languages online. Audiobooks concept. Books and headphones on the map world. 3d

07 Sep

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!

06 Sep

Art Supplies Put to the Test!

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.


31 Aug

Join Bookmans for Fight Censorship Month

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

28 Aug

Adventures in Book Arts and Crafts

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

28 Aug

Bookmans Recommends: D.C. Follies

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.

17 Aug

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)!

09 Aug

Gamers Can Score Big At Bookmans

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!

26 Jul

Animal Adoption Urgency Rises With Summer Heat

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 for adopting a new animal, but the road to finding your perfect furever 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’ve collected some of our favorite pet adoption agencies near Bookmans Mesa to help you find the right pet for your family.

19 Jul

The Crime and Punishment of Classic Literature

Face it! Classic literature is intimidating. From the lengthy words to the old-fashioned ways of thinking, books written before the 21st century have this stigma of dryness and intelligence that feels beyond our own. You are not going to like every single book you read. And anyway, why should you bother with classic literature in this day and age?

Classic Literature

14 Jul

Learn Guitar 101 at Mesa’s Introduction Workshop

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!

25 Jun

Creative Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

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!

13 Jun

Journals: A Love Affair

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.

Journals side by side on a desk

22 May

Top Ten Binge Worthy TV Shows

If you are like me, you probably can’t watch a show without binging the entire series. The summer heat is blistering in Arizona and binge watching a stellar show is the perfect excuse to stay inside. So jump into worlds unlike your own and indulge, everyone! Looking for some guidance? Here is a list of my top ten favorite binge-worthy TV shows!

10 May

A Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl

Over the past few years, vinyl records have made a comeback in a big, big way. More and more music enthusiasts are heading to their local record stores to discover or collect music. There are a lot of reasons why vinyl has made a resurgence in recent years, and if you are just starting to create your own vinyl collection, you’ll want to know all about how to pick and choose records – and what else you need to make them play beautiful music.

Flagstaff Vinyl 2

04 May

Learning an Instrument is Good for the Soul

As summer approaches, you may be finding yourself with more free time on your hands. Yes, you can waste away the days on your smartphone scrolling through social media or mindlessly searching the web, but does that actually sound appealing? No, but most of us do it anyway, simply out of habit. Instead of having a summer not worth remembering, why not learn a new skill that you can carry with you and make it unforgettable? Learning how to play an instrument has TONS of hidden benefits that you might not know about and can contribute to your overall happiness.

Row of electric guitars hung on a wall at Bookmans

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