Merchandise

16 Aug

Musical Notes | Car Karaoke

One of Bookmans’ core values is environmental awareness. A great way to take a step toward reducing your carbon footprint is to carpool. An environmentally better way is in a hybrid. A more entertaining way, and quite possibly the best way, is to have a car karaoke party! The idea ‘dance like no one is watching’ is an essential philosophy when doing this, seeing that most of us do not have tinted windows on our vehicles. Now that I think about it, I have seen some pretty great dance moves when people are rocking out. Regardless, someone else is bound to hear you belting it out if you’re sitting in traffic, so you might as well give it your all. Toss your worries aside and embrace the morning commute by singing your heart out! Every moment waiting in your car just became a moment to shine and party down. I’ve even recruited other drivers to join me in reinacting the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne’s World – complete with full air guitar with my windows rolled down! The driver next to me even used his dashboard like a drum kit. Had it been a contest, we totally would have won! Some carpoolers even bring instruments including drum sticks for air solos. Today, we are counting down our picks for best carpool karaoke musical instruments.

10 Aug

Movie Madness | Book to Film Adaptations

Hollywood has a long tradition of using literature to inspire film and television. This long standing alliance between actors, writers, directors and authors has produced some of film’s finest works. Bookmans staff has a deep affection for both mediums and lots and lots of opinions on where film adaptations of novels are successful (and where they fail). The following Book-to-Movie discussion will look a little deeper into the elements that work toward transferring words to the screen. We will also have a look at a few films that are noteworthy. The list is far too long to discuss more than just a few titles. In fact, while researching, we uncovered a couple of titles that surprised even us.

09 Aug

Geeking Out Over Obscure Holidays

Did you know that today is National Book Lovers’ Day? Indeed it is! There’s a whole host of odd, unconventional and obscure holidays out there. In fact, there is probably a bizarre holiday for every day of the year. In honor of National Book Lovers’ Day, we are recognizing all the crazy, fun and off-the-wall holidays that coincide with quirky Bookmans products. Bookmans is a store full of adventure, knowledge and merchandise. We have some pretty peculiar and very interesting things come through our doors. Our shelves hold a well-curated selection of popular merchandise mixed with cool, one-of-kind items. The other day, I heard a customer ask a co-worker if we had any books about ferret behavior issues. As it turns out, we did. This led me to wonder if there’s a holiday for ferrets. Low and behold, April 22nd is National Ferret Day. So, get your party hats out, you’ll want to celebrate some of these far out holidays!

08 Aug

A Rose by Any Other Name | Catchy Book Titles

Every now and then, we come across a book title that really stops us in our tracks. If you are a life long reader, there is an excellent chance that a title has lept out and grabbed you. Book titles can convey feelings to readers that resonate with real situations in their lives. Is it fair to select a novel based solely on its title? Let’s have a look at a few of those titles that caught our attention. Some of our selected titles are coupled with cover art that perfectly marries two concepts and some are so lyrical that they stand alone.

04 Aug

Movie Madness | Miyazaki Magic

Hayao Miyazaki has often been referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan. A co-founder of the renowned Studio Ghibli, his imaginative and original animated fairytales are both visually and narratively captivating. We admire Miyazaki for weaving culturally significant themes into his complex story lines. His films often address issues such as environmental awareness and moral fortitude. We also love that Miyazaki tends to feature strong female leads. Empowering and inspiring, Hayao Miyazaki films are adored by millions around the world. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of his filmography.

03 Aug

Blast to the Past with #MOVIEMADNESS

The ’90s were the years that gave me all my childhood memories! Being a kid that grew up in the ’90s was like enjoying the best of two worlds. I got to watch all the cool ’80s movies on repeat with my older siblings and I also got to collect all the best ’90s films on VHS. As a side note, I can probably still recite most lines to said films, just in case that skill is ever in demand. If you didn’t grow up in either of these two decades, you may never know the real torture of waiting for a VHS tape to rewind before getting to watch your favorite movie. Not to worry, I’m here to help. You can still enjoy these classic works of cinematic art from the ’80s and ’90s. Behold, these are a few of my favorite movies from my ’90s childhood!

28 Jul

Bookmans Recommends | Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein

National LGBTQ Pride Month is observed across the country each June. But here at Bookmans, we like to keep the celebration of diversity going all year round. What better way to reflect on acceptance and diversity than to read incredible books? Today, we highlight Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw, a multi-genre biography about a multi-genre life. This book is about humanity, journeys and choices. The pages are filled with gumption and wisdom. It is written in a relatable way that encourages readers to reflect on their own individual experiences with misunderstanding and adversity. Bornstein sets an example of how readers can speak and live their own truths. She has dedicated herself to redefining ‘identity’ and is an inspiration for living life in an understanding and creative way.

20 Jul

Book Blog | Creative Cover Art

As the old saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. In reality, we all judge books by their covers and it’s not always a bad thing. In the past, publishers concerned themselves more with the binding and fabrics for covers rather than cover art. Times have definitely changed and cover art is now an art form all its own. While walking the aisles or perusing displays at your local Bookmans, one might think that every section is the art section. There are breathtaking examples all around our stores of ingenious, skilled, dramatic and evocative covers that run the gamut of mediums. No one style can claim the title of “Best Cover Art.” We see brilliant covers done with painting, photography, graphics, collage and mixed media. It would be a waste to not take these wonderful covers into consideration when deciding upon your newest read. The covers are well thought out and are often a collaboration between the artist and the writer. That collaboration gives the potential reader a fairly accurate idea of what to expect from the pages inside. Today, we take a look at some classic covers that consistently drive readers to purchase the book – sight seen.

19 Jul

Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO Board Games and Puzzles

Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 22nd and 23rd! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all board games and puzzles. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we would like to offer up our suggestions for a few family game night staples you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. The games and puzzles are sure to bring the laughs at family game night. So sit back and relax as we provide some tabletop suggestions sure to combat any restlessness during these hot summer months.

18 Jul

Bookmans Recommends | Our Favorite Video Game Movies

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Video games are extremely difficult to translate into film. After all, how do you transfer something that is designed to be played by an active audience into something that is purely meant to be viewed? How do you handle a story that is designed to be shaped by the decisions of the player? As a result, video game movies are notoriously bad. But just because a movie isn’t great doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable. If you’re anything like us, you can get plenty of enjoyment out of some pretty terrible video game movies. The following is a list of some of our favorites.

12 Jul

Bookmans Summer Sale! BOGO DVDs

Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer Sale this weekend, July 15th and 16th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all DVDs priced at $8.00 or less. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we would like to offer up our suggestions for a few double features you could pick up at the Bookmans Summer Sale. These are films that we love and think you could too! So sit back and relax as we provide some cinematic options sure to combat any restlessness during these hot Summer months.

11 Jul

Adventures in Listening | Summer Roadtrip

Summer is here and ’tis the season…for road trips! Arizona is just the spot to explore historic landmarks, scenic views, hidden ghost towns and majestic sunsets. Whether you’re taking a day trip or driving a week on an iconic highway, Bookmans has your road trip music supply covered. Our CD collections are a well-curated songfest of travel music memories. No road trip is complete without the perfect playlist, so the first stop on said journey should definitely be Bookmans. We are the place to pick up music that will complete your traveling soundtrack. Check out the following selections, then get out of town and explore the outdoors with righteous tunes. Be sure to stop in to one of our locations along the way, conveniently located all around Arizona. Today, we are highlighting a few tunes to add to your list (if you haven’t already.)

30 Jun

Book or Movie | Which do you prefer? (Part 1)

Some of the best movie ideas come from books. Movie adaptations have been a staple for Hollywood from the start. How many times did you watch To Kill A Mockingbird in high school? Being book and movie lovers, the Bookmans staff has many opinions on which is better, the book or movie. So what is the answer? Well, it depends on which book to movie adaptation you are discussing and who you ask. This is, like all artistic criticism, a highly personal viewpoint. It often comes down to which you experienced first, the book or the movie, or which you are more loyal to. Let’s dive in to a few examples.

book or movie

29 Jun

Do You Have Bibliophelia Southwestus?

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!

Bibliophelia

26 Jun

Tarot Cards | Tarot Throughout Time

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.

tarot cards

23 Jun

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!

ukulele

21 Jun

First Look | Wonder Woman Reviewed

“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!

Wonder Woman

15 Jun

Six Degrees of Binge Watching Movies

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!

05 Jun

Our Top Musical Movies for Summer

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!

musicals

26 May

Queen of Geek Town | Graphically Speaking

Common wisdom for writers suggests that one sticks to writing what they know. Once a writer has a few works under their belt and is a bit seasoned, they can reach out past their lives and daily concerns, but in the beginning, most writers should stay on the porch. I’m not a writer.  Does that mean I get to write about any ol’ thing that strikes my weird fancy? No. I should really stick to what I know. I give myself some freedom this time around because being a geek is something I know pretty well. Geeking out over pastimes and items of interest is a task I was born to live out! One could say I am the Queen of Geek Town; busily spazzing out over a variety of things that I find especially entertaining. Personal history has proven that not only am I comfortable geeking about but that I am in the right place. Bookmans IS Geek Land and has it’s own Geek Zone. In fact, May is Geeking Out month, so lets let our geek flag fly and get our geek on!

queen

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