05 Mar

Treasure Hunting: An Interview with Artist Taylor Graves

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For local Southern Arizona artist Taylor Graves, that old saying could not be truer. With the right materials and a little imagination, a “piece of junk” becomes a work of art. Let’s get to know a bit more about one of Bookmans’ most popular local artists.

Bookmans Interviews artist Taylor Graves image of microphone interview with reporter

22 Feb

How I Met Your Mother Steals My Heart – Until the Last Episode

How I Met Your Mother, or HIMYM for short, has been my all-time favorite show to watch since it aired. I’ve re-watched it at least 10 times. To me, this show is perfect. It’s comedic, light-hearted, and you don’t necessarily have to watch the episodes in order to know what’s going on. It’s the best sitcom for when you just need a good laugh and want to unwind. It was so easy to emotionally attach yourself to the characters because their lives were relatable. It’s that connection with the show that makes the last episode hard to watch – even 4 years later.

16 Feb

American Horror Story Seasons Ranked Worst to Best

I love American Horror Story. This show is filled with heart-wrenching scenes of murder, love stories, dark humor, and so much more. The acting from every character is phenomenal. You can really tell each actor/actress put their all into the show. Every season of AHS is packed with hidden motifs, metaphors, and messages and that is what makes this show so fantastic. But there are some parts of each season that just did not sit well with me. Without further ado, here is my take on all the seasons of American Horror Story, ranked from worst to best.

05 Feb

Indulge in the Divine: Tarot Recommendations

Tarot reading has been around for centuries and from the look of it, will be around for many years to come. With thousands of tarot decks to choose from, looking for the perfect one can be a struggle that all mystics face. From color choices to the weight of the cards to illustration and design, sometimes decks just don’t feel like the right ones for you. Don’t fret – Bookmans is here to help! We offer a wide selection of decks for all experience levels. Here are my top four favorite tarot decks that I’ve encountered at my Bookmans store.

Tarot Card deck with book and two piles of cards

17 Jan

Why Telestrations is the Best Party Game

If you haven’t heard of Telestrations before, you’re definitely in for a treat! Hands down, this is the most fun party game out there. It’s one of those games that has everybody laughing and you don’t need a certain type of humor or personality to like this game – which is rare nowadays.

Photo of Telestrations board game box

29 Dec

Bookmans Northwest: Best of 2017

Bookmans has always been your store to explore! As you know, we’re not your average bookstore or ordinary video game trade stop. Our orange shelves hold everything from movies to music to electronics to instruments, *BIG BREATH* jewelry, more books, magazines, toys, collectibles, and housewares… basically, we have a bit of just about everything! And just like our merchandise, our staff is as diverse as our store. To help Bookmans NW say goodbye to this year, we asked some of our employees to tell us their favorite books, video games, albums, movies, and instruments that came our way in 2017.

26 Dec

Lady Gaga: Top 3 Music Videos

Lady Gaga is one of those artists who always has people talking. She’s shown up in the media for her crazy costumes, insane music videos, and much more. It seems that Mother Monster herself has seemingly been keeping low on the radar. And when I say low, I mean not on the news every 5 minutes for her outrageous stunts but is still so famous that she performed at last year’s Super Bowl.

21 Dec

Last Minute Gifts For The Last Minute Shopper

It’s two days before the Christmas and unfortunately, you are nowhere near finished shopping for your loved ones. Maybe last minute is where you shine or maybe you have some really difficult folks to shop for. Whatever the reason for your procrastination, Bookmans is here to help you find those last minute gifts! We’ve got everything you need to litter that tree with gifts galore, from hard to find gaming systems to great literary finds for the bibliophile in your life. The following is just a few suggestions for last minute gift giving.

08 Dec

Bookmans Recommends: Nintendo Classics

Bookmans is obsessed with all things Nintendo. Classic games like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and the ever loved Pokemon franchise… we could talk about those for hours! Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, we are all buzzing with excitement – and a bit of nostalgia too. Every time a new console is released, our minds go straight to the memories we made playing the Nintendo games that were such a big part of our childhoods. For most of us, Nintendo games were a comfort and a friend; an escape from the long days at school or how we made and grew friendships. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to geek out and reminisce about the best of Nintendo franchises.

Nintendo Switch console with Pokemon, Yoshi, and Mario Amiibo figures. A Zelda game is shown on the Switch screen.

29 Nov

4 Very Good Reasons to Trade at Bookmans

It is not uncommon for people new to Bookmans to have a “wow” experience when they come through the door. Who wouldn’t with all the incredible items the local community stocks our stores with? Way more than shelves jam-packed with books of all kinds, Bookmans trade includes vinyl records, musical instruments, movies, video games, home goods, collectibles, and gift items. Since you never know what you’re going to find, every visit is like a treasure hunt.

The only thing that makes scouring shelf after orange shelf all the more enjoyable is having a Bookmans trade slip in your pocket. What is it about that little yellow trade slip that makes shopping so much more exciting?  

books, Batman comic book, and Bookmans trade slip on wooden desktop

27 Nov

How to Make Your Holiday Shopping More Meaningful

Everyone wants to make their holiday shopping more exciting for both themselves and their recipients. But how, you ask? There are some gifts you’re dying to get your loved ones, but sometimes it’s not in your budget. Studies have shown that the best gifts are really the ones that come from the heart. It’s not about buying someone the most expensive gift, but showing that you care. Each of the ideas below will make gift giving more meaningful and budget-friendly this holiday season!

20 Nov

The Ins and Outs of Monopoly

Monopoly is a classic board game that has been a crowd favorite ever since 1935 when it first hit the home gaming scene. The Parker Brothers game has become so popular over the past almost century that there’s practically a version for everyone’s interests. Still very much in style, millions of people spend hours playing this game today. And when I say hours, I mean literally HOURS. No one wants to go down without a fight!

classic monopoly game board

15 Nov

Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptions Coming 2018

Some of the most successful films in history – we’re talking Harry PotterThe Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games – were based on books. These films bound for 2018 are no exceptions. Which book adaptations do we think are going to be box office gold in 2018? If you go by the most anticipated book-to-movie adaptions coming in 2018, it will be: 50 Shades Freed by E.L. James, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engleand Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

25 Oct

Bookmans Recommends | House (Hausu)

Frightful Fall may be winding down, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating! We at Bookmans recommend some additional home screenings of spooky classics, preferably with candy or kettle corn. One of our top choices for October entertainment is Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 comedy-horror film, House (Hausu). This true indie masterpiece is comprised of almost all amateur actors, only Kimiko Ikegami and Yōko Minamida had previously acted on film.


10 Oct

Bookmans Recommends | Sabrina The Teenage Witch

If you couldn’t get enough of Archie’s Weird Mysteries, move over because there’s a new witch in town! Long before the super mega hit that is currently the CW’s Riverdale, even before the magical TV mishaps of Melissa Joan Hart and Caroline Rhea, there was simply Sabrina. Originating in the Archie comics, Sabrina was a teenager who just happens to be a witch. As the DVD Box explains “Sabrina The Teenage Witch is no ordinary girl. She’s the sweetest and sassiest magical girl in all of Riverdale. Teen life is tricky enough, but there can be double trouble when magic is involved. When Sabrina tugs on her earlobe, there’s no telling what might happen. Join Sabrina and her friends, cat Salem, warlock Cousin Ambrose and the rest of the Riverdale gang in all 31 episodes.”

20 Sep

Get Crafty | Bookmans Recommends Geeky Projects

As you may have heard, Winter is coming. This means many different things around Arizona, from snow-covered streets in Flagstaff to perfect hiking climes in Tucson. No matter what your fave cool-weather activity might be, we recommend that you throw crafting into the rotation. Whether you’re a geek or not, you can be sure to find something to satisfy your creative side at your local Bookmans. Also, be sure to check our event calendar for creative and crafty gatherings across the state. When it comes to crafting, there is quite a universe out there and Bookmans is ready to help you boldly craft how you’ve never crafted before. All six of our Bookmans locations have a section dedicated to all different kinds of craft books. There are even a few especially for us geeks out there. Today, we highlight the best and brightest in the geeky craft world.

13 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | ODESZA’s A Moment Apart

ODESZA is an electronic duo featuring Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. This group writes and produces their own individual style of electronic music while performing at music festivals full of fans from all over the world. Maybe you are one of their fans, maybe you have heard their music remixed by popular DJs or played at millions of night clubs. Whether directly or indirectly, ODESZA definitely has a following. As said in the intro of this album, “The only way to save sanity is to fall in love with the sound.” Today, I’m breaking down their newly released album, A Moment Apart and highlighting my top three favorite tracks.



12 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Insomnia Reading List

I sleep pretty well, most of the time. But lately, I’ve found myself waking up at 2 a.m. with lots of ideas on my mind. I recently read an article that recommended powering down all electronic devices and going into another room of your apartment or house when you have a hard time falling asleep. I usually go to my spare bedroom where I keep all my books, write down all of my ideas on a notepad and then grab a book I’ve already read and go through my favorite chapter. Why a book I’ve already read? Because then I won’t stay awake anticipating what will happen next. I learned my lesson when I read Game of Thrones for the first time. I stayed up reading until 5 a.m. because I couldn’t put it down. So, here are few ideas for all of us out there with a touch of insomnia. Whether these are right for you or not, perhaps they will inspire ideas on how to ease your mind back to sleep!

07 Sep

Bookmans Recommends | Yours Truly Forever by Phora

Marco Archer, known as Phora, is a poetic singer and rapper from Anaheim, California. His music is a testimony to his talent in storytelling within the context of rap music. His style is almost like a mix between Logic and a young J. Cole. At 22 years old, Phora has crushed the many barriers that stood in his way of success. Though he grew up amidst violence that threatened his life, Phora never let his struggles or fears consume him. Instead, he looked to music as his fortitude. Today, we celebrate his top earning deal with Warner Bros. and newly released album, Yours Truly Forever. Here are my favorite tracks from Phora.


06 Sep

Fight Censorship | 5 Unlikely Banned Books

We fight censorship every month at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. But September is especially awesome when it comes to freedom of speech because we celebrate #ArrestedReading with Banned Book Mugshots and Challenged Literature Displays! It’s always interesting to see what new books have made the banned list and remember those from previous years. There’s something exciting about finding out that one of your favorites is part of the club. I took some time to read about a few of these and compiled of a list of the most random and hilarious reasons that books were banned. I hope some of these are familiar titles for you and the reason they are “unfit” Wheto be read gives you a good chuckle!

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