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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.

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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.

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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!

30 Aug

Movie Madness | Top 5 New Releases in August

Movie Madness month here at Bookmans is almost coming to an end! To close out the month in style, we are going to give you our top five movie recommendations. Each of these movies came out on DVD and Blu-Ray during the month of August A.K.A. #MovieMadnessMonth. They are also all fairly highly rated according to Rotten Tomatoes, which we all know is fairly hard to do! So take a look at our selections and be sure to add your favorites in the comment section. Happy viewing!

29 Aug

Bookmans Recommends | Kesha’s Rainbow

When I first listened to the song Rainbow from Kesha’s new album of the same name, I was stopped at a red light trying not to shed any tears. Let’s just say that I wasn’t able to hold any back. It’s been five years since Kesha has released an album and she claims that this one saved her life. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “Rainbow is a cathartic album for Kesha…making the record helped her cope with depression. ‘I would roll out of bed, get in my car and show up to the studio,’ Kesha said. ‘And I would just keep making songs. That was my way to cope.'” Rainbow features appearances by the Dap-Kings Horns, Eagles of Death Metal and the one and only Dolly Parton. This album is different from anything that Kesha has ever done. Her single, Praying is already attracting attention as a powerful study in healing and redemption. Kesha’s Rainbow feels like the album that set her free.

28 Aug

Movie Madness | Cult Classics with Killer Soundtracks

August may be almost over, but we’re still pulling out all the stops for Movie Madness Month! Today, we celebrate those Cult Classic films that are even more famous for their soundtracks. “Cult Classics” can be defined as: A film that has acquired a cult following and is known for its dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and at times, audience participation. Repeated viewings, quoting dialogue and audience participation? Count us in. Today, we bring to you a few of our favorite Cult Classic soundtracks.

24 Aug

Get Crafty | World’s Easiest Art Project

Hey parents, teachers, big sisters and brothers and anyone else who works with children! We know summer is soon coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up artistic activities. Even if you are just about out of ideas for interactive and educational fun, we can help. Today, we are unveiling the easiest kids craft EVER. This activity takes very little prep, is virtually free, and allows your charges to use their imaginations in order to make whatever they want. What are we talking about? A Landscape Collage craft. We would bet a nickel that if you have kids around, you will have everything you need to do this craft. Part of the fun of this craft is collecting the supplies. Your tiny talents will be imagining their very own landscape and filling it with whatever treasures they can find. Collecting the materials can be like a treasure hunt, you can send them through the house, yard, garage or spare room to find their supplies. You can expand on this part of the activity if you like by providing them with a prize when they are done. So let’s get started!

22 Aug

Movie Madness | Five Fave Horror Films

The horror genre, both in film and print, is the most difficult to do well. When was the last time you saw or read something truly original and truly scary? August is Movie Madness month here at Bookmans, so let’s take a look at what I feel is the best of the best in the horror film genre. As a side note, it’s difficult to speak about horror movies without mentioning horror in literature. Many of the best horror movies were originally books. It seems that film takes a huge cue from literature when looking for new material. Some of the most successful movies in the genre began as books and were later adapted for film. We don’t begrudge film makers for this, much of what makes horror interesting is psychological. Think of the scariest nightmare you’ve ever had and then try to tell it to another person. Chances are that it won’t sound half as terrifying as it was in your mind. Our imaginations seem perfectly designed to create things that petrify us. Translating those elements on to the screen is a challenge, especially when one refuses to resort to the typical horror elements. It’s relatively easy to make a slasher gore fest and easier still to shock your audience with a jump scare. The real talent getting under your viewers skin and leaving a lasting impression. The true virtuoso can also overcome both time and technology to create a work that both lasts for years and still scares audiences even when special effects technology has moved forward. Let’s have a look at five films that do just that. They continue to scare us year after year.

21 Aug

Movie Madness | Bewitched by Teen Witch On Blu-ray

If you’ve had the absolute  pleasure of catching a screening of Teen Witch over the past 25 years on television, on an old-school VHS, on DVD, or at a live showing where the film is given the “Rocky Horror” cult experience, you know that Louise Miller is a teenager with magical powers who dreams of being the most popular girl at her high school. Just released in stunning HD on Blu-ray with a 5.1 soundtrack, Teen Witch is perfect for anyone who lived in or loved the ’80s. It’s a cult classic following the trials and tribulations of Louise, a teenager girl struggling to fit in and learn who she is. In the midst of her awkward adolescence, Louise learns she is a descendant of witches…and will become a witch on her 16th birthday.

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.

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