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27 May

Sci-Fi Shows You Need to Binge Watch

Nothing beats that feeling you get when you finally find a good show to watch. What’s even better is finding a show so good you can’t stop watching. I’m talking about the stay-up-til-3:00-AM-again-even-though-you-promised-yourself-you-wouldn’t kind of shows. Once you’re hooked, it’s hard to stop! Trust me, I know. Shows have come a long way in terms of depth and storytelling, and if you’re like me you have an affinity for sci-fi shows, here is a list of some of the best “on-air” sci-fi shows you can (and should) binge!

25 Mar

Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Bookmans!

Every year spring brings pastel and earth tones, fresh breezes, flowers, birds chirping our way. Life is good, isn’t it? Of course, once we turn away from the Disney splendor of it all and take a look at our own house, we quickly realize that we may have overdone it this past year. Adding new items to your home can be a thrill, but there comes a time when we need to take stock of our things and reevaluate their place in your home. And so begins the annual spring cleaning! Cleaning and organizing your house can be a major buzzkill, but don’t fear – Bookmans is here to help!

17 Mar

Ultimate Movie Party: Clueless

You may have noticed that the 1990s are totally back. From fashion to music, everyone is getting in on the fun and funky styles of Xennials’ teenage years. With that in mind, this Ultimate Movie Party blog is giving you the 411 on hosting an unforgettable Clueless-themed movie night! Is there anything better than rolling with your homies at a movie party? Uh, I don’t think so!

Clueless movie poster

15 Mar

Get Active at Gilbert’s Ka-Pow! Superhero Adventure Run

Attention Super Heroes of all ages! Don your capes because… It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It… it… it could be YOU!

Superheroes? Capes? Adventure runs? What is this craziness that we speak of? We assure you, future saviors of the world, it’s no dream. Nestled deep within the greenery and tennis courts known as The City of Gilbert’s Freestone Park, lies a top-secret headquarters rumored to house one of the “Most Awesomely Impressive Superhero Training Courses Ever Imagined!”

12 Mar

Upgrade Your Game Night with These Tabletop Gems

We’ve all played board games before, and yeah, Monopoly is good I guess. Sure, Scrabble is great if you’re my grandma. If you’re bored just reading that, it’s time for a board game revolution in your home! Let Bookmans shed the skin of boring board games and boring game nights past and shout to the world board games are awesome!

01 Mar

Celebrate Spring with Bookmans this March!

This March, Bookmans wants to add a little spring to your step! The air is already cooler, the bare winter trees are starting to green, and Bookmans has a ton of amazing events to start your springtime off with a bang!

Celebrate Spring With Bookmans poster of a book, wildflowers, and butterflies

27 Feb

A Gamer’s Field Guide to Couch Co-Op

Don’t go in alone! Always have a buddy who’s got your back!

If you spend a lot of your free time gaming, you’re a lot like me. I mean, how can you not – they’re awesome! My wife and I are always on the hunt for our next great gaming adventure. For us, that next great hidden gem of a co-op experience is harder than trying to find Will in Stranger Things. It’s frustrating that a key feature that shaped many childhoods, mine included, is being forgotten. I miss the good old days where all you needed was a few good snacks, a great game, and a second controller. Here’s a walk down memory lane with my list of awesome co-op games you need to play with a buddy.

Couple playing video games together on a couch

12 Feb

Romcoms That Will Never Get Old

It’s no secret that romcoms (romantic comedies) can be hit-or-miss. Some lack in the comedy department, have an unoriginal or weak storyline, or are a bit too raunchy. Some romcoms, for whatever reason, are just not that memorable. The truth is, it’s hard to find a type of humor that works for everyone, a feat made more difficult when throwing romance into the mix. BUT, when we do find a movie that hits all the right notes, we won’t soon forget it. These two movies are some of the most unforgettable romcoms in my book.

11 Feb

Friendships We Love This Galentine’s Day!

Hey! Hey! Hey ladies! Our fave holiday is here and no, it is not that candy heart, red rose raining, pink and red parade known as Valentine’s Day. It’s Galentine’s Day! Time to leave bae at home and spend the day before Valentine’s with your truest soulmates, your best girlfriends. Those badass chicks you call to both vent about your stresses and celebrate your successes deserve to be honored!

10 Feb

Harry Potter, Thank You for All the Years of Magic!

For me and a lot of others my age, reading the Harry Potter series produced a lot of emotion and laughter. It also taught an entire generation valuable lessons while stimulating our imaginations. It helped me discover what a true reading adventure was. At a time when Harry Potter was monumental to me, I remember the excitement of each book being released and begging my grandfather to wait in line with me and the other Harry Potter fans to snag a copy. Deep down, I know he was a Potter fan too. Aren’t we all?

Harry Potter book and DVD collection with a black background

I loved having my Grandfather with me each time a new Harry Potter book reached my hands. I also loved the nights spent reading with me and my cousins, everyone excited to turn the page. One of my favorite HP memories was reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with my entire class. I remember we had convinced our teacher to let us have a Hogwarts’ feast. The class made and drank butterbeer and played games. That memory will stay with me for a very long time! After we finished each chapter, we would talk about it, and, perhaps more importantly, the meaning behind it.

Harry Potter was the first book to show me the magic of reading. It also helped me learn that some of the most important lessons we learn come from literature. As we celebrate Love of Reading Month at Bookmans, I’m celebrating by re-reading Harry Potter, my all time favorite series.

Thank you, Harry Potter, for all the years of magic! J.K. Rowling, you’re a true wizard!

If you are looking to add a little magic to your life, I recommend heading over to your local Bookmans and scooping up all the Harry Potter books you can hold!

07 Feb

Everyone Loves Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons isn’t geek culture, it’s pop culture. For the uninitiated, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Of course, for those who play, it’s so much more than that. At its core, D&D is about storytelling; it’s about you and your friends telling a story together. This includes guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. Each player creates a character with different attributes and abilities that they can level up through playing multiple sessions, otherwise known as the campaign.

Dungeons and Diners and Dragons, and Dive-ins, and Dives book cover

01 Feb

Feel The Love of Reading This February

“Is that a hardcover or are you just happy to see me?” With blush-inducing bookish pickup lines like “Did I just step into an E. M. Forster novel because any room with you in it is A Room with a View” and fun date nights for you and bae like Ukulele Workshops, Bookmans is obviously the place to be for book lovers young and old.

08 Jan

5 Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

This year, forget all of the latest diet trends and save yourself from the worries of detoxing. Instead, make resolutions easy on yourself by making book-related goals! Here are some ideas on how to tackle that bookish list of to-dos and resolutions that will make your new year of reading your personal best.

Book store shelves with blog title 5 New Years Resolutions for Book Nerds

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.

06 Dec

Hilarious Holiday Movies

‘Tis the season is already here! Holidays should be a time of family, friends, parties, presents, and eggnog. Of course, holiday movies belong on that must-have-to-truly-feel-like-the-holidays list. If your holiday spirit is waning and you can use severe amounts laughter, trust this little list of our favorite funny holiday movies to put you in the holiday spirit! Grab the cookies and the eggnog and get ready for this hilarious holiday movie kick-off. 

01 Dec

Month Of Merriment At Bookmans!

December is finally here and with it, Bookmans’ Month of Merriment begins! Not only are we the one stop shop for everyone on your holiday list but we also have a calendar full of awesome events taking place in our stores. From visits with St. Nick to holiday puppet shows and musical performances, ’tis the season for awesome events at Bookmans stores.

Bookmans Month of Merriment holiday image featuring ornaments, pinecones, snowflakes, stars, and holiday leaves and berries

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

25 Nov

Bookmans Recommends Holiday Cookbooks for Vegans!

‘Tis the season to eat literally all the food. And, you know, spending time with family… but also FOOD! Here at Bookmans we love books, so much so that the word book is right there in the name. But we also love cooking, and what better way to stretch our culinary muscles than by opting for a vegan recipe or two? For some, a vegan diet is a necessity. For others, it’s a way to stay healthy. No matter how or why you go vegan, throwing in a few vegan dishes throughout the week provides adds diversity to everyday cooking. Whatever the reason you are eating vegan, Bookmans has a plethora of colorful vegan cookbooks and culinary how to’s sure to impress this holiday season.

24 Nov

Freebie Fridays: Win a Gift Card to “Mango’s Mexican Cafe” In Mesa

***CONTEST CLOSED***
As part of our belief that it pays to shop local, each and every Friday this November Bookmans Mesa hosts our annual Freebie Fridays. This series showcases different local businesses every week. It’s also your chance to experience parts of the East Valley that deserve a broader audience and show some #LocalLove. As a community, we find not only is it about local business, but it’s about you too! Our last week we travel to Old Town Mesa to Mango’s Mexican Cafe.

21 Nov

Cook Your Way Through the Holidays

The holidays are just around the bend, and you can see signs of it everywhere. As one of the most heartfelt times of the year, it is important to have a battalion of great cooking and baking ideas ready for those last-minute party invitations. Luckily, Bookmans is here to save the day with our gigantic array of cookbooks! Here are five cookbooks to cook your way through this holiday season.

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