Literary Leading Men

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which is all the urging we need to indulge in a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, and a stack of our favorite literary romances. In the past Bas Bleu‘s editors shared some of our favorite literary couples, unforgettable romantic words from literature, and lessons in love we’ve learned from books. This year, we’re sighing over ten golden-hearted romantic heroes from classic novels. Continue reading

With Thanksgiving

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It’s that time of year again, bluestockings! No, we’re not talking about turkey or football or friendly family squabbles over the last slice of pie. (Though those are excellent traditions too.) We’re talking about taking a moment—before the merry mayhem of the Christmas season overtakes us—to sit back and count our blessings.

We thoroughly enjoy our work here at Bas Bleu, but ours is not an easy business. Bookselling has always been more a labor of love than an opportunity for enormous profit, especially as algorithm-driven deep discounters have grown to dominate the industry. That’s why every single day of the year (and twice on Thanksgiving!) we count our lucky stars to have customers like you.

For more than twenty years, you’ve supported our “bookseller by post”—even when you had bigger, cheaper options—because you share our love for interesting, out-of-the-ordinary, occasionally odd little books and gifts. We’re thankful for every purchase, no matter the size, as well as every book recommendation, Reader Review, and handwritten note you send our way. We’re even thankful for your critiques, because they help us improve our products and our service to you.

George Colman wrote, “Praise the bridge that carried you over.” Dear bluestockings, you are the bridge that carries us over. We know 365 days a year just how fortunate we are to have the customers we do, but Thanksgiving seemed like the right time to tell you: Thank you. You’ll never know just how much you—your patronage, your trust, your good humor, and your devotion to good books—mean to all of us at Bas Bleu.

So from our family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving, and happy reading!

 

14 Love Lessons from Literature

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One of the great joys of reading is that it enables us to experience situations and emotions on the safety of the page that we may not have the chance—or the inclination—to experience in life. That’s how so many bluestockings fall in love time and again with fictional characters whose romantic trials stir our souls, touch our hearts…and teach us to live and love more wisely after we’ve closed our books and returned to the real world. In honor of Valentine’s Day on February 14, Bas Bleu’s editors have put together a list of fourteen love lessons that we’ve learned from some of our favorite literary classics. Continue reading

A Brief History of the Advent Calendar

KillingerhausNext Sunday, November 29, marks the beginning of Advent, the four-week period in the Christian calendar leading up to Christmas. Derived from “adventus,” the Latin word for “arrival,” Advent began approximately sixteen hundred years ago as time for Christians to prepare, often by fasting, to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Today many people around the world count down the days to Christmas via specially made Advent calendars. Continue reading

Veterans Day Reading List

veterans-day flagEvery year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we commemorate the 1918 armistice with Germany that marked the end of World War I. Ninety-seven years later, Veterans Day in the United States is an occasion to celebrate the dedicated service of U.S. military veterans from all conflicts. In honor of the day, Bas Bleu has compiled a list of eleven celebrated works of fiction that capture the experience of war from the perspective of the men (and in one instance, a woman) on the front lines. And to all of our veterans out there: We thank you. Continue reading

“The Last Dream of My Soul”: Literary Words of Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, dear bluestockings, and whether you’re a soft-hearted romantic or that guy who blames the holiday on greeting-card companies, there’s no denying the importance of celebrating the lifeblood of human relationships: LOVE. Last year, in honor of Cupid’s day, we shared Bas Bleu’s picks for our favorite literary couples. This year, on behalf of you lovers seeking the perfect words with which to woo your valentine, we’ve gathered sixteen soul-stirring quotations from—where else?—classic literature. Continue reading

Christmas Reading List

Charles_Dickens-A_Christmas_Carol-Title_page-First_edition_1843Christmas is just seven days away! If you’re decorated, shopped, and all ready for Santa—heck, even if you’re not—Bas Bleu’s advice to you is simple: Cue up a little Bing Crosby, pour yourself a cup of cheer, and kick back with a good book. Today we’ve compiled a short list of holiday reading that (we hope!) will help you shake off the anxiety of mall traffic and invading in-laws so that you can enjoy the spirit of season. Continue reading

Bookish Holiday Crafts

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Thanksgiving is just two weeks away—better start basting that turkey!—and Christmas is hot on its heels. Because you’ve probably already made your gift list and checked it twice (if not, we can help with that), now is the time to turn your attention to what really matters: holiday decorating! Here in Bas Bleu’s Bluestocking Salon, we believe books make everything better. Why not your holiday décor? In keeping with the spirit of life as bibliophiles, we’ve rustled up several festive craft projects that are sure to add a literary flair to your seasonal celebrations!  Continue reading