Our 2017 Book a Month Packages Are Here!

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Our Holiday 2016 catalog is arriving in mailboxes any minute now, and among the amazing gifts packed into its pages you’ll find our Book a Month packages for the coming year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bas Bleu’s Book a Month program, the premise is simple: Treat your favorite bibliophile (who may be you!) to an entire year’s worth of terrific books, shipped either all at once or on a monthly basis throughout 2017. Continue reading

Why Bas Bleu?

6 Reasons to Shop at Bas Bleu

Last week Bas Bleu reached 6,000 followers on Facebook! That may not seem like a big deal when you see how many companies boast hundreds of thousands of followers, but for our little catalog family—whose social-media presence is managed by a small team of editors, not some fancy marketing department—it’s a pretty exciting milestone.

In honor of this red-letter day, and in recognition of the fact that readers have a lot of options for buying books these days, we’ve compiled a list of six reasons why we think Bas Bleu is worthy of your consideration.

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Small Acts of Christmas Kindness

The 13th GiftAs our regular readers know, each month we offer discussion questions or author interviews about Bas Bleu’s Book a Month titles, to enrich the reading experience for individuals or book clubs. But for our December 2015 Book a Month feature, we’ve opted to do something a little different, inspired by the spirit of goodwill and friendship at the heart of this month’s selection, The Thirteenth Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle.

In the autumn of 1999, journalist Joanne Huist Smith’s husband, Rick, died suddenly, leaving his wife and three children grief-stricken and utterly devoid of Christmas spirit. Joanne remembers:

I absolutely understood Scrooge now. I want to go to bed tonight and wake up on December 26. No shopping. No baking. No tree with lights. I’m not in a mood to make memories. The ones I have just hurt; I can’t imagine new ones will feel any better.

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Bas Bleu’s Book a Month 2016…Times Three!

Our Holiday 2015 catalog is due to land on your doorstep any day now (if it hasn’t already), and among the amazing gifts packed into its pages you’ll find not one, but three Book a Month packages for the coming year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bas Bleu’s Book a Month program, the premise is simple: Treat your favorite bibliophile (who may be you!) to an entire year’s worth of terrific books, choosing between six- or twelve-month packages that we ship either all at once or on a monthly basis throughout 2016. Continue reading

Because Every Day Should Be International Literacy Day

IntlLiteracyDay2015Yep, we missed it.

Tuesday, September 8, was International Literacy Day, but we’ve been so hard at work on Bas Bleu’s upcoming Holiday catalog that the occasion just whizzed right by. We felt guilty at first, but then we thought about it: Why should there only be one day “officially” devoted to advancing the cause of literacy around the world? That’s a cause worth fighting for 365 days a year! Continue reading

April 2015 Book a Month: And Only to Deceive

And Only to DeceiveAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Emily, the heroine of April’s Book a Month selection, And Only to Deceive, is a girl after our own hearts: She uses the Victorian period of obligatory mourning for her dead husband (she hardly knew him!) as the perfect excuse to stay home and read. But waiting until after your husband is dead to really get to know him is tricky stuff, as Emily soon finds out when surprising truths about Philip, the late Viscount Ashton, begin coming to light in this mystery. Continue reading

Bluestockings With a Cause

globe and booksThe ability to read, to access reading materials, and to process what we read is essential to our day-to-day lives, not just as bluestockings but as productive citizens. And yet for too many people in the world, these things we take for granted—literacy, access to books, and affordable education—are rare luxuries. Fortunately, because book people are awesome people, there are a number of organizations out there striving to bring literacy and books to those who need them most.

This week in the Bluestocking Salon, Bas Bleu decided it was high time to give credit where credit is due to some of the hardest-working people in the book world. We’ve pinpointed five book-based organizations whose work, whether at home or abroad, is doing great things for people—particularly young people—and communities in need. Because if there’s one thing we can all (hopefully!) agree on, it’s that literate, educated children are our greatest hope for the future. Continue reading

Bluestocking Confessions

We know all of you bluestockings out there are true-bleu booklovers who share Bas Bleu’s passion for quality books, under-the-radar authors, and a quiet evening spent at home with a good novel. But over the years, we’ve been privy to many a bookish confession, shameful (or simply honest) secrets about your private reading lives. And you know what? These confessions only make us love our fellow bluestockings—and our own coworkers!—that much more. Because there’s no such thing as a “perfect” reader.

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A Book a Month for 2015

Book A Month CalendarIn last year’s Holiday catalog, Bas Bleu launched our inaugural Book a Month program, which allowed you to treat your favorite bibliophile—or yourself, because you deserve it!—to an eclectic collection of books for bluestockings. At the time, the program was something of an experiment, but our readers loved it so much we’ve brought it back this year! For 2015, we’ve carefully chosen another top-notch mix of fiction and nonfiction, sure to please all kinds of bookworms.  Continue reading

October Book a Month: The Mystery Box

MysteryBoxAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2014 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions about the featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Our October selection, The Mystery Box, isn’t officially a Halloween choice. But if it causes a few shivers up and down your spine…well, we can’t promise that’s a coincidence! Continue reading