2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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We’d hardly made a dent in the Thanksgiving leftovers when we realized: December is here! But there’s no need to panic. We know you’d rather spend the holiday season enjoying yourself—decking the halls, baking delicious treats, visiting with friends and family, and (of course) reading—instead of rushing through chaotic big-box stores and sitting in mall traffic. That’s why we’ve made Bas Bleu your one-stop shop for everyone on your gift list. Just check out our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Continue reading

Counting Our Blessings

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Just like Santa’s workshop, Bas Bleu begins working on Christmas long before the calendar turns to December. For weeks now, our call center and warehouse have hummed with hardworking “elves” taking phone orders, packing boxes, wrapping gifts, and shipping out your holiday purchases. When we’re so focused on the retail season, it’s easy for Thanksgiving to get lost amid the hustle and bustle. That’s why we make a point every year, here in the Bluestocking Salon, to focus on counting our blessings. Continue reading

Books Recommending Books, Vol. 4

From time to time, fellow bluestockings ask us, “I really liked this book. Do you carry something similar?” As we head into the holiday season, shopping for gifts and looking forward to wintry days spent curling up with a good book, we compiled a list of “books recommending books.” The titles in these pairings aren’t exactly alike: Yes, some have similar plots or subject matter, but others are kindred spirits in terms of character, theme, or mood. We hope you’ll find something new you’ll enjoy…or perfect picks for avid readers on your gift list! (All of the suggested “try this” titles are available for purchase on the Bas Bleu website. Just click on the book cover.) Continue reading

7 Unique Advent Calendars to Count Down to Christmas

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Once upon a time, Bas Bleu’s founder spied a beautiful German Advent calendar and thought: “Our readers might like that.” Two decades later, Advent calendars are a staple of our Autumn and Holiday catalogs, flying off the shelves faster than Rudolph zooms out of the North Pole! But what are Advent calendars….and, for that matter, what is Advent? Continue reading

Bas Bleu is on Instagram!

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Our editors will be the first to tell you: We’re book people, not tech people. But one of our favorite things about the digital world (besides the Bas Bleu website and this blog, of course) is the enormous community of readers we’ve found online. Over the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to share bookish stories, literary recommendations, and more with avid readers we’ve “met” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and right here in the Bluestocking Salon. This summer, we finally took the plunge…and joined Instagram! Continue reading

11 Spooky Books and Treats for Halloween

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A tense cultural divide exists in America today, between those adults who think Halloween is strictly for children and those who spend months planning their costumes and designing elaborate decoration schemes for their homes. We’re somewhere in the middle: We love bite-sized candy and carving pumpkins, but we draw the line at buying the special tool that shoots fake cobwebs onto your roof. If you’re happy to leave the dress-up and trick-or-treating to the wee bluestockings, but enjoy the thrills and chills of All Hallows’ Eve, Bas Bleu has you covered with this collection of 11 spooky books and treats for Halloween. Continue reading

Book a Month 2020: A Year Full of Books!

stack of Bas Bleu Book a Month 2020 books on park benchSanta came early this year, and he brought a very special delivery: Bas Bleu’s Book a Month 2020 selections! For those of you who aren’t familiar with our 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 2020. Continue reading

7 Musicals Adapted from Books: From Page to Stage

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We heard it through the grapevine that a Broadway musical based on the novel The Devil Wears Prada is in the works, with music written by Elton John. Whether or not you’re a fan of literary adaptions—readers tend to have very high standards where our favorite books are concerned—there’s no denying the wealth of material available for adapting. When we paused to think about it, we realized: Literature has been singing on the Great White Way for decades! Check out Bas Bleu‘s (not at all comprehensive) list of 7 musicals adapted from books. Continue reading

15 Things to Do Instead of Wasting Time on Your Phone

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When was the last time you looked up from your smartphone and realized a half-hour had passed—and yet you’d accomplished nothing? If you’re anything like Bas Bleu’s editors, that time was yesterday! We love these handy pocket-sized computers, which allow us to send emails, look up driving directions, buy a new dress, book dinner reservations, check football scores, share photographs with friends, watch an episode of our favorite TV show…and, yes, make telephone calls. But we’re the first to admit we waste far too much time scrolling mindlessly on our phones, time we could be spending doing so many other things. With a little help from our Autumn 2019 edition, we came up with this list of 15 things to do instead of wasting time on your phone. (For the record, reading this blog post counts as a Very Important Use of your smartphone.) Continue reading