It is a truth universally acknowledged that Bas Bleu’s customers are the absolute best, for a multitude of reasons. Among our favorites: You recommend some wonderful books! So wonderful, in fact, that we created our Reader Review program inviting readers to submit your own Bas Bleu-style book reviews. Many of the reviews we’ve  received over the years are for books we’d never heard of; some are for books we were “on the fence” about and a Reader Review cast the deciding vote; others are for books we’ve already carried, but are thrilled to know you loved, too.

Better yet, some of the books highlighted by your Reader Reviews have become Bas Bleu bestsellers. Others have earned a spot in our Summer Reading Bundle or Book a Month packages. All have introduced us—and the extended Bas Bleu community—to wonderful, often unique stories. Just a few of our most recent and most popular Reader Reviews are:

A Street Cat Named Bob
When a sickly stray cat adopted a recovering drug addict, the pair became best friends, saving each other’s lives in the process. Their heartwarming story of struggle and perseverance is one of Bas Bleu’s top-selling books.

Fierce Kingdom
Books offer a uniquely immersive, yet risk-free, method for us to enter the lives and experiences of others. This thriller embeds readers into the experience of a mother whose day at the zoo with her son turns terrifying, forcing her to make tough decisions and test her own limits in order to save his life.

That Summer
“Richly developed characters, wonderful settings, and a hint of mystery and suspense—it really doesn’t get much better than this!” With that rave review, we were sold on this dual-timeline novel that handily earned its spot in our 2018 Summer Reading Bundle.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk
The amazing true story of sixty-seven-year-old Emma Gatewood—who hiked the entire Appalachian Trail not once but twice, with minimal equipment—captivated Bas Bleu readers. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available on our site, but we encourage you to seek out a copy at your library or local independent bookstore.

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.
If you’re among the millions who cherish Audrey Hepburn’s incomparable turn as Holly Golightly in the film adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you’ll be enchanted by “this sophisticated work of cultural history” and its “engaging insight into the creation of an iconic modern heroine, juxtaposed with the women’s rights movement of the 1960s.”

Upcoming Book a Month 2019 Pick
We have strict instructions not to reveal our Book a Month 2019 picks before their official announcement next month, but we can tell you that they include a delightful Reader Reviewed memoir that “provides a sincere and amusing look at quintessential American paradoxes.” And it has armadillos!


If you’d like to submit your very own Bas Bleu Reader Review, we have a few guidelines: Reviews should be approximately 150 words and written in the conversational style Bas Bleu is known for. Oh, and did we mention? If we publish your review in our catalog, we’ll send you a check for $50! Just use this online form to submit your review.


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