6 Memorable Gardens in Literature

We’re deep in the heart of spring this month, that time of year when Bas Bleu‘s editors enjoy digging in the dirt, potting colorful flowers, and generally gussying up our green space. But when you’re a reader, there’s no need to pull on gardening gloves or relocate errant earthworms to spend time in a beautiful garden. Simply open a book! In honor of the blooming season, we’re tipping our sunhats to six memorable gardens in literature. Continue reading

Fresh Spring Picks 2021

An updated version of our Spring 2021 edition lands in mailboxes today, sprinkled with new books and gifts chosen because…well, because we couldn’t fit all that awesomeness in the first time around! Fingers crossed the weather in your neighborhood is beginning to cooperate, and you’re looking forward to alfresco reading marathons surrounded by blooming flowers, chirping birds, warm sunshine—and neighbors who do not fire up their lawnmowers or weed whackers at the exact moment you settle down outside. Even if temperamental spring weather and sky-high pollen counts keep you indoors, we hope these fresh spring picks from Bas Bleu will add a little cheer to your day. Continue reading

Spring Reading List 2021

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What a difference a year makes! Yes, we’re still grappling with the coronavirus, and political dissension hasn’t magically disappeared. But as we watch the fruit trees begin to bud and the daffodil shoots push free from the soil, we feel hopeful for the future. At Bas Bleu, we’re celebrating the promise of the new season in true bleu fashion: by delivering our Spring 2021 edition (and the following spring reading list) to readers nationwide! Continue reading

Spring Poems: 12 Verses for the Season

In Atlanta, the birthplace of Bas Bleu, pear trees and redbuds are blooming, tulips and irises are unfurling their brilliant petals, and birds are singing on dogwood branches. But we know not all of our readers have witnessed these signs of spring this year; let’s see if we can call them forth for you! April is National Poetry Month, so our editors have selected a dozen of our favorite spring poems with which to surrender yourselves to the season…and maybe, just maybe, coax it into your backyard. (To read each poem in full, click on the title or image.) Continue reading

Spring Reading List 2020

At long last, winter begins to thaw…only to leave us facing the twin challenges of a contentious election season and something called a “novel coronavirus.” (The first “novel” we never want to read.) But whether you’re stockpiling books to hide from the world—we do this year-round, so we’re not judging!—or simply hankering for engaging stories to keep you company on warm, sunny days, Bas Bleu’s new Spring 2020 edition is loaded with fantastic reads. Choose one of our three Spring Reading CollectionsNovels, Mysteries, and Nonfiction—and save 20% off the package price. (Bas Bleu Society members, remember you receive 15% off the regular cover price of all books + free standard shipping, so feel free to create your own book set.) Continue reading

Spring 2019 Reading List

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Every Bas Bleu catalog is special to us—believe us when we say they’re all labors of love!—but we’re extra-proud of our Spring 2019 edition. It celebrates our 25th anniversary with special features, staff photos, and more. But never fear, dear bluestockings: Our Spring 2019 edition is brimming with plenty of wonderful new books and gifts, too! We were hard-pressed to narrow down our favorites, but our editors have assembled a fresh spring “bouquet” just for you, a dozen terrific reads to keep you captivated throughout the season. Continue reading

Spring Reading List 2017

Spring sprang early in our neck of the woods, and we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with a fresh crop of new books! We think they’re perfectly suited to enjoying outside, surrounded by cheerful daffodils, emerald-green grass, and singing birds. If you’re among Bas Bleu’s readers struggling to dig out from beneath a foot of fresh snow, we hope the books and gifts in our Spring edition (due in mailboxes today) will lift your spirits and tide you over until the new season finally blooms. Continue reading

Spring 2016 Reading List

bird on spring tree

Finally spring has sprung (at least in our neck of the woods), and with the daffodils and warm breezes come sun-drenched afternoons and longer days during which to read, read, read! But don’t panic if your To Be Read (TBR) list has dwindled over the course of a hard winter. Bas Bleu’s Spring 2016 edition is on its way to your door, and it’s blooming with plenty of fresh new books to brighten your season! Continue reading