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YOUR Favorite Reads 2013

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Happy 2014! May this year be a healthy, creative and peaceful year, filled with laughter.  And with good books, of course!

As has become a tradition, we start our literary year with a post entirely written by YOU, our wonderful customers.  Without you, we wouldn’t be going into our 42nd year.  Without you, all of us would be out of jobs we love.  Without you, we wouldn’t know what to read!

Thank you for you continued support and to everyone who sent in their favorite books of 2013:  Shelley Anderson, Carl Everaert, Karen Foo, Michelle Schulte, David Swatling, Linde Simpson, Marjolein Balm, Jonathan de Souza, Darice de Cuba, Luke Sondelski, Gabriëlle Linger, Laura Baaijens, Oona Juutinen, Sara Raap, Tess van Brummelen and David Young.

Edited on January 21st to add the favorite reads of Anne Marie Klaarhamer and Lieke Bannenberg.

We hope you find some literary inspiration from each other (previous customer favorites here), and from our favorite reads.

A quick note on ebooks: I try to add a link to the ebook version of each title.  Unfortunately, the availability of ebooks seems to change on a daily basis.  Some ebook links may therefore not work when you read this, although they worked when I put this post together. Try again next week, though; perhaps that particular publisher has come to their senses again, who knows…  :-)

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott
“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” — Madeleine L’Engle
More of these quotes over at Flavorwire!

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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part blogmistress: Karin, Ester, Sophie

Friday, December 20th, 2013

And so we come to the last favorite reads post.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the books we are so enthusiastic about, and I hope they’ve given you some new titles or authors to try out.  I always get tons of new reading tips myself and there’s not much more satisfying than seeing your fellow booksellers in full, enthusiastic bookselling mode.  :-)

Thanks so much to my lovely colleagues, who managed to find some time somewhere to send in their lists.  I really hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013, too. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to social@abc.nl by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This last Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Karin:  coordinator of many events, prize draws and other marketing things.  Hopes to improve her tennis game.  Also wants to do more volunteer work in 2014 and would like to ask everyone who reads this to try and give some of their precious time to help the many kids and elderly people who so need your support!
  • Ester:  our tweety bird.  Unable to resist any animal, especially one in need.  Just took over the Religion section in The Hague and is on a very steep learning curve. :-)
  • Sophie: your blogmistress, at your service.  I think I might hold the ABC speed record for typing, and I’m allergic to children’s choirs.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 6: Pleun, Jouke, Tiemen

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads! The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8). Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to social@abc.nl by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This sixth Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

Enjoy!

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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 5: Maarten, Steven, Tom

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads! The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8). Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to social@abc.nl by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This fifth Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

Enjoy!

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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 4: Simone, Lilia, Nyjolene

Monday, December 16th, 2013

It’s my favorite part of the blogging year: our favorite reads! The ABC staff has looked through all the books and magazines they’ve read over the past year, or games they played, or stationery they used, and picked out their top 5 (or 4, or 8). Every single item in these posts comes highly recommended, and we hope to add some ideas to your 2014 reading list.

Of course, we always love reading tips ourselves, too, and so we hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013 to us. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to social@abc.nl by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This fourth Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

Enjoy!

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