Archive for the ‘Our Favorite Things’ Category


Introducing the new crop of ABC Favorites

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

See that logo to the right? If you are holding a book with a sticker like that on it, or you come across a title on our site with that logo next to it, you’ve found an  ABC Favorite.  These books are our most cherished, mind-blowing and best-loved titles. Some are tried-and-tested classics while others are much newer, but ALL of them come highly recommended by an ABC staff member. A book has to be really special to earn that sticker!

We update our Favorites list regularly and here are some of our most recent additions:

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (ebook here)
This was a bestseller from the moment it was published. A movie based on this touching teens-with-cancer story will be released this summer. You can read Oona Juutinen’s glowing You Review here.

Attack on Titan 1 – Hajime Isayama
Our first-ever Manga Favorite! This post-apocalyptic, award-winning story pits the remnants of humanity against all-devouring giants.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (ebook)
One of the best-selling books in the US last year, purely by word-of-mouth. A beautifully written love story that will stay with you forever.

The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch (ebook)
Intrigue, action and, yes, even a little bit of romance, all mixed together. Ocean’s Eleven meets magical Renaissance fantasy.

How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You – The Oatmeal
“If your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will – Judith Schalansky and Christine Lo
Does what it says on the tin – but in a superbly designed manner.  Puts a whole new spin on “the art of travel.”

You can find our Favorites in a special bookcase on the ground floor at ABC Amsterdam, or on the big table by the Information Desk at ABC The Hague.

Shelf Awareness for ABC

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Our friends at Shelf Awareness have published a daily email newsletter for the US book trade for half a dozen years and recently branched out into mailings for readers.

Shelf Awareness for Readers includes reviews of their selection of the best books launched during the week, insider information about the business, lots of fun facts about books and authors, author interviews and more. ABC is partnering with them to make this publication available to you. We think you’ll love it!

You can view the latest issue of Shelf Awareness for ABC here. If you like a particular book, simply click on the ‘buy this book’ button to go directly to our website for more information or to add the title to your cart.

To welcome you to the newsletter, ABC and Shelf Awareness are giving away galleys from top authors until May 1st, 2014. Up to 10 people will win a bundle of assorted galleys, so sign up NOW and WIN!

Winners Invisible Woman Tickets + Movies That Matter + IT Tote Bags

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

My word, we had some popular giveaways these past two weeks!  Thanks so much to all of you for joining these contests, and now for all the winners… *drumroll*

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The winners of the free movie tickets to The Invisible Woman are:

  • Deanne Boisvert
  • Karen Foster
  • Jaap Nagtegaal

The answer to the question was, of course, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (ebook available here).

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The winners of the free tickets to the Movies That Matter Festival are:

  • Tania Nemtzidou
  • Myrna Wezel
  • Hoka Wen

Favorite book-based movies included The Help (several times :-) )(ebook), The Color Purple (ebook) and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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The winners for the ‘IT’ tote bag are:

  • Merel Hoekzema
  • Jasmina Suljanovic
  • Tess van Brummelen
  • Angelo Fiume

And this is what you’re all reading (and ohmygosh are we going to be asking that question again for a future giveaway!  What an amazing bunch of readers you all are; our to-read piles have just grown by another meter!):

Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare (ebook here) * Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson (ebook) * I Always Get My Sin – Maarten H. Rijkens * Mendelssohn is on the Roof – Jirí Weil (ebook) * On The Road – Jack Kerouac (ebook)

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky (ebook) * What Should I Do With My Life? – Po Bronson (ebook) * Butcher’s Crossing – John Wiliams * Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Sane New World – Ruby Wax (ebook)

IT – Alexa Chung * In One Person – John Irving (ebook) * The Exiled Queen – Cinda Williams Chima * The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (ebook) * Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson

The Undead Pool – Kim Harrison * Practical Sheep Keeping – Kim Cardell (ebook) * The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M. Banks (ebook) * Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (ebook) * Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene

El Principito – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry * Dear Life – Alice Munro (ebook) * I Lived on Butterfly Hill – Marjorie Agosin * Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan (ebook) * Doctor Sleep – Stephen King (ebook)

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (ebook) * The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill (ebook) * The Help – Kathryn Stockett (ebook) * Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult (ebook) * Doctored Evidence – Donna Leon (ebook)

Vintage Detective Stories – David Stuart Davies (ed.) * The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer (ebook) * Barney’s Version – Mordecai Richler * How To Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran (ebook) * Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (ebook)

Win tickets to the Movies That Matter Festival!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This year’s Movies That Matter Festival takes place in The Hague from March 20th until March 26th.  The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International, organises wide-ranging film programs in which human rights take center stage.  You can find this year’s full program here – from 12 Years a Slave to Dirty Wars to Hannah Arendt to Viva Cuba Libre and many, many more.

We are giving away 3×2 tickets to any movie* on the program!

All you have to do is mail win@abc.nl and let us know what your favorite book-based movie is.  Please put ‘Movies that Matter’ in the subject of your email.

We will hold the prize draw and contact the winners on Tuesday, March 18th, and tickets must be picked up at ABC The Hague (at the Information Desk).

*Any movie?  Yes, any movie!  You DO still have to make reservations for the movie of your choice once you get your ticket, though.

Special editions: deluxe and rare books from our warehouse

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Every so often, unique titles turn up in otherwise unremarkable boxes of remaindered books. It’s like expecting glass beads and finding a real diamond. These titles are generally stunning photo books, numbered and often signed.

For example, would you like one of of the only 2500 copies ever made of Postcards from the Boys, compiled and signed by Ringo Starr? It can be yours for €2000. Or, if The Police is more your kind of band, one of the 1500 copies of I’ll Be Watching You by Andy Summers, for €750?

Visit ABC Amsterdam this week to see the various deluxe books on display in the window, or visit our Facebook page to view a few pictures.  Below are a some detailed shots of several of the books (click on a picture for a bigger version).

If you are interested in buying a copy for your library, mail info@abc.nl for more information and prices.

Hamburg Days / When We Was Fab – Astrid Kirchherr

Postcards from the Boys – Ringo Starr

I’ll Be Watching You – Andy Summers

A Road Trip Journal – Stephen Shore

Playback – George Martin