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ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part II

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Ready for a new entry in ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012 series? There will be new titles, old titles, magazines, Dutch books, games, fiction, non fiction, anything and everything we read and liked in 2012. We are as diverse as our individual choices and that is what makes ABC unique!

Part II features Jesse, Nyjolene and Mark. Jesse is the Art and Fashion buyer in Amsterdam (as well as the designer of the annual Thanksgiving vouchers!).  Nyjolene is The Hague’s artist-in-residence and the buyer for the New Age, Fashion/Beauty, Childcare and NY Times Bestsellers sections.  Mark is Amsterdam’s Warehouse Chief.

We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail with your choices and a picture of yourself (optional). We will post your list at the beginning of the new year and send you an ABC Gift Certificate (so don’t forget to include your home address with your list!).


Summer Reading Plans of ABC’s Staff

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Ah, summer…

The word conjures up long, sultry, golden days, to spend at will.  Even if the reality of Dutch summers doesn’t generally match this dreamy image, the expectation is nice! 

One of our favorite ways to spend a summer day is to read a book, put aside especially for the occasion, the anticipation of sitting in peace, or lying comfortably in the shadow somewhere, and devoting all our time and imaginations to the adventure we’ll embark on almost as fulfilling as reading the actual words.  So, without further ado, here are our literary plans for this summer.


Planned Reading: The Pluto manga series by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka.

Why:  I finally have all 8 parts collected, and I’ll be able to read them all one after the other!


Planned Reading: Lonely Planet Romania!

Why: Because that’s where I’m going this year.  I always wonder how people find time to read other books when they’re on holiday. There’s just so much to do and see (and itineraries to be worked out) that I hardly ever touch any other book than my travel guide(s) and perhaps a local paper.


Planned Reading: Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout (don’t let the tacky cover fool you) and Night Angel Omnibus: The Complete Trilogy (The Way of Shadows + Shadow’s Edge + Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks.

Why:  The former because I’m in love with Norse mythology; I’m reading All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear right now – beautiful use of language.  The latter because Martijn and (former colleague) Renee are very enthusiastic about it.  It has extensive character- and world-building that are worth the wait, as well as violence, vengeance and political intrigue. The omnibus edition also looks mighty fine!


Planned Reading: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams.

Why: I first read it (in Dutch) during sixth grade, and I want to reread it, but in English.  I’m looking forward to drowning in the story!


Planned Reading: The System of the World by Neal Stephenson.

Why: I have been steadily plodding my way through the first two books of Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver and The Confusion), feeling I can’t give them their proper due because real life has been BUSY – yet I’ve not been able to put them aside either, because they are so interesting and funny! I’m hoping to dive into the concluding part with an empty-ish head, to finish off a remarkable trilogy with the attention it deserves.


Planned ReadingThe Odyssey by Homer.

Why: I first read The Odyssey on a sailing trip near Greece, after I had just met my wife.  Rereading it always brings me back to that time, sailing around the Peloponnesos in a newly-in-love state of mind.


Planned Reading: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Why: Because a long summer holiday gives you time to read all 900 pages in one go.  This is true for more of the classics, too.


Planned ReadingThe Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown (NOT the singer, but a Hollywood writers/scriptwriter).

Why: Simply because it was recommended by a friend of mine.


Planned ReadingAloha from Hell by Jim Kadrey.

Why: Because parts 1 and 2 were so good.


Planned Reading: Still Life and Heartstopper, both by Joy Fielding.

Why: Fielding’s books have a good mix of crime, fiction and tempo.  Also, use a little book light to read from summer evening into night (we sell them!).  It has a little round pedestal, but you can also clip it onto your book.

ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2011, Part H

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The penultimate installment of our Favorite Reads of the Year! Here are Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D, Part E, Part F, and Part G.

These favorites come from Mark and Aviva.  Mark has taken over as Supreme Head Honcho of the Warehouse at ABC Amsterdam (and was yours truly’s first ever trainee)(and he’s still here; surely a measure of success?).  Aviva is ABC Amsterdam’s Travel and Nature/Animal books buyer who loves to be serenaded.

We would love to hear about what YOUR favorite reads of 2011 were, too! They don’t have to be books published in 2011, just read in 2011. Please send your top 5 to, and be sure to include your mailing address so we can send you an ABC gift voucher as a thank you. We’ll be publishing your Top 5s at the beginning of 2012, so you have the rest of the month to hand them in. Thank you to those who have already mailed them in!

And now, without further ado… the lists!


What We’re Reading: Amsterdam

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011