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Shelf Obsession: Irene Zonnevijlle

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

You’ve been invited to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog.

We were sent this wonderful photo by Irene Zonnevijlle. “In this picture you see my incredibly untidy bookshelves and myself with broken leg and wheelchair. Fortunately with lots and lots of books to read” she wrote in the email.

The picture might have come straight out of a Where’s Waldo book (Where’s Wally for you English folks)(or Where’s Bin Laden for you current affairs types) – the more you look the more you see!  It just goes to prove how one picture can give rise to loads of nosy questions, all graciously answered, and another satisfying peek at people’s books.  :-)

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What are all those books – it looks like text books and files more than anything. Is this also your workspace?

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Shelf Obsession: Em Angevaare

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

You’ve been invited to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog.

Em is a regular contributor to Do You Read Me?. He reads widely and he reads a lot. We had a peek at his bookshelves and were amazed by two things: a) how many books there are, and b) how neat he keeps them!

Click on the photos to have a proper nosy look at all the books Em has. :-) There’s more after the jump!

I can see some classic Penguin covers framed on the wall. Which books are they from? (more…)

Shelf Obsession: Matthies Kersbergen

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

ABC snoops around Matthies’s bookshelves

matthies-books-004-edit.JPGYou’ve been invited to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog. (Click on the top left corner of the pictures for a closer look)

Matthies just turned four years old. His mom works at The American Book Center Amsterdam, where she’s the children’s book buyer.

His bookshelves are cheap little ones that came from Lidl, bought when he was still a small baby and his books had already started to take over most of the house.

It was inevitable that he would love books, but he loves books and letters, reading, writing, and words to the exclusion of most other things, except maybe swimming. And visiting ABC Amsterdam, which he thinks is just an extension of his own bookshelves. Mom doesn’t know whether its’s his unusual intelligence or his autism that made him this way, or whether it’s the word nerd genes inherited from both his parents, but she figures that there are worse things your kid could be obsessed with.

Because of his autism, and his age, Matthies finds conversation difficult, and that makes him a tricky interviewee! So we asked him questions over the course of a few months and stitched them together to make one interview.

Wow, Matthies, you have a lot of books! How many do you think you have?

I think about a million.

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Shelf Obsession: Gerda Klaver

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

ABC snoops around Gerda’s bookshelves

You’ve been invited to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog.

When we asked you to show us your bookshelves, Gerda Klaver wrote to us:

bookshelves-gerda.jpgHere’s a photo of my floating bookshelves, which look as though the books are just hanging on the wall all by themselves. This solution was necessitated by the increasing lack of space in my bookcases!

You’re partly to blame: The American Book Center is way too tempting, filled with far too many interesting books. It would help me and probably many others, if you could do something about that in the future! Until that day I’ll always enjoy coming to the store in The Hague, leaving it happy with a pile of new books.

Everyone who saw Gerda’s photo of her bookshelves though immediately that we should feature them on the website. And we all wanted a set for ourselves! If you’d like to buy some, the wonderful BoingBoing blog has links to suppliers. Or you could make them yourself!

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Shelf Obsession: Marjolein Balm

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

ABC snoops around Marjolein’s bookshelves  

marjoleinluxe.jpgYou’ve been invited to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog.

Marjolein Balm has her own blog on which she reviews and recommends a lot of books. She has an MBO in social and cultural work and specialized in Arts and culture; it comes in handy in her work at an after school club (naschoolse opvang). She’s also one of our top reviewers on the blog, a member of our You Review Elite. (more…)