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What We’re Reading: Summer 2013

Friday, July 19th, 2013

There are eBooks available of You, The Pale King, JPod, Unseen, All My Friends are Superheroes, Naked in Death, The Shining, Hammered, The Apartment, Tropic of Cancer, The Lives of Tao, Gemsigns, Into the Forest, Kiss Mommy Goodbye, Tell Me No Secrets, The Rain Before It Falls, The Pillars of the Earth, How Children Succeed, A Feast for Crows, The Seamstress, And the Mountains Echoed, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Edie Investigates and The Imperfectionists.

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What We’re Reading

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


Simone: Sight Reading – Daphne Kalotay
Jouke: The Age of Voodoo – James Lovegrove
JeroenW: The Desert Spear – Peter V. Brett
Renate: Faces in the Crowd – Valeria Luiselli
Jesse: The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
Ester: The Bad Book Affair – Ian Sansom
Aviva: In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist – Pete Jordan
Pleun: How to Eat Out – Giles Coren
Martijn: Hounded – Kevin Hearne
Sophie: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (pulp cover)
Nicki: American Gods – Neil Gaiman (“author’s preferred text “edition)
Tiemen: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
PTRL: American Elsewhere – Robert Jackson Bennett
Tom: A Young ScoundrelEduard Limonov (English translation by John Dolan, but no longer in print)
Lynn: Dear Life – Alice Munro
Lilia: The Colossus Rises (The Seven Wonders Book 1) – Peter Lerangis

ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part Blogmistress

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Well, here we are, the last post of ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012!  I hope you have enjoyed our recommendations – they have all been made with passion and a lot of pleasant memories of the joy that each book has brought us.

Part Blogmistress is traditionally reserved for those of us that work on this blog. Sadly you won’t find Hayley’s Top 5 here anymore though, since she left us earlier this year (she does write for us now and again though!).  Still, Ester and myself (Sophie) are trying to fill the void as best we can!  Ester has taken over Tweeting duties, and besides prettying up your feed there with her calendar model shoots she also buys the books for the Manga/Graphic Novels, Film & TV, Animals/Nature, Horror and Philosophy sections, and the merchandise and calendars, in The Hague.  I have worked on this blog since the beginning, and I write the monthly News Mailings now.  I also buy the books for the Romance, Military, Military Fiction, Crafts and Audio Books sections in The Hague.

We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail blog@abc.nl 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!).

All of us at ABC hope you have a wonderful holiday this week!

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ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part VI

Sunday, December 23rd, 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 VI features Tiemen, Joe and Our-Maarten-of-the-No-Lists. Tiemen is Amsterdam’s Science Fiction & Fantasy buyer.  Joe is the original ABC The Hague crew, and now works mainly with the Espresso Book Machine there.  Maarten, as regular Blog readers will know, is not fond of lists, but always shares them anyway.  :-)   Also, he is the buyer of the Business, History (except for North America and Europe), Intelligence, Political Science, Social Science, True Crime, Controversial Knowledge, and Magic & Occult sections in Amsterdam.

We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail blog@abc.nl 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!).

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ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part V

Friday, December 21st, 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 V features Shirley, Simone and Aviva. Shirley is Amsterdam’s buyer for the Children’s Books section, and helps oversee the ABC Treehouse there.  Simone is one of ABC The Hague’s store managers, and buys the books for the Fiction, Cookbooks and stationery sections.  Aviva is Amsterdam’s buyer for the Travel, Erotica and Reference sections.

We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail blog@abc.nl 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!).

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