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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 2: Renate, Barry, PeterH

Thursday, December 12th, 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.

Our second Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Renate: has published her short stories (in Dutch) through internet magazine Tijdschrift Ei.
  • Barry: surfer dude, still after all these years.  Knows every single book in his sections, and whether he has them in stock or not.
  • PeterH: the Englishman with NO Dutch accent what-so-ever! He should change his name to Peter Huppelwoud.

Enjoy!

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: History/Politics, Horror, Humor, Local Interest/Living Abroad

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for History/Politics, Horror, Humor and Local Interest/Living Abroad as picked out by section buyers Maarten, Barry, Ester, Luke, Martijn, Tom and Agnes. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part I

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Hooray!  It’s time for my favorite series of posts: ABC’s Favorite Reads!

That’s right, the ABC Staff is about to reveal their favorite books read in 2012!  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!

Barry, Renate and Karin start us off. Barry is one of ABC The Hague’s most familiar faces and the History, Current Affairs, Political Science and Travel Literature buyer there.  Renate is ABC Amsterdam’s Fiction, Poetry and Memoirs buyer.  And Karin is our Marketing Director.

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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Gift Ideas: History, Current Affairs, Political Science, Biographies

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Current Affairs & Political Science, History, Military History, Ancient History, and Biographies as supplied by Barry, Jeroen, Sophie, Jouke and Tom.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

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ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2011, part A

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Is it really December already?  Even worse, halfway through December already?

Well, I guess it must be time for our Favorite Reads of the Year posts then!

Let’s start you off with the favorites as handed in by our Barry, Klaartje, and Simone.  Barry is one of the pillars of ABC The Hague (as is his Bernese Mountain, Nelson!), and the buyer for the History/Politcs/Current Affairs and Travel Literature sections.  Klaartje is both stores’ secretary and Girl Friday, and ABC Amsterdam’s buyer for the Local Interest section to boot.  Simone is one of ABC The Hague’s store managers, and Fiction, Cookbooks and stationery buyer.

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 blog@abc.nl, 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 a month to hand them in.

And now, without further ado… the lists!

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