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Gift Ideas for Avid Readers

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Today is the day that all you avid readers of fiction get your chance to look through our suggestions.  Not to suggest that non-fiction readers are any less avid, but generally speaking, Fiction, Romance, Poetry and Memoirs & Essays readers log those page numbers the most (together with the Geeks and the Sleuths, of course).  :-)   Happy reading! If you want more tips, meet our Fiction buyers: Renate, Reinoud, and Simone.

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

Fiction

Ebook available for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Stone Mattress, The Bone Clocks, Us, and Barracuda.

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Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Like Books

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Everyone knows one: that person who doesn’t read books.  Who thinks books are old-fashioned and just bits of dead tree (or useless bits and bytes, for that matter).  Who claims that reading is not something they do.  Well, we have gifts for them too!  All you have to do is check our Magazines, Audio Books, Calendars, Games and Stationery sections (we also have Cards, and Merchandise like Pop! Vinyl figures), or the areas near our cash registers that are always filled with little bits and bobs you didn’t know you absolutely needed to have.

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

Magazines

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Gift Ideas for Chefs

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

In this post you will find some delicious gift ideas for the food nut in your family or group of friends with books from our Cooking and Nutrition sections.

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

Cooking

Ebook available for Plenty More, Huckleberry and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

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Win a bespoke redesigned classic!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

ABC The Hague’s Fiction buyer Simone fell in love with bookbinding a few years ago. She has created so many little treasures now that she can be found manning stalls at craft fairs in her spare time (look for De Papier Handel). A recent project of hers has been to rescue classic books that were falling apart from re-reading. Four of the results can be seen below: To Kill a Mockingbird, Winesburg, Ohio, Pride and Prejudice, and Of Mice and Men (click on each picture to see a bigger version). They are truly one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gems.

One of these treasures – of your choosing – can be yours, simply by answering the following question:

Which classic in your bookcase would you let Simone give the bespoke redesigned treatment to, and why?

Please mail your answer + which one of the four titles you would like to take home to win@abc.nl before October 15th, and include “Bespoke Classics” in the subject header.

The other three titles will be on sale at ABC The Hague for €14,95 after October 15th. If you really do want Simone to work her magic on one of the deserving books in your bookcase then please mail her for more information at info@depapierhandel.com.

Store Bits: Staff Choices

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A new round of Staff Choices of both new and old books. Happy reading!

The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey
Recommended by JeroenW

“Zombies have been done to death (pun intended), and this might easily slip under your radar as Just-Another-Zombie-Book, and to be fair, to a certain extent it is. But this just happens to be a really well-written one, with well-fleshed-out characters, some nice twists and a great ending. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an exciting and satisfying read.”

Foreign Fruit – Jojo Moyes
Recommended by Simone

“Daisy and Celia are raised as sisters, in a very protective environment, when they are suddenly confronted with the new owners of the luxurious villa in their small town. Artistic people are “not to mix with”, however, Daisy and Celia cannot stay away.
When Celia brings home her new beau, the son of a rich man who imports exotic fruits, Daisy falls head over heels in love with him, and the complications begin.
Halfway through the book the story jumps forward in time, and page by page, the two storylines become one.
A wonderful and intriguing read.”

The Thousand Names – Django Wexler
Recommended by Tiemen

“There is a distinct possibility after reading this book you will yell ‘Form square!’ at random people in public.
This is a fun and exciting read. Instead of the same old, same old medieval fantasy setting this is so called Musket fantasy; a story deeply inspired by the age of the Napoleonic Wars.
And even though this is fantasy, Wexler has grounded it in a firm foundation of military history and knowledge. Wexler knows his musket from his bayonet and the way he portrays how an army in the Napoleonic age would function is done in a marvelous and interesting way.
Add in a few heartpounding battles – FORM SQUARE! – a Holmes & Watsonesque relationship between the commander and his second-in-command, a mystery about a magical artifact and you get one very entertaining and thrilling read.”

Every Day is for the Thief – Teju Cole
Recommended by Renate

“Previously only published in Nigeria (2007), but now
available for everyone. Yes!

This is a sad and funny book about going home
and trying to make sense of the journey and yourself and
the world along the way.

Cole’s prose is sensual and vivid and clear”

Nostalgia: The Russian Empire of Czar Nicholas II – Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
Recommended by Marten

“Behind the somewhat offensive title lies a truly a incredible body of work. These color photographs have been taken between 99 and a 110 years ago. The encounter with people and the world of more then a century ago has never seem more vivid! The silence of a world without automobiles more condemning!”