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ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part 4: Simone, Lilia, Nyjolene

Monday, December 16th, 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.

This fourth Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Non-Books

Friday, November 15th, 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 some of the Non-Books we carry, such as Games, Calendars, Stationery, Magazines, Audio Books and other Merchandise, as picked out by section buyers Ester, Simone, Jouke, Agnes and Sophie. 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 Gift Ideas: Fiction, Film/TV, Foreign Languages

Wednesday, November 6th, 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 Fiction, Film/TV and Foreign Languages as picked out by section buyers Renate, Simone, Ester and Tom. 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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Staff Review: Expo 58 – Jonathan Coe

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Reviewed by Simone

Expo 58 tells the story of Thomas Foley, a civil servant, who is unexpectedly assigned to go to the World Fair in Brussels. He is married to Sylvia Foley, and they have a daughter, but his life and job are not exciting or inspiring, to say the least. But all this is about to change when he decides to take the assignment and leave for Brussels for six months, leaving his family behind.

In an intriguing story, Foley meets the Russian Chersky, the Belgian Anneke, the American Emily, and finds himself in a web of spies and nuclear secrets all situated in Brussels. Thomas Foley is overwhelmed by the World Fair: the people he meets, the intrigue, the surroundings, and most of all, the impressive Atomium. He is suddenly aware of what the future may bring, the sheer possibilities available to all people. He is troubled by all these new feelings, and when during a brief visit home he is led to believe his wife may not be faithful to him, this changes his attitude towards the lovely Anneke and the fascinating Emily when he is back in Brussels again.

The book starts with a somewhat dreary Foley, in an insignificant job, with a monotone home life, but as the book progresses, he changes and becomes more worldly and more interesting. The intrigues and the espionage and the nuclear secrets all make a good setting for this life-changing phase. The more you read, the more interesting the novel becomes, leading up to the final part of the novel, the decisive phase in Foley’s life.

After finishing the book, I was quite impressed with it. The characters were well portrayed by Jonathan Coe, you feel sympathy for Foley from start to finish, and you can completely understand his worries, his inner turmoil, and his difficulties in deciding what to do with his life.

Ebooks available for Expo 58, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The Rain Before It Falls, The Closed Circle, The Rotters’ Club, The House of Sleep, What a Carve Up!, The Dwarves of Death, A Touch of Love and The Accidental Woman.

Staff Review: The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Reviewed by Simone

A book with this title is hard to resist for someone who works in a bookstore, but you never know whether the story is really to your liking. This debut novel by Deborah Meyler, however, was a pleasant surprise to me.

Esme is a young woman, who finds a job in a bookstore after she discovers she is pregnant from Mitchell, her on-again off-again relationship. The bookstore offers her a surrogate home during these turbulent times.

When Esme finds herself pregnant, she is still studying and getting to grips with growing up. Mitchell is an unpredictable character, and when she sets him down to inform him of the pregnancy, he jumps in before she can say it, and breaks up with her. Devastated, she starts looking for a job in order to support herself, and makes inquiries at her favorite bookstore, the Owl. They welcome her there with open arms, amidst odd customers, thieves and a quirky staff.

The narrator’s voice, Esme, is a charming one, that reminds me somewhat of characters from a Lorrie Moore novel. Further on in the story, when Mitchell has come around and brings her along to his family’s estate to meet his parents, I enjoyed a dose of Bridget Jones-like situations. From the start of the book to the end, a very attractive character takes you along with her journey in life, and makes you laugh and feel sympathy for her and her decisions.

All in all, The Bookstore is a great book and a wonderful story in a fascinating setting!