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 Scoundrel – Eduard 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
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Simone: Sight Reading – Daphne Kalotay
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 email@example.com 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!).
The word conjures up long, sultry, golden days, to spend at will. Even if the reality of Dutch summers doesn’t generally match this dreamy image, the expectation is nice!
One of our favorite ways to spend a summer day is to read a book, put aside especially for the occasion, the anticipation of sitting in peace, or lying comfortably in the shadow somewhere, and devoting all our time and imaginations to the adventure we’ll embark on almost as fulfilling as reading the actual words. So, without further ado, here are our literary plans for this summer.
Planned Reading: The Pluto manga series by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka.
Why: I finally have all 8 parts collected, and I’ll be able to read them all one after the other!
Planned Reading: Lonely Planet Romania!
Why: Because that’s where I’m going this year. I always wonder how people find time to read other books when they’re on holiday. There’s just so much to do and see (and itineraries to be worked out) that I hardly ever touch any other book than my travel guide(s) and perhaps a local paper.
Planned Reading: Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout (don’t let the tacky cover fool you) and Night Angel Omnibus: The Complete Trilogy (The Way of Shadows + Shadow’s Edge + Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks.
Why: The former because I’m in love with Norse mythology; I’m reading All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear right now – beautiful use of language. The latter because Martijn and (former colleague) Renee are very enthusiastic about it. It has extensive character- and world-building that are worth the wait, as well as violence, vengeance and political intrigue. The omnibus edition also looks mighty fine!
Planned Reading: The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams.
Why: I first read it (in Dutch) during sixth grade, and I want to reread it, but in English. I’m looking forward to drowning in the story!
Planned Reading: The System of the World by Neal Stephenson.
Why: I have been steadily plodding my way through the first two books of Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver and The Confusion), feeling I can’t give them their proper due because real life has been BUSY – yet I’ve not been able to put them aside either, because they are so interesting and funny! I’m hoping to dive into the concluding part with an empty-ish head, to finish off a remarkable trilogy with the attention it deserves.
Planned Reading: The Odyssey by Homer.
Why: I first read The Odyssey on a sailing trip near Greece, after I had just met my wife. Rereading it always brings me back to that time, sailing around the Peloponnesos in a newly-in-love state of mind.
Planned Reading: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Why: Because a long summer holiday gives you time to read all 900 pages in one go. This is true for more of the classics, too.
Planned Reading: The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown (NOT the singer, but a Hollywood writers/scriptwriter).
Why: Simply because it was recommended by a friend of mine.
Planned Reading: Aloha from Hell by Jim Kadrey.
Why: Because parts 1 and 2 were so good.
Why: Fielding’s books have a good mix of crime, fiction and tempo. Also, use a little book light to read from summer evening into night (we sell them!). It has a little round pedestal, but you can also clip it onto your book.
Since both ABC stores are so full of nooks and crannies, and each and every one of us on the floor buys books for at least one section, we are planning to show you some of what we consider our treasures here more often. We know how easy it can become to head straight to your favorite section, and we want to show you there is so much more to be found! Jouke gave us a head-start with his Cozy Mysteries Corner, and now Jilles and Renate, our Fiction buyers at Amsterdam (when they’re not reading on the job), have taken up the gauntlet…
Get your classic Penguin summer bag and make all your book loving friends jealous! Have a great summer (because it *will* be summer this year, we can feel it in our bones)!
June will be ‘de maand van het spannende boek‘ (the month of the thrilling book) in the Netherlands. We in the fiction department are making ourselves ready for some literary blood and guts with both these three gorgeous hardcovers for everybody who wants to know about Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Watson, and these classic noirs that have been reissued in beautiful editions. If your relationship is boring you, get your tension and excitement here… Happy reading!
Shown in the bottom picture are: The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett, American Noir: 11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s & 50s – edited by Robert Polito, Blood on the Mink – Robert Silverberg, Double Indemnity – James M. Cain, The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler, and David Goodis, Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s – David Goodis.
Ester: Lover Mine – J. R. Ward
Hans: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
Hayley: Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives – Richard Wiseman
Ilse: Hoog sensitieve personen – Elaine Aron (in English: The Highly Sensitive Person)
JeroenE: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin – Masha Gessen
JeroenW: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Suzanna Clarke
Jesse: Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
Jilles: A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick and Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days – Jared Cade
Jitse: In the Shadow of the Sword – Tom Holland
Karin: Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry
Klaartje: Lord of the Flies – William Golding and The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders – John E. Sarno
Lynn: The Keep – Jennifer Egan
Our Not-Irritating-Maarten-Of-The-No-Lists: Het spoor van de eenhoorn: De geschiedenis van een dier dat niet bestaat – Willem Gerritsen
Marten: Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire – Judith Herrin
Nadine: That’s What I Am – Avo Kaplanian
Nicki: Demons Are Forever – Xenia Alexiou & Kim Baldwin
Nyjolene: The End of Illness – David B. Agus
PeterH: Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Renate: Say Her Name – Francisco Goldman and Farther Away – Jonathan Franzen
Sander: De Kapellekensbaan – Louis Paul Boon (in English: Chapel Road)
Sara: Before I Go To Sleep – S. J. Watson
Sigrid: The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table – Tracie McMillan
Simone: Hush Money – Robert B. Parker
Sophie: Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson
Steven: Shockaholic – Carrie Fisher and And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft – Mike Sacks
Tom: Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson