Posts Tagged ‘harry potter’


Bookbits for July 18th, 2014

Friday, July 18th, 2014
  • First and foremost, rest in peace to all aboard the crashed Malaysian Airlines flight.  Best wishes and ’sterkte’ to everyone who knew someone on the flight.  It hardly seems fair the sun shines so brightly today.
  • R. I. P. also to Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize laureate who was a strong voice against apartheid in South Africa.  She is probably best known for her novel July’s People (banned in South Africa at the time).
  • Travel site Skyscanner made a list of the 22 Most Beautiful Bookshops in the World – and ABC Amsterdam’s on it, hooray!  I do secretly wish that one day someone will discover the beauty in ABC The Hague.  ;-)
  • For those of you who love books and food (…but really, who doesn’t?): there’s a fantastic literary supper club in Amsterdam called The Bookish Banquet.  Featuring fine dining (and I really mean fine dining) all themed around one book.  Looks absolutely smashing.  :-)
  • And finally, for all you David Mitchell aficionados, head on over to Twitter to read a new short story that he is tweeting on his account (you can read it in order via the SceptreBooks account).  It might tide you over until his new book The Bone Clocks comes out in September.

Bookbits for June 7th, 2012

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
  • R. I. P. The legend that is Ray Bradbury died yesterday, aged 91.  “There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.” Obituaries can be found here, here, and here.

Bookbits for August 16th, 2011

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

School has started again (here in The Hague, anyway), and with that a more-or-less normal life for your blogmistresses.  Which of course will again include attempts at regular bookbits.  Heh.

  • If you’re looking for a bookclub, try the Guardian’s Reading Group Revolution.  Online, reader-led, interactive – and I didn’t even get this news to you too late, as they’re still trying to decide which book to read.  ^^  Also, don’t forget last year’s 1b1t (1 Book 1 Twitter), which has been reshaped into 1book140 and is still going strong.

Shelf Obsession: Ching Chuan Chiu

Monday, November 1st, 2010

You’ve been invited to dinner at someone’s home. Your host is busy in the kitchen and you wait in the living room. What do you do to pass the time? Admit it: you snoop around their bookshelves don’t you? We know you love shelf snooping just as much as we do, and now you can check out all sorts of bookshelves via the ABC blog.

Ching Chuan Chiu is a regular contributor to Do You Read Me? She shared her overflowing bookshelves with us.

Your rambling, free range bookshelves will give some of our readers palpitations, but I can see some order in it. How do you organize your collection?

I’ve sort of sorted them according to genre – there’s fantasy on the topmost shelf, Christian, martial arts and other random books on the second shelf, even more fantasy and other fiction on the third shelf and Harry Potter related stuff on the fourth and fifth shelves. However, now I’ve got too many books to neatly fit them into the bookcase so I sort of stick the books wherever they will fit. And of course, now I’ve got piles on the floor…

Tell us about your large collection of Harry Potter books. Do you have them in Chinese too?

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Bookbits for August 19th, 2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Well, I’m back at work, my kid is back at school – we’re all settling into a routine again.  And so I’m hoping I can add a Bookbits a week to it.  I know, I know, that might be a tall order, but it’s a worthy goal to set, isn’t it?  Anyway, welcome back everyone that was away.  Let’s hope the second half of 2010 will be as book- and event-filled as the first.

  • First off, some obituaries: Early last month, author Beryl Bainbridge died, aged 77.  I know I’m way late with this, but I’m putting this in the Better Late Than Never basket, since she was the well-loved writer of, among many other books, Master Georgie and According to Queeney.   Obituaries can be found here and here.  (Picture of Dame Bainbridge by Eleanor Bentall/Corbis.)  Early this month, historian Tony Judt died after a long struggle with motor neurone disease, aged 62.  Judt was the author of, among other books, Postwar and Ill Fares the Land.  Obituaries here and here.  (Picture of Mr. Judt by Eamonn McCabe for The Observer.)
  • Durham University offers a Harry Potter course, covering all seven books and the movies out so far, “to explore courage and integrity, being sent away to school and rebellion.”  But will they play Muggle Quidditch, is what I want to know.
  • When book recommendations go wrong. Go ahead: which books have been pressed on you that you tried and ended up hating?  And did it change your view of the person who preached the book to you?