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
- Happy Valentine’s Day! If you need some last minute gift ideas, take a look at our most recent newsletter. Also, Flavorwire has 14 great poets on their favorite love poems, and Dan Rhodes, author of Marry Me, has a Top 10 Marriage Tales for you today.
- Awards! The Political Book Awards 2013 were handed out, in various categories. Among the winners were The Day Parliament Burned Down by Caroline Shenton (Political Book of the Year), Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (International Affairs Book of the Year), and You Can’t Read This Book by Nick Cohen (Polemic of the Year). Be sure to have a look at the shortlists, too, as they are filled with loads of interesting titles. The ever-baffling CWA Dagger Awards have started their cycle of prizes again: Charles Cumming’s A Foreign Country won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and Lee Child won the Diamond Dagger, for being Lee Child. Congratulations to Camilla Long for winning a year’s supply of potted shrimp – and the Hatchet Job of the Year, too.
- Lists! Who doesn’t love the sound of a kid belly-laughing? Joanna Nadin names 10 Laugh-Out-Loud Reads for 5-to-8 Year-Olds, in honor of the publication of her book Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker. I can personally recommend Jo Nesbø’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder as an excellent 11th book on that list (yes, he’s written kid’s books, too!). Ten of Dr. Seuss’s kooky hats are featured by Flavorwire (including a few that feature in his sketches, too).
- Oooh, controversy: Horrible Histories author Terry Deary lets it rip on libraries. Or rather, the concept behind libraries.
- Pratchett fans with an iPad and a bit of cash to spare might consider the Ankh-Morpork Map App.
- Plath fans with a bit of time to spare might consider this 1991 short film featuring the poet reading some of her work, on honor of the 50th anniversary of her death.
- 20 Words You Didn’t Know Were Inspired by People. Etymology rulz.
- And finally, 100 years of bookmobiles. I might just consider a mobile home if it looked like this:
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Ready for a new entry in ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012 series? 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!
Part V features Shirley, Simone and Aviva. Shirley is Amsterdam’s buyer for the Children’s Books section, and helps oversee the ABC Treehouse there. Simone is one of ABC The Hague’s store managers, and buys the books for the Fiction, Cookbooks and stationery sections. Aviva is Amsterdam’s buyer for the Travel, Erotica and Reference sections.
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!).
Ooo, only 1 more day and 2 more nights until it’s (officially) Sinterklaas! We don’t have a fireplace, but I do always put my shoe out by the balcony door, hoping the cat-flap will be big enough again this year. And it always is! I love it. (If you’re stumped for what to give, have a look at our never-ending list of Gift Ideas.)
My colleagues have upped the ante as far as supplying me with Bookbits links go, so I’m going to put a special little spotlight on them now. And remember, if you have fun and interesting links of your own, mail firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Steven insists you look at these 10 books, so you understand the history of earth; he also wants you to get the Game of Thrones app, read about the everlasting appeal of physically published books, and make sure you know the BBC are adapting the fabulous Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (to which I can add that they are also planning to serialise J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy).
- JeroenW wants you to read about the odd subgenres in the Romance section. Bear in mind that he is the buyer of the SF/Fantasy section in The Hague, though, so it’s a bit “pot calling the kettle black” in my opinion…
- Simone spotted that a vulcano used in the LotR movies (and possibly The Hobbit?) erupted (article in Dutch).
- And Sigrid spotted a link to make us all feel old and useless: Nine-year-old blogger releases her first book.
And now back to our regularly programmed fare:
- Just a teeeeeeny bit late, but if you’re a fan you can’t miss this year’s QI Advent Calendar. And Diana Gabaldon has one, too, with excerpts of her next Outlander book, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (no set publication date yet, but it will be somewhere towards the end of 2013).
- Interview! The Guardian speaks with Jeff Kinney, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame (and yes, the latest installment’s cover is brown, and brown only). They also feature Nobel Prize Winner Hertha Müller in their A Life in Books series.
- Because who doesn’t like cracking codes: Roger Williams Code Is Finally Cracked. Try Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, too, for a story about century-old code-cracking.
- Awards! The Guardian First Book Award went to Kevin Powers for The Yellow Birds (podcast here). Tyler Hamilton’s Pandora’s box The Secret Race won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. The Royal Society Prize for Science Books went to James Gleick’s The Information.
- Of course, we’re not the only ones with Favorite Reads of 2012… The Guardian/Observer writers have picked their top 10s in sport, photography, science, art, graphic novels, biography, architecture and psychology. And the NY Times has a wee list, too. Which Flavorwire immediately countered with 25 Notable Books Unfairly Overlooked By The NY Times.
- Lists! Because it has to be invented sometime: Michael Brooks (Can We Travel Through Time?) picks the Top 10 Time Travel Books. If you need still more Gift Ideas, Flavorwire has 10 New Must-Reads For December.
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