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Maria is the YA and Animals buyer in the Amsterdam store. She’s also a bookseller, warehouse and order-department employee. She has always loved the ABC store and went regularly as a customer before she started working here. Maria studied animal care and she is obsessed with birds and fantasy. So the YA and animals section are a perfect fit. She loves to play video-games when she is not reading or listening to metal music. Reading is her favorite hobby because it takes her out of everyday life and into a world where anything can happen, and there is always some adventure to be had. 

VII: ABC Top 5 2023 Edition: Jonna, Jouke and Maria

Here we go again with our 5(ish) favorite reads of 2023! We try very hard to keep it to five, but it’s not always possible. So, there may be five or six suggestions, an A and a B list, memorable reads or just plain marvelous books. This year we’re presenting [...]

Staff Choices: what we’ve read and loved – Part 4

Put together by Lília Written by EmmaS, Bob, Isabelle, IrisM, Maria and Naomi. In this Part 4 of our Staff Choices we again present titles chosen by ABC colleagues, and everyone has their own reasons for loving them. Read on to see what they are. You might even find one or [...]

ABC Staff Picks: Season 4 kick off!

Luke and Iris discuss books and interview author Natali Simmonds. In the new season of our ABC Staff Picks, Luke and Iris are back discussing the books they and their colleagues are loving right now. They also interview author Natali Simmonds about her new book, Good Girls Die [...]

Romancing the trope

written by Maria Some people love tropes. Others despise them. Unfortunately, many are poorly done. But when a trope is done well, it can take a book from just okay to a bestseller. Here are my (very subjective) picks of the best and the worst romance tropes. [...]

2022-09-03T12:21:11+02:00Tags: , |

ABC’s Maria interviewed about #BookTok

You might have heard about the book-centric trend within the TikTok universe under the hashtag BookTok. And if you haven't, this interview with ABC's Young Adult seller will fill you in. Please note that the video is in Dutch. Thanks to Carlijn Pierens and Rafaelle van Nispen from De Nieuwsredactie of [...]

2022-08-27T14:15:45+02:00Tags: , |

Top 6 Albums or Soundtracks to Enhance Your Reading Experience

written by Maria We’ve all heard of wine and food pairings. But how about books and tunes?  Listening to music while reading is one of my favorite pastimes; it really amplifies the immersion, especially when a scene is exciting and the music fits it perfectly. If all you want to do [...]

2022-07-27T13:11:59+02:00Tags: |

Elfia 2022 Recap

The ABC was once again selling books and other merchandise at Elfia. Elfia is an outdoor event/market where people from all around the Netherlands attend in beautiful costumes to browse the goods, drink mead (honey wine), and dance to folk music. The event was held in April at the Castle de [...]

2022-08-27T14:20:17+02:00Tags: , |
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