27 August 2013

Amsterdam Book Blogger Meet Up/Picnic and Book Haul

Yesterday I got back from three days in Amsterdam where I met some awesome book bloggers in person, and tried not to go overboard with book shopping!

Unfortunately, Karin from My Life was unable to join us, but on Friday morning I met up with Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea and Daisy from Between the Pages in Amsterdam.  After successfully finding our hotel (only getting off the tram one stop too late), we decided to go and explore the city.

After a very glamourous McDonalds lunch, we did find (by accident rather than design) the Amsterdam Waterstones store, but the prices are absolutely insane - paying 16 or 17 euros for a paperback I can get for nearly half the price online just isn't justifiable!

We then had the most hilarious dinner in an Italian restaurant where the waiter dropped food at least twice, had to wait 15 minutes for the cheque and when it finally came, they tried to charge us for five meals between three people....

On Saturday the sun was shining and ready for our Book Blogger picnic in the Vondelpark with Celine from Nyx Book Reviews, Lauren from Lauren Reads YA, Judith from PaperRiot and Debby from Snuggly Oranges.  We spent a couple of hours getting over our stranger-awkwardness, talking about books we loved, books we hated and book blogging, before we went to hit the shops ;-). 

From left to right, Daisy, Celine, Vicky, Lauren, Judith and Debby.

From left to right, Celine, Vicky, Lauren, Judith, Debby and myself. (pic courtesy of Daisy).

We visited the American Book Centre (I NEED to go there more often, although it could be very dangerous), and Waterstones again, before Daisy, Judith and Debby went to see a movie, and being the old lady that I am, I went back to the hotel and fell asleep.  Party on!

It was great fun meeting everyone, and it was hilarious that we spent most of our time in ABC talking about which books we DISLIKED the most, but that's bookish passion for you ;-)  

Oh yes, and I came home with new books, of course!

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo - which I have already read and it is AMAZING.
The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
The Night is For Hunting (Tomorrow #6) by John Marsden
World War Z by Max Brooks - I've read this before but I wanted a paperback copy for a re-read
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1) by Ransom Riggs
Beyond by Graham McNamee

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo - thanks Daisy!
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - thanks Vicky!

I'm now spending a day in my pyjamas letting my feet recover, but it was a super fun weekend - talking with other passionate book readers is awesome and we should all do it more often!


  1. Sounds like you had a great time and the weather from the photos looked nice as well. Had to look up what ABC was as I've never heard of it. On their website it says if you buy the E-book version of a book from them you can get the stocked paperback 50% off until October 1st in case you didn't know and wanted to stock up on something.

    1. The weather was really good - perfect picnic weather!

      Trying. Not. To. Buy. Books.

  2. AWWWWW, look at you all being real people! That's awesome. When I hung out with Gillian and Gaby, we went to B&N and walked around pointing out all the books we'd loved and loathed. It was awesome. People who appreciate this are the best sort of people. Also, love how many books you came home with!

  3. Oh. that sounds like so much fun!!! Glad that you had great weather too!!!

  4. Sounds like you had a blast!

    I loved the Grisha books and World War Z was awesome!

    1. LOVED Shadow and Bone. Trying to not read Siege and Storm but having trouble resisting!

  5. Sounds like a really great time, Kat! Wish I could've been there. Also, can't wait to chat about Shadow & Bone!! SQUEEEE!

    1. It would have been awesome if you could have teleported yourself there! <3 Shadow and Bone!

    2. Ooooh, teleportation! I'll get on that! Shadow and Bone! YES YES YES! Tell me how much you ADORE The Darkling! Just wait until you meet Sturmhond in book #2...

  6. Sounds like you had a great time! I'm planning to meet a few bloggers this weekend and I'm so nervous! After this weekend they'll be real people instead of my crazy internet friends, lol.

  7. Glad you had a good trip. Looks like you got some awesome goodies as well!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know



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