Lots Of Chocolate From Lindt

This one is a no-brainer. Find your nearest Lindt Chocolate Studio and get your hands on all the different types of chocolate that you know your Valentine loves, throw them into a gift bag or wrap them and voilà – a sweet Valentine’s Day gift is ready! You can either create your own “lucky packet” from choosing a selection of decadent chocolates in the many different flavours, or you can take your pick from the boxes they have ready and waiting. The LINDOR Strawberries & Cream chocolates look just divine and nothing says “I love you” like a LINDOR Heart Tin filled with choccies.

There’s Loads Of Stuff At Woolies

We all know and love Woolies, and they’re always there when we need them, especially on Valentine’s Day when we have NO gift in hand for our special someone! Here, you can pick up a bouquet of flowers (if they haven’t all sold out yet), grab a box of chocolates or a few sweet treats, pick out the best bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe even get your hands on his or her favourite fragrance and shop for some sexy lingerie. There are so many options to choose from. And if all else fails, there’s always a Woolies voucher or a homemade dinner for two, thanks to all the goodies at Woolies Food.

Something Cheesy From The Crazy Store

You wouldn't associate The Crazy Store with Valentine's Day, but here we are! And to think about it, they have quite a few cute and cheesy Valentine's Day goodies to put a smile on your sweetheart's face. Let's be honest, if there's one day you can be cheesy, it's definitely on Valentine's Day. Best of all, their gift ideas won't bust your budget. They have cute little things from helium foil balloons, plushy toys and lovey dovey mugs to novelty voucher booklets, wooden plaques with sweet messages on them and heart-shaped candy.

Pamper Treats From The Body Shop

Whether you’re looking for something for the special lady in your life, the man of your dreams, a little something for friends and family, or need something to throw together a glamorous look for your hot date this Valentine’s Day, The Body Shop will have just the thing. Everyone loves a little pampering here and there, and this is a great place to stock up on all the good stuff. Take your pick from bath and body goodies, skincare items, beautiful gift sets, fresh fragrances and much more.

Get That Feeling With Sorbet

Speaking of pampering, you can also treat your loved one to something special from Sorbet. Get them a gift card for a massage or Dry Bar session, get your hands on a bunch of lovely products or choose a pretty gift set. Here, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Just pop into your nearest store. Luckily, you can find one almost everywhere you go. And for him, why not gift him with a pamper session at Sorbet Man! There's also a nice selection of products if he's into that sort of thing.

Get Your Spoils At Edgars Beauty

Edgars is your one-stop for all things makeup, skincare, fragrance, nails, brands and gift sets. And to make your last-minute gift shopping even easier, they also offer free signature gift wrapping. Crisis averted! For her, take your pick from fragrance and skincare treats that you know she’ll love. And for him, there’s everything from Nivea and Tom Ford to Aramis and Givenchy gift sets available.

Gift Ideas For The Outdoor Lovers

If your partner is more into the outdoorsy stuff, then why not get them a quick gift from Cape Union Mart. They have a bunch of fab gifting ideas for him and her. “Like what?” you might wonder… well, let’s share a few ideas with you. Gifts for him: Hydroflask coffee mug, a Red-E RSP80 Power Bank, a GoPro Hero 5 and a Zartek ZA-748 Two Way Radio. And for her: Volcano Motion Bluetooth headphones, the Victorinox Cape Protea tool or Sunski Originals sunglasses. The options are endless.

When In Doubt, Check Out Gift Experience South Africa!

There's no better gift than giving someone an experience of a lifetime, and there's no better place to find those than at Gift Experience South Africa. No matter where you are in South Africa, you'll find something fun, exciting, thrilling or even relaxing for that special someone. What can you expect? Well, you can spend some quality time together making chocolate truffles in Muldersdrift, indulge a little with a chocolate and champagne pairing or spend an afternoon quad biking out in Parys. Visit Gift Experience South Africa to see what else they have to offer.

Spoil Your Bookworm With Exclusive Books

Another idea if your partner is a little bit of a bookworm, get them their favourite book for Valentine's Day from the best book stop of them all - Exclusive Books! Make it a romance since it IS Valentine's Day (they have plenty of those). And if you're not too sure if he/she is the romantic novel type or if they enjoy the thrills that a gripping mystery offers, then there's always the option of getting them a gift voucher, which leads us into our next gifting idea...

Just Go Crazy On Vouchers!

You can’t go wrong with vouchers! And best of all, you can find them absolutely anywhere and everywhere. Sure, it might be a little less personal, but as long as you get the right store voucher, at least some thought went into it. If she likes clothes shopping, get her an Edgars, Woolworths, Truworths or YDE voucher. If he enjoys gaming, visit BT Games or Steam and buy him some new games.

The Old Faithful - NetFlorist

We will admit, this one is pretty cliche, BUT it works! NetFlorist has a variety of Valentine's Day gift sets that'll be delivered to your sweetheart, no matter where she or he is. She could be on a business trip in Durban and you can still spoil her with something sweet. Click here to take a look at all the Valentine's goodies they have lined up, pick your favourite, enter all their details, pull out that credit card, pay and BOOM. Done. As easy as that. See, Valentine's Day doesn't have to be difficult.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Exclusive Books knows how much you value local literature. This is why they've launched their Homebru events online this June. A series of live webinars, talks and podcasts, these virtual meet and greets are sure to keep you entertained. The event is themed under the banner "meet them in their own words". This effectively brings your favourite local authors to the fore in an interactive online space, helping them to promote their work and engage with readers. In these trying times, Exclusive Books is proudly supporting the local industry and its authors, too. They've chosen books from across a spectrum of genres - from local fiction to cookery, biography, current affairs and even children's literature.

So whether you're bored at home or simply looking to expand your bookshelf of local literature, these events are a must-attend. Here's what's in store for all you bookworms:

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Digital Book Launches 

Throughout the lockdown period, Exclusive Books has brought you monthly digital book launches. Hosted over various digital platforms, these launches bring together authors and their would-be readers with fantastic hosts. As part of their Homebru events lineup, Exclusive Books will be hosting a series of local authors for digital book launches this June and July. Starting with Wandile Sihlobo's Finding Common Ground on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 13:00, these launches will continue until early July. You can find the full digital launch lineup on Exclusive Books' website. To find the live links to the events, simply follow Exclusive Books on Facebook or subscribe to their Fanatics newsletter.

Homebru Podcasts

As part of their Homebru celebrations, Exclusive Books is launching a new podcast series hosted by Jonathan Ancer and Dan Dewes. The brains behind the Amabookabooka podcast, these witty book lovers will be interviewing a number of local authors. Episode One of the Homebru podcast series is already available online. Tune in to listen to Jonathan interview authors, Yvonne Maphosa (Grasping at Straws) and Gail Schimmel (Two Months) about their exciting new titles. You can then get your own copies of these intriguing new fiction titles from your nearest Exclusive Books store or on their online store. Alternatively, download the Uber Eats App and get shopping for your books for delivery within a 5km radius!

When Is It?

The Homebru events calendar will run from Tuesday, 23 June 2020 - Saturday, 04 July 2020.

Where Is It?

Online via Zoom, Crowdcast and Iono.FM.

How Much Is It?

All Homebru events are free to join.

For More Information 

Follow Exclusive Books on Facebook or Instagram for updates on their events, specials and delivery services.

Details: (Tel) 0800 332 550 | [email protected]

What Makes Me An Introvert?

There is no denying that I am an introvert. As an only child with parents well above the age of my peers, there was really no other way to be. Nevertheless, I took an online personality test in my university years to prove it. While I had expected the result to be resounding, I was nevertheless shocked by my result. I am approximately 89% introverted. If you're wondering what that looks like in the way I present myself, it's a lot of cancelled plans and wall hugging at parties. I also have only two good friends and spend probably a bit too much time going to the movies with my granny.

With all this in mind, you'd expect me to thrive during a period of lockdown, where my only social commitment is to log in to my online morning work meetings. But looking back on this time, I have discovered a few surprising things about myself. Before I begin my reflective look at life under lockdown, I must acknowledge my privilege during this time. I have been able to work from home since mid-March and despite its many inconveniences, lockdown has altered my life very little. I am thankful for my health, my family and my dogs who have ensured my sanity (for the most part) during this time.

As I move on, I ask that you do not judge my oddball ways. I am fully aware that I am a rare species of human who functions a little too well on my own. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy my witty quips about how this time has allowed me to live my best introverted life.

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What I've Enjoyed About Lockdown:

1. Peace And Quiet 

I never go on holiday over December. This is because I love the peace and quiet that settles over the city when everyone else leaves for the coast. Living in level 5 lockdown, I was reminded of this tranquility as no cars passed by after dark and the streets were mostly deserted. As we have moved into levels 4 and 3 of lockdown, this sense of peace has quickly been eroded. As a full-blown introvert, this almost feels like an assault on my senses. Seeing main intersections busy with traffic and watching people leave for work in the early mornings has provoked real anxiety in me. Needless to say, I cannot wait for December when you all go on holiday and I can get back to my most calm self.

2. Reading Time

Naturally, I love to read. There is nothing more comforting to my soul than diving into a book and escaping reality for a few hours. Living under lockdown has afforded me much more reading time, not necessarily because I am less busy, but because I am more conscious of how much time I have available. Even as the days seem to slip away endlessly one after the other, I have found more time for myself. Making my self-care routine part of my weekly schedule has become easier, too. All in all, I feel less swept up by the daily rush of life than I usually do. It has been great being allowed to take a breather, despite the chaos of this moment. I will deeply miss this extra 'me time' when lockdown ends.

3. Working Alone

I work with a great bunch of people, but I can get so much more done when I am on my own. As an introvert, the presence of too many people around me can be distracting. Of course, in an office environment this is practically unavoidable. I am easily overwhelmed by too much noise going on while I am trying to work, as well. Setting up my work station at home has allowed me greater focus. I also enjoy my work a little bit more now. This may be attributed to the fact that I can sing out loud with no one to hear me apart from the neighbours (sorry guys). So am I secretly hoping that this work from home deal is kept even after lockdown ends? Possibly.

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What I'm Looking Forward To Doing Post-Lockdown

1. Coffee Dates

I miss my friends dearly. I also miss coffee. Not that I haven't had ample amounts of the stuff to keep me going during lockdown, but I am sick and tired of having to make it myself. My highest aspiration post-lockdown is to indulge in a frothy mochacccino accompanied by a full English breakfast at my favourite brunch spot with my friends, before popping into Exclusive Books to do a whole lot of book buying. That's not too much to ask for, is it?

2. The Theatre! 

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I never shut up about the theatre. It's my happy place, my centre and still one of the most exciting things to do in the city, in my opinion. Although I have been binge-watching the National Theatre Live At Home and all of Joburg Ballet's recorded shows, nothing beats live performance. I have two tickets to William Kentridge's The Head & The Load at Joburg Theatre waiting on my dresser, in fact. Fingers crossed we'll be allowed to visit theatres by August!

3. Choosing When I Want To Leave The House

Finally, I am looking forward to deciding on my own terms when I would like to leave the house and when I would like to stay in. Even though I am a homebody at heart, my house has started to feel like a cage. I want to feel grateful for a weekend in my pajamas on the couch, not have it be the norm. Ultimately, I am excited and hopeful that one day I'll be able to cancel my plans simply because I don't feel like venturing out, not because it's illegal to do so.

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Written by Tarryn Jameson (a.k.a., the introvert).

What are you most looking forward to doing once lockdown is over? Are there any aspects of this time that you have enjoyed? Share with us in the comments below! 

I have never quite understood people who dislike reading. If I could, I would spend an entire year on an island devouring all the books I have stacked in my 'must-read-before-I-die' pile. Nevertheless, I do understand that to some, this would be a complete nightmare. Especially teens with far too much free time and access to the internet.

Full disclosure - I am not a parent. But, I have had numerous discussions with my teenage family members about their reluctance to read in their free time. I have spoken to their tired-out parents too, about the struggle to get their kids to 'pick up a book for a change'. While I may be no expert on the matter, I do have a few tips and tricks to share when it comes to getting young people to read more.

Start Them Out Young 

Parents know the importance of reading to their children, yet many seldom do it. Even those who do, sometimes lack dedication to the cause. Similarly, if you aren't a reader yourself, teaching your child to love literature is likely to be a struggle. Embrace the challenge of turning yourself into a book worm by reading to your child every day. Eventually you will grow so tired of reading the same book over and over again (don't kid yourself, every child has that one favourite book), that you will look for something more suited to your own taste.

Even as your child learns to read for themselves, continue to talk to them about what they are reading. Take them on frequent trips to the library when lockdown is over (this is a building that houses books; just in case you had forgotten) or nearby bookstores. Pick out a series to read through with them, whether it be a classic or something more contemporary. You could also reach out to friends for book swaps or reading get-togethers. The aim here is to instill a love of reading in your child when young to ensure a lifelong love of books.

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When You've Left It Too Late

There is no judgement here, we promise. But, even if you haven't invested time in your child's reading habits before their teen years, it's never too late. The key to triggering the reading bug in your teen is to find out their interests (easier said than done, we know). Understanding your child's fascinations is the gateway into picking their potential favourite reads. You can learn a lot from the types of films, music and school subjects they enjoy. Many parents make the crossover from film into novels by investing in book series that have been turned into blockbuster hits. Make it a challenge to read the book before watching the movie. Or, encourage your teen to go back and read the book versions of their favourite movies.

Adolescent boys are particularly known for being reluctant readers of fiction. A great way to get your teen reading up a storm is to turn to technology for help. Audible.com has made a selection of its audio books for kids and teens free to listen to until schools reopen. Alternatively, check out the Gauteng Virtual Library for a great selection of eBooks that you can loan for up to two weeks, completely free!

Young Adult Novels To Look Out For In 2020

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Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson is a beloved children's and young adult author. In August 2020, her most highly-anticipated novel is due for release. Love Frankie is about falling in love for the first time, coming out and standing up against your bullies. Frankie is growing up all too fast, no thanks to her school bully, Sally, and her gang of followers. But when Frankie and Sally develop an unlikely friendship, things begin to change in more ways than one. Might Frankie be falling in love? And, does Sally feel the same way?

Love Frankie is right at the top of our must-read YA novels for 2020. Encourage your teen to get stuck in between their homework and other chores. The book is 432 pages long, but it is wonderfully illustrated by Nick Sharrat, so even the most stubborn readers should find something to enjoy.

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The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs

If your teen loves a good spooky read, get them a copy of The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs. The fifth installment of the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children series is just as spine-chilling as its predecessors. You may consider gifting your teen with the entire series to get them started on their reading journey. The box set is available from Exclusive Books for *R624.00.

From The Movies

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games series may be a bit past your teen's time, but if they enjoyed the films then this new prequel installment will delight their inner bookworm. A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the gruesome Hunger Games. Taking an interesting turn, the book focuses on future President Snow's rise to success and the origins of the Hunger Games tournament.

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has already sold 500,000 copies in the US alone. Get your teen a copy online from Loot.co.za or risk them suffering serious FOMO. 

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Happy reading, kids!

Exclusive Books

If you're an EB Fanatics member, you've most likely heard the good news. Exclusive Books has partnered with Uber Eats to bring good reads direct to your door! All you have to do is download the Uber Eats app, enter your address and get clicking away to find the latest local and international bestsellers on offer. Exclusive Books stores are also open, so you can pop by if you prefer to do your book hunting in person. Alternatively, browse through their website and order online. Delivery is free on orders over *R450.

Bridge Books

Bridge Books is an independent bookstore located in downtown Johannesburg. If it's local fiction, biographies or unique titles you're after, this is the place to go. Under level 4 lockdown, Bridge Books will be offering contactless collection at their Maboneng store, as well as delivery across Johannesburg. If you would like to visit their store in person, please contact them on 079 708 4461 to book an appointment, as only two customers will be allowed into the store at a time to facilitate physical distancing. If you prefer to shop online, click here.

Love Books Jozi 

Do you love books? So do Love Books! This community bookstore offers rare gems that you aren't likely to find anywhere else. Their passion for good literature, good wine and great conversation (about books, of course), is exemplified in every aspect of their business. During level 4 lockdown, Love Books will be open to a limited number of customers, with the strictest hygiene procedures in place to protect both you and their staff. You can also order books by emailing them on [email protected]

Bookdealers 

Are good quality, second-hand books and collectibles your cup of tea? Visit any one of the Bookdealers stores around Johannesburg to find the very best in rare editions, signed copies of your favourite books and the latest bestsellers. If you aren't quite ready to venture out into the big, wide and scary world just yet, order online for collection or delivery. Bookdealers is offering vouchers redeemable in store, as well as 20% discount on online orders for the remainder of the lockdown. Click here to get shopping.

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Loot.co.za

Students attending online classes and parents homeschooling their kids will be delighted to know that Loot.co.za is back up and selling children's readers, textbooks and fiction reads under level 4 lockdown. Browse through their online selection to find all you need to ace those assignments or simply keep the kiddies entertained. Delivery is free on orders over *R350, so get busy buying!

We understand that times are tough right now and that buying books may not be on your list of essentials. However, if you would still like to get stuck into some good reads while at home, visit the Gauteng Virtual Library to borrow books for free! 

Exclusive Books Lockdown Initiatives

Under level 5 lockdown, Exclusive Books were not permitted to trade. As the new level 4 regulations came into effect on Friday, 01 May 2020, book lovers across South Africa waited with bated breath. Would our favourite bookstore be allowed to operate as an essential service? Thankfully, the answer is yes! However, Exclusive Books have implemented a number of initiatives to make shopping for your books safe and contactless during lockdown.

On Thursday, 07 May 2020, they made an exciting announcement - you can now order your books through Uber Eats for delivery direct to your door! Together they will be bringing avid readers a delectable menu of bestsellers. So, if you have run out of lockdown reading material, but aren't quite ready to visit your nearest Exclusive Books store, simply download the Uber Eats app and get shopping!

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Here's how it works:

  1. Download the Uber Eats app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  2. Sign up and enter your address and billing details.
  3. Search for your closest Exclusive Books branch.
  4. Browse through their selection of best selling local and international fiction, non-fiction and children's books.
  5. Select the books you want to order and proceed to checkout.

There are only four Johannesburg stores currently offering this service with Uber Eats, but Exclusive Books is looking to roll out nationwide over the coming weeks. If you live within a 5km radius of EB Hyde Park Corner, EB Sandton City, EB Mall of Africa or EB Nicolway Bryanston, you will be able to order from Uber Eats. Enter this promotional code - UNLTDZA  - at checkout for free delivery on meals, essentials and books with Uber Eats until 31 May 2020.

You will also be able to earn Fanatics Points on these purchases. Simply type your Fanatics card number into the comments section when placing your order. To help you protect yourself, your loved ones and the community, Uber Eats furthermore encourages no-contact delivery. Select "Leave at door" at checkout in the app to ensure your delivery complies with health and safety standards.

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Our Top Picks

As always, Exclusive Books will be offering their customers the very best in local and international reads during lockdown. If you're looking for something to get stuck into while at home, check out these best sellers available on the Uber Eats app, perfect to curl up with on a chilly winter's day:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's master work has topped best seller lists worldwide, garnering 62 million readers along the way. The Alchemist is a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams. Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing. This is a definite must-read during these uncertain times.

Available on Uber Eats for *R214,50.

A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

If you have never read Nelson Mandela's moving autobiography, now is the ideal time to get yourself a copy. The book profiles Mandela's early life, his coming of age, his education and his 27 years spent in prison. As one of the most prolific figures in recent history, his autobiography provides insight into South Africa's dark past and the great pains it took to overcome oppression.

Available on Uber Eats for *R332,20.

The Book of Gifts by Craig Higginson

The Book of Gifts has been described as Craig Higginson's most gripping and nuanced novel to date. At eleven years old, Julian Flint prefers to remain invisible, safe inside the architecture of adults provided by his mother, his uncle and his aunt. But when his mother, Emma, a celebrated sculptor, takes them all on a family holiday to a hotel by the sea, he meets the captivating and irreverent Clare and everything he thought he knew begins to shift - setting off a chain of events that will determine each of their fates. Set among the lush beaches of Umhlanga Rocks, Johannesburg and the rich and strange coral reefs of Mauritius, The Book of Gifts is sure to provide a much-needed escape from the lockdown lows.

Available on Uber Eats for *R321,20.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Chilean author, Isabel Allende is a master of weaving fictional stories into real life events. Her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, takes place at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Victor Dalmau is a young doctor caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When the opportunity to seek refuge arises, they board a ship to Chile chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow'. This highly-anticipated novel is sure to sell out fast, so get yourself a copy as soon as possible.

Available on Uber Eats for *R310,20.

Super Natural by Sarah Graham

Our favourite TV chef and author, Sarah Graham is back with a follow up to her undeniably popular cookbook, Wholesome. This time, Sarah delves into the mass of information regarding plant-based eating and whole foods. Super Natural features budget-friendly recipes centred on vegetables and natural, whole foods, celebrating seasonal produce, good fats and whole grains, pulses and legumes. This is the ideal cookbook to invest in amidst the global climate crisis as it promotes mindful eating and food consciousness. Plus, there are tons of great dinner ideas to try out during lockdown.

Available on Uber Eats for *R345,50.

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For More Information

Visit the Exclusive Books website for more information. You can also follow them on social media to get the latest updates on new releases, sales and delivery options during lockdown:

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Contact them on +27 87 365 4620 / 4632 / 4646 or via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Join Exclusive Books for their upcoming book launch and webcast with authors Dr Greg Mills and Emily van der Merwe discussing their recently published book, The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia. The virtual launch will be led by John Maytham. 

Order your paperback copy of The Asian Aspiration from Exclusive Books now and get 10% off at checkout. This discount is valid from now until the national lockdown has ended for all Fanatics members. Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Thursday, 23 April 2020 at 12:00.

Where Is It?

Live webinar.

How Much Is It?

Click here to register to join the webinar.

For More Information

Follow Exclusive Books on Facebook for more information about this and other upcoming virtual book launches.

Exclusive Books Saves The Day!

Parents are caught in a double whammy. Firstly, the kids have already been on school holidays. Secondly, we're in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak and are currently on lockdown. Both these predicaments combined means you're either running low on ideas or have exhausted all avenues of entertainment. Loads of reading. Crafts with crayons, glitter, glue and paint. Movie nights. Games. Screen time. What now? Cue Exclusive Books.

Exclusive Books recently sent out their Fun Stuff For Mini Fanatics Week 1 emailer to their EB Fanatics subscribers, jam-packed with fun book-themed ideas to keep the little ones busy.

To make sure you don't miss out on this activity packed email, be sure to subscribe to EB Fanatics Loyalty Programme here. We'll share a few of their fun book-themed activities below so you can see what to expect.

For 0 – 6 Year Olds: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Bring The Tiger Who Came To Tea alive by hosting your own tea party with the little ones. Download the full party planning pack of activities from Exclusive Books, complete with everything you'll need to plan, host and enjoy the most amazing tea party. This party planning pack includes fun activities, including how to make your own party bunting and hat, exciting party games and lots of fun colouring sheets. This tea party is going to be loads of fun!

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For 6 – 12 Year Olds: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Do your kids enjoy reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid? If yes, then download a Diary of a Wimpy Kid activity pack to keep them entertained during the school holiday lockdown. This activity pack is loaded with Wimpy Kid quizzes, puzzling crosswords, creative masks of their favourite characters, as well as loads of other cool stuff to keep the boredom at bay.

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For 6 – 12 Year Olds: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's stories are exactly what you are looking for if the kids love chocolate and enjoy a little bit of mischief and magic! Let the kids discover the splendid world of Roald Dahl and meet some of his most famous characters. Have fun with this downloadable activity pack, which shows children how to make their own BFG Dream Jar!

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For More Information About Exclusive Books

To receive more fun activities to do with the kids over the lockdown, be sure to subscribe to the EB Fanatics Loyalty Programme here. This will keep you up-to-date with exclusive deals, previews and updates.

For further information about Exclusive Books, visit www.exclusivebooks.co.za.

You can contact them on 0800 332 550 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

What’s braver than facing up to a ferocious Bengal tiger? Take your kiddies on a journey into the dense forests of India to meet Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo, as they face up to the fearsome Sheer Khan. Rudyard Kipling’s collection of short stories are the perfect escape for young minds during this time of uncertainty. You can read the Disney version, but we recommend Kipling’s original short stories to appreciate the full wonder of Mowgli's world. 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Another story of great bravery, Roald Dahl’s Matilda encourages children to stretch their imaginations. In a world where the adults are the enemy (besides the delightful Miss Honey, of course), Matilda teaches children to trust in their cleverness and their ability to tell good from evil. Dahl is a master storyteller, using witty poetics and rhyme to keep young minds entranced. You may want to invest in his entire collection of works once lockdown has ended, as we are sure that your little ones will be hooked in no time. 

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

The world may seem a little topsy-turvy to children right now. So, why not let them dive into Lewis Carrol’s upside down, mad hatter land in Alice in Wonderland? With a new obstacle at every turn, Alice’s journey into Wonderland offers children an epic adventure filled with weird and wacky characters. Alice’s bravery and smarts may also be an inspiration for young ones, as they navigate their way through this period of confusion and isolation. Make reading this classic a super fun family activity by encouraging the kids to dress up as their favourite character and to join you for a mad hatters picnic in the garden.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis 

Children may be looking for guidance and wisdom as they struggle to come to terms with COVID-19 and its impact on their lives. Who better to look to for sage advice than C.S Lewis' great lion, Aslan, out of The Chronicles of Narnia? Set during WWII, this classic children's fantasy series follows the four Pevensie children as they travel through an old wardrobe into the magical and mystical world of Narnia. The Pevensie children's courage and determination against great odds should be excellent motivation for little ones during this challenging time. 

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a master craftsman, painting vivid worlds in which dark magic lurks. To a child's mind, COVID-19 may seem like a dark, mysterious force, as it isolates them from friends and other childhood whims. Gaiman's Coraline is the perfect antidote to fear and anxiety over things that lurk in the dark. While this book often scares adults, children approach the story with wonder and engagement, as they follow the daring Coraline into the 'Other World'. This is likely to become a book that you and the kids read over and over again, each time discovering some new flicker of Gaiman's genius.

Not sure you can pull off all the creepy, crawly voices to convey the atmosphere of Gaiman's writing? Why not let the author himself read to them? Visit Neil Gaiman's website for more information about his stories for children and for a full reading of Coraline and other books.

Audiobooks For Little Listeners

We understand that you may not always have time to sit down with the little ones to read them a story. That's where Audible.com comes in handy! Offering free streaming on a range of children's audio books until schools re-open, Audible.com is an invaluable resource to keep handy during this time, as well as on long journeys and before bedtime. Covering titles for little readers, primary school kiddies, tweens, teens and adults, Audible will have you and the kids listening, learning and imagining for hours on end.

Do your kids have any favourite books? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

What Is It?

If you’re one of the millions of people who loved Eat, Pray, Love, you’re in for a treat! Join YOU, in partnership with Jonathan Ball Publishers, for an evening with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert. This much-anticipated event will be going online, offering guests an amazing night in!

Elizabeth will be discussing her latest novel, City of Girls - a delicious tale of a young woman’s journey of discovery and self-acceptance, set against a backdrop of sex, glamour and adventure. Elizabeth will also be joined by Yewande Omotoso, author of acclaimed novel, Bom Boy, for a book club with a difference.

Also, on the night of the event, Exclusive Books will be offering a once-off 20% discount on ALL Elizabeth Gilbert titles on their online store. This exclusive offer will be AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY from 18:00 on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 to midnight on Thursday, 01 October 2020 via www.exclusivebooks.co.za .

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When Is It?

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 19:00.

Where Is It?

From the comfort of your own home!

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R70 per person and are available at Computicket.

For More Information

For more information about Elizabeth Gilbert's evening in, visit the event's Computicket link.

WIN!

Joburg.co.za readers stand the chance of winning one of five tickets to #1 New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert's evening in on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

To enter, simply visit our Facebook page, find the Elizabeth Gilbert post, then like and comment on the post and share it with your friends. It's that easy.

Competition closes on 25 September 2020.

Good luck!

Skoobs Theatre Of Books

Skoobs is a magical world of books. Positioned in the heart of Montecasino, this bookstore offers enough literature to satisfy any book worm. This treasure trove offers not only a theatre of books but a coffee shop to keep moms and dads busy while the kids explore the amazing land of stories. This bookstore is a definite must-visit for kids and adults alike.

Kids'Book Spots

Bridge Books

Bridge Books is filled with fictional stories about Africa. Offering books for kids and adults, you won't be disappointed. Stocking both new and second-hand books, this store has books for any budget. Bridge Books also hosts events, such as writing workshops to motivate and encourage readers and writers. Bridge Books also offers a coffee shop, so you can enjoy a drink while your little one goes on an African adventure

Kids'Book Spots

Readers Warehouse

Readers Warehouse is a little heaven for all the little ones, and parents too. They have an array of children's books, from old tales to the latest mystical stories. Their wide selection of genres is great for the little ones to explore and includes everything from educational books to fairy-tales. Readers Warehouse has a few stores around the city, so check them out to find your nearest branch.

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Tales & Fables

Tales & Fables offers a wide range of new children's books that teach and inspire creative minds, as well as challenge your child's thinking. Based in a community-driven suburb, the owners, a husband and wife team, have worked hard to ensure that the environment is perfect for all the little bookworms. This bookshop is highly recommended by the regulars. Don't worry, there's also a load of amazing reads for the parents, too.

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Bargain Books

Bargain Books is one of the best bookshops around, crowned SA Bookseller of the Year 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018. This store is definitely a book haven. Bargain Books has a wide range of offerings, including exclusive picks for both you and the little ones. Break away into a world of books! Bargain Books has several branches scattered across Joburg, so there's no excuse not to visit.

Kids'Book Spots

Exclusive Books

Exclusive Books is one of the first stores that comes to mind when looking for books. Offering a kids area with bean bags, tables and shaped seating, this is a must for any book lover. Their range of books is huge with a wide variety of genres, including fairy-tales, fantasy and non-fiction, among others. The Hyde Park branch is one of our favourites and offers a world of fantasy.

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The Crazy Store

The Crazy Store is known for having loads of amazing trinkets, knickknacks and toys for kids. But did you know that they also stock books for kids? The Crazy Store has books in both English and Afrikaans and their books range from foundation phase books to helpful learning guides. So, bring along your children the next time you pop by The Crazy Store.

Children's Bookshops

Do you know of any other children's bookstores in Joburg? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

The Whippet Coffee Melville

In July 2019, The Whippet Coffee opened their second store in Melville, bringing Joburg foodies even more inspired brunches, gourmet coffee and contemporary South African desserts. However, one big change at the new Whippet store came in the form of a rooftop farm! Offering visitors fresh produce from right above their heads, this farm-to-table experience is definitely worth taking a trip to the Melville suburbs. If you didn't make it to The Whippet Melville in 2019, then make sure to pop by in the new year.

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Olives and Plates

Olives and Plates is a well known cafe and restaurant with locations around Johannesburg. Taking over residence at Exclusive Books Hyde Park in late 2019, Olives and Plates is bringing a delicious medley of Mediterranean-inspired dishes to eager diners. Their menu is generous, offering breakfast, light snacks, quesadillas and tapas. Mains include hearty Greek salads and family favourites with an eclectic twist. Book lovers, add this to your must-visit bookstore coffee shops list for 2020!

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Social Parkwood

The new kid on the Bolton Road block, Social Parkwood is an African-inspired homely restaurant perfect for after-work drinks and great tapas. Combining traditional South African flavours with Western cooking styles, this bar-meets-restaurant caters to serious meat lovers, as well as vegetarians and vegans. Take a whole bunch of friends along for a cocktail party to welcome in the new year.

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Doppio Zero Sandton

Another vegan-friendly restaurant that made waves in 2019 on the Joburg foodie scene, was the newly revamped Doppio Zero at Sandton City. With a new open kitchen, Doppio Zero's flagship store welcomed in inquisitive diners, proudly showing off their massive copper pizza oven and rows upon rows of fine wine. Needless to say that this much-loved restaurant chain is the uncontested home of thin-based pizza. Adding to the theatrics, Doppio Zero also introduced their loyal customers to Coco Me - an inviting chocolate counter complete with a chocolate fountain, gelato station and brownie building section! Visit them as soon as you can.

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Lanser's On Main

While not quite a newbie to the Joburg restaurants bill, Lanser's on Main cemented their status as Bryanston's favourite neighbourhood bistro in 2019. Under the careful expertise of Chef Lanser Fourie, this eatery is all about traditional restaurant hospitality, good food and the finest Cape wine. Make 2020 your year of trying new things by ordering the Steak Tartare at Lanser's on Main - a daunting, yet exquisite dish completed by a tot of cognac. It's the perfect way to kick off the brand-new decade. Cheers to a new you!

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Just Teddy 

Our list of must-visit Joburg restaurants for 2020 wouldn't be complete without a little touch of sweetness. Visit Hyde Park Corner's latest patisserie offering, Just Teddy, this January. Specialising in French pastries and breads, teas and Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine, this restaurant offers something truly unique. Stand out dishes from the menu include the Hamburger Sûpreme - 100% grass fed beef, mature cheddar, butter lettuce, pickles, heirloom tomato, wholegrain mustard mayonnaise and ketchup, layered onto a 24k gold-plated black brioche bun. If you somehow have room leftover for dessert, you'll be in for a treat. Take your pick of delectable mini cakes, tartlets and French macarons.

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George's Bread & Co. 

Voted The Best Bakery in the Best of Ekhuruleni 2019, George's Bread & Co. makes some of the best cakes, pastries and breads in the East Rand. While not a fine dining restaurant, we've added George's to the list because we all crave a great pie or cupcake every now and then. For the times when your New Year's diet becomes unbearable, head out to Boksburg for a taste of George's offerings. We promise that it'll be worth the few extra calories.

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Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Do you know of any other must-visit Joburg restaurants we should try out in the new year? Let us know about them! 

In late 2013, Exclusive Books sadly closed their doors at Melrose Arch. Leaving the precinct's tenants and visitors in a dismal state without their favourite nearby bookstore. But, we can now all celebrate because Exclusive Books will be making a return to the mall this November!

20% Off All Books!

EB Melrose Arch will welcome in customers on Friday, 01 November 2019 with a 20% discount on all books. From the latest kiddies books, to best-sellers, classics and non-fiction, the new store beams with colour from the array of titles lining the shelves. There is also ample space to plop down with your new books and do a little reading. Grab a cup of piping hot coffee from Vide e Cafe and dive into the world of imagination.

The new store is located at the entrance to the Melrose Arch Mall. With awesome stores all around, offering you the best in international and local fashion, handcrafted kids toy stores, body and beauty musts and designer home ware. The restaurant mile is equally impressive. Stop by at Paul for an authentic French croissant or go for lunch at Mr George on the corner of High Street. With Exclusive Books now open, there really is no reason to ever leave the Arch.

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Must-Reads For The Season

Summer is the ideal time to settle down with a new book. And where better to get your hands on this season's must-reads than Exclusive Books at Melrose Arch? Here are our top picks for summer 2019:

Find Me

A hotly-anticipated sequel, Andre Aciman's Find Me is the perfect summer holiday read. Bringing back your favourite characters from Call Me By Your Name, only a little older, but no more adept at navigating relationships than in their youth. The book follows Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip through Rome, the city where Elio and Oliver first enacted their romance. A chance encounter on the train changes Samuel's life forever, while Elio begins a new consequential affair of his own. Take a journey back into this heart-breaking modern romance these holidays.

Available at Exclusive Books for *R390 in hardback cover.

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PostScript

Cecelia Ahern's highly-anticipated sequel to PS, I Love You recently hit shelves. It's been seven years since Holly Kennedy's husband died - six since she read his final letter. Just when she believes that she has finally moved on, a group called the PS, I Love You Club approach her, asking for help. Suddenly, Holly finds herself drawn back into the world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

She thus begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy her illusion of peace. Nevertheless, Holly embarks on a remarkable journey - one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever.

Available at Exclusive Books for *R270.

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The Beast of Buckingham Palace

UK no. 1 best-selling author, David Walliams is back on our must-read list this summer. Bringing children world-over the delights and frights of storytelling, Walliams presents his latest book The Beast of Buckingham Palace. Set to release on 21 November 2019, the novel follows a young Prince Alfred as he battles to save London from ruins and rescue his mother, the Queen. Set in 2120, this futuristic tale features tons of mystery, bravado and a few monsters! This is the perfect Christmas gift for little ones, so be sure to get your hands on a copy soon.

For More Information

Visit the Exclusive Books website or Facebook page for more information about the new store.

Details: Melrose Arch, Birnam, Johannesburg | 0800 332 550 | [email protected]

Exclusive Books

If it's beautifully bound classic books you are looking for, then head out to your nearest Exclusive Books. Their stores offer both Classic titles and Neo-Classic novels from the world's favourite authors. From Edgar Allan Poe, to the Brontës, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath and Kurt Vonnegut. You can find almost any genre of classic here too. So, whether you are a horror fanatic, romance lover or sci-fi fundi, there should be a classic for you. This is the perfect place to get lost in a world of words and poetry.

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Kalahari Books

Kalahari Books in Orange Grove specialise in out of print fiction and non-fiction titles. This Victorian-style library-cum-book club offers avid readers the opportunity to pick up long-lost novels, plays and collectibles. Their main passion is theatre, poetry and classic literature, as well as bringing you titles by forgotten popular authors, including the likes of George Bernard Shaw. If you are looking for something really special to gift a book loving friend or family member, then Kalahari Books should be your first stop.

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Estoril Books

Estroil Books has three branches located in Johannesburg. Our favourite is the newly relaunched store at Fourways Mall. The most extensive and well-organised of the branches, this is a book lover's paradise. Their classic books section is wide ranging, stocking not just the most popular novels by famous authors, but entire collections of their work and a few obscure titles. Estoril Books is also relatively one of the most affordable mainstream retailers for classic novels. They often host half-off sales too, so be sure to pop by on your next trip to Fourways Mall.

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Bookdealers

Bookdealers have been gifting readers with collectible editions for over 30 years. With five stores around the city, they are easily accessible. Plus, their staff are always willing to lend their knowledge in the search for that perfect classic. Bookdealers also stocks a couple of rare inscribed copies of non-fiction and fiction titles, especially by South African authors. This is the book store to visit for students too, as you can find set works at bargain prices, covering a range of subjects including, poetry, drama, English literature, psychology and history. So, what are you waiting for? Give Bookdealers a call!

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Bargain Books

Another great book store for classic books at discount prices is Bargain Books. Many a time we have scooped up three titles for the price of two at their Greenstone store. Mostly available in paperback editions, these classics may not look the prettiest, but it's the magnificence of words and story that we are after. Bargain Books is also an excellent kiddies book store to let the little ones browse around. Catering to new parents, toddlers and tweens, this is the ideal environment to start introducing classic literature to the kids (besides the library, of course).

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Skoobs Theatre of Books

Now, this is a book lover's ultimate fantasy. Two floors of literary delights - from children's classics to  biographies about your favourite musicians and everything in between. Skoobs Theatre of Books lives up to its name in every respect. Find yourself a quiet corner upstairs on one of their comfy reading chairs and dive into a world very different from the one we live in. English ladies in waiting, swashbuckling pirates, talking daisies and a mischievous boy who never grows up await you. But, the adventure doesn't end there. Tuck into a slice of decadent rainbow cake at the Skoobs Cafe or sip on a glass of Merlot at the upstairs champagne bar. Be warned, you may never want to leave.

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Books Galore

Books Galore deals in second-hand fiction titles for children and adults. Get kiddies books for up to 50% off here, all the while stockpiling your shopping baskets with rare and unique used books. Books Galore also has a children's book club which is free to join for kids of any age. Not only do the little readers in the making receive discounts on their favourite bedtime story books, but they also get Crocky Club Stickers to add to their collections, free activity books, a birthday gift voucher and free delivery when you order three or more books online.

Their range of adult books include must-have South African collectibles. While most of these are non-fiction titles, they are still worth scouring over. Gardeners will be particularly enamored with helpful catalogues on South African species and how and where to plant them.

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Serial Thrillers

Serial Thrillers is relatively new to the book dealing scene, however they sure have made a good impression on us. Situated at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, this knickknack store has a collection of true literary relics. Here you can find modern classics such as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Hemmingway's The Old Man and the Sea and short stories by the ever eloquent F. Scott Fitzgerald.

But, what makes this store extra special is their collection of comic books. Indulge your inner child with first edition Archie comics, Tintin's Adventures and Asterix and Obelix. There are also the most adorable figurines to go with your new comic collection. Who wouldn't want a mini Tintin anyway? Give this start up book store some love and visit them as soon as possible.

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Do you know of any other great book stores that sell classics in Joburg? Let us know about them! 

Exclusive Books Fourways Mall

The newly renovated Fourways Mall was officially launched on 22 August 2019. After nearly four years of massive re-construction, this new mega-mall stands at a whopping 178 000 square metres! Featuring over 450 stores, Fourways Mall is a definite must visit for Joburg shoppers.

Book lovers can delight as Exclusive Books has made a return to the mall as well. The new store is bigger and better than ever before. You can find it opposite the main promotions court, next to Lindt and Starbucks.

To celebrate their grand opening on Saturday, 31 August 2019, Exclusive Books Fourways will be offering 20% off all books. Come and pick up your favourite classics, kiddies books, cook books and how-to guides for a fraction of their normal price. Plus, you can head out and explore the new mall while you're at it. Bargain!

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Top Reads for the season

With spring just around the corner it's time to start compiling our year end reading lists. And, where better to pick up some brilliant new titles than the new Exclusive Books at Fourways Mall? Here are out top picks available at Exclusive Books:

The 5AM Club - Robin Sharma

Have you always wanted to be part of that rare percentage of people who wake up alert, motivated and ready to tackle the day ahead of them? Life coach Robin Sharma introduced The 5am Club concept over twenty years ago. Based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity.

This is the self-help book of the season, so be sure to get your hands on it at the opening day sale.

Cinnamon - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is an award-winning fantasy writer, known for his adaptations of fairy tales and fables. Cinnamon is Gaiman's latest illustrated book for children. In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So, they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk.

Get your little reader a copy of Cinnamon at the Exclusive Books opening day sale. You can keep it till Christmas and save yourself a few pennies.

Gentleman Jack - Sally Wainwright and Anne Choma

Anne Lister forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. Now a major BBC Drama seriesGentleman Jack is comprised of sections of Lister's explosive diaries. Recreating the life and times of one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century, this fascinating book is a must-read for historians. Compiled by Anne Choma, this series also features unpublished journal extracts decrypted for the first time.

If you haven't watched the BBC series yet, get yourself the book.

Ghost Fire - Wilbur Smith and Tom Harper

Wilbur Smith is undoubtedly one of the most productive writers of the last century. At 86 years of age he is still pumping out novel after novel. His latest endeavor with Tom Harper is titled Ghost Fire.

Inseparable since birth, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents. Theo, wracked with guilt, seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and Indian army. Connie, believing herself abandoned by her brother, and abused and brutalised by a series of corrupt guardians, makes her way to France, where she is welcomed into high society. An epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage that brings the reader deep into the seething heart of the French and Indian War.

Ghost Fire is the perfect kind of book to wrap up your year with, so make sure to hunt it down at the sale.

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Contact them on 0800 332 550 or via email at [email protected]

This one is for all the snackers out there and everyone that we need to convert to snack at these cool stores at the Rosebank Mall.

Anyone who loves food knows that snacking is the best treat you can reward yourself with. What's even better is always adding the spice of variety and trying something different every time. Without a doubt, everyone has that specific snack that they are inseparable with but how about we switch things up.

Let's check out what Rosebank Mall has in store us...

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Boost Juice Bar

Boost Juice Bar is a great place to indulge in a tasty healthy beverage that is packed with that kick you need. Great way to add onto those vitamins.

Boost makes the most smoothies and juices, and they have a very generous menu so you have a world of options to explore. This is also a great snack spot for post-workout, add some deliciousness after a strenuous workout.

Pay them a visit for a fruity visit.

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Joubert & Monty Famous Biltong

If there was one snack that South Africans can truly say they love, it's biltong. That's why you need to visit Joubert & Monty Famous Biltong.

They have a variety to choose from, whether you are a sticks or chunks person - you are going to love J & M biltong. Their biltong is given some love with their secret spices or you can stick to the original flavour.

Those who are all about exploring will love the whole biltong - this is the part where we make salad and grate some flavour onto it.

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Lindt Boutique

Most people will say, "you had me at Lindt". We understand and fully agree.

Give us chocolate any day and we are there to patiently indulge on it. No to mention the variety that Lindt has for us, they are known for being the ultimate master chocolatier. Offering quality all-round.

They are also known for making everyone happy, it's a go to chocolate for their diet conscious who opt for the dark chocolates to the 'eat it all' chocolate connoisseurs.

The Lindt Boutique will have your mouth watering as soon as you walk in. It's a chocolate heaven.

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Peacock Tea & Coffee

Every tea or coffee lover's dream is made a reality at the Peacock Tea & Coffee.

This treat is just what you need as a take home. They offer the best quality in both tea and coffee. Whether you want to explore with something exotic or fruity or herbal, they've got it.

If you want to have your own personal coffee tasting session - you can explore their blends that range from Arabia to Italy and back to the motherland.

Peacock Tea & Coffee has all the accessories you need to finish off your perfect brew.

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Exclusive Books Cafe

Exclusive Books have created an experience, imagine sipping on a tummy hugging cup of something something while reading an exciting best seller. It's a world of imagination.

Exclusive Books is the place to go for some peace and quite. We're talking - an intimate time with yourself.

Book Launch - Voorspraak by Hendrik J. Botha

Fan of Afrikaans literature? Then don't miss the launch of Voorspraak, written by Hendrik J. Botha. This first section of poems as a unifying element covers man's fundamental loneliness throughout his life journey.

Book Signing - Bare 2: The Cradle of the Hockey Club by Jackie Phamotse

After finishing Grade 12 at a boarding school in the Free State, Treasure Mohapi moved back home in Westonaria, a town in the west of the Gauteng province. Home, however, wasn't where she wanted to be. Get your copy and get it signed by the author, Jackie Phamotse.

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Book Launch - Leaving Word by Steven Boykey Sidley

Looking for a book that has a little bit of everything? Leaving Word is a literary mystery; a story of homicide; a comic and probing look at our need for stories; a satire about fame, fortune, art and books; a love story and one woman's quest to find meaning in a chaotic world.

Book Launch - Betting on a Darkie by Mteto Nyati

For something inspirational, pick up your copy of Betting on a Darkie written by Mteto Nyati. Mteto Nyati knew years ago in Mthatha, working at his mother's trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things. Today, he is one of South Africa's top CEOs.

Children's Party at Exclusive Books - Roald Dahl Party

Let your little ones enjoy the creative and imaginary world reading offers at this children's party at Exclusive Books. Take your kids to Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall for their Roald Dahl party jam-packed with fun activities and reading to entertain the kids.

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Book Launch - The Bosasa Billions by James-Brent Styan and Paul Vecchiatto

Just as South Africans were starting to come to grips with the shocking cost of state capture, the Bosasa bombshell hit. This corruption scandal cost South Africa billions, while the politicians involved were bought for as little as braai packs and booze.

Book Launch - My Modern African Kitchen by Chef Nti

Are you a little bit of a foodie and enjoy stories and inspiration from well-known chefs? Then don't miss the launch of Chef Nti's My Modern African Kitchen. Drawing inspiration from many different sources, including Soweto, Mama D and her gran's culinary skills, Chef Nti realised that in order to reach the new generation of foodies, she needed to reinvent flavours in a fresh and creative way.

Book Launch - Coconut Kelz's Guide To Surviving This Sh*thole by Lesego Tlhabi

With handy tips on how to achieve the white right standard of beauty, how to catch yourself a white guy, the best suburbs to live in and how to host the perfect Caucasian shindig, Kelz offers a complete guide for full Caucasian conversion. This is meant to be read with a little bit of lightheartedness.

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Book Club Evening

Join Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall for a book club evening, which will feature up-and-coming cooking titles as well as industry guests.

Children's Party at Exclusive Books - Andy Griffiths Tour

Exclusive Books Sandton City will be hosting an Andy Griffiths Tour for the little ones. Take your kids to this children's party for a morning of fun activities and readings from Griffiths' stories. Also, they can meet the author and get their books signed.

For More Information

For more information about Exclusive Books, their latest releases and their EB Fanatics Club, visit www.exclusivebooks.co.za.

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XOXO Flowers

Tucked away at the Pick 'n Pay Court at Bedford Centre is an adorable flower stall. This flower stall crafts gorgeous bouquets using the finest, freshest flowers. The bouquets feature a multitude of flowers including elegant roses, uplifting sunflowers and eye catching carnations. So stop by the next time you're in the dog box or when you feel like spoiling that someone special.

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Carrol Boyes

Artist and designer, Carrol Boyes may have just recently passed, but her memory lives on through her luxury designer ware. These include dinnerware, bake ware, serve ware, gift ware, accessories as well as unique items for the office, bathroom, living room and kitchen.

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House and Haven

House and Haven offers boutique, luxury crafted home ware with an emphasis on style, quality and authenticity. And to truly make your home opulent and lavish, they also offer a fully comprehensive interior decorating service. With House and Haven, your house will become a splendid haven.

Find more information here.

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Dress and Dare

This boutique offers "chic and trendy, classic and simple, playful and sexy" women's clothing. They pride themselves on their timeless style where women of all ages can find something to make them feel confident and vibrant. This store also offers image and style consulting, for those looking for an extra special boost.

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Silver Image

For the most exquisite silver jewellery, head over to Silver Image. Their range of bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces, rings, bangles and chains are all crafted from sterling silver and imported. While some pieces feature only silver, others include gorgeous semi-precious stones.

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Techtronic

This technology and electronic store has everything you need, whether it's the latest trends, technology, cell phones, laptops or gadgets. Don't quite know what you're looking for? Have no worries. The qualified staff will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or queries you may have.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, trains and automobiles has a wide variety of airplane, train, car and boat models, including diecast models. Their products cater to anyone from hobbyists to professionals, beginners to experts. They also offer specialised repair to these precious collectibles. Visit them to keep your prized collection in tip top shape.

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Heroes of Games and Comics

This comic book store supplies all your superhero, villain and antihero needs. Items sold here include pop-culture items, apparel, video games, anime, trading cards, manga, comics, figurines and collectibles. Apparel for most brands can be found here, such as DC Comics, Marvel, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh.

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Hamleys

Designed to bring the toy kingdom to life, Hamleys offers a huge range of dolls, soft toys, educational toys, games, puzzles, arts and crafts and children activities to delight the little ones. They also host a multitude of events in collaboration with the biggest names in the toy industry.

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Exclusive Books

Bibliophiles will be at home at the Bedford Centre branch of Exclusive Books. Here, book lovers can find all their literature needs under one roof. Forage through their extensive selection of fiction, fantasy, crime, horror, Sci-Fi, romance, thriller, children's, cooking, autobiography and non-fiction books.

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Contact details: Bedford Centre | 011 622 1840 | Cnr Smith & Van der Linde Rd, Bedfordview | [email protected] | https://www.bedfordcentre.com

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Rush Trampoline Park

Laying at the entrance to Greenstone Shopping Centre is a children's play area. This 30 000 square foot area is home to Rush Trampoline Park. Rush boasts many activities to keep the children active. These include the trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball lanes, foam pit, battle beam and fidget ladder. Parents can grab a cup of coffee and watch their children jump for joy from the viewing area or keep themselves entertained watching the game on the big screen. Adventurous parents can even join in on the fun.

The Fun Company

Located just past the food court, opposite Mugg and Bean and Musica, is the centre's arcade, aptly named The Fun Company. They offer hours of fun in the form of bumper cars, a bowling alley and all the classic arcade games. Kids, and adults, are bound to have a blast racing, shooting villains, shooting hoops, dancing and whacking the crocodile. All in a bid to score as many tags as possible in hope of getting the largest, loudest and most colourful prize.

Toy Kingdom

Everyone's favourite toy store has recently opened up shop at Greenstone. Toy Kingdom has an assortment of toys including action figures, arts and crafts, baby and early development, games and puzzles, dolls, plush and educational toys. All these may sound pricey. But don't stress. Toy Kingdom has a Royalty Club offering shoppers 1 loyalty point for every R25 spent. This is bound to make Christmas and birthday shopping a little lighter on the pocket.

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Ster-Kinekor

One of our favourite memories as children was going to the movie theatre with friends, family or as a school outing. Watching a movie on a huge screen with surround sound and that oh-so amazing popcorn that we dusted in way too much spice was the highlight of our day. Spoil your kids with the same lasting memory by taking them out to catch a movie. They show many kid-appropriate and family-friendly movies from animations to feel good comedies. Pro tip, get a cuppa at the Ster-Kinekor coffee vending machine, for a little extra help keeping up with the kids.

Shopping

Kids love going shopping, trying on new clothes, exploring the hidden world in books and, of course, getting new toys. When its time to spruce up your kid's wardrobe or spoil them with books and toys, head over to Greenstone. Stop by at Exclusive Books or Bargain Books to pick out new and exciting storybooks, fairy tales and colouring books. Or get some much needed wardrobe items from Cotton On Kids, The Hub, Ackermans or Jet.

Food

After all the exertions playing in the arcade, jumping around like a jack-in-the box and all the shopping, the kids are bound to be hungry. Greenstone offers a few kid-friendly restaurants. These include the South African classics like Wimpy, Spur and Panarottis. End all the fun on a sweet note with an ice cold scoop, swirl or cake slice from Milky Lane.

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Contact details: 011 524 0445 / Cnr van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road, Greenstone Hill / [email protected] / https://greenstonemall.co.za

Mental health awareness is not the taboo subject it once was. However, the reality is that anxiety and depression are on the rise across age groups, ethnicities and social standings. Thankfully, there are ways to combat these illnesses, from practising self-care to seeking out professional help. In some cases, both methods may in fact prove beneficial. But, how do you go about practicing self-care? Especially, in between work commitments, family responsibility and other stressors.

Prioritise yourself

Make your mental health care a priority. We often take our well-being for granted, always delaying our personal care for when we have a spare moment. Rather schedule out a specific time to focus on yourself. It could be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break or right before bed. Pencil this time into your calendar, or ask a friend to keep you accountable. After at least a month, it should become a habit. After three months, it becomes a lifestyle. Doesn't seem too difficult to follow does it?

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Becoming self-aware

Every person should have their own interests, hobbies and relaxation tools. Nevertheless, many of us are unaware of when we are in need of a little downtime. Make an effort to monitor changes in your mood over the period of one month. An excellent way to track this is to draw up a chart. List the days of the month in one column. Allocate a colour code to a range of emotional experience words such as happy, sad, anxious, depressed and overjoyed. Then, take a few minutes every day to assess your overall mood for the day. Colour in a square for that day in the appropriate emotional colour code.

If you like, make a note of why you may have been feeling that way for the day. You may begin to notice certain emotional triggers in yourself. Similarly, you could pick up on negative thought patterns that you have in certain situations. While this whole process is tedious, it is an incredibly effective self-awareness task. Colouring in has also been proven to reduce stress in some people, so get out those pencils. We recommend using a bullet journal to draw up your mood chart. These dotted journals are a must-have for creatives. You can find them at Exclusive Books stores or online from loot.co.za.

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Ways to practice self-care

You have probably heard it all already. Eat well, get enough sleep, exercise and do the things you love. But, it is important that you consider these self-care practices nonetheless. Being kind to yourself goes a long way.

If you are feeling stuck in a rut without a way out, start a new hobby, attend a part-time class or go on a short trip. Little things like this can ease your anxiety and help you add interesting skills to your resume. Joburg has endless opportunity for learning, so wherever your field of interest lies, there should be someone out there willing to teach you more about it.

Alternatively, take a day trip over a weekend to renew your spirits. There is nothing like fresh air to give you new perspective on things that may be bothering you. Take a break from being behind the wheel and hop aboard the Reefsteamers historical steam train. You can either book a trip to the Irene Market at the Big Red Barn, or get right out of the city and chug along all the way to the tranquil Magaliesburg village. There is something incredibly relaxing about this nostalgic ride. As it takes awhile to navigate the hills and peaks of the journey, there is also quite some time to just sit back and think. Don't take your cell phone with you. Pack a disposable camera instead. Just remember to bring along your wallet - there are lots of goodies to buy along the way.

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When you need extra help

We all know that sometimes self-care just isn't enough. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Whether you turn to family, friends or a professional mental health care specialist. Take care.