Let's Get Reading! 

For those of us still under isolation at home, reading is the perfect way to pass the time. But, if you are anything like us, you've most likely devoured your pile of must-reads and are in desperate need of a book refill. That's where the Gauteng Virtual Library comes in super handy! This new online eBook, audio book and video platform is providing thousands of library users with popular fiction reads, children's titles and video content to keep entertained while under lockdown. All you need to access their collections is an active library card number. You can use an existing library card from your nearest local library or apply for a new card on the site. Once you have your card ready to go, simply browse through collections to find your perfect lockdown read.

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A Parent's Saving Grace

Many parents have turned to homeschooling their children during lockdown. To help see you through until schools reopen, the Gauteng Virtual Library is stocked full with classic children's titles and new book releases. Enhance your at-home learning sessions by borrowing an eBook to read together. The virtual library's audio book collection is also wonderful for bed time or to keep the kids busy while you attend to work or chores.

Is your child a Potterhead in the making? The Gauteng Virtual Library has made the first novel of the Harry Potter series available for the month of May. Both the eBook and audio book are available without a waiting period, so you can unlock the magic right away! The library has also included the book in a variety of languages, so all can enjoy the wonder of JK Rowling's famous magical world.

Teenagers are notorious for their lack of interest in reading. Get your teen reading up a storm with the Gauteng Virtual Library's collection of age-appropriate series. From fantasy fiction to romance, this library has all a young adult reader needs to escape their world. The library also has a separate classics section, so teens can do some extracurricular reading for their English classes.

What About The Adult Readers?

The Gauteng Virtual Library caters to adult book lovers, too. Their adult collection features over 700 eBooks and audio books available to borrow. Choose your next lockdown read from their selection of thrillers, romance and bestsellers from the world's most popular authors, including Lee Child, Dan Brown and Danielle Steel. Or, get round to reading all those classic books we all claim to have read, but never have. The Gauteng Virtual Library also has a great selection of non-fiction titles, covering a range of topics. Learn a new skill in lockdown or brush up on your general knowledge using these books. You can borrow a book for up to two weeks. If the book you want to read is already borrowed out, place a hold on it and you will be notified when it becomes available.

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For More Information

Visit https://gauteng.overdrive.com/ to join the Gauteng Virtual Library or visit the Apple App Store/ Google Play Store to download the Libby App - a platform that allows you to read eBooks and audio books from your local public library for free!

If you are part of a book club, send your book club name to [email protected] and suggest books that you need to review.

Happy reading! 

Committing to reading a book can be quite difficult at times. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can make finding the time feel almost impossible, but every once in a while we need some adventure, excitement and self-reflection. Books can do this and more!

Reading is one of the best ways to be inspired, encouraged or feel uplifted when we are stressed or sad. We think there is no better time to tackle those books you've always wanted to read than during this lockdown.

If you've already exhausted your supply and are looking for a new book to add to your list, check out some of our favourites:

Milk And Honey

Milk And Honey is one of the best books to read in 2020. This book takes a revolutionary approach to poetry, taking the reader on a bittersweet journey through the sheer power of words. Exploring themes including femininity and gender-based violence, Milk And Honey will pluck at your heartstrings, yet somehow still leave you smiling at the end.

Source: Takealot.com.

The Majesties

This thrilling novel is one for those who truly enjoy a mystery unfolding. This tale of a family empire and the darkness plaguing it will have you at the edge of your seat, clamoring to find out how it will end. The Majesties has made it onto several international must-read lists, so it's definitely a page-turner!

Source: Glamour.com.

The Power Of Positive Thinking

There is no better time to channel the power of positive thinking than during our current lockdown. This book is a brilliant read if you are looking for ways to see the world from a different perspective. The Power Of Positive Thinking tackles our perceptions of life and the world around us using innovative techniques developed by the author throughout his illustrious career.

Source: Takealot.com.

Death In Her Hands

This outstanding novel by Ottessa Moshfegh will blow you away with unexpected twists and turns in the storyline. If you are a lover of mystery, this is one that you'll want to dig into sooner rather than later! Consider Death In Her Hands a must-read for your 2020 lockdown list.

Source: Bustle


Children Of The Land

Acclaimed poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo brings a thought-provoking novel to life with Children of the Land. This autobiographical piece speaks to the author's heart-wrenching childhood experiences. Set between the US and Mexico, Children of the Land serves as a stunning meditation on ideas pertaining to personhood and citizenship.

Source: Elle


Where Reasons End

Journey alongside author Yiyun Li as she narrates the story of her son's suicide and the journey she embarks upon in the wake of this painful experience. She discusses a variety of topics pertaining to death, including how it is possible to live a life beyond death. This is a story that will inspire you, while also leaving you feeling encouraged.

Source: The Minds Journal

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Tell us what your best read is in the comments section below!