What Is It?

In line with the times, the Silent Book Club has moved online, to the comfort of your own home. So bring a book, connect with other book lovers, read, pour a glass of wine and repeat.

How it works

Often with traditional book clubs there's the scramble to finish the assigned book, and the pressure to have something smart to say. Wouldn't it be great to have a book club where you could just enjoy books, friends, and wine—without any homework?

The Silent Book club online is simply about connecting with other like-minded readers, learning about what other people are reading and taking the time to just read and connect from the comfort of our homes.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 from 18:30-20:30

Where Is It?

Online.  

How Much Is It? 

Free!

For More Information

To participate, please send an email to Munshya Nalomba, who will provide you with log-in details for the Silent Book Club: [email protected]

For more info and for updates, make sure to keep an eye on the event page on Facebook.

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! 

What Is It?

The Red Line Projects Play Reading is back and ready to give you yet another capturing reading or Gruesome Playground Injuries. The reading will feature Rose Byrne and Ewen Leslie.

It's going to be epic!

When Is It?

Saturday, 09 May 2020 at 10:30 AEST.

Where Is It?

Online, click here.

How Much Is It?

Free. 

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Please Note: Event is subject to be cancelled at any given time, so please check to avoid disappointment.

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

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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

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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

For more exciting activities, check out these lockdown challenges.

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

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

For a feel-good story that'll have you ready to go on an adventure of your own, be sure to read Eat, Pray, Love written by Elizabeth Gilbert. After a bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair, Elizabeth realises she needs to embark on a journey in search of three things she has been missing in her life: pleasure, devotion and balance. She travels to Rome, Italy, where she learns Italian and gains 25 pounds. Then she goes to an ashram in India, where she discovers that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor. And lastly, she heads to Bali, where an old toothless medicine man offers her a new path to peace. Slowly, through her experiences and lessons, happiness begins to creep up on her. This is an inspirational must for all!

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Enjoy reading tales about big life changes, moving realisations, exciting travel adventures and inspiring philosophical teachings? Then be sure to read Robin Sharma's The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. The title tells the story of a high-profile lawyer, Julian, who makes the big decision to leave his career after having a heart attack, to search for a bigger and more profound meaning in life. The story is told through the words of Julian's former colleague, who contacts Julian after he returns from his life changing adventure – travelling abroad and living with monks in the Himalayas.

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

During these times, we need something inspiring and uplifting to keep our minds off of all the uncertainty going on around us, which is why Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is another must-read you need to add to your bookshelf (or e-book collection). Siddhartha is a novel that centres around the spiritual journey and self-discovery of a wealthy Indian man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. He gives up all of his material possessions in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment and knowledge. He also meets many different people along the way, who teach him meaningful life lessons that contribute to his own personal growth.

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

A book that’s similar to The Alchemist is The Pilgrimage, written by Paulo Coelho. It follows the true events of how Coelho walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain as part of his initiation process to a Catholic sect. This thought-provoking story takes you on a journey of self-knowledge, wisdom, meditation and spiritual mastery. It combines the elements of travel as well as the physical and mental challenges that play a role in the self-discovery process. Readers will see beyond ordinary and into the remarkable with this enchanting and inspiring read.

woman with black hair reading a book

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel

You might have watched the movie, but have you actually read the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel? If not, you're definitely missing out on an absolute must for your collection! The story follows a young boy named Pi, whose father owns a zoo in India. Pi's father decides they will immigrate to Canada. So, they pack up their lives and board a ship along with all the animals from the zoo. But, tragedy ensues – they become shipwrecked. Pi manages to survive on a small lifeboat that he shares with a few of the animals from the zoo. The story focuses on Pi’s experiences on his lifeboat in the middle of the ocean and how he manages to make it.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a modern classic that you definitely need to read at least once in your lifetime. It's definitely one that'll leave you feeling inspired and mindful. The thought-provoking novel tells the magical tale of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, who dreams to travel far and wide in search of treasures that are far more extravagant than any other ever found. One day, he decides to follow his dreams and his heart, and travels to distant lands, where he meets interesting people and finds wisdom that's life-changing. This story is full of spirituality, magical realism and folklore that you need to experience.

Looking for more titles to add to your reading list? Take a look at our list of suggested Classics To Read During The Lockdown.

Host A Tea Party

Get the kettle on the boil and make a few little sarmies and treats. Set up a lovely spot in the garden with cushions, a small table and decorations. Then gather the kids for a fun tea party outside. And if you're looking to make it extra entertaining for the little ones, be sure to take a look at Exclusive Books' downloadable party planning pack themed around the book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. This tea 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.

tea and biscuits outside in the garden

Have A Braai!

What do we South Africans do best in times like these? We braai! Grab a few steaks and chops out of the freezer, gooi together some salads, open a few tins of corn and beans and you have yourself a delicious get-together for you and your family. Also, enjoy this lovely weather we've been having by eating outside. And afterwards, toast a few marshmallows if you have some stocked in your pantry.

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Create A Garden Reading Nook

During this lockdown, we've got plenty of time to catch up on reading those books we've always wanted to tick off of our list. Also, those classics that everyone recommends you read at least once in your lifetime. Here are a few classic novels to consider. Make reading these classics extra relaxing by setting up a comfy little nook in your garden. Grab a cup of coffee, a blanket, a few cushions and enjoy an afternoon outside with one of your favourite books.

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Have A Picnic In The Garden

Just like a tea party, prep a few goodies and set up a picnic somewhere in your garden. Other than enjoying some delicious finger snacks, this is the perfect time to play a few old school board games with your loved ones... while outside. Jenga might be a little bit of an issue with the uneven surfaces, but here are a few other board game suggestions to consider playing during your garden picnic.

picnic basket sitting on awooden table with a red and white blanket

Meditate Or Do Some Yoga

Meditating and doing yoga outside in your garden has many benefits. Other than the fact that you'll have more room to stretch out and move around without knocking anything over, you'll also get some fresh air. The sounds of nature will calm you and you'll also be getting some Vitamin D from the sun. So, grab your mat, a bottle of water, set up on the grass and zen out.

woman in red shirt and purple pants doing yoga on grass

Fit In A Workout

Speaking of fitness and wellness, why not get your heart rate up with a quick workout outside? And with Adventure Boot Camp posting daily workouts on their Instagram page, getting an effective workout has never been easier. You can also check out various YouTube videos offering everything from HIIT, strength training, breaking a sweat while doing housework and much more. Click here to read our article about how to keep fit during isolation.

lady doing squat exercises in her garden

Play Backyard Games With The Kids

Get the kids away from their technology and spend some time outside playing a few old school backyard games. These can be as simple as charades, tag and finding cool shapes in the clouds to playing soccer, hide and seek or creating your own cool obstacle course using outdoor furniture and other household items. This is the perfect opportunity to get creative.

girl hoola hooping in garden, aerial view

Do Some Gardening

Since the season is changing, there's plenty of gardening that can be done on your property. Leaves are falling from the trees, so why not rake them up and save them for a compost heap? Prune those rose bushes and prep your flowerbeds for the new season. Or why not get started on growing your own veggie patch? You can even change up the scenery a little bit by clearing your garden of unwanted plants or simply just planting them in another area on your property.

For more gardening tips and to-dos, be sure to read our Let's Get Gardening article. It covers everything from autumn gardening to eco-friendly plants and indoor plants.

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While we are in quarantine and self-isolation, it can be difficult to adjust to new habits and manage boredom. But there are many things you can do while cooped up indoors. Here are a few:

1. Healthy Eating And Drinking

Instead of ordering takeouts, why not start a new, healthy eating and drinking regimen? Of course, it's not easy, but it is definitely something you can do once you've set your mind to it.

Why This Is A Great Idea?

2. Try New Recipes

Trying something new can be exciting, especially when food is involved. You can start with simple and easy dishes.

This is a great way to become your very own chef. Bring your family into the mix by getting the kids to help out.

Why This Is A Great Idea?

3. Gym And Yoga At Home

There is no better time than now to get physically fit and active by trying a different fitness routine.

You don't need gym equipment to have a good workout. Search for exercises that you can do without equipment.

There are loads of YouTube videos to watch for yoga at home, from beginners right through to advanced yoga.

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4. Listen To Good Music

Music is a universal language, so why not explore some different genres?

Listening to music can change your mood, helping you feel happier and more positive.

Why This Is A Great Idea?

5. Learn A New Skill

There are many new skills you can learn, depending on what you love and enjoy.

There is an array of things you can choose from, including learning to play an instrument, learning a new language, baking, sewing and so much more.

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6. Catch Up On Your Reading

Go on a new journey by starting a new book.

Reading is a great way to learn, sharpen your mind, explore and relax.

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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.

Readers Warehouse

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.

Kids'Book Spots

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.

Kids'Book Spots

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!

It's Story Time

One of the most beloved children’s theatres in the city, Peoples Theatre, presents another series of timeless tales - Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperors New Clothes and so many more - in this year’s magical production of Story Book Theatre.

Children will fall in love with their favourite bookshelf classics all over again when they experience the enchanting world of books on stage.

The Story Book Theatre series has always been extremely popular and in past years has seen sold out performances, bringing the magic of reading and books to life.

In 2019, it’ll be no different. Expect great fairy tales with the likes of Honest Woodcutter, Little Red Riding Hood, Brave Roaster, Tinder Box, The Princess and the Pea and Hansel and Gretel, all taking centre stage with a superb cast to perform them.

Peoples Theatre

Actors like Nonhlanhla Mkhonto, Joelle Rochecouste, Luciano Zuppa, Katlego Nche and introducing Raymond Skinner will breathe life into these stories. They are all professional performers that are highly proficient in musical theatre and have appeared in numerous Peoples Theatre shows.

The cast will bring Story Book Theatre classics alive through engaging narration, music, movement, puppetry and, of course, exciting audience interaction.

And no unforgettable children’s musical theatre production would be complete without contemporary child-friendly music, which is what musical director Dale Scheepers has provided in his kaleidoscope of toe-tapping renditions of popular hit songs.

Providing the colour and breathing vibrant life into the stories is the stunning set design by Grant Knottenbelt and glorious fun costumes by Merry Whillier.

Story Book Theatre is aimed for young audiences, generally between 3 – 10 years, and is a show youngsters shouldn't miss.

Peoples Theatre

When Is It?

Story Book Theatre runs at Peoples Theatre from Sunday, 08 September 2019 – Sunday, 29 September 2019. Previews take place from 02 September 2019.

Performance times are:

Where Is It?

Peoples Theatre, The Joburg Theatre Complex, corner Loveday and Hoofd Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices are R140 per person for general public. R100 per person for members of the Peoples Theatre Kids Club.

Become a Peoples Theatre Kids Club member for a R120 membership fee, contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/ 2340 for more information.

To book tickets, call Sean or Beth on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or email [email protected].

Special school performances are available at R80 per learner. Plus for every 20 learners, there is one complimentary ticket per educator - extra educators R80 each and all other accompanying adults are R100 each.

For more information and to make these bookings, contact the Peoples Theatre directly on 011 403 1563 / 2340.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting show, visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za or contact them on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or [email protected].

Also, don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What Is It?

Joining a book club usually comes with a lot of reading homework and pre-discussion research. Because, you never want to seem like the least well-read person in a group of intellectuals, do you? If you have always wanted to join a book club, but have been put off by all the work required, this one is just for you. The Goethe Institut invite book lovers of all kinds to the Silent Book Club. Unlike your typical gathering of literature fanatics, this is an informal event aimed at celebrating your favourite books with like-minded people. All you have to do is pitch up, engage with the people around you over a glass or two of wine, and then settle down for good quality reading time. So, don't miss out on the Silent Book Club. Where else are you going to get dedicated time to devour words with people who love books just as much as you do?

When Is It?

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 at 18:30.

Where Is It?

Goethe Institut Johannesburg, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It? 

Entrance is free.

For more information 

For more information, visit their website, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/pg/goethe.joburg

Contact them on +27 11 442 3232 or via email at [email protected]

Reader's Warehouse is most definitely one of our favourite bookstores in the city. They offer a total of four branches, one each in Norwood, Randburg, Broadacres and Hillfox. They also have a nifty online store. What we love about this store is that they have a diverse range of genres and authors at competitive prices. This store is probably the most affordable bookstore offering new wares. They are well renowned for their fantastic options in children's books, offering everything from babies' first books to teen reads. Each of the branches holds a special place in our hearts. Here's why.

Hillfox

Based in Roodepoort, Reader's Warehouse Hillfox offers all the best books at the Hillfox Value Centre. Like it's sister branches, this store has a huge variety of children's books. With everything from Dr Seuss to Enid Blyton, you're sure to find something to keep the little ones occupied. What we love about this particular branch is that they have some of the hard to find paperbacks, usually at discounted prices to boot.

Find more information here.

Norwood

This branch, hiding in a corner at Norwood Mall, can be easy to miss. But it's worth a walk-about in search of it. They have the best range of fiction including brilliant authors like Stephen King, Dan Brown, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Danielle Steel. The genres of fiction they have include crime, mystery, romance, fantasy, para-normal, science fiction and horror. This is the perfect spot to get the latest murder mystery, at a discounted price, and spend the day at one of the neighbouring coffee shops on the edge of your seat.

Find more information here.

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Randburg

Tucked away in Lifestyle Garden Centre on Ysterhout Drive in Randburg, this book shop is one of our most visited. The serene surroundings make this the perfect spot for some leisurely shopping on a Saturday afternoon. The doorways to this store are lined with massive sale bins, containing piles of discounted books. We admire this book store for their wide array of geekiness. They have all the latest copies of works by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher), JRR Tolkien and George RR Martin. They also have a section devoted to manga, comic books and graphic novels.

Find more information here.

Broadacres

Broadacres Lifestyle Centre on Cedar Road in Fourways is a truly beautiful shopping centre. The country feel of the architecture makes one feel as if they are in Rome or Venice rather than somewhere in Joburg. This store keeps us coming back for their in-depth collection of biographies and educational books. This is the place to look for books on wildlife, photography books and tell-all autobiographies of your favourite celebrities, artists, musicians and bands.

Find more information here.

Online

The world is moving to a virtual existence faster than we may like. Personally, we much prefer shopping for books in person. Because getting the next must-read is such a personal experience, we want to feel, see, smell, touch and taste the book we are adding to our collection. Okay, maybe not taste... but you catch our point. But online shopping does offer some conveniences. Online shopping at Reader's Warehouse is certainly a lot more convenient because of all the discounts. Not only are the books reasonably affordable to begin with, but most are also discounted as well. They have categories for books under R80, R50 and R40. Apart from this, they also have amazing sales from time to time and they have a rewards programme, where you'll get R1 for every R15 spent. Orders of R500 or more get free delivery, but we'd rather have our orders delivered to the closest store - any excuse for book shopping!

Find more information here.

 

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Younger Kids

Enid Blyton - Complete Works

Blyton is perhaps the most popular children's author to date. Her books may now be considered classics, but we as book lovers feel it's important to pay homage to the classics (as you will probably tell from this list). She covers a wide array of topics from fantasy to history. If you are unsure about which of her many books or series to start with, we suggest Famous Five and Secret Seven.

~"Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one."

Frank L. Braun - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

This book has certainly become a classic and is a prominent feature in many movies, books and songs. It tells the story of a girl and her dog who finds themselves in a strange land far away from home. The girl and her newly found friends need to use their intelligence, courage and heart to fight their enemies and return home. We love this story because it teaches us the importance of having a heart, brain and courage on order to overcome our fears and challenges.

~"Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal."

Dr Seuss - Complete Works

We have all heard of the weird and wacky Dr Seuss and his collection of books. From Green Ham and Eggs to The Cat in the Hat, we have all heard of and read at least a few of his stories. His stories are written for children with important messages like the fact that it is okay to be weird and wacky. His books encourage children to be themselves, all wrapped up in some truly unique poetry.

~"The more that you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

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Older Kids

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter

We all know of this seven part book series about a boy who discovers that he is in fact a wizard. These books make this list because they truly are a great read, many people we know got drawn into reading by these books. They also teach good lessons about loyalty, friendship, courage and family. This series also has enough quirkiness to keep readers hooked.

~"I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."

C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia

Who doesn't love the Narnia movies? Well, we'll let you in on a little secret - the books are even better. In fact, reading the books are much like what happens in the book - you escape reality for a little while and enter a world of magic and fantasy.

~"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."

Jules Verne - Journey To The Center Of The Earth 

This classic author has some of the most widely translated books in the world. Journey To The Center Of The Earth follows the adventures of Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew, Axel. They travel to the centre of the earth, needless to say. In order to get there, they need to unlock many clues and puzzles. This is a thrilling adventure that's sure to keep the children occupied and thinking in more creative ways.

~ "We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read."

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Where to find them? Head over to these bookstores for kids.

What Is It?

We have always been told that you get smarter with every book, so make sure that you get tickets for the kids to get to the South Africa Children's Book Fair. They are back with more awesome stuff that the children will enjoy.

This Children's Book Fair filled with children's books promises to be a magical one with inspiring books telling African stories, interactive workshops and lot of activities they can participate in.

Be sure to get their tickets!

When Is It?

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 - Sunday, 28 June 2019 (Times depend on day)

Where Is It?

Blue Wing Conference & Events Venue, TicketPro Dome, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R20 - R50 per person (children under 12: Free accompanied by adult), get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

The Johannesburg Book Club

A good read is always a good idea, and chilling with people who love books just as much as you is twice the charm. The Johannesburg Book Club define themselves as a place "for those who read for pleasure, knowledge, enlightenment and fulfillment, while also celebrating the social aspects of reading". This place is essentially a hub for books and bibliophiles alike. If you're looking to share your interest in books with like-minded people, honey, you'll call this place home! To find out more about their regular get-togethers and literary discussions over wine, click here.

Collectors Treasury

Who cares if people think you're a weirdo when they catch you sniffing on a book? It's part of the joy of reading. I sniff and am shameless about it! While it has been argued that digital books (e-books) are taking over, for those who appreciate actual books, it's a big deal to find a gem like this place. You'd swear you've time traveled to a different era when you walk into this place. Besides the smell of old, musty pages, you'll find thousands of books and records for sale among other antiques. For more information, visit Collectors Treasury.

Bridge Books

This is where African literature thrives, so if that's what you're after, be sure to check this spot out. There's loads of amazing books – from drama to non-fiction, fiction, poetry, children's books and even second-hand titles. In this busy city life, we see it as a necessity to escape by drowning in a book or two, or three. Okay! Maybe we're just book junkies so check them out for a list of upcoming readings and latest releases, here!

Book Club Society

Cheeky Natives

With a Facebook definition that reads, "A podcast primarily focused on reviewing books interspersed by posts about other types of art performance," The Cheeky Natives are bringing the love of reading and literature to a new platform, which we love! They also publish great interviews with authors on their Tumblr, and host signings and meet-ups. Keep an eye on their social media for events and listen to their podcasts on Soundcloud.

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Finding out about book launches around the city can be a drag and is often the reason we miss out on some incredible book-related events. Luckily the Sunday Times Book LIVE platform has made it simple for us to check out which events are taking place in and around the city and to RSVP. Check them out here!

African Flavour Books

African Flavour Books embraces more than just African literature, they promote African music and film too. They buy, catalogue, market and sell African literature and vernacular literature from South Africa, and their film and music selection is wonderfully diverse. Have a peek at their Facebook page.

Side note: To my crush out there, this is the right place to take me out. Oops, sorry, just getting a bit sidetracked... No judgement!

African Flavour Books

Lori Milner’s passion for people is stirring. If you have yet to hear about this stunning woman – she has created an initiative (Beyond The Dress) that aims to empower women and equip them with tools for success. She is also a thought leader, mentor and engaging facilitator. We got the chance to chat to her about her career, as well the book that she recently co-wrote with Nadia Bilchik.

1. To start off with, what inspired you to come up with Beyond The Dress and can you tell us a little more about the initiative?

It was shortly after I got married and was faced with my new roles and responsibilities. I was at a cross roads on how to do it all and to be the ‘perfect’ wife, business woman, daughter, friend etc. I realised the best way was to learn from successful women who had been there and got the t-shirt. And so Beyond the Dress was born.

What started out as a series of events has evolved into customised corporate training programmes, workshops, talks and events that provide women [with] the tools to bridge the gap between work and personal life. We offer a combination of both lifestyle and corporate skills such as personal branding, professional presence, time management, financial management, conflict management and networking to name a few. With this in mind, Beyond the Dress aims to facilitate a company’s connection to their female employees, enabling them to retain top talent and develop people to [reach] their full potential.

It is a business that has allowed me to live my passion and continuously reinvent myself as a brand.

2. What has been your most cherished or exciting moment with BTD so far?

Definitely seeing Own Your Space: The Toolkit for the Working Woman on the shelves of Exclusive Books. Writing a book was an intense process that took just over a year. Although you are working towards this end goal, it is a surreal moment to see it in print and become a tangible accomplishment.

3. Where do you find your motivation? Does it come from someone you know or perhaps a saying that you’ve heard?

I am a creator at heart; Beyond the Dress was created to fill a gap in the market. I love the process of conceptualising something and then seeing it come to fruition. The greatest advice I received is to have goals bigger than myself so it would force me to grow into the person worthy of the goal.

4. Can you tell us more about OWN Your Space – the book that you recently co-wrote with Nadia Bilchik?

Own Your Space provides practical tools and insights gleaned from workshops held around the world and from interviews with some of South Africa’s most accomplished women to provide you with tried-and-tested techniques, tips and advice to help you boost your career, enhance your confidence and truly own your space on every level. By exploring your head space, your physical space, personal grooming, virtual and networking skills as well as overcoming the negative effects of past conditioning, you will learn how to develop the unshakeable confidence to achieve absolutely anything.

We want it to become the ultimate ‘toolkit in a handbag’ for the capable woman who wants to unleash her potential, take her career to the next level, and ultimately, to discover her true power.

5. How did you come up with the idea for the book?

Nadia Bilchik and I were facilitating a professional presence training workshop for a group of high-potential women. What came out of the workshop was all these women lacked confidence or self-belief in some way. We were astounded as these women were highly accomplished in their careers. The same feedback came out of workshops with women at all levels and this made us realise that this was a common link to women irrespective of career success.

There was so much material telling [you] what you should be doing but not a lot told you how. This is what we are most proud of; it’s the practical step-by-step tools that are applicable for everyday life. We took it one step further and shared not only our insights from inside a training room but we also interviewed South Africa’s leading business women and shared their stories and truths.

6. It [OWN Your Space] covers a range of relevant topics for the modern, working woman – which is your favourite chapter?

They say you need to teach what you most need to learn so chapter 5 – Own your Time is my favourite chapter. As a mother, wife and business owner, there is a constant juggle to get it all done. I wanted to share that work/life balance is a myth and it is about finding a healthy integration between the two aspects; we can never separate ‘work’ and ‘life’. I have shared lessons I have mastered that have enabled me to really live this daily. Tools such as saying no, putting myself on my to-do list, scheduling, planning, setting boundaries and most importantly letting go of perfection.

7. Do you have any words of wisdom for the ladies out there reading this?

By Nicole Naidoo