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Take A Page Out Of These Hyde Park Bookstores

NEW  |  APR 1, 2024


When last did you give your bookshelf an upgrade? What about that list of references you saved from your favourite #BookTok influencer on ‘the top five books to buy for self-development’? Have you bought even one yet? Well, we are not judging because we know life can be busy, making it hard to keep up with your reader side. That’s why we have created this article to give you a little reminder and show you which stores house some of your favourite books and reading essentials.

Hints On History 

If you are a Johannesburg resident and have been a South African resident for some time, you may be familiar with the history of the city and the country as a whole. With every decade, we develop and grow into a more authentic and history and culture-rich city and country, so why not invest in a few history books to brush up and increase your Mzansi vocabulary? Consider buying the likes of Gangster State by Peter-Louis Mybhurg, Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country, and Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom as initial inspiration. These three books tackle some social and political points and issues from different eras and are a great beginner to get you into political and history reading if you are new. 

How About Some Self Help? 

By now, we all know self-care and self-development doesn’t just need external work. There is a lot of mental and emotional development to be done in order for us to be the successful and whole people we know we are destined to be. But motivation isn’t always so easy to come by. Well, worry not, because books such as the famous How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Atomic Habits by James Clear, and Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life are some of the most famous self-help and development books you will ever read. They teach us to be realistic in achieving certain things and shift our mindset from a place of stressing about achieving a goal to the routine of adapting to a new lifestyle. So, help yourself to some amazing reading, and start your development journey. 

Books For The Little Ones 

Are you raising a young and curious reader who may or may not be the next Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? You don’t want to overwhelm your little reader by making them read ‘heavy’ books too early. Here is a guide on how to shop for the right books for your little ones based on their age: 

  • 0 - 4yrs: Here, you want to buy them picture books as they are still young, and these books are visually appealing to them. You can start reading to or signing the books to them before their speech comes together. 
  • 4 - 8yrs: You can get them picture books, colouring books, and activity books as they are starting to be curious about words, sounds, and pictures altogether. You can also start buying nursery rhyme books, famous books like the Dr Seuss range, and some superhero books from Marvel and DC Comics. 
  • 8 - 12yrs: This is where you start to introduce some novel reading and add some comic books, too, as they will learn dialogue.
  • 12 - 15yrs: Teen novels will score you points here. 

If you are looking to shop for your or your family’s bookshelf, then Hyde Park Corner’s Exclusive Books is here for you. Come shop all the ranges and genres you and your loved ones will get lost in at affordable prices coupled with amazing service. 

Need To Gift A Reader? We’ve Got You 

Books are some of the most thoughtful gifts you can get a person, especially when you nail their wishlist and give them what they have been wanting for some time now. But you don’t want to deliver the book alone as is. A personal touch and some thought should go into your book gifting, and that’s where Hyde Park Corner’s PnA has some beautiful paper bags, bows, ribbons, glitter, pens, and other exciting stationery and artsy and crafty things that can make your book gift stand out. Visit PnA and take your book and stationery buying and gifting to the next level. 

If you feel like adding a little bit of luxury, then add a candle or some bath salts for when your favourite reader is indulging during a self-care bath. You can visit Hyde Park Corner’s Poetry and shop these and other gifts and accessories, as well as clothes, for you or your favourite person. 

Final Chapter 

Escape into a whimsical and wonderful world of your dreams and imagination by investing in books that will have your mind in a whole other world. Come to Hyde Park Corner and let us walk you through your next bookshelf-filling mission. See you soon.

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