Tag: Florida

We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

Callie is trying to survive high school and get out of her small Florida town. When her best friend moves away to college, Callie believes she is stuck alone.   I really love me some books set in Florida. Especially when it gives a glimpse into small-town Florida.   I really liked Callie and her relationship with her twin brother. Being a mom to boy/girl twins myself, I love seeing older twins that have a close relationship.   Callie’s spunky and fun personality is relatable and her hate to love relationship with Jaime was definitely swoon-worthy. I also loved that their family ran a diner.   I kind of figured out the twist that was coming but it was still shocking. It really brought out the realities of modern-day high-school.   I thought that the Hurricane threat was an interesting part of the story and […]

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Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

Library Book Sale – Alachua County Friends of The Library

When I was about ten or twelve, I remember going to a huge library sale and being so excited to browse and buy so many books at a super low price. So recently I’ve been looking at the http://www.booksalefinder.com website for such a sale in my area. Although there are a few small library sales, in the Central Florida area, there was nothing that was really as amazing as I remember. Then I noticed that the sale for Alachua county (Gainesville) said HUGE next to it on the book sale sight. The Friends of the Library of Alachua County have it’s book sale twice and year, in the spring and fall. Since the spring sale, this year, happened to be on my birthday, I decided I had to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. I talked my mom in to going with […]

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No Safe Secret …by Fern Michaels

Posted March 28, 2016 by Karen in Books , / 0 Comments
No Safe Secret …by Fern Michaels

    Maddie is a high school student living in a small town in Florida . She is dirt poor and just manages  just to keep her head above water.She has a rocky relationship with her mother and twin brother, Marcus and doesn’t know who her father is. When a horrible event leaves her bruised and shattered, she flees the small town for a better life.   I chose this book because I loved that Maddie lived in a trailer park in an orange grove in Florida. The cover brings back  memories of the smell of orange blossoms from the orange groves that once covered Florida.I  mistakenly thought that this novel was  a southern fiction novel. It actually was not what I would call southern fiction at all.Only a small part of the story takes place here. I would  say […]

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Little Library Love

Little Library Love

So one of my favorite things in the world is the idea of Free Little Libraries. If you never heard of them, they are usually small boxes (often looking like a birdhouse) that are set up in communities and have books you can ‘borrow’ inside. Even though the motto is, “Take a book. Leave a book.” there is no obligation to return a book once you have read it or even to leave another book in its place. The idea of Little Free Libraries are to promote  literacy and to make  books accessible to the community. This is especially a great idea  for  communities that do not have easy access to a standard library. You might think that this would cause people to empty out the Little  Libraries and leave them empty. However, usually just the opposite is true. The […]

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