Books About the Area

From history to books on style - we've got your local non-fiction titles right here! ^_^  You'll also find local items like games here.

Tracery: The Art of Southern Design Cover Image
By Paige S. Schnell, Jean Allsop (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781617691553
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 7th, 2015

Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider's History of the Florida-Alabama Coast Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780820345314
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Georgia Press - March 1st, 2013

The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera traces the development of the Florida-Alabama coast as a tourist destination from the late 1920s and early 1930s, when it was sparsely populated with "small fishing villages," through to the tragic and devastating BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.


$29.95
SKU: 30a_sunsets

Own this beautiful book and you will see the most stunning sunset photographs—all have been taken along Scenic Hwy 30A in Northwest Florida. Locals, tourists, amateurs and professionals have all captured the magic on these pages. Each image is accompanied by a quote from the photographer. As the light fades, memories are made! By the numbers: 128 pages, 11 x 7, soft back, 168 images and quotes from 135 photographers.


$39.95
SKU: RCDL

Rare Coastal
Dune Lakes are fifteen, dynamic, geological treasures—freshwater with
occasional saltwater exchange from the gulf—in Walton County, Florida.
This full-color, 112-page photo book reveals the beauty and rarity of
the lakes and surrounding communities along the Scenic Highway 30A area.
Author/photographer Ginger Jackson Sinton explores the beauty of the
lakes and the diversity of the ecosystems surrounding them. With an eye
for nature and the environment, she weaves personal anecdotes throughout
the photo guidebook. A “Sense of Home” in the subtitle is twofold:
habitats of native plants and animals and her own fondness for the
colorful locale along the Gulf Coast.


by Nic Stoltzfus

Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast is a full color, 132-page coffee table book showcasing 15 coastal dune lakes along the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida. Foreword by Cynthia Barnett.

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$24.95
SKU: fl_northwest

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Visually stunning, insightful, provocative, and sometimes just plain fun, Florida's Northwest sends its readers on a journey of discovery through one of the most wildly scenic and environmentally fragile regions in the country. As growth catches up with the rest of the state, the authors, both long-time residents, encourage locals and visitors to plan their own road trip into the wilds of Florida's Northwest, using this book as a starting point.


DeFuniak Springs (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738554075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - August 25th, 2008

Serving as the seat of Walton County, DeFuniak Springs is one of the most picturesque cities in the Florida Panhandle. A surveying party scouting routes for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad discovered the area in 1881 and decided it was the perfect setting for a town. Named for Frederick DeFuniak, a prominent official of the railroad, the town of DeFuniak Springs was born.


Panama City Beach Cover Image
By Jan Smith, Rebecca Brown Saunders (Foreword by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780738517001
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - February 1st, 2005

Considered one of the world's most beautiful beaches for its sugar white sand and emerald blue-green waters, Panama City Beach has, until recently, remained one of Florida's undiscovered treasures.


Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781578066278
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - January 13th, 2004

Since World War II, tourists have flocked to Florida's northwest Gulf Coast and sun and fun spots at Panama City Beach, Fort Walton Beach, and Pensacola Beach. Every year those visitors number in the millions.


Rosemary Beach Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781589804036
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - May 1st, 2007

A visual narrative of this groundbreaking New Urbanism development in the Florida Panhandle. Designed by planning pioneers Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Rosemary Beach is a decidedly different community. Renowned photographer Richard Sexton became an advocate of Rosemary Beach, finding it a positive example of how future communities can become better and more stimulating places.


$46.05
SKU: south_walton_monopoly

Check out this Officially licensed MONOPOLY® game fully customized for the magnificent South Walton region of NW Florida. Players navigate the game board buying up deeds to the most famous places in South Walton in a quest to become the next beach property tycoon.  Buy 30A and Seaside. Buy Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and WaterColor. Buy WaterSound, Seacrest and Gulf Place. Buy Grayton Beach, the Coastal Dune Lakes and the State Parks. Charge your friends rent. Pass Go. Collect $200.

PRICE INCLUDES PRIORITY SHIPPING IN A FLAT RATE GAME MAILER ($21.10) - THE ONLY PACKAGING THAT FITS, BASICALLY.  WE SHIP THESE AT COST.

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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