Do you have Synesthesia?

Several characters in The Name of this Book is Secret have a neurological trait known as synesthesia. People who have this “confusion of the senses” often link images or words with certain tastes or colors. However, synesthetes can have any combination of linking their senses together.

Below is a quick test that you can take to determine if you have synesthesia. Feel free to comment below with your results!

Synesthesia Experiment

  1. Read a list of random numbers between 0 and 9 at a rate of about one every 3 seconds. For example: 7, 9, 4, 0, 3, 8, 2, 5, 1, 6.
  2. After each number is read, ask people to write down the number and what COLOR that they associate with each number.
  3. Collect the answers. These will be called “Answers #1″.
  4. Two to three weeks later, repeat the experiment, but change the order of the numbers. For example: 3, 6, 5, 9, 4, 1, 7, 0, 5, 2, 8.
  5. Collect the answers. These will be called “Answers #2″.
  6. Compare Answers #1 with Answers #2. A person with synesthesia will have all or most of the same number-color pairs on both Answers #1 and Answers #2.This experiment can also be done using letters instead of numbers.


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First book of 2015!

Happy New Year, Mayor Buddy’s Book Club members!

We’re starting the regular book club schedules at our in person locations across Orlando next week. Book club members are welcome to join us for discussion every Thursday at the Orlando Public Library from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The first book of 2015 is The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch.

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We hope you enjoy this New York Times bestseller and nominee of The Edgar Awards Mystery Writers of America along with its many other awards.

To best prepare yourself for the upcoming End of Book Party on Feb. 25th, we suggest the following reading schedule.

Week 1: Chapters 1-5

Week 2: Chapters 6-10

Week 3: Chapters 11-15

Week 4: Chapters 16-20

Week 5: Chapters 21-26

Week 6: Chapters 27-32

Wednesday, February 25th: End of Book Party


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Get Rewarded for Reading

Happy Holidays from everybody at ORLANDO CARES: Mayor Buddy’s Book Club!

2014 has been a great year reading with you and having fun celebrating at the many End of Book Parties! Before we start our next book, The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch, Mayor Buddy’s Book Club is challenging you to read a book during Winter Break.

Participating in the Winter Challenge is easy. All you have to do is follow these rules:

  • Read a book of your choice during Winter Break
  • Comment on the “Winter Challenge” tab and tell us what you thought of the book by the deadline, Friday January 9th
  • Check your email for more details on how to receive your prize

* If you encounter any issues when you’re trying to comment on the page, please feel free to email us your review at

Can’t wait to hear about the exciting books you chose! Happy Reading!

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Fiction Readers Make Better Friends

stack-of-booksIf you need another excuse to read more, check out this article by Gabe Bergado about how fiction readers literally have different brain activity versus those who don’t read fiction.

When you’re reading your favorite books or one of the Mayor Buddy’s Book Club selections, keep in mind how exploring character’s lives helps us understand the world around us and the people we interact with on a daily basis.

Happy Reading!

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The Maze Runner End of Book Party

You’re Invited to Mayor Buddy’s Book Club End of Book Party!

Wednesday, December 3rd

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Orlando Public Library (101 E. Central Blvd.)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

It’s that time again to celebrate finishing another great book! There will be crafts, cupcakes and prizes for our trivia winners!

Public Parking is available at the following location including street parking:

  • Library Garage – 112 E. Central Blvd.
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Exciting News Ahead

Are you ready to join us for the Mayor Buddy’s Book Club at Barnes & Noble on E. Colonial Dr. this Saturday?

We are very excited to showcase this leisure time reading program to the community and raise money to buy new books for our members! The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Be sure to stick around at around 11:00 to hear from Orlando City Mayor Buddy Dyer as he meets and greets with members and volunteers who have been dedicated to reading through the book club.

There will be plenty of games, arts & crafts and a trivia game to enjoy. Our next book selection will b revealed as well!  Hope to see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Save the date – Mayor Buddy’s Book Club Bookfair at Barnes & Noble

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Saturday, November 22

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

2418 E. Colonial Dr.

Orlando, FL 32803

Join us for these activities:

  • Raffle
  • Book Trivia
  • Games

Can’t Attend?

Visit to support us online from November 22 until November 27, 2014 by entering Bookfair ID 11456076 at checkout.

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Revisiting The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Hi book club members,

We are excited for the new month of October bringing slightly cooler weather for us Floridians, making it the perfect time to snuggle up in your favorite blanket and read the next Mayor Buddy’s Book Club selection. Recently, The Maze Runner movie version hit theaters and we thought now would be a great time to revisit this MBBC classic!

Maze Runner Cover

We have about six weeks to finish reading this book (not including Thanksgiving Break) before our next End of Book Party on December 3rd. Come back to the blog periodically for activities related to The Maze Runner.

Happy reading!

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Upcoming End of Book Party

Our next End of Book Party for the City of Ember is coming soon! We hope you can join us as we celebrate finishing our 25th book.

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When: October 8th from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Orlando Public Library

(101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801)

Test your knowledge about The City of Ember in a trivia game with your friends. There will also be crafts, games, food and prizes!

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The City of Ember Venn Diagram

The City of Ember’s fate depends on the teamwork between Lina and Doon and their ability to come up with a plan to save their friends and family!

This week’s activity is to compare and contrast Lina and Doon’s character traits using a Venn Diagram

Click here for Venn Diagram

When you’re doing the Venn Diagram, reflect on these differences and similarities and ask yourself why their personalities work together to help the City find a solution to their problems.

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