Order In Court – Book Review

Order In Court by David Osborne is an odd, but fun little book. Each Chapter is a new adventure by Barrister Toby Potts. From his love life to his court life, everything is just a little odd – but so are all his clients.

I purchased the book because the tease said it was humor, and I was pleasantly surprised his unique style of writing made me laugh out loud. Mr. Osborne has a gift for turning your tongue. And his subtle humor and innuendo is refreshing.

“Gettig squiffy on rough cider” makes it clear what was going on. Mr. Dan D Lyon is yet another of his characters you’ll want to know more about. He pokes fun at just about everyone, but in a kind way. And you’ll need to be paying attention as you read, the hidden barbs and twists are cleverly woven into the text and all are worth a chuckle.

4 Stars for Mr. Osborne’s latest.

The Boys in the Boat – Book Review 2/2/15

The story of ordinary men doing extraordinary deeds is always enjoyable, but this one is exceptional. From the inclusion of historic events and social values of the times to the details of rowing, the story is so well written you are there with them for every beat of the oars.Boys in the Boat Cover

What spoke to me most was the “swing”. If you’ve ever had the opportunity/priviledge to be involved with a group and have a “swing” moment, it gives you a senes of belonging like none other. In High School, our award winning marching band competed for awards and placement in the Annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Hours of marching, learning music, polishing shoes, and instruments – no detail was too small.

The drum major practiced throwing his mace by the hour. Rain or shine, we marched; we played; we cleaned; we marched some more. Perfect diagonals – perfect rows – perfect music – perfect uniforms; and the ultimate challenge was 125 students stepping off the competition line as one. All in step, same length, same style, same beat, as one – it was our “swing” and we did it. – Jjst like the boys of the boat.

What a wonderful opportunity to share in their triumph and remember our own after almost 50 years. Great job Daniel James!!!

Best Seller Books and My Budget – 2015

“We Shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” B.F. Skinner

Whether you’re a lover of hardcover books or e-readers, it’s nice to know people still love to read. If you follow the USA Today top selling books column you can watch what people are reading. Most of those titles you can get in your “big city” library system.

For those of us in rural America, our e-readers are priceless. Yes, we have a book mobile that comes twice a month, a local library (with minimal books and one month requests from other libraries) but choices are few and non-fiction mostly not available.

While my 91 year old mother thought the Kindle would be great, she prefers her hard covers. I doubt she’s read one complete book on the Kindle. And reading is a passion for her. She visits her public library every two weeks for a fresh round of murder, mayhem and mystery.

For the rest of us, we’ll continue to download. Our only hindrance is our budget. It’s sooooo easy to spend more than we should. Whether it’s fabric, yarn, rocks, or books, keeping to our budget is work. Especially when you start watching the best-seller list and say, wow, I’d like to read that one, and that one, and that one — – – – – . My “Want To Read” list on Good Read is way too long, but I like using it because it helps me stay organized (what I’m reading, what I’ve read, what I’ve reviewed, etc). But you won’t find many Best Seller List Books there. One of those is half of one month’s budget, so I limit myself to 4 a year.

My 2014 Best Seller List Reads were:
• The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown (My favorite)
• The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (Second Best)
• If I Stay by Gayle Forman
• All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My 2015 list starts with:
• Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The rest of my reading is provided by the 00 cent and free Kindle offerings. I keep 4-6 in my “To Read” folder on my Kindle at all times. No matter where we travel I always have a pile of books hand, which is more than “enough”.

“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read”. Lemony Snicketbookworm

Until next time — – – –