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Books I am not allowed to read during jury duty

September 15, 2016
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I got called to report to Jury Duty on Monday. The notice was very firm that potential jurors should not bring any electronic devices whatsoever: no cell phones, laptops, PDAs, tablets would be allowed. My first thought was a panicked realization that I would have to leave my Kindle, with all its bountiful, lovely reading options at home! Including the two e-books I am currently in the middle of reading, and the e-books I just downloaded after being on hold at the library for weeks.

I consoled myself with the large stack of paper books I have in my TBR pile.

Here’s one that’s been at the top of the pile for ages:Cover image, The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders


The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders.

Hmmm. Possibly not.

How about this one I just bought at Burton’s Bookstore a couple weeks ago?

Cover image, A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

No? But it’s about architecture.

Okay, fine then.

How about this quirky book of facts?

cover image, 10 Ways to Recycle a Corpse by Karl Shaw

10 Ways to Recycle a Corpse: And 100 More Dreadfully Distasteful Lists by Karl Shaw

No? A pity! I do like a book of interesting lists and facts.

What other books would be bad ideas to read in the jury waiting room?


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