Mr. O's Book Page

"Along with the Constitution, the blues and baseball, 

the democracy of letters is a common glory in our midst, 

visible in every library and bookstore.”

                                                                --Garrison Keillor

 Read me Seymour! Read me all night long!

    The cast and crews of the Waterloo Community Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors make some recommendations for good fall reads. Click here: Little Shop of Horrors

Vive les Récommendations!
    The cast and crews of the Waterloo Community Playhouse production of Les Misérables recommend their favorite books. Click here: Les Misérables 


Book Thoughts:Mr. O Writes about Reading

    Every once in awhile I feel the need to comment at length about a book that I have read. The link above will take you to some of my reviews.


    Not long ago I read a post on Facebook. It was rock star David Bowie's 100 favorite books. My first reaction was to be impressed -- anybody who can list 100 favorite books is all right by me. My next reaction was, "I can do that." So I did. Click on the link above and you can see my choices for my 100 favorite books.

    Here are a few guidelines that I used . . .

1. I did my best to avoid multiple books by the same author. The most notable exception to this guideline is Bill Bryson. My rationale is that the books are all nonfiction, and each is a very different book from the others.

2. If the book is part of a series (e.g. Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files) I only listed the first book in the series -- even if it wasn't my favorite in the series. Also, if a series of books cover a single story arc (e.g. The Lord of the Rings), I listed the series as a single work.

3. The books are listed alphabetically by title. There's no way I could rank them! Anyway, if I redid the list tomorrow, it would probably be significantly different. And the next day. And the next . . . .

SHARE WITH ME! If you have a list of favorites (It doesn't need to be 100), send them to me at I'll post your name and your list under "Reading Recommendations from . . . ".

 Bibliographies to Share!

Mr. Osterhaus has compiled some bibliographies that he'd like to share. . . .

"Academic Decathlon"

Featured Literature from USAD Study Guides 

"Books about Books"

Fiction and nonfiction featuring Mr. O's favorite topic

"Don't Panic!" 
42 authors of science fiction and fantasy . . .
with a tip of the cap to the late, great Douglas Adams

"The Game Is Afoot"
A diverse collection of crime fiction

"Other Voices"
A collection of modern international fiction and nonfiction



Lit over Lunch

Lit over Lunch (LoL) meets in Mrs. Kuecker's room on the second Friday of each month. Three of the meetings will be dedicated to discussing assigned novels. First up, in December, will be Max Barry's dystopian thriller, Lexicon. The other books will be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs  and The Lost City of Z by David Grann.



Picture Gallery

Check out archived photos from this website.