This week's book giveaways are in the Refactoring and Agile forums. We're giving away four copies each of Re-engineering Legacy Software and Docker in Action and have the authors on-line! See this thread and this one for details.
There are very few actual code snippets and IMO they are very readable even to somebody who has limited knowledge of Java. If there's something you need help understanding, you can always post the code here--there's always somebody willing to translate to "layman's" terms .