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On the Bookshelf XXVI

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The Once and Future King by T.H. White
A classic retelling of the story of King Arthur. Meant to read for school last year and never picked it up. So I just did. If the first paragraph is any indication, this will be tremendously entertaining.
Beyond Good and Evil by Frederic Nietzsche
Nietzsche for the win. (Not really.) First impressions? Dry as the Sahara, cranky as Hades, occasionally very fascinating, often very dull, and rather difficult to take seriously. Thankfully, it’s getting more interesting the deeper I go. More wrong, too – but at least more interesting in its wrongness.
In the Beginning: Great Opening Lines from Your Favorite Books edited by Hans Bauer
Presenting the first sentence to over 700 novels – including many of the good (The Road), some of the bad (Twilight), and every now and then, the very ugly (50 Shades of Grey? Are we for realz?). Anyway, it’s an amusing little read, and as a writer, I enjoyed seeing how various authors approach the all-important first hook. Thanks to brother Eddie for pointing me to it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
One of my favorite stories, long overdue for a re-read. It’s been a few years since my first time through, so I’m looking forward to savoring it again. If you have neglected to read it even once, well, what is wrong with you exactly? Get on with it.

What’s on your bookshelf right now?

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