1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.
Flying into Australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister is. Whatever happened in the months to come, neither could claim the other had stepped forward blindly. He was particularly proud of his books of prophecy. Fanny had supplied him with some books, but he seems to have spent little time reading. In the twilight of autumn it sailed out of Mithlond, until the seas of the Bent World fell away beneath it, and the winds of the round sky troubled it no more, and borne upon the high airs above the mists of the world it passed into the Ancient West, and an end was come for the Eldar of story and of song.
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (ISBN 0767903862)
The Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones (ISBN 0446606235)
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (ISBN 0441003257)
Women Sailors & Sailors' Women by David Cordingly (ISBN 0375500413)
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (ISBN 0618126988)
ETA: This morning, I burst into spontaneous tears while putting out the newspapers. Pictures of dead children will do that to you. Here, go find out where and why a whole bunch of people are dying.