One of the books in which my nose has been stuck recently is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. I've always been fascinated by the tales of King Arthur and Merlin, his wizard tutor. The only description of it I received before cracking it open was unbelievably uninspiring ("It sucks"): seeing the book on my shelf, roommate Erin remarked that she was one of the few students who had actually read the clunker when it was assigned in high school.
However, I think it's an excellent read! He makes the world very real to us readers so that we get a good feel of how it was like to live in that time period. In one short section, the author outlines the basics and science of jousting in a manner that is cozily informal, yet very informative. So that's the strategy! And, you get to experience what it's like to be a boy who gets to see what it's like to be a fish and a bird (not at the same time). Awesome!
p.s. I got a haircut. It's real short. I look like a boy? It'll grow out before any of you hooligans see it though.