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Top Ten Tuesday #81


Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books


1. “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (It’s actually the opening and closing line of the book.)

2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (It so perfectly embodies the entire book.)

3. “The Garrets were forbidden from the start.” My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

4. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

5. The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith – Ok I JUST read this one but WOW. That opening chapter was brutal.


6. “Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot.” Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

7. “So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting! So…get on your way!” Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

The following are beginnings/endings to recent or popular books, so we don’t want to spoil the ending, but just know that they were fantastic.

8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green — I don’t know what to say about this book, just that I didn’t know what to expect from the ending and I think it was perfect.

9. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell — A controversial ending, to be sure, but I like that it was pretty much open ended.

10. Delirium & Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – I admit that I haven’t read the last book yet (I CAN’T let go!) but the endings for the first two books? CRAZY.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #81

  1. Ohhh I have Pandemonium on my list as well! I remember thinking the end of Delirium was pretty crazy, but I was even more shocked by Pandemonium (I also have a special spot for that book in my heart haha).

  2. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I love that you included Where the Wild Things Are! Such a perfect ending. Did you know the the publishers (or editor or something along those lines) wanted the last bit to say “And it was still warm” because they felt like “hot” was too harsh or something. Silly, right? Sendak said no way, and clearly he knew what he was talking about.

    And YAY for P&P and Harry Potter!

  3. I just adore the beginning/middle/end of every Harry Potter book, The Fault In Our Stars, and My Life Next Door so I agree with you there no matter which way you went. 😀 And I had forgotten about the endings to Delirium/Pandemonium but they were good! Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

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