Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic:
Top Ten Beginnings/Endings
Well this is going to be a tough one, tbh. I don’t generally remember first lines/last lines. I know…embarrassing. They have to be amaze balls or re-read countless times for me to actually have them memorized. Even the books I really love. I can remember impacting beginning and ending scenes, just not exact lines word-for-word. Those I have to look up sometimes. Whoops.
Anyway, I’ll try to give you a list the best I can here of beginnings and endings. Here we go!
Daughter of Smoke & Bone-- Yes. This one completely grabbed me from the first page. Hell, before the chapter even really started when there’s that little introduction of “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love…” I was hooked from that moment on and unable to put it down. Then I was telling everyone I knew to read it.
The Fault in Our Stars-- I remember the beginning pages making me immediately fall in love with Hazel in just a few short paragraphs. I love character driven stories, and I normally give a book several chapters to get the characters going/to get to know them, but TFiOS had me hooked on them immediately.
The Hobbit-- I just can’t help but always love the first couple of lines. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” (And that’s one of the few I actually remember due to a couple re-reads. I just have to look it up after to make sure I typed it all out correctly with the punctuation. Ha.)
Ultraviolet-- The blurb hooked me in and I couldn’t let go. Then I just loved every piece of it from there. Funny enough, the companion, Quicksilver, had an equally hooking beginning as well so I’ll put them both here in this spot.
The Book Thief-- “Humans haunt me.” Can I just say it’s the exact opposite? This book has always haunted me. I’ve never been able to forget it. Whenever someone asks me to recommend them books, it’s one of them because I feel like everyone must read it. Also. If you haven’t read his other book, I Am The Messenger… Amazing… That is all.
The Humans-- This ending is beautiful and clever and thoughtful, complete with a list of things that the alien has not only learned but shows the development of his character. It’s heart-warming and left a smile on my face.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-- Of course I was going to put the last book to the series up here. What am I, crazy? That was definitely an ending to a cherished series. Snape. I still cry like a baby over that. :(
What's your Top Ten?