Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (31)

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 MessengerAmazing… 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?



  1. Definitely agree with TFIOS, the Hobbit and the Book Thief! Great list you have there. :)

  2. Great list! HP and Daughter of Smoke and Bone made mine too:) I forgot the Book Thief, amazing ending!

    My Top Ten @ Eveline's Books

    1. Thanks! :) I was going to put HP on my list of beginnings as well, but I figured that was already going to be a pretty common one. I just knew I had to put it somewhere either way though. :P

  3. Great list! I didn't even think about The Fault in Our Stars. I still need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Book Thief :D

    Christy @ Christy's Book Addiction

    1. Oh! Yes, you must! I have a strong feeling The Book Thief could really go down as a classic someday. :) And you're just majorly missing out on something amazing with Daughter of Smoke & Bone. ;) Hehe.

  4. Love your list :) So agree with Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars :)

  5. Great list--and haha, I have re-read the Hobbit multiple times as well. Actually, that is one of the only books I re-read. But I didn't have the opening lines memorized, so that's impressive!!

    1. Thanks! I do love re-reading books! But between The Hobbit, Wuthering Heights, and two Shakespeare plays I've always loved, those are the ones I have re-read numerous times. Most often others end up being a re-read later for fun for like a second read through a year or two after the first time (or if it comes to a series, I might do a quick re-read before the release of a new installment to do a refresher), but then that's usually it after that. I would probably re-read favorites more, but I know I just don't always have the time for it. Especially when there's always new books coming out. :P

  6. I also put The Book Thief and Harry Potter on my list this week. Ultimate bawling endings.

  7. The Fault in out Stars is the next book on my list. I can't wait!

  8. You're absolutely right about Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The beginning sucked me right in. I never stood a chance against John Green's writing in The Fault in Our Stars. That entire book was just incredible. And, of course, the ending of HP. <3

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    1. TFiOS was my first John Green book when I had read it last year. So I had NO idea what I was getting into when I started it. I just kept hearing from people to "prepare myself". And I still wasn't prepared. LOL. The beginning, middle, and end had me. :)
      Thanks for stopping by. :)


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