Top Ten Tuesday (21): Favorite Book Beginnings and Endings

The topic this week is Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books. This one was super awesome to explore. I have so many favorite books, and even more favorite quotes, so looking for book beginnings/endings that I loved was a blast! Finding them was easy... narrowing them down, on the other hand, was quite difficult.

So without further ado, here are ten (ahem... actually, more like twelve... I really did try!) beginnings and endings that I love to bits:

"It's the first day of November and so, today, someone will die."
Oh my word... seriously, that's the best intro ever. It immediately sucks you in, wondering what in the world is going on. Gah! Love it!

"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."
This beginning is so adorable. And perfect. I remember picking this up as a twelve-year-old and immediately knowing I was going to love it.

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."
Oh my goodness, this beginning just makes me giggle every time. Every. Single. Time!

"Dear friend,
I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don't want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don't want you to find me. I didn't enclose a return address for the same reason. I mean nothing bad by this. Honest."
There's just something so honest in this beginning. Starting it with "Dear friend" is so... well, it's genius. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do.

"My mother knew every tale that was ever told by the firesides of Erin, and more besides. Folks stood hushed around the hearth to hear her tell them after a long day's work, and marveled at the bright tapestries she wove with her words."
I could totally quote the entire first paragraph (which is quite long), but I knew I had to stop somewhere. Juliet Marillier's novels are some of the most beautiful, enchanting, haunting and mesmerizing books ever.

"It is a truth universally acknowledge, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
Can you get a more classic beginning than that? I think not!
Just a warning: some of these might be a smidge spoilery... read at your own risk!

"So Meggie decided words would be her trade.
And where better could she learn that trade than in a house full of magical creatures, where fairies built their nests in the garden and books whispered on the shelves by night? As Mo had said: writing stories is a kind of magic, too."
I'll be honest, this whole trilogy is full of amazing quotes and general awesomeness. This ending, though? Oh my goodness, it just makes my imagination run wild!

"He takes my hand and squeezes it. With my other, I hitch up the bottom of my dress. My platform combat boots lead the way. And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars."
This is definitely a "context" reference. I love it. I love it to bits and pieces.

I am haunted by humans."
Can I just say "wow" and be done with this explanation? Wow. So incredibly perfect.

"'Will you stay with me?' I whisper.
Oh man... I LOVE this! What a great ending! So simple, so sweet and so absolutely perfect... especially after all the trauma Beth put her readers through.

"I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go."
My heart just hurts even remembering what happened right before this. Ah! It still gets me, every single time!

"Tomorrow they will start the apocalypse.
Tonight, they let themselves look at each other, for just a little while."
And this is where I was left... jaw dropped, gasping for air. I still haven't recovered and book three is oh so far away! How will I survive?!

So there you have it. I wasn't able to get it down to ten, but I did make it to twelve! What are your favorite beginnings and endings? Any beginnings that immediately sucked you in? What about endings that left you breathless? Please share in the comments below!

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  1. So many of these are just amazing!! And you're a Marillier fan--you should meet my blog partner, Tyler-Rose Counts, who I am surprised is still friends with me as I have STILL failed to read any of Marillier's books... Should probably get on that.

  2. We have some same choices this week, and I should have added The Perks of Being a Wallflower as well on my list :) Great picks!

  3. I love those first sentences of both the Hobbit and HP. Both bring a smile to my face. I agree with the ending of the HG, too. It definitely made me want to pick up book 2 immediately. Oh, and Lola. *Sigh.* Great list!
    Natflix&Books' TTT

  4. Great quotes! Wow! So many of these I just want to pick up and read now... The Scorpio Races, Across the Universe and Days of Blood and Starlight (meaning I should probably get that series started soon).

  5. I really like the ending to Lola and the Boy Next Door, it sounds so sweet and wonderful! I also like the end to The Hunger Games, though I included a Mockingjay quote on my list. :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/07/29/lines/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  6. Lovely choices. I've got The Scorpio Races on my bookshelf to read, and that beginning has me wanting to grab it right now!

    And I love The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. And of course Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a complete classic.

    Here's my list. I've gone mostly for opening lines.



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