Top Ten Tuesday: Beginnings and Endings

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books (talk about books that started or ended just perfectly or with a bang OR you could do specific opening lines or last lines — however you want to do it!)

Best Beginnings

1. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – first sentence. “The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – first sentence. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – first paragraph. “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, not 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.”

Best Endings

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – final chapter, two quotes in particular. “Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” and “Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will believe the same about you.”

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis – final sentence. “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – final sentence. “All was well.”

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – final chapter, first sentence. “Reader, I married him.”

8. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult – last sentence. “This time, it wasn’t me that broke.”

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