July 29, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Favorite Beginnings and Endings of Books, or Top Ten Favorite Opening and Closing Lines. For my Top Ten Tuesday, I decided to list quotes of my favorite intros and endings to books:
Fairest of All (Whatever After #1) by Sarah Mlynowski
Once upon a time my life was normal.
Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
I believe everyone has a superpower.
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defense I must say it was an engrossing book…
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
And then there was an explosion.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #4)
That evening it was dark early, which was normal for the time of year. It was cold and windy, which was normal.
It started to rain, which was particularly normal.
A spacecraft landed, which was not.
(Remember, these are the last lines of books, so the title is given first in the white banner as a warning, and then the quote just in case you want to avoid any possible spoilers.)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.
But there are much worse games to play.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Soon, the whole world would be searching for her–Linh Cinder.
A deformed cyborg with a missing foot.
A Lunar with a stolen identity.
A mechanic with no one to run to, nowhere to go.
But they would be looking for a ghost.
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
We take one step toward the edge and then, together, we leap.
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
My name is Rosalinda Samantha Fitzroy. I am one hundred years old. I am free. I am haunted. But if nothing else, I am wide awake.
Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
Then it hits me all at once and I laugh to myself. I know exactly what to say next, because, really, there’s only one way to begin.
“Once Upon a time…”
What are your favorite opening and closing lines of books?