Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

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A meme from the Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic: 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!)

I stuck with beginning quotes, because they are easier to find muahhahahaha and I don’t have the memory to tell you just which beginnings I like. In no particular order…

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – “In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.”

3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – “It was a pleasure to burn.”

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – “The circus arrives without warning.”

8. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

9. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”

10. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley – “She could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.”

Also I found this… which might become an obsession: Novel First Sentences

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