Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.
The TTT topics have been incredibly difficult for me for the last month or so, and this one is no exception. It’s really hard for me to pick out books with beginnings and endings that I just L-O-V-E-D. But, I did the best I could here. I’m trying not to just quote the opening or closing lines, because that’s not always what I thought was so spectacular.
In no particular order . . .
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The first paragraph of P&P is perfection. It’s showcases Austen’s wonderful sense of humor, sets up the type of story P&P will be, and sets the tone for the novel. Check it out:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
That first chapter was pure perfection. Beginning with a normal, everyday family, and ending with Harry being left on their doorstep. What’s not to love. I mean, it’s the Boy Who Lived!
3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I just love the opening chapters of Wonder. One of my favorite bits from this book occurs in the first chapter. Auggie explains:
“My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
And then, a few pages later, Auggie tells the story of his birth, and you guys, it’s so funny. I mentioned it to kids while I was doing school visits this June, and they loved it. So do I.
4. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
The beginning really sets the feeling for the story. It’s very fairytale-esque. I love the language JDG uses.
5. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
6. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
“There are some men who enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me-not forever, but periodically.”
I can still remember how I felt after reading that first line more than ten years ago. And then to follow that line with what Stephanie did to Joe with her car. Hilarious! And a perfect set up for the rest of the book.
7. Matilda by Roald Dahl
“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
That whole first chapter is like the sentence above. And then, we meet Matilda, who is so unloved by her parents. It’s the perfect set up, really.
1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This is such an emotional read. The ending was perfect, and definitely had be all weepy.
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I just thought the ending was awesome. I loved Cinder’s determination – and oh my gosh, I want Cress so badly!
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I can’t imagine this series ending any other way. I know some people didn’t love the epilogue, but I thought it was perfect. It made it a little bit easier to say goodbye.
Well, what do you think? Do you agree with me? Disagree? And what are your favorite book beginnings and endings?