Monday, 29 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Beginnings & Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book related meme hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish blog. This weeks topic is best book beginnings and endings.

My Choices: 

Title: A Game Of Thrones

Author: George RR Martin


The amazing ending of this book left me gasping to read the next book in the series. So many twists all leading to a jaw dropping ending.

 Title: The Hobbit
Author: JRR Tolkein 
I love the opening of this book so much. I love seeing the world of the book through the opening, feeling yourself drift within the pages into the world. I love being introduced to Biblo Baggins and his mannerisms and life style. This quote is one of the best quotes in the entire book and it is in the opening:         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.
 Title: Wonder
Author: R.J Palacio


This book is all around beautiful. Everything about it is spectacular. 
The ending however is one of my favourite ending in a childrens book I've ever read.
There is a quote from the last line of the novel, that I feel shows the beauty of the writing style, story and character.

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” 

Title: Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous.. Beatrice Sparks

This book has one of the most stunning, shocking, unexpected, heartbreaking endings I've ever read. If you've not read the book do not read this spoiler -->
When she killed herself I had not seen it coming at all. I think I was hit by the feels that I could not even talk about the book for weeks. 
When everything started going so we
 Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner


This book opens when Thomas, our protagonist, wakes up in an elevator in the ground with a group of boys staring down at him. He has no memory of how he got to be in the elevator or his life before entering the Glade. This opening pulled me into the mystery of the story and I was hooked by the book.

 Title: Pride & Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen 


This books opening has one of the most memorable lines in literary history: 
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

Title: Ketchup Clouds

Author: Annabel Pitcher

Reason:  I was hesitant to read this book but once I read the opening paragraph, I couldn't pull myself away!

"Dear Mr S.Harris, Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's Jam not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe."

Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Reason: The opening of this book pulled me in. The main characters narration really made me eager to finish the book. I'll let the Opening speak for itself: 
Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare


The Ending of this book shocked me in a way I had no even considered .


When we found out that Jace & Clary were siblings I was heartbroken...and confused as to whether wanting them to still be a couple made me a weird person.... Oh well !

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Author: JK Rowling


The opening draws the reader straight into the miserable life of Harry prior to Hogwarts in Privet Drive. The opening also has one of the most memorable quotes of the series:

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”


  1. Great picks! A Game of Thrones, The Fault in Our Stars and Harry Potter are on my lost, too! They're amazing. And I loved Pride and Prejudice.

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  2. The beginning of Ketchup Clouds has me fascinated, I'll have to go look up the book! :) My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. Haha, yes, I definitely questioned my incest-ometer when I found out Jace and Clary were siblings. But even still, I rooted for them. Does that make me sick?...

  4. Some awesome books here! I've read Go Ask Alice -- but it has been a long, long time ago. Very emotinal read.

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