Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Beginnings!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where a new topic is given each week by the host blog and participants write up a corresponding list of ten things. Simple, fun, and great for those obsessed with lists. This week's 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!) -- thanks Danika for the initial idea. I just adapted it.

Opening lines for me! :D

(1)  "I bear a deep red stain that runs from my left shoulder down to my right hip, a trail left by the herbwitch's poison that my mother used to try to expel me from her womb." Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

(2) "She spoke to him before the world fell apart." The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

(3) "Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day." Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

(4) "It was a dark and stormy night." A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

(5) "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

(6) "She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days." The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

(7) “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

(8) "I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story." Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

(9) "All this happened, more or less." Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

(10) "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


  1. Great choices!! I love the beginning of A Wrinkle in Time. I forgot how simply it all began. =)
    The beginning of Grave Mercy sounds intriguing. I have no idea if that's even on my to read list. I'll have to add it. I've seen in on a few lists today.
    Here's my Top Ten Tuesdays Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

    1. Thank you! I agree. When I went to make sure I was quoting it right I couldn't help but read the rest of the first chapter...its such an easy book to fall into.

      Definitely check out Grave Mercy! [:

  2. That was a great list. The Goose Girl and The Outsiders sound really intriguing, so I'll have to add them to my tbr pile.

    1. I hope you love them both! The Goose Girl is one of my favorite fairy tale retellings. [:

  3. The Outsiders, YES!! My favorite first line to any book. Also my favorite book, ha. Nice list:)

    My TTT

    1. Same! I've lost track of how many times I've reread it. [: