Posted by The Broke and the Bookish, this is a weekly feature in which I and several other awesome book bloggers get to geek out about our favorite books. This week’s topic:
Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings of Books!
Top Five Beginnings:
The Fifth Wave: This one had quite possibly the most incredible prologue I’ve ever read – and it only got better from there!
A Shadow in Summer: I picked this one up randomly at the bookstore and started flipping through it. Thirty minutes later I had to force my nose out of it long enough to let the cashier ring me up – I couldn’t put it down!
A Devil in the Details: This one survived the annual book purge of my library, saving itself with this stellar opening paragraph: “There’s a certain sound the human head makes when it hits the trunk of the tree. Meatier than a “crack”; not quite as hollow as a “thunk” – it’s unmistakable. And when it’s my head, I tends to take offense.” I died, I was laughing so hard.
The Wizard Hunters: This one also survived the purge with a great opening line: “it was 9 o’clock at night and Tremaine was trying to find a way to kill herself that would bring in a verdict of natural causes in court when someone banged on the door. ‘Dammit.'” Apparently, if you can make me laugh within the first paragraph, I’m hooked. This one gave me a giggle fit.
Sword Dancer: What started out as slightly chauvinistic soon developed into a hilarious clash of man versus woman. I found it incredibly engaging.
Top Five Endings:
I don’t think this section really needs a lot of extra commentary – I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for anyone. ;) Suffice to say these endings were so profound that I’m still reeling from them years later – I love it when books can do that to me!
What top ten books made your list? :-)
I want to read the 5th Way so bad! I need to have it, now. :) Thanks for sharing!
It’s worth the time – especially if you like especially if you like the edgier dystopian’s like Hunger Games and Divergent. :-)
I am going to have to pick up the End Game
Start with “Grimspace” – It was an awesome mix of urban okay fantasy and science fiction. Loved it! :)
A book that makes you laugh with it’s opening lines is a good book. That’s why I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Hitchhiker’s is an excellent choice – I almost added it to my beginning list as well! Humor gets me every time. :-)
My favorite beginning is “The Diamond Throne” by David Eddings. It pulls me in every time.