Top 10 Best Book Beginnings and Endings
I decided to go with both. I have five top beginnings and five top endings. I hope you like them!
MY TOP FIVE BOOK BEGINNINGS
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This book begins on the cover. By page one Grover is already freaking out and begging you not to keep turning pages. But, really, what's funnier than an overly dramatic Grover? This continues to be one of my favorite books of all time and it is all about how fantastically it hooks you. (This was a very close contender for Best ending as well - this book just rocks!).
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A series so fantastic begins on Privet Drive. It's so boring, so mundane, so bland! I love the juxtaposition of Harry's life with his family compared to that which is his destiny is nothing less than brilliant. It makes the ride even more magical when you know where Harry came from.
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This is my favorite Shakespeare work, so whenever I hear or read the opening words, it gives me chills. Witches brewing up some evil magics let the reader (or the audience, in the case of the play) know exactly the type of trouble in store. Who doesn't get excited about what's coming next with an intro like that?
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Tolkien introduces my dream life - hobbit living - in the first pages of his wonderful novel. I knew nothing about it before I read those pages, but immediately Middle Earth, the Shire and hobbut holes all came to life in my imagination never to be erased again.
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I don't know how Gaiman does it, but in his latest novel he simultaneously captures childhood, magic and nostalgia all at once. However, what is even more unbelievable is that he manages to capture and deliver that on the book's first page. He is a master storyteller - when I started that book I just wanted to grab a cup of tea, curl up in a big comfy chair and be swept away.
MY TOP FIVE BOOK ENDINGS (beware of possibly spoiler-y discussion)
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I loved the adventure in every page of this book. However, when I reached the end of the book I was struck dumb with the depth of every page that I had just experienced. I went out of my mind trying to find anyone who had read the book just so I could talk to them about it!
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Tears. Beautiful. Perfect ending to this wonderful book about how we live, how we love and how we hurt. I sobbed.
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This is a graphic novel based on a screenplay written by Jim Henson and his long time writing partner Jerry Juhl. It's an incredibly quick read and when you reach the final page, it'll knock you out!
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Another graphic novel. Mazzuchelli masterfully brings every aspect of the medium to its fullest purpose when he brings together another otherwise ordinary story of a man. The ending of the book reminds us why it is often the ordinary lives which teach us such extraordinary life lessons.
On the last page, you will find the following:
"...Atticus, he was real nice..."There is nothing I believe more deeply in my soul than these words. Thank you, Harper Lee, for it all.
His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me.
"Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."
Which book beginnings and endings have stuck with you the longest?
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