Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Beginnings and Endings


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish is all about book beginnings and endings. This one was tough because I am so bad about remembering book quotes! But I managed to scrap together a pretty decent list.


1. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I picked this one up based on the cover and quotes on the cover. That’s it. I was rewarded with one of the strangest books I have ever read. I loved it and wish there were more. Hey, Dan! Can there be more?


“Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.”

2. Gone by Michael Grant. You guys know how much I love this series, right? Also, it has an awesome conclusion.


“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. The next minute he was gone.”

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This one took some getting used to, but I was eventually sucked in. I suspect the ending of this trilogy is going to be epic.


“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”

4. Paranormalcy  by Kiersten White.I LOVE Evie and her snarky voice, which comes across on page one.


“”Wait – did you – you just yawned!” The vampire’s arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides.”

Endings **No Spoilers**

5. Game by Barry Lyga. Huh. I did not see that coming. More, please.


6. Flock by Wendy Delsol. I loved the ending of this series. It was not what I had expected, but it worked. By the way, this series does not get enough love! Go read Stork. It’s fabulous. I promise.


7. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Ok. This man can end a book. The Book Thief? On everyone’s list, for good reason. The tears! But I still have a major soft spot for Ed Kennedy.

i am the messenger

8. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I have theories. I can’t wait to see if I am right. I think this prequel trilogy kicks TMI hiney and I thought the ending was perfect. And trust me, I was WORRIED. Love triangles drive me batty.

clockwork princess

9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Such a beautiful and powerful ending. Words that everyone should say to themselves.

aristotle and dante

10. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. This may be the cruelest cliffhanger in the history of cruel cliffhangers.

days of blood

Honorable mention cruel cliffhangers: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley.

Happy Reading!


16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Beginnings and Endings

  1. Maureen Eichner

    Oh yes, The Rook! What a great opening! I think I’ve read that he was writing a sequel–really hope that rumor turns out to be true.

  2. The Rook sounds awesome. I need to look it up on Goodreads now. And I’m fixing to start Daughter of Smoke and Bone — I’ve seen Taylor’s stuff all over these list — which makes me really excited.

  3. I’ve never heard of The Rook but that is one of the most terrifying opening line I’ve ever come across…

    As for Game, I completely agree, that ending was absolutely brilliant! *sigh* Cliffhangers will be the end of me.

  4. Okay, my TBR list just continues to grow. Thanks for stopping by Jorie’s Read’s by Starry Night Elf today!

  5. The Rook sounds really intriguing. I still haven’t finished the Gone series (I’ve only read the first book) so I guess I’d better get on that!

  6. Oh no! Now I’m afraid to read Days of Blood and Starlight! Great list! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. The Rook’s opening line is creepy at best and has made me curious! Also, I need to read Paranormalcy!

  8. I almost chose Paranormalcy, too. I love Evie, and now that I remember I’ve yet to finish the last book….
    I really like the old ladies in Stork by Wendy Delsol, I need to finish the series to know the ending!!!

  9. You have definitely put some books on my radar. Never heard of The Rook- sounds fascinating! Gone has been on my radar for YEARS, I just haven’t gotten around to it. And I need to read Messenger (LOVED Book Thief).
    I also agree with Aristotle and Knife- GREAT choices 🙂

  10. The Rook sounds cool. I’m definitely checking it out after an opening line like that!

  11. I haven’t read any of those yet!

  12. I didn’t have the time yet to read The Game, but I loved I hunt Killers!
    Oh and that quote from The Rook sounds really intriguing! Never heard of it before but now it’s on my to-read list 🙂

  13. I really want to read Gone and The Knife of Never Letting Go!You chose some amazing beginnings and endings!And I read Paranormalcy but I accidentally deleted it.I really need to re read it and finish the series because it is amazing!Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  14. Oh no! I’ve got Hex Hall and the Daughter of Smoke and Bones triology on my reading list… I’d better prepare myself for those!

  15. I totally agree with Paranormalacy and Gone! The beginnings to those were so amazing (:

  16. I am loving the variety on the Top Ten lists for this topic. You have certainly piqued my interest in some of these titles!

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