Top Ten Tuesday – July 30: Top Ten Favourite Beginnings/Endings In Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish over here.  This week: Top Ten Favourite 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!)

Favourite Beginnings:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

2. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

dealing with dragons

Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable. The climate was unremarkable. The knights kept their armor brightly polished mainly for show – it had been centuries since a dragon had come east. There were the usual periodic problems with royal children and un-invited fairy godmothers, but they were always the sort of thing that could be cleared up by finding the proper prince or princess to marry the unfortunate child a few years later. All in all, Linderwall was a very prosperous and pleasant place.

Cimorene hated it.

3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel

A surging, seething, murmuring crowd, of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying monument to the nation’s glory and his own vanity.

4. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

Feeling Sorry for Celia

Dear Ms. Clarry,

It has come to our attention that you are incredibly bad at being a teenager.

5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Hobbit

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.

6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


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

7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

This is my favourite book in all the world, although I have never read it.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning.

Favourite Endings:

9. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess

“Ronald,” said Elizabeth, “your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat.  You look like a real prince, but you are a bum.”

They didn’t get married after all.

I love all happy endings, so to finish of the list I thought I would choose a representative quote:

10. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

Ella Enchanted

And so, with laughter and love, we lived happily ever after.



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2 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – July 30: Top Ten Favourite Beginnings/Endings In Books

  1. Pride and Prejudice definitely deserves the top billing it received on your list — what an amazing beginning! And I loved Ella Enchanted as well. 🙂 Great list!

  2. I’ll have to check out Feeling Sorry for Celia now, the beginning has me really curious! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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