Top Ten Beginning and Ending Lines

Posted July 30, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m a huge fan of amazing sentences. Haha. That sounds so weird, but my two favorite sentences in a book, if done right, are the first one and the last one. I love opening a book and being sucked in immediately, and I love ending a book with an amazingly awesome feeling of closure or a thought-provoking message.

Today, I’m going to select my five favorite beginnings, and my five favorite endings. And don’t worry! I won’t pick spoilery endings. Promise. However, right under my beginnings, you will find a list of the book endings I mention. If you have read them already, don’t care to read them, or don’t mind reading my non-spoilery choices, then keep going! If you’re worried, then just don’t continue reading. This way you don’t have to worry!


“It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

“They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod ‘the Death Shop.'”
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

“My life was a mistake.”
Asunder by Jodi Meadows

“What if Shakespeare had it wrong?”
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

“Locked in darkness that surrounded me like a coffin, I had nothing to distract me from my memories.”
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder


Ok, I’m giving you the last lines of Shadow and Bone, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Time Between Us, Pandemonium, and Unremembered. Proceed at your own risk!



“When the tears came, he pulled my close and held me, until there was nothing left but ashes.”
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

“And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.”
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

“And we walk down the beach toward something he’s never seen before.”
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (WHAT!?!?!?!)

“We take one step toward the edge and then, together, we leap.”
Unremembered by Jessica Brody


So, what do you think? Link me to your posts, and I’ll come visit! 

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9 responses to “Top Ten Beginning and Ending Lines

  1. I so agree with Delirium. I mean what on Earth was that woman thinking writing a cliffhanger like that (even though I secretly loved it)?!

    I really want to read Shadow and Bone, and in fact I have it on my Kindle, but I just never seem to start actually reading it. :/ Maybe it being on your list is the push I needed.

  2. I agree with both Delirium and Pandemonium. The thing that really sucked about Pandemonium was that I bought it the day it came out and had to wait a whole year for the next lines to “Alex.” I think that was when I realized that the dictionary definition of ‘frustration’ wasn’t the most apt description.

    And i want to read Stephanie Perkins’ books so bad I keep seeing them a lot on my dash and feed and they look so good!

  3. I love that last line of Unremembered! Very cool. I usually like first lines better than last because stories begin in random places, but usually end at a conclusion (usually).

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  4. Delirium does have a really great beginning. Awesome list. A bunch of these I haven’t read yet and will now have to go check out.