Top Ten Tuesday – Book Beginnings/Endings (July 30)

TTT3WTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is: ‘Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books’. I decided that I should do five of each. So here goes:


1. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien):

hobbitIn 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 to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

2. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury):

fahrenheit 451It was a pleasure to burn.


3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams):

hitchhikers guide to the galaxyFar out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

4. 1984 (George Orwell):

1984It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

5. Seraphina (Rachel Hartman):

seraphina thumbI remember being born.

In fact, I remember a time before that. There was no light, but there was music: joints creaking, blood rushing, the heart’s staccato lullaby, a rich symphony of indigestion. Sound enfolded me, and I was safe.


1. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien):

hobbit“Thank goodness!” said Bilbo laughing, and handed him the tobacco-jar.


2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn):

one day in the life of ivan denisovichThere were three thousand six hundred and fifty-three days like that in his stretch. From the first clang of the rail to the last clang of the rail

The three extra days were for leap years.

3. The Last Battle (C.S. Lewis):

last battleBut for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

4. Clockwork Angels: The Novel (Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart):

clockwork angelsI planted my seeds, nourished them with my own optimism, and tended my garden. I’ll harvest what I deserve, and all is for the best.

It is a fine garden.

5. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman):

graveyard bookBut between now and then, there was Life; and Bod walked into it with his eyes and his heart wide open.



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