Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday - Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. It's about making bookish lists and sharing with your book blogger friends.

Top 10 Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books
Under this topic, I'm sharing my favorite beginning and ending quotes from books. All of them are not my favorite books though.


In my end is my beginning... That's a quotation I've often heard people say. It sounds all right, but what does it really mean? Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one's finger and say: "It all began that day, at such a time and such a place, with such an incident?”  Endless Night by Agatha Christie (Goodreads | Amazon)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Goodreads | Amazon)
“I sat very still, as befitted a small boy among strangers, staring wide-eyed into a world I did not know. I was six years old and my father was dying. The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour (Goodreads | Amazon)
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense. Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling (Goodreads | Amazon)
Scaling the final hill was like climbing into a sea of ice. Up and up we went, one shivering, dogged step after another, woman and mare. My fingers had gone numb, laced in her mane, and I could no longer tell if she pulled me along or the other way round.  Northlight by Deborah Wheeler (Goodreads | Amazon)
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Goodreads | Amazon)
And Ellie can never find me again... Endless Night... That's the end of my story... In my end is my beginning - that's what you always say. But what does it mean? And where, exactly, is my beginning? It is up to me to find out...”  Endless Night by Agatha Christie (Goodreads | Amazon)
I lingered round them, under that benign sky: watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells, listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass, and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Goodreads | Amazon)


  1. Completely agree with you about the first Harry Potter book. It made my list too.

    1. It's the most funniest beginning line I have ever read.


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