Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday- Fav. Beginnings and Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish.  Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (July 30th), I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic:

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Books that I loved that ended with a sharp curve and left me dying to know more:
  • Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian- Ughhh this ending made me want to punch myself in the face!!  Mostly because I had to wait so long for book 2 to come out!
  • Crash by Lisa McMann- Oh my dogs I loved this ending, but was super surprised by it and can't wait to read book 2.
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- So cliffhangery... but awesome!

Books that wrapped everything up perfectly (or at least as good as could be expected):
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- Don't want to give anything away in this section, but everything is pretty nicely tied up at the end of this book.
  • 20 Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler- Same with this one.  I still didn't like Frankie, but I liked how there was some closure to the story.
  • Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo- Ok so this book doesn't exactly tie everything up... but the age obstacle that was coming between Amelia and Chris was taken care of in a very unexpected and awesome way :)

Books that I loved even though when I got to the ending I said WTF:
  • This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers- Ahhh!!  What happened to Sloane and Rhys???  And Cary??  And the shelter??  And is Sloane still suicidal??
  • Shadowlands by Kate Brian- The ending = WTF and that's all I have to say about that.  It took me hours to figure out what I read.

Hooked me from the first line:
  • Harry Potter 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."
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green- "The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party. To say that I had low expectations would be to underestimate the matter dramatically."
  • Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger "It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays."

So there's my Top Ten (or 11) for this week.  I found this topic really challenging.  Sometimes I forget endings... and I rarely remember beginnings!!  So what firsts and lasts of books did you love??


  1. Harry Potter, so good!! I totally agree with your cliffhanger picks! And don't get me started on Shadowlands. That was a humdinger and a HALF, and I also spend too much time going back and wondering what the heck had happened.

  2. I still need to read Love and Other Perishable Items, Twenty Boy Summer, and The Time Traveler's Wife, especially now that you said their endings/beginning was so good! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/07/29/lines/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. Good list, I love Looking for Alaska and the beginning lines captured me right away.

  4. Almost every book you had on that list are on my TBR pile Now I'm dying to start reading them. :) Great list!

  5. I completely agree about Burn for Burn; that big scene at the end was NOT a satisfying place to leave off. And Shadowlands is the perfect selection for your "WTF" category. I still have no idea what to make of it and hope the second book provides some understanding.

  6. Love your list :) Great list!

  7. I loved the ending of Twenty Boy Summer. Such a great book. And Shadowlands...oh Shadowlands! Reading the sequel now. Thank goodness I didn't have to wait long. HA.

    Great list!

    My TTT List

  8. I felt the same way with Burn for Burn. It was like wait what happens now..... great list. IT was hard for me too for the same reasons!

  9. Love The Time Traveler's Wife quote!