Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

Its that time of the week again. It's time to participate in the The Broke and The Bookish's weekly edition of Top Ten Tuesday.

This weeks theme: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

As you can tell, this week's list is FULL of SPOILERS!!!!!  So if you want to skip over some on my list, please do. 

1. The beginning of The Shadow of the Wind: This book starts out with a father taking his son to a secret place where every book you can possibly think of is hidden for safe keeping. This is a book lover's dream!  The imagery was magnificent!

2. The ending of Calico Joe: I'm a sucker for baseball and baseball stories. This particular story involved a man who's father had once played Major League Baseball as a pitcher and had hit the biggest up and comer in years in the head, ending his promising career. The man knows his father did it on purpose and on his father's death bed wishes for his father to apologize. While his father does apologize, the apology doesn't improve his relationship with his father or even make his father a better man.  What it did was give closer to the man that was hit.  I love that ending!

3. The beginning and ending to Animal Farm: This one I enjoyed for the simple fact that they were basically the same, just with pigs instead of men.  So profound and interesting.  What a great way to end the story!

4. The ending to Silver Linings Playbook: I liked this one (and was my major complaint with the movie) because Tiffany and Pat didn't really get together. They had formed a much needed friendship with the possibility of it becoming more. But I liked that it was left as a strong friendship; something they both needed.

5. The ending of To Kill a Mockingbird:  Two words: Boo Radley. 

6. The ending to The Count of Monte Cristo: Unlike most theatrical representations of this novel, the ending isn't a happy one. In fact, I find it ridiculous when they try to make them happy. Considering what he became to exact his revenge, he couldn't end up happy. And even he knew that.

7. The beginning to The Hitchiker's Guide to The Galaxy: Who doesn't love a silly novel that starts of with the Earth's destruction to build a glorified highway?

8. The beginning to In Cold Blood: The beginning tells you about a horrific murder, who did it, and why. Why did I like it?  Because you know right away that this book isn't about they how and the why, but the story..

9. The ending to Darkly Dreaming Dexter: As the first in the Dexter series, this was my favorite.  The ending left Dexter with a choice.  You think he made the wrong choice, but he didn't.  And his sister knows everything. I love that! 

10. The ending of The Perks of Being a Wallflower: There is a build up in this book of something dark and hidden in this kid's past, that not even he knows what it is.  When it is finally revealed, it makes the entire book makes sense. I love the way the ending tied this book up in a neat little package. 

There you go!  That my list for the week. I hope you enjoyed! 


  1. Awesome list! I <3 The Shadow of the Wind and while I didn't add them on my list this week, I also love Animal Farm and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm hoping to start The Count of Monte Cristo in earnest soon, I'm quite excited for it :)

    My TTT

    1. Thanks! I loved The Count of Monte Cristo, but its a labor of love!