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This week’s topic is: top ten favorite beginnings or endings in a book. I’ve included 5 favorites of both and I don’t consider the ending spoilers since you have to read the book to understand what the quote is.
What are some of your favorite book beginnings or endings?
01. Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick
“Archie doesn’t know for sure that it’s her until that moment. There is a dull bloom of warmth in his spine, his vision blurs, and then he knows that Gretchen Lowell is the killer.”
02. Eloisa James’ This Duchess of Mine
“No one dressed to please a husband. At least, not in the Duchess of Beaumont’s circle of acquaintances. One dressed—to be frank—to dazzle and amaze one’s female friends. Or, if one were so inclined, to invite a seduction… to engage in an affaire.
Husbands were just there, like coal in Newcastle and pigs in the sty.
Which made it all the harder for Jemma, the duchess in question, to decide what to wear to seduce her spouse.”
03. Amanda Quick’s The Paid Companion
“Arthur Lancaster, Earl of St. Merryn, was sitting in front of a crackling fire in his club, drinking a glass of excellent port and reading a newspaper, when he received word that his fiancée had eloped with another man.”
04. Shey Stahl’s Delayed Penalty
“Dean Matzy, left-winger for the Detroit Red Wings, stopped. His skates grated against the ice at the blue line, sizing me up. With a nod, one that told me what he wanted, he circled around once more.
It was a dance that I knew well.”
05. Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.”
01. Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera
“Erik is dead.”
02. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind
“I’ll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
03. Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front
“He fell in October 1918, on a day that was so quiet and still on the whole front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the Western Front.”
04. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein
“He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.”
05. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
“And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”