Jul 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (44)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings 
and Endings in Books

I've been sitting in my room on my laptop for a while (and watching The Bachelorette--WOW) and looking at my books, wondering what I could possibly put this on a list. My biggest dilemma was beginnings. Quotes don't always pop at me, and I don't remember what words opened a lot of books. I do, however, remember endings--though it's usually more of what happened and not the words. Yet I'm not sure what are my favorites, and what are more memorable. Therefore, here are ten books that, in my opinion, had a memorable ending--and it may or may not be good. (Also, because there's a later TTT topic that's best/worst series enders, I'm excluding those.)

THE Rip-My-Heart-Out-Why-Don't-You END
Oh, no, that's okay, my heart is still beat beat beating in place, but it's also shattered on the floor so keep stomping on it why don't you! (Also, damn you, Peter Pan.) (Also, also, I now hate Wendy.)

THE Holy-Crap-Did-That-Just-Happen END
I love when a book is thrilling and you read something and you're just like WHAT and WHOA and the last few chapters of this book were just that. And I want them in Warner's POV. Please and thank you.

THE I-Love-You-Two END
I'm a fan of all things Sarah Dessen, and this book has one of my favorite endings of hers. (Though I also really, really like others, like Along for the Ride and The Truth About Forever, but I chose to focus on this one.) I don't want to spoil it in case you haven't read it, but it makes me happy. Oh, and: Hate Spinnerbait.

THE What-The-Hell-Just-Happened END
I can't believe this book ended how it did. And I'm pretty sure I threw it. (Note: The book was fantastic.)

THE Give-Me-The-Next-Book-Now END
I actually felt this for The Selection as well, but I'm choosing to focus on The Elite because I just need to read The One like now. I need America to pick Maxon and I need everything to go my way so I Maxon and I they can live happily ever after.

THE I'm-Happy-But-Sad-At-The-Same-Time END
I was pleased with this ending--it answered questions and let me know what was going to happen with the characters. Yet I wanted more. And by more I wanted to things to go my way. (I want that a lot.)

THE What-On-Earth-Just-Happened END
I still don't even know, and I read this book years ago. (This also led to the series changing.)

THE What-What-What END
Me: Oh, yay, we can all be happy now! Me when I kept reading: Oh, crap. WHY, BOOK, WHY?

THE What-The-What-Holy-Crap-Need-Book-Three-Now END
This entire book was totally awesome, I did NOT see that ending coming. (Though I don't see as a big cliffhanger like others seem to.)

THE Awww-But-Is-This-Really-It END
Don't get me wrong--I LOVED this book. And it wasn't a big ending. But at the same time, I wanted more.

Be sure to tune in come October when I discuss what series finales I liked and disliked! In the meantime, what are some of your favorite book beginnings and endings?


  1. Hate Spinnerbait! This Lullaby is one of my favorite books, I loved the end too; and The Elite has me so excited for The One! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/07/29/lines/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. I loved the twist the author threw in at the end of The Madman's Daughter! I honestly didn't expect it, which is part of the reason I adore it so much. Lol, I want the whole Shatter Me series in Warner's POV. Destroy Me was not nearly enough. Lovely list, thanks for sharing! :D

  3. Oh yes, the Elite!!!! I all but threw the book at the wall!!!! I want the next book so badly!!!

    I haven't read the other books though; they sound interesting!

  4. I agree 100% about the Elite, I neeeeed that next book! Also, I keep seeing Eleanor and Park today and everyone seems to love the ending. While I did love it, I just wanted so much more as well.

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    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  5. Tiger Lily and Eleanor and Park made my lists too! I LOVED them both!

    Great picks!
    Here's My TTT

  6. Interesting list! I would agree on getting that sequel to Insurgent in my hands ASAP. Hush, Hush stuff...I couldn't finish that series.

  7. I just really need to read Tiger Lily and The Madman's Daughter. I have both, but I haven't gotten to them yet. Love this list!
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  8. I haven't read ANY of these but I loved how you put the dashed lines in between The End. Awesome.

  9. I'm too afraid to read Insurgent until the sequel comes out because I loved Divergent so much! Also, I am intrigued by Tiger Lily and I definitely want to read it now :)

    Loved your category-headings, they made me laugh and made your list a lot of fun to read! Great setup!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Sam @ Mad But Magic

    Our TTT: http://madbutmagicya.blogspot.com/2013/07/top-ten-tuesday-best-beginnings-and.html

  10. I read the Blue Bloods series way back when as well. I do remember something about the series changing in Revelations but I lost interest. Too many books without enough story, IMO. The whole thing should've wrapped up in 3 books and then maybe do a spinoff with the other characters. Great list here, Rachel. :)

  11. Hah a few of these I actually just finished! Tiger Lily - LOVED. It was all kinds of sad/beautiful. A new favorite for sure! And yeah, The Madman's Daughter, what the heck is right! And i'm lovin' the ending categories you gave these! so fun!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  12. I can agree with almost all of these. THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER ENDING WAS UNCALLED FOR. IT REALLY WAS. Becca Fitzpatrick on the other hand? She is horrible. Every ending was torture. "And they lived happily ..oh no wait PLOT TWIST*

  13. Tiger Lily and Madman's daughter are now on my list of to-read books! Sounds like you read a lot of books with cliffhangers :^) I've got a love-hate relationship with trilogies. I love living in a world for more than one book, but I HATE waiting for the next one to come out!!


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