top ten tuesday: beginnings/endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

July 30: Top ten favorite beginnings/endings in books

There are a lot to choose from, but I will have to keep this kind of short and “impression”-like because pretty much all my books are packed up in the midst of my move! Here goes, in no particular order (click titles for my full reviews):

Beginnings

1. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Hippies make me happy! I loved the opening—warm, gentle, natural. Good vibes, man.

2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
And for something completely different… Capote’s stark, direct description of a sleepy Kansas farm town is turned completely on its head as soon as he mentions the shotgun murders of the Clutter family.

3. 1984 by George Orwell
The opening of 1984 scares the crap out of me—I still remember thinking what the HELL kind of fascist world is this!? the first time I read it.

4. Blindness by José Saramago
People one-by-one becoming afflicted by the “white blindness”… it was a page-turning beginning, despite having to get used to the unusual style of prose.

5. City of Thieves by David Benioff
I just listened to this on audio so it stands out right now to me, but this one was fantastic! I loved the charming introduction with the author and his grandparents.

Endings

6. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
A devastating book with a heartbreaking ending. I loved this one—hands down the best book I read in 2012.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The ending of Me Before You is thought provoking and just right. Lots of people cried; I found it heartwarming and uplifting (so… opposite the feels from A Fine Balance!)

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This gut-puncher ending is pure acid. Awesomely sickening!

9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. Atonement by Ian McEwan
I wouldn’t say that Life of Pi and Atonement are all-time favorites of mine, but the endings have stayed with me and made me think. I remember feeling kind of perturbed by these books’ endings when I read them, but they’ve grown on me now after some time has passed and I put more thought into them. Both great books and worth reading.

BONUS!

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Loved both the beginning (she paints a vividly bleak picture of a decimated future landscape) and the ending I was all like WHAAA??? Awesome.

What books have your favorite beginnings and/or endings?

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