Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings

It’s funny how the books that I like the opening/closing sentences of are some of my favorites anyway, Here’s what I came up with for this week’s Top Ten. Can you guess what books they are from?

  1. They don’t know that we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer…”
  2. “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?””
  3. “I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.”
  4. “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had a handle of polished black bone, and a blade finer and sharper than any razor. If it sliced you, you might not even know you had been cut, not immediately.”
  5. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
  6. “My father had a face that could stop a clock.”
  7. “My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”
  8. “The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.”
  9. “My desert island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups, in chronological order:”
  10. “That wand’s more trouble than it’s worth, ” said Harry. “And quite honestly,” he turned away from the painted portraits, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in Gryffindor Tower, and wondering whether Kreacher might bring him a sandwich there, “I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.”



  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde
  7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  9. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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