Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (#3)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers get together and list the top ten things related to that week's topic.

Top Ten...beginnings/endings of books

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green - the chapter titles are a countdown to something, and you want to know what it is (until you actually do know what it is, and then you'd rather have not known at all.)

2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - just because everything about it is amazing.
In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

3. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore - SUSPENSE.
In the beginning we were a group of nine.
Three are gone, dead.
There are six of us left.
They are hunting us, and they won't stop until they've killed us all.
I am Number Four.
I know that I am next.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - did you really think I was going to write a list without this book in it?
Here is a small fact. You are going to die.

5. Wonder by R. J. Palacio - sob.
I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

6. The ending to The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. A lot of people complained that it was cheesy - hell yeah was it cheesy, but I loved it anyway!

7. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman - if this doesn't break your heart, then I don't want to know.
I can hear her. She's here.
'I love you, Callum...'
Thank you, God. Thank you.
'I...I love you too, Sephy...' Can she hear me?
'I love you, Sephy. I love you, Sephy.'
Wait...Please wait...Just a moment longer...
'I love you, Callum...'
'Sephy, I lo-'

8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- writing this out has made me start to cry.
What else? She is so beautiful. You don't get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.
I do Augustus.
I do.

9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - six words to ruin your life. I won't write them down in case someone hasn't read it yet - but if you are one of the people who hasn't read it, READ IT. READ IT NOW (okay, that sounded more aggressive than I meant it to.)

10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - a sobbing mess, yet again.
Conor held tightly onto his mother.
And by doing so, he could finally let her go.

Well, I am officially cried-out for the day. So how about you? What are your best endings and beginnings to books? Leave a comment below, and don't forget to check out the giveaway (we are five followers away from having two winners. This is exciting stuff, people!)

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  1. I love the beginning of the Hobbit. It definitely brings a smile to my face. I still need to read The Book Thief (I know, I know *hides*), but that is a great first sentence. Great list!
    Natflix&Books' TTT

    1. It's just a feel-good book, I think. A lot of people haven't read The Book Thief actually, so don't worry, I won't freak out at you ;) But it is good, seriously.

  2. I have got to read The Book Thief, it's not a matter of if but when! Apparently I have to plan it very carefully because I'm going to cry for half an eternity.

    I know what you mean with The Fault in our Stars, I almost burst into tears while reading just that one paragraph. *sigh* How can certain authors beat the heck out of your emotions yet make you love them?

    Roxy @ Story Envy

    1. Do! It's one of those life-changing novels that sticks with you way after you've finished it (oh wow, am I feeling cheesy or what?) The Fault in Our Stars ruined my life, completely, yet I feel the need to reread it - I think something is wrong with me!

  3. Ah, you've got some amazing choices this week! I loved Wonder.

    1. Wonder was fantastic. I don't think any other book will ever replace it.

  4. Very interesting choices! Most I still need to explore.

  5. Great list! I loved the end of Catching Fire & the Infernal Devices too:)

    My Top Ten @ Eveline's Books

    1. YES! Finally someone who agrees with me! Everyone seemed to dislike TID ending but I thought it was adorable :(

  6. Hunger Games wasn't really for me, but curious as to what these last 6 words were in Catching Fire! Great list!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Next time you're in a book store, pick up a copy and skip to the end!

  7. The Book Thief made my list too, but the ending. Old follower!

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  8. Both of Greens books will jerk your heart out. Great choices!

    My TTT

    1. They do! I don't know how something could be so wonderful and so sad at the same time :/