Top Ten Beginnings of Books


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is our Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books. I decided to go with beginnings, because those were easier to find. I’m not sure how “all-time favorite” these picks really are, but these were ones that struck me as I was going through my Goodreads list that I could also find on Amazon and/or on my Kindle. I actually had a hard time with this topic, because I don’t tend to remember beginning OR ending lines (aside from “All was well,” that is), so hopefully you’ll enjoy the ones I chose.


From The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan


From Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers


From Croak, by Gina Damico


From Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones


From The Immortal Rules, by Julie Kagawa


From Cinder, by Marissa Meyer


From Confessions of An Angry Girl, by Louise Rozett


From The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern


From The Dark Unwinding, by Sharon Cameron


From Venom, by Fiona Paul

So that’s what I’ve got for this week! Which beginnings and/or endings did you choose? Please link me!


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28 Responses to Top Ten Beginnings of Books

  1. I really like the beginning of Cinder too (though the ending made my list), and the quote from The Dark Unwinding really catches my attention! :) My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. Marie Erving says:

    Howl’s Moving Castle is a really good one. And coincidentally, The Night Circus is one of my choices for best beginning, too–that makes me pretty excited to see it on this list!

  3. The beginnings to the Percy Jackson books are always so interesting/amusing xD The beginning of Night Circus was also lovely and intriguing. Great list!

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  4. pnh002 says:

    I’ve only read one of these (Cinder) But, Son of Neptune is on my TBR soon list! I can’t wait to dive back into that world.

    Great list!
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  5. Rebecca says:

    I really liked the beginning of Venom! I actually just finished it. Grave Mercy was also very easy to get into, though its size intimidated me at first. Happy reading!

  6. KateB says:

    Howl is brilliant. And I love the beginning of cinder. Such a great book. I think I need to read more from your list – like Venom and the Night Circus. Great list!
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    Kate @ whYAnot

  7. ChrissiReads says:

    Great quotes. I agree Confessions of An Angry Girl has a great beginning!

  8. Geraldine says:

    Mmm, I love how you’ve done your quotes, pretty cool~~~~
    Venom sounds threatening… Though I forgot about Grave Mercy, AS well as Howl’s Moving Castle!!!!

    Wonderful list!

  9. I loved Cinder, great book. Looking forward to Cress so much!

    Happy reading!
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  10. Great list! Love the opening line of the Immortal Rules :)

    My Top Ten @ Eveline’s Books

  11. Krista says:

    I totally forgot about the beginning of The Immortal Rules! It sucked me in right away. Loved it. Great choices!

    TTT @ Krista’s Dust Jacket

  12. The Dark Unwinding and Venom have totally gripped me just from their quotes. Great picks!

  13. Quinn says:

    I found it easier to think of favorite beginnings, too. I’ve only read Cinder, but I do love that opening. It really sets the whole Cinderella-in-the-future-who-is-also-a-cyborg theme. :)

  14. I love the opening line for Confessions of an Angry Girl. I need to read that one still, although I do have it checked out from the library. I love the opening (and ending) of The Night Circus. Just thinking about that book makes me want to re-read it. Great list!

  15. Brittany says:

    LOVE the beginnings of Grave Mercy, Cinder, and Confessions of an Angry Girl!! So many great choices :)

  16. Nicole says:

    Dang! I still need to read many of these! Croak and The Immortal Rules especially! The quote from Croak just redoubled my interest! And Grave Mercy was a great choice! Love that book!!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  17. I love the beginning of any Percy Jackson book! Loved how you included the text :)

  18. Anna says:

    Yay! I love almost all the books on your list, and the lines for Croak, Howl and Son of Neptune are especially awesome! :)

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  19. Molli says:

    Ahaha CROAK, yessss. Finally someone else who appreciates that series like I do.

    And Grave Mercy. <3 <3 <3

  20. Love Cinder and The Dark Unwinding!

  21. Oooh Grave Mercy made my list as well (thought I haven’t read it) and I do love that one from The Night Circus. The one I haven’t read, which sort of caught me off guard while scrolling through these, is the one from Croak! What a start! If that doesn’t get you slightly disturbed but also interested, I’m not sure what does. Haha.

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