TCWT Blog Chain: “What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?”


I had so much fun with last month’s blog chain that I decided to hop on board for this month’s, too 😀

Oh, and just as a warning, this is my first attempt at using the scheduled posting, since it turns out that I’m not going to be home on the 20th. If this post is early/late, I apologize in advance. If this doesn’t work out, I’ll fix it as soon as possible.

The prompt this month was ‘What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?’ It sounded like great fun 😀 So, without further ado, let’s get into my short little list. It’s in no particular order, just to let you know 😉

First on my favorite beginnings list is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I love this book and its sequels from start to finish, but the beginning of Inkheart is excellent. The atmosphere is perfect, and it pulls you into the story right away. It’s one of those beginnings that stick with you a long while after it’s over. Plus, who doesn’t like Dustfinger? (And Mo. He’s the coolest bookbinder ever.)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkein starts wonderfully, both with the prologue (concerning Hobbits) and the start of the actual first chapter (Bilbo’s birthday preparations!) The prologue makes me smile so much…Hobbits are delightful people 😀

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone, depending on where you’re from) by J.K Rowling. The descriptions of the Dudleys are well written and hilarious. It’s great.

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S Lewis starts out incredibly intriguingly. The first chapter is a bit confusing and makes you want to keep reading. I love the atmosphere and descriptions. The beginning of this book would probably rank very highly if this list was in order.

As for endings, I had to think a lot harder to figure out what to put here =P

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke has a very satisfying ending. The book is quite a bit darker than the other two in the series, and has a fairly happy ending, all things considered. I was completely pleased with how everything was wrapped up 🙂

Spoilerlike! The Boggart by Susan Cooper was one of my favorite books when I was younger (and I still love it!), and the ending is happy for everyone 😀 The Boggart returns to his castle in Scotland, and everything is right in the world. Spoilers are over now 🙂

Reckless and Fearless by Cornelia Funke both had rather addicting endings. It’s very hard to be patient for the next book. They were the type of books that left me wanting more of them, because I grew attached to the characters, and the world they are set in was incredibly crafted.

As you can see, Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors =P Aside from that, though, these were the first beginnings and endings that came to mind with this prompt. I’m sure there are plenty more good ones that I forgot about, too. I would have put Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on here, but I haven’t finished the book yet…I’ve only seen the movie so far (I know, I know, I was reeeeeaaaaaally slow to read Lord of the Rings. All those years of enjoying the movies, and I never bothered to pick up the books until a little bit ago =P).

I hope you enjoyed my list! Make sure to check out the other participants, too 🙂 There are some good books mentioned out there!

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6 Responses to TCWT Blog Chain: “What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?”

  1. Heather says:

    I not only know all of your beginnings but love them as well! “Out of the Silent Planet” was a hard read for me at first, but I’m glad I eventually pressed on through. And as for the endings, oops, I guess I’m not as cultured as I thought. Ah, well.

    • Roo says:

      I’d give some of those books a read through! 😀 They’re quite enjoyable 🙂 It took me quite a while to think about endings for the list…for some reason they’re easier for me to forget than beginnings, no matter how magnificent they are XD

      • Roo says:

        Also, (Sorry for the double comment…I thought of something when I was done =P) good taste in book beginnings! **cough**I’mbiased**cough** “Out of the Silent Planet” is a bit of a tough read, but I think it’s really worth it (Though I haven’t reached the end yet D= )

      • Heather says:

        Hm, I think I’m just the opposite when it comes to beginnings and endings! The ending is always much stronger for me! But yeah, “Out of the Silent Planet” is a tricky one, but fascinating. I liked the interspecies aspect.

  2. Alyssa says:

    Oh, yes, Cornelia Funke is amazing. Inkheart was one of my favorite books before I started delving into adult fiction, although I didn’t quite like how Inkdeath turned out … but still awesomely imaginative.

    Great choices; and while I didn’t expect Philosopher’s Stone to crop up this month, it *was* a great description of the Dudleys 😀

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