Last Lines

In a previous blog entry I went through my book collection to find opening sentences that drew me in immediately.

I thought it would be interesting to find some ending sentences that were equally as captivating and left the reader either satisfied, longing for more or thought provoking.

Here is what I found;

* ‘I wish you all a long and happy life.’ – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

* ‘He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.’ – To Kill a Mocking-Bird by Harper Lee

* ‘The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.’ – Animal Farm by George Orwell

* ‘I had only two things on my mind; Paul Newman and a ride home…’ – The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

* ‘They asked for my story.  I have told it.  Enough.’  – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

* ‘As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of kites hurrying towards heaven.’ – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

* ‘It didn’t matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn’t heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house, with our thinning hair and soft bellies, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together.’ – The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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10 of my Favourite Books

Cover of "The Lovely Bones"

Cover of The Lovely Bones

I love so many different books so a top 10 was difficult to compile.  These are books that I have read over and over again and stay with me long after they are closed.  This top 10 does not include horror or children’s fiction.

Here they are in no particular order;

1) The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold

2) Little WomenLouisa May Alcott

3) AtonementIan McEwan

4) The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak

5) The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

6) Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

7) I’m the King of the CastleSusan Hill

8) The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

9) The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien

10) The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde