10 Best Closing Lines in Books

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesdays, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week’s theme is actually Top 10 Opening Lines, but I decided to go with my Top 10 Best Closing lines instead.

I am literally sitting on my floor, flipping through every book to find the best of the best closing lines of the books I own, so I hope you enjoy.

Closing lines are your last impression for the story. They can leave you in tears, or ruin all the time you invested in the journey. If you think about it, a closing line can be even more important than an opening line, and it is the opening line if you read the book backwards!

If you think of any other great closing lines, let me know in the comments or on social media!
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The Naruto Series

“Once upon a time there was a fox spirit with nine tails.
A boy had the fox sealed inside him, and the two spent a long time together.
A new calamity, the Juubi, was revived, but the boy became a shinobi, and together with the fox spirit and the other shinobi they became one and succeeded in sealing it.
The boy with the fox spirit inside him was the son of the Fourth Hokage. Now he is called the Seventh.

I think this is a great close to the entire Naruto series. We know the story of Naruto, and all the struggles he had to go through to get where he is now. This closing line is a very short summary, and it brings back a lot of memories.


The Book Thief

“I am haunted by humans”

The entire book humanizes the character of Death, the greatest evil that someone could imagine. For death to claim he is haunted by humans shows that we, not him, are the worst evils that can be imagined. A haunting final line.


Fullmetal Alchemist

“This is what’s best for them.
Besides, a guy who just sits around is boring.”

These words coming from Winry really tie in the final arc of Fullmetal Alchemist nicely. It is seen as a both romantic gesture as well as proof that the Elric’s stories aren’t over yet.


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In Cold Blood

“Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.”

This chilling final line of In Cold Blood really wraps up Capote’s heart-wrenching story nicely.


IT

“Or so Bill Denbrough sometimes thinks on those early mornings after dreaming, when he almost remembers his childhood, and the friends with whom he shared it.”

If you know the story of IT, you know the significance of them remembering their childhood. With this closing line, they knew that the story was over, and that there was nobody left to haunt their memories.


Clockwork Princess

And if the Thame that ran beside them, sure and silver in the afternoon light, recalled a night long ago when the moon shone as brightly as a shilling on this same boy and girl, or if the stones of Blackfriars knew the tread of their feet and thought to themselves at last, the wheel comes full circle, they kept their silence.

You wouldn’t know half of the ending of this series from this closing line, but if you know the story, you know the impact it has on readers.

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The Eye of the World

“The Prophecies will be fulfilled,” the Aes Sedai whispered. “The Dragon is Reborn.”

This is a great set-up for the rest of the 14 book series. Though we had our suspicions, we now have a stage for the rest of the story.


Martin the Warrior

“There is always room for you and Bultip here, Aubretia. Our Abbey is a place for friendship. Anyone young or old, who has read or heard of Redwall may come and visit us. If you are honest and of good heart, no matter what the season our door is open to you. Whether for the first time, or for the return of an old companion, you are welcome. Please feel free to visit us anytime you pass by this way.”

This series will forever be one of my laborite series. This closing line perfectly encapsulates the essence of the story, and Redwall Abbey, which is often the main setting in the stories.


Priory of the Orange Tree

With the faintest smile, Ead cast her gaze towards the stars.
“One day, perhaps,” she said. “But not today.”

A sad, but hopeful ending to a great romance. This line leaves hope for Ead and Sabran, but it still hurts us a little bit knowing they can’t be together yet.


Champion

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.” 
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”

This last line always gets me. After three books of romantic build up, this is the line we end with. On one hand you can’t help but feel sad, but on the other, you hold on to a bit of hope.


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What did you think of these closing lines? Are there any other closing lines that really stick out to you? Let’s talk about them in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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10 Bookish Things I Want at my Birthday Party

Dear readers, did you know that it was my birthday recently? On May 2 I turned 25, so let’s throw me a pretend birthday party!

It’s tough thinking of 10 different bookish things to have at my birthday party, but I have a few ideas in mind that you might like.

But I want to hear what bookish items you’d have at your birthday, so let me know in the comments, or tag me in social media!
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1 – My Favourite Authors

So I’m going to be selfish and invite my favourite authors to my birthday. Assuming they all say yes, because why wouldn’t they, I would invite Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan (yes he’s going to zoom call into the party from wherever he is resting) and Samantha Shannon (She’s currently my #3 fav atm).

Because they’re all lovely people, they’ll do a little bit of signing, but mostly they’ll just hang out and chit chat with everyone.


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2 – Some Book Characters

This will probably be the hardest thing on my bookish birthday checklist to get a hold of, because it involves some magic, but I am going to assume that we can find someone with the ability to make book characters come to life, even for a few minutes.

If that is possible, I want to have a station where people can “request” a certain character, and they’ll have the chance to take a picture or other PG-13 things.

Who would you want to bring to life from a book, even just for a picture with them?


3 – House Elves

Since it’s my party and I love to eat, we are going to need a lot of food. Why pay for that food, when I an have a few dozen house elves make food just appear in front of us whenever we want?

4 – In a bookstore

Where better to have a bookish birthday party, then in a book store? I don’t have one specifically in mind, but any bookstore will do. Here are some that might work.


5 – Free Book for Everyone

At the end of the night, once everyone has grown tired of the best party of their lives, they’ll get to take home one book of their choice for free.


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6 – Discussion Circles

When you have a bunch of book lovers in one room, the best thing you can do is give them a chance to gush over their favourite books. So, to keep my party guests happy, I’ll have comfy chairs ready, set up in circles, for readers to chit chat about life or whatever books they’re currently reading.


7 – Coded Invitations

I think it would be really cool, if I created a coded invitation for people to come to my party. People will get an invitation on their doorstep, and you’d need to use famous books to find certain letters or answer certain riddles in order to find out the time and date of the party.


8 – Reading Area with Comfy Chairs and Couches

Like the discussion areas, I’d have chairs and couches set up in quiet zones for people to read. There will be a warm beverage station, but otherwise it will be a quiet zone for people to just enjoy whatever books they want to read.


9 – Make Your Own Bookquote Shirt Station

Simple idea. People will be able to put one of their favourite book quotes onto a plain white t-shirt and take it home to wear. Maybe with a photo station for some selfies too!


10 – All the Book Lovers I can Find

Obviously I can’t have this party on my own, so I need to invite all my bookish friends that I’ve made since becoming a book blogger. Everyone is invited, and bring as many book lovers as you can carry!


What bookish items would you have at your perfect party? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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10 Writing Ideas to Inspire You During Quarantine

Hello dear readers, I have an idea I came up with for Top 10 Tuesday this week. Being stuck at home all day might be sucking your creative juices dry, so I came up with a few ideas that might get that brain working again.

I’ve had a few creative slumps during the quarantine myself, and reading other people’s works and looking for writing prompts or ideas has helped me get the creative juices flowing again.

So, because a lot of us are locked up in our homes and have more than enough time to write, maybe these ideas will be the next inspiration for your bestselling book!

If that does happen, let me know in the comments or follow me on social media because I’d love to read that piece!
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1 Write a Three Sentence Novel

2 – Write A Personal Narrative – Big or Small

3 – Try Writing A Poem

4 – Write a Letter to the Editor – In your local newspaper

5 – Write a review of something you wouldn’t normally cover

6 – Write a How-To-Guide on Something You’re Good at

7 – If you have a camera, try a photo essay.

8 – Even if you can’t dry, try making a comic strip

9 – Revise and Edit old pieces

10 – Write a Recipe for the dish you’re best at cooking

Book Titles That Make Good Band Names

Naming something can probably be one of the hardest things to do, and it happens more than you might think.

There are plenty of things out there that need naming; pets, bands, books, characters,vehicles, shoes.

With all the things in the world that need names, why not look for some inspiration from something you have dozens of: books.

So, now that you’re looking to create a new band with some other book lovers, look at these books for some inspiration to call your band, depending on the music genre.

If you think of any better band names based off of book titles, let me know in the comments or send me a message on social media!
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Folk Music

If you’re looking to make a folk band of some kind, think of these book titles for your band name:

  • Proust and the Squid
  • The Dumbest Generation
  • Les Miserables

Country Music

If banjo’s and harmonica are more your jam, maybe think of these Country Music band names:

  • Slow Down
  • The Road (I actually really like this one)

Rock

There’s a lot of different forms of rock, but these band names might work:

  • Angels & Demons
  • Calamity
  • Moby Dick
  • Heir of Ashes
  • Mythology

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What do you think of these band names? Let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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10 Book Quotes to Inspire You

Hello my dear readers, I open my pages to you to give you some inspiration book quotes on this lovely day.

We all need some inspiration from time to time, so what better way to inspire than by some of the best authors in history?

If these quotes do inspire you, or you have others that you think might inspire others, let me know in the comments, or share it on social media!
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”


Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

“Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” Quotes from books for kids often hold special meaning—for adults and youngsters alike.


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“They say you really appreciate a garden only once you reach a certain age … There seems to be something miraculous about seeing the relentless optimism of new growth after the bleakness of winter, a kind of joy in the difference every year.”


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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only someone remembers to turn on the light.”


The Dairy Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”


The Stand by Stephen King

“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.”


The Cost of Living by – Arundhati Roy

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”


The Ambassadors by Henry James

“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life.”


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Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”

Top 10 Longest Books I Own

Hello my dear readers, I welcome you to a post where I will be bragging about the books I own.

I was looking at my shelves last week, and I noticed I had a lot of large hardcover books. (As soon as I wrote that, a good post idea came to mind).

Since it was time for a Top 10 Tuesday, what better way to share my longest books with you, and maybe hear what your longest books are.

Looking through mine, I was surprised how many of my list were actually paperback!

For clarity’s sake, I am only counting the book page count that contains the story. I am not including any indexes, previews for future books, a glossaries, or anything of the sort.

You probably won’t be surprised that this list is basically made up of a small list of authors.

Let’s talk about your longest books in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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10: A Feast for Crows

Page Count: 976
Format: Paperback
Author: George R.R. Martin
Status: Read


9: Lord of Chaos

Page Count: 987
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan
Status: Read


8: The Gathering Storm

Page Count: 1071
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Status: Unread


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7: A Storm of Swords

Page Count: 1128
Format: Paperback
Author: George R.R. Martin
Status: Read


6: A Memory of Light

Page Count: 1148
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Status: Unread


5: IT

Page Count: 1153
Format:
Paperback
Author:
Stephen King
Status:
Slowly Reading


4: Towers of Midnight

Page Count: 1218
Format: Paperback
Author: Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Status: Unread


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3: Oathbringer

Page Count: 1233
Format: Hardcover
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Status: Read


2: The Way of Kings

Page Count: 1252
Format: Paperback
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Status: Read


1: Words of Radiance

Page Count: 1303
Format: Paperback
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Status: Read

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10 Signs You’re A Certified Book Addict

Dear readers, we both know the truth. We know you can’t live without a book in arms reach.

Now now, don’g give me that “I’ll stop after just one more chapter” nonsense, I’ve heard it all before. We all know that you can’t kick the habit.

But that’s okay. We all understand. We are all right there with you, shaking in the corner when we can’t finish the book fast enough to know what happened.

I want you to take a deep look into your soul, and realize, that even though you are a lost cause, you can help others before it gets worse.

Below, I am going to list 10 symptoms of a book addict. If you notice one, or any of these symptoms, please seek professional help.

What are some other tell-tale signs of a book addict? Which of the ones I listed are you guilty of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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#10. You Grab Your Books…Just To Hold Them

This is a bit of an odd one, if I am being honest, but you just don’t feel right without a book in your hand. You might even be busy doing surgery, eating dinner, or playing with your kid. But if you’re feeling lonely, or just a little bit upset, you need that book in your hands to make you feel better.


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#9. You Pack Too Many Books to Take With You on Vacation

A two week vacation on the beach with your loved one means you need a book a day right? I mean that makes sense. One suitcase for books, one for clothes, and then your loved one can just buy their stuff there.

Let’s be real. You need like five or six books MAX. Even that is pushing it. You’ll be sleeping, eating, adventuring, relaxing. You don’t need to be reading 24/7. Just enjoy the vacation!


#8. You Examine Everyone Else’s Bookshelves When You’re Over

You judge your friends a little bit when you go over. You look through their shelves book by book. Some are common, some impress you, some are ridiculous and shouldn’t even have been made into a book.

We all do it, its okay. Just don’t show outward disgust/judgement because not everybody could have the perfect shelves like you do.

#7. You WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE WHEN THEY SAY “BOOKS ARE BORING

Now I don’t condone violence, but I wouldn’t be too upset about seeing a brawl break out over a book. Some people don’t like books, and may call them boring. Just remember to breathe deeply and slowly. They’re just being a doofus.


#6. You’re Scared of Running Out of Books to Read

You own over 100 books you’ve read, and a few dozen that you haven’t, but that’s not enough. Who knows, maybe you’ll read a ton of books and never be able to buy a new one!

If I can give one word of advice, you’ll read more books. You’ll be able to go to the bookstore again, just stay calm and start chipping away at the TBR piling thats stacking up in the corner of your room.


#5. Your Nightstand Doesn’t Have Any Free Space

One book, and then another book. Slowly they add up, and eventually you’re reading four different books and there is nowhere to put your cup of tea you drink before bed.

If you notice that it’s happened, it’s not too late. You can come back from this. All you need to do is figure out an organized way to put your books away. Maybe you keep an extra shelf for the books you’re currently reading, or maybe you find a spot on the coffee table.

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#4. You Own Multiple Copies of the Same Book

Paperback, hardcover, limited edition, and signed copy. Do you really need four different versions of the same book? It tells the same story doesn’t it?

Maybe you can try to limit the number. Maybe you just keep the ones that have sentimental value and the ones that have a signature.


#3. You find you Pronounce Words Wrong Because You’ve Only Ever Read Them on a Page

It’s most likely names you’re pronouncing wrong, but you’ll start thinking people are pronouncing some words wrong too, until you find out you’re the one to blame.

You pronounce words wrong because you’ve only ever said them in your head, you’ve never heard them said aloud. All you have to do is realize your mistake and try to fix it in the future.


#2. When You Finish a Book, You Have a Hard Time Coping With Reality

This doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it hurt bad. You feel lost. You feel empty. You don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself now that a book, or a series is over.

It will be okay. You will move on. Time will heal your wounds, you will become a stronger person because of this. Just pick up another book, and fall in love with those characters.


#1. THE VERY IDEA OF GOING TO A BOOK STORE TURNS YOU ON

Sure, maybe dusty old books gets you all hot and bothered. If it does, no judgement, but maybe think about seeking professional help.

What’s more likely is that the idea of going to a bookstore get’s you all excited. It might be the highlight of your day, or week. Coming home with a bag of new books might be an awesome idea, and might be all you can think about.

It’s not bad per se, but it definitely needs to be kept in check. You can’t let it get too out of control, or else you’ll go past the point of no return.


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