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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TOP TEN TUESDAY: BOOKS I’VE READ THAT I’D LIKE IN MY PERSONAL LIBRARY

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This one took me a long time to figure out, but I think I came up with a pretty good list in my opinion.

The Fellowship of the Ring

I read it on an e-Reader but haven’t purchased a physical copy yet.

Redwall Series

My favourite books growing up. I have kept the main stories, but I’d like to own them all again one day.

One Piece

Seems like a loft goal owning every chapter of One Piece. I’d probably need a room dedicated to it, but I wouldn’t mind that.

Naruto

I think this is a series I could re-read again in a reasonable amount of time, and I’d like to own it in order to do that.

Fullmetal Alchemist

I’ve started the collection, but I hope to own them all one day soon. There’s not too many so it’s not that achievable.

Where the Red Fern Grows

A great book from my childhood that I would love to read again from an adult perspective.

Legend Series

One of my favourite YA series that I’ve read. I always got the books from my school library, so owning them would be nice, especially since there is a new one coming out soon.

Various Shakespeare Works

Something about owning a bunch of Shakespeare stories makes me feel distinguished? Educated? Either way I’d like to own some more.

Sherlock Holmes

I’ve read a few Sherlock Holmes pieces in various books, but I’d like one giant collection of them all.

UnNamed Book from Childhood

I don’t remember the name of it, or who wrote it, but I remember it was about a boy who was kidnapped and dragged to an island in order to figure out a water pumping system his dad built to get at some buried treasure. If that makes any sense to you and you know the name, please let me know!

Quote of the Day: Naruto

This week I covered the Naruto manga as a whole, and so I’ve thrown together some of my favorite quotes from it for you. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you know who says each one.

“Those who break the rules are scum, that’s true, but those who abandon their friends are worse than scum.” 

“We both want the same thing. We both want the peace Jiraiya spoke of. You and I are no different. We’re both working for our own justice. The justice I have meted out against Konoha, is exactly the same as what you’re trying to mete out against me. Everyone feels the pain of loss the same. We both know that pain. You are working for your justice, and I for mine. We are just ordinary people driven to revenge in the name of justice. But if revenge is called justice, then that justice breeds yet more revenge. And becomes a chain of hatred. Living within it, aware of the past, predicting the future. That is what it means to know history. We cannot help but know that people cannot understand each other. The world of ninjas is ruled by hatred.”

“When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.”

“A genius, huh? What does that mean? Genius? So I was not born with a whole lot of natural talent, not gifted like Neji … but I work hard and I never give up! That is my gift…that is my ninja way”

“There’s no advantage to hurrying through life.”

Manga Review: Naruto

Naruto was one of the first anime I ever got into, and was the first manga that I started reading. I enjoyed it way more than the anime, because it wasn’t filled with months upon months of filler episodes, it was just the main story.

I am still on the fence about my final rating for Naruto though.

The biggest reason I am not doing an arc review for Naruto like I am with One Piece, is because it has been a few years since Naruto finished, and so I don’t really think people would be interested in arc reviews.

I may do one of Boruto one day, but I’m not sure.

Naruto has its moments. One aspect that really made me enjoy the series was the overall story being told. The first half of Naruto was discovering his powers and abilities, and becoming a ninja, but it was still supplemented by the overall world building and character development that helped the series springboard into the second half…which is where the most important events take place.

Part of me wants to say Naruto was this amazing manga that had no issues in it because it was the first manga I started to read. I mean it does have a great story, in typical Shonen fashion. It has a great world building aspect to it as well, and we know that there is more to the world than just what we see on the pages.

There are villains we get to learn about, these great historical figures that shaped the world that are mentioned over and over, but aren’t really brought up, and there are is even great world building within the Leaf Village due to all of the other characters we know about.

It does have a lot of pros going for it. I think any manga reader that has read Naruto would agree with me there, but I think they’d also agree that there are plenty of flaws as well.

The main character Naruto is super annoying in the first half of the manga, and even in the second half his habit of sticking to his ideals and trying to convince his enemies he is right gets annoying, because it works time and time again.

Aside from the main character, the biggest issue I have with the manga is the characters and their power scaling. Some of the characters, mainly the females, are essentially useless throughout the entire series, but because they are considered main characters, they keep coming back over and over.

That is another issue. Basically every female in the series is useless when it comes to fighting. There are some that are extremely powerful, and they’re usually pretty interesting characters, but for the most part it’s just the guys that are doing all the work and I’m not okay with that.

There are several female characters we know of that are very powerful, more powerful than some males, but they get less time. It is also a surprise that this is the case because you’d think guys, who are the main audience for the manga, would want to see women more often.

The power scaling is also annoying, like I mentioned. I won’t dive into it too much because I could talk about it for hours, and I understand it’s not a perfect system, but all I am going to say is that there are several times where a character goes from being wayyyyy too weak to becoming an overpowered bad ass master of some ability in basically an instant.

It becomes an issue when characters do it two or three times in basically a week…Naruto.

So yeah…like I said I am conflicted on how I would rank it. It’s good. I definitely recommend the read, but I don’t want to say it’s the perfect manga ever, because it’s not, by a long shot…