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 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.

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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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Quote of the Day: Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan

“A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“You can never know everything, and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“Your body is only clothing. Your flesh will wither, but you are your heart and mind, and they do not change except to grow stronger.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“Great captains earned their reputation not just for laying brilliant plans, but for still being able to find victory after those plans began to fall apart.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“There was nothing a woman would not tell you if you kissed her enough.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“It was a simple truth; the Creator made women so men would not find life too easy.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“Women lied to get a man into bed, and they lied worse once they had him there.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“Light, women would believe anything about a man so long as it was bad. And the worse it was, the more they had to talk about it.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

“Stories have power. Gleemen’s tales, and bards’ epics, and rumors in the street alike. They stir passions, and change the way men see the world.” 
― Robert Jordan, Winter’s Heart

Where is Perrin?!?! Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan: A Book Review

Title: Winter’s Heart
Author: Robert Jordan
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 / 5)

Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand’s destination is, in fact, one she has never considered.

Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to?

Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna’s sept.

Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed “army” of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan. The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel’aran’rhiod and the wolfdream.

In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives–and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning….

Synopsis found on Gooreads

Hello my dead readers. With production on hiatus for now, we are all craving some Wheel of Time content. I know you’re all excited about the upcoming TV show in the works, so I am hopefully going to have most of the series read and reviewed by the time it comes out.

There were good things and bad things about Winter’s Heart, and I’m sure a lot of you felt the same.

The Timeline

One thing about The Wheel of Time books is that they happen over a very short period of time. There’s often a “time jump” in each book, whether it’s a straight jump a few weeks later, or a few weeks go by in a matter of paragraphs.

I think this is both beneficial and a detriment to the story at times.

It’s good, because we are really getting the whole story. We are on an adventure with our beloved characters from the start right to the end, with everything in between.

This can also be bad, because if we follow the story in such a tight timeline, we might miss out on people…Perrin and Mat for example.

They each have a book so far that they are not in. They both are recovering from injuries, so they are left out of a book.

In Winter’s Heart, we get a bit of Perrin, as he is trying to find Faile and his allies that were captured by the Aiel. His part is sort of boring, because all he does is worry and get angry at people. His minimal moments of interest go too quickly, and then halfway through the book he is gone. We don’t see him again for the rest of the book, and it’s disappointing.


The Boys

This book did help me fall in love with Rand again. I liked him at the beginning of the series, but I quickly lost interest because his chapters became so bland and boring.

He has slowly worked his way back into being a likable character, and I think Winter’s Heart finally solidified that for me.

Perrin has been a bit disappointing lately, even though he is my favourite character.

Mat is amazing as always, and we get to see him in a pretty interesting situation. It definitely develops his character more, and I think his future events will be a great adventure for him, and it’s probably the part of the story I am most excited for.


The Girls

Though there was nothing too memorable for the most part in this book, I wasn’t overly disappointed with Egwene, Elayne, Min, Aviendha or Nynaeve.

Obviously there is the big moment at the end of the book, where Nynaeve solidifies her role as my favourite woman in the series.

Egwene’s story has been building up for a while, so I hope it comes to a climax soon. Elayne has a few interesting moments, but her story gets a bit boring now.

I’ve always sort of been disappointed with Min’s story. She’s sort of just a loyal dog to Rand, despite having a lot of interesting possibilities for her story. Aviendha has become too wrapped up with Elayne, so she’s gotten a bit bland too.


What’s Next

As we come closer to the end of the story, there are a lot of story lines that are building up. I can think of a few dozen just off the top of my head. Many overlap and intertwine, but with only five books left, things are getting really interesting!

Based off of other people’s opinions, “the slump” that is infamous for the Wheel of Time series should be over now, so I’m expecting a lot out of the next two books before the final three-book ending!


What did you think of Winter’s Heart? Did your favourite character get a story that they are worthy of? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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Books That Blew My Mind (No, Not Literally)

Hello ladies and gentlefolk, welcome to yet another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the one and only, Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is five books that exceeded my expectations.

If you don’t already, please check Bionic Book Worm for some terrific Top 5 Tuesday ideas, and posts in general.

Fault in Our Stars

Like I mentioned in the review, The Fault in our Stars really blew me away on how it hit my soul. I did not expect it to connect with me or make me feel the way it did.


Bullets, Teeth & Fists 3

I had never really opened a gory book, or at least one that was gory for the sake of gore, but when I opened up BT&F, I was blown away that I didn’t hate it. I enjoyed reading it, and didn’t find it out of place at all. It has definitely made me want to read the first two.


Wheel of Time

Before WoT, the longest fantasy series I had ever read was probably Harry Potter, and that was nowhere near as intense. WoT opened my eyes to what a fantasy world could really be, and I’d probably say it opened the gateway to my true love of fantasy books.


Stormlight Archive

There have been three books released in this series so far, and all three have literally made me cheer out loud in public places. They are truly brilliant pieces of literature, and I am checking at least once a week on when the next one will come out.


Devil in the White City

To be honest this book is probably the one that blew my mind the most. I wasn’t cheering or jumping up and down in excitement, but I was definitely hooked. I didn’t think I’d be more interested in the story of an architect more than the story of a serial killer.

What are some books that blew your mind, you know there’s at least a few!
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Wheel of Time News: Casting Announcements

Hello again dear Wheel of Time fans! It is Wednesday again, which means that we have some more news about the upcoming Wheel of Time show!

We have an episode title and a few casting announcements that were released today.


Episode 6 will be called “The Flame of Tar Valon” and will be written by Justine Juel Gillmer and directed by Salli Richardson.

This was released today on Madeleine Madden’s Instagram.


In terms of casting announcements, we have a few! Some had their characters released, and others didn’t…but here it is:

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Location Update

Hello dear readers, I welcome you to another Wheel of Time Wednesday!

If you’re a fan of the upcoming Wheel of Time series, then you need to see this picture below.

If this picture doesn’t make much sense to you, don’t worry, because that’s what I’m here for.

Rafe Judkins released this photo on his Instagram page today, because it is the 30th Anniversary of the publishing of the Wheel of Time!

This is one of the set locations for the upcoming show.

There isn’t much more known about this photo at the time, but by the looks of it, the mountain range is breathtaking.

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