27. The Beginning and the End

I was probably way more excited for this week’s assignment than I had any right to be. We were supposed to pick 10 books from our bookshelf and type out the first and last sentences of each one. I chose these totally at random, so there is no real order to it…organized chaos, I believe is the correct term.

1. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

“Lyra and her dœmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.”

“So Lyra and her dœmon turned away from the wold they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.”

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

“Aliens are stupid.”

“He must notice, because he puts his arm around me and we sit like that for a while, my arms around Sammy, Ben’s arm around me, and together the three of us watch the sun break over the horizon, obliterating the dark in a burst of golden light.”

3. Zodiac by Romina Russell

“Twelve holographic symbols drift down the Academy hallway, gliding through people like colorful ghosts.”

“I swear it on my Mother’s life.”

4. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”

“‘After all, tomorrow is another day.’.”

5. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

“‘Picture something calming.’.”

“I-M S-O S-O-R-R-Y J-U-L-E-S, she wrote, and then sat back, holding her breath, but he didn’t feel it, and he didn’t wake up.”

6. Ruins by Dan Wells

“‘This is a general message to the residents of Long Island.’.”

“‘We can go anywhere you want.’.”

7. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be the eldest of three.”

“‘Besides, it’s raining out there in Market Chipping.’.”

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

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

“And, grinning broadly at the look of horror on Uncle Vernon’s face, Harry set off toward the station exit, Hedwig rattling along in front of him, for what looked like a much better summer than the last.”

9. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

“Queen Glisselda spotted the dragon first.”

“I walked myself into the world.”

10. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

“The prophet was drowning men on Great Wyk when they came to tell him that the king was dead.”

“‘I’m Pate,’ the other said, ‘like the pig boy.’.”

Out of these ten books, my personal favorite would have to be Prisoner of Azkaban, simply because it’s Harry Potter. It’s the only book on this list that I’ve read more than three times (Truthfully, I’ve read the entire HP series about three or four…maybe four and a half…times), and it encompasses a large chunk of my life since I was about ten or eleven. It’s also the only book that looks like it went through a shredder and somehow survived (but as someone who loves and honestly prefers the well-worn book look, I don’t mind. I even purposely bend paperback books to get the creases on the spine. *cue riots and death threats*)

~ Hoài-Linh

3 thoughts on “27. The Beginning and the End

  1. I love the well-worn look, but you don’t try to break books!!!! It’s like pulling a tooth that’s not ready to come out! but I’ll forgive you anyways. ❤ A very interesting collection of quotes. 😉

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