Monday, 20 October 2014

TOP 10 LAST SENTENCES IN LITERATURE

Here at The Honest Bookclub, as part of our Top 10 Mondays we've already covered our top picks for what we felt to be the most memorable first sentences in literature (or the part of literature we've been exposed to, at any rate). We've also posted our favorite quotes, thus covering the middle portion of the book. Now the time has come for our picks in the most momentous of last sentences - ones which left us reeling and which have inspired many a book hangover.

Just as we felt the first sentence to be a good indicator of what lies ahead, so do we consider the last sentence to be a good summary of the totality of what we've read. The last sentence is the final hoorah and a farewell. What follows after is the summing up of our collective impressions, musings, reflections and occasional re-reads. A good closing sentence, therefore, goes a long way. It is the final seal.

As with our first sentence picks, we take the term "sentence" loosely at best. It's not so much the final sentence as the final thought expressed in the book(s), with as many full-stops as necessary along the way.

And given the nature of last sentences, be warned - there is an abundance of spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.

Also, we have now officially said the word sentence more times than ever before in our lives, in succession. Is there a Guinness record for the most times the word has been used in a single blog post?

Sentence. Sentence, sentence. Sentence. Sentence. Sentence, sentence, sentence.

Okay, we're done now. Proceed.




1. "Mass chaos is in my future. And I'm leaving my gloves behind." - Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

2.  "All was well." - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

3. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

 4. "I tell him 'Real'." - Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5. "I am haunted by humans." - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. "For the first time in my life, I hear absolutely everything." - Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover 

8. "But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all." - The Princess Bride by William Goldman

9. "For the two of us, home isn't a place. It's a person. And we're finally home." - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

10. "Passion, friendship, love, loyalty, trust... if you found the right person... you really could have it all." - Reckless by S.C. Stephens 




What are some of your favorite last lines in books? Do you pay attention to the ultimate line a story leaves you with, or do you take it all in as a wholesome, homogeneous experience? Let us know in the comments below, or find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

2 comments:

  1. I just read "The Book Thief" this year. What a powerful book, and I love that last line, too. And I'm reading "A Tale of Two Cities" for the first time now. Excellent choices!

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    1. Powerful books seem to have a tendency to close with powerful sentences. ("A Tale of Two Cities" is wonderful, incidentally, in our highly biased opinion.) We're so glad you like our choices, Rochelle!

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