First of all, don’t worry! I’m not quitting blogging. 🙂
You may (or may not) have noticed that I didn’t do my usual Monday Musing post this week. The reason, besides the fact that I’m terrible at scheduling posts, was because it was my birthday and I took the night off to celebrate. I’ve had so much to be thankful for this past year (more on that here!) and I’m leaving my 23rd year with a lot of happiness and excitement.
Of course, this being a book blog, these thoughts about beginnings and ends have made me think about book beginnings and endings. Which is more important to you: a strong start or a stellar ending? It’s a toss-up for me. On one hand, I really need a strong hook to get me invested but I have also had the experience where an unforgettable ending has redeemed an otherwise “blah” book. Plus, great endings tend to linger with me more than beginnings (though, of course, the opposite has also happened).
When it comes to beginnings, anything that begins mysteriously will reel me in. For example, the first line from Haruki Murakami’s most recent novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, intrigued me instantly: “From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying.” As far as endings go, Claire Cameron’s The Bear really impressed me, as did Susin Nielsen’s The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. These books will always have a place in my heart because of their powerful beginnings and endings.
What do you think? Are there any examples of strong beginnings or end that you can think of?