Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Last Sentences of Books Read (*Spoiler Warning*)


Below you will find the last sentences of the books I read in 2017. Please be aware they may contain spoilers. 

My a-ma. ~ The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of twenty-six and eighteen, is to do pretty well, and professing myself moreover convinced, that the General's unjust interference, so far from being really injurious to their felicity, was perhaps rather conducive to it, by improving their knowledge of each other, and adding strength to their attachment, I leave it to be settled by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience. ~ Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I reached out and took his hand. ~ Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The greatest part of her legacy--Christine Darden and the generation of younger women who were standing on the shoulders of the West Computers--was still in the office. ~ Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Consider Kits: Within these sacred bones rests a power that our enemies would destroy the world to possess.Monstress, Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Well . . . You know.As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

They were safe in the Library, and the Library would endure. ~ The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

It was perfect.The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

"Darling please," and then a two-word poem: "Come Home."A Death By Any Other Name by Tessa Arlen

Are there any questions?The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


Ophie joined the moms in shouting, "Key West."Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran

"What could possibly happen?" ~ The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel

I drew in a breath of crisp December air and stood perfectly still, savoring the feel, the sound, and the smell of the world around me, sensations that would have passed by me unnoticed had I never met Carl Iverson. ~ The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

"Forever." ~ Soulfire by Juliette Cross

And my heart. ~ Windburn by Juliette Cross

As I would love him. ~ Nightbloom by Juliette Cross

And our hearts were happier for it. ~ Dragon Heartstrings by Juliette Cross

My Morgon man was full of fire and love, and as I would learn over the years, full of many, pleasurable surprises. ~ Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross

"When pain and sorrow hurts you too near, then come away . . . come away . . . back home." ~ Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross

"That belongs to you."The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Picture her at twelve, thirteen, fourteen, equal parts Victorian storybook and diffident anti-cool, wondering, asking, answered: every one of us etched on, brokenwhole, fragile, arise. Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

Some things never changed. ~ The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

He grinned and said, "I told you to trust me." ~ A Killer Ball At the Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Dad survived the Japanese,
now he's receiving an award,
thriving in his post-war
medical practice,
beaming into the camera-
with my pride and feistiness.
~ WTF: Poems by Laura Foley

Josette was staring straight ahead, standing next t him, and her voice was the voice of a woman. ~ LaRose by Louise Erdrich

And if they are ready, they'll know what to do. Planetfall by Emma Newman

Maisie sauntered off into the evening, swinging her holdall beside her. ~ Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

She was content with her role; she had a muse of her own. ~ Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

There is great unrest. ~ The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

It had never been anything else. ~ Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

"Someone has to be first," I told myself ruefully, joyfully, and swung the door open. ~ Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

The corpse opened his eyes. ~ The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi

Then the rain sweeps in and it is gone. ~ Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Signing off with a big ole crotch-to-crotch hug and not one of those wussy hugs where people stand a foot away from each other and barely touch. ~ I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting by Karen Alpert

The turkey answered a thin, "You'll see," his voice a little song that hung in the air long after he 'ddisappeared~ Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

I promise. ~ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Kate is buried at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, alongside other Pinkerton operatives. ~ The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies With the Pinkerton National Detective Agency by Chris Enss

Greek myths and quadratic equations will come later. ~ The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

And so the ice-cream machine kept churning. ~ The Ice-Cream Makers by Ernest Van der Kwast

And I count them all twice before I realize--it's me Dede, it's me, the one who survived to tell the story. ~ In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

She was alive. ~ The Girl With a Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson

He was a guy she could count on to get things done--always. ~ Going Dark by Monica McCarty

"I swear it." ~ Sadie's Highlander by Maeve Grayson

South-south-west, south, south-east, east . . .Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 She would survive it again. Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes

It wasn't perfect, but it was mine.Gin and Panic by Maia Chance

And by now, this shouldn't surprise us. ~ Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

"When the hell did you start talking to elves?"Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

She exhaled sharply, tugging down the front of her jacket resolutely; then she pulled open the door and stepped into her future. The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo

They stood very still, hushed, their gleaming black eyes fixed on her, white beaks open in a strange alert anticipation. ~ Miss Jane by Brad Watson

All is as it should be. The Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

The yeti devours anything that strays into its path, though it fears fire and may be repulsed by the skilled wizards. ~ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and J.K. Rowling

Never. ~ Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay

But they would be looking for a ghost. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

"I'd claimed you a long time ago."Bitten by Deceit by Shawntelle Madison

It was all gone from her mind as she smiled up at the white tiger shifter who'd made her dreams come true. Forbidden by Elle Thorne

"God bless us. Everyone." Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

I was overwhelmed with the lust and wonder of it all.Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

"That's what I thought," she says softly. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

It's absolutely perfect."Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

And as he vanished upstairs, she turned, watching the lighthouse beam sweep over the harbor, the little town, out to the  mainland, where the fireworks were already starting to pop, one two three, and just before she switched out the light, she went into the kitchen in her wedding dress, and she laid out the yeast and the flour and the eggs for the morning bread, and kissed Neil, already snuggled in front of the Aga, and put out the light, then ran upstairs, her skirt and a faint wake of flour trailing behind her. ~ Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

She ran to meet it. ~ Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

He's Tracker. ~ Shadowed by Karen E. Olson

Life was full of beautiful surprises, and for her, Sam Conacher was one of them. ~ The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson

This was the season of miracles and she would always be grateful for her own--and it had all started with a song. The Rancher's Christmas Song by RaeAnne Thayne

And while the three cats vied for the pudgy puppy's attention and the tree lights twinkled and snowflakes danced outside, they made each other's dreams come true. ~ Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

And so we did. ~ "Red to Hide the Blood" from Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say edited by Rhonda Parrish

"I'm feeling a little bit better already." ~ These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung

"That's plenty enough for me."Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

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    1. I love looking back on them at the end of the year. They are pretty meaningless without having read the books, but if you have, they hold so much meaning.


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