Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last Sentences of 2019 (Spoiler Alert)


Below you will find the last sentences of the books I read in 2019. Sometimes the last sentence in the book can be the most powerful as it brings the book's journey to a close. I started keeping track of the final sentences of each book I read as an experiment to see if, at the end of the year or even years later, that last sentence would bring the feelings back again I had when I first finished each book. And it does! I enjoy looking back on these last words in the books I read as I reflect on the year's reading. It may mean nothing to anyone but me--but, then, I really only keep track for me.  Please be aware they may contain spoilers. 


I laughed and set about proving how very troublesome I was, indeed. ~ This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber

"I would never play an April Fool's tick on April second!" April Fools' Fiasco by Ron Roy

She crossed the avenue toward Grand Central, unencumbered and unafraid, and started through the doors of the station, headed for the life that awaited her. Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

"Just Moody, Girl Detective," she said, grinning from ear to ear.Judy Moody Girl Detective by Megan McDonald

"But . . . I think I'm looking forward to it." ~ The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

Mr. Duncan pulled onto the highway and headed for home. ~ Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy

We're fine. ~ Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

"Boy, I love doing that," President Zachary Thornton said to himself. ~ White House White-Out by Ron Roy

Nika looked foward to it. Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall

Fit for a queen! Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald

I say VIVA LA FRIDA! ~ Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith

Many people feel that Frida's suffering and art symbolized Mexico's struggle to find its own identify as a country. ~ Who Was Frida Kahlo? by Sarah Fabiny

Sometimes, real life was even better. Getting Hot With a Scot by Melonie Johnson

Then he ran out of the rose garden as fast as his legs would carry him.  ~ A Spy in the White House by Ron Roy

I figured we'd find out soon, because I was about to light the fuse on enough explosives to blow the galaxy apart.Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

And silence. ~ Broken Girls by Simone St. James

And there was one more thing Judy did know for sure and absolute positive--there would be many ore moods. ~ Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald

"I think you'll like it there." The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Wouldn't Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor, be proud! ~ Judy Moody Gets Famous! by Megan McDonald

It's the only way the world ever gets changed: Together. I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer

I named him Turtle . . . to remind me. Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

"To us." Unraveling by Karen Lord

But that would remain her secret. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Merry Christmas to all . . . and to all a good night. A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel

"Even if they're scary."The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle

"Always stick with your buddy!"~ Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Major Kraft looked up, and saw George's school teacher leading his son towards him by the scruff of his neck. ~ The Master Key by Masako Togawa

He took his time, and when he looked up, he was sure. ~ How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

"No way, Ray."Grand Canyon Grab by Ron Roy

Then it rose into the air and flew quickly out the door, following the beautiful man down the veranda, and both vanished into the night. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

"Lead the way, darling."The Lady and the Thief by Megan Derr

I have time. ~ Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

"I have everything I need," she said, pulling her dashing duke closer, "right here." ~ Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson

"Thank you, Mrs. Redfern."Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley

But someday . . . someday Sydney would. ~ False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

we are going away tomorrow to a new house daddy can't come right now but I hope you can I love you please come back soon love Ellie age 5 goodbye ~ Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Baxter Price was gone. ~ Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle

And she'd never been happier in her life. ~ Off the Grid by Monica McCarty

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose slipped the fangs into their mouths just as the movie started. The Vampire's Vacation by Ron Roy

She laughed at the use of the favorite SEAL saying, looking forward to the next seventy years or so of Mr. Take Charge SEAL Commander realizing that she played to win, too.Out of Time by Monica McCarty

"Even me?" the skeleton asked.The School Skeleton by Ron Roy

"Don't be so sure."The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda

They talk with their hands and their bodies and their souls, and they sing. Vox by Christina Dalcher

"We've got a problem." Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

"He says he is your brother." ~ Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

Smiling, she took another step toward home. ~ On His Watch by Katie Ruggle

And secret names. The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

And once they'd finished that, they lived happily ever after. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

And she knew, in her heart, she never would. ~ Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna

Then we continue to stand there, unmoving, looking, out at the electric glitter of Tokyo, my boots pointed away from the house and toward the city, my heart suspended somewhere between one choice and another, unsure where to go next. ~ Warcross by Marie Lu

It sounded like they were singing. After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

It really is THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

A home where we can be safe and begin our story again. The Journey by Francesca Sanna

But now . . . well, right now when I'm still sort of small,
The best job is dreaming, with no work at all." 
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

It did.The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

The back room wasn't as sexy as the classics section, but I soon descovered it would do in a pinch. Well Met by Jen DeLuca

"And the day after that," she said. ~ Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

Red knocked on the door. ~ The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

"See you tomorrow, Mommy and Daddy said kissing us both goodnight. ~ Goldilicious by Victoria Kann

"Christmas has a magic of its own." ~ Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

She steps through it, and is gone. ~ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

"I have a lot to tell you." ~ Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey

From now on I am always going to be as sweet as my sweet tooth. ~ Silverlicious by Victoria Kann

Until the Duck said . . . "I think I'll play the bagpipes now." ~ Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

And she turned on the light - 
and closed the door -
and that's all there is - 
there isn't any more. 
~ Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

And she did. ~ Possum Magic by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas

After supper, I sit with her and she can reach right up and turn out the light if I fall asleep in her lap. A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Everyone called him Henry "BOX" Brown. Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine & Kadir Nelson

A really great day, thought Bean.Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

And though I'll find new ways of being me my whole life through, my favorite me will always be . . . when I am me with you. ~ Me With You by Kristy Dempsey and Christopher Denise

And by his reckoning, his son was moving closer to that particular goal. ~ Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

I knew it wouldn't stay perfect--nothing ever did--but for now, I was utterly happy. ~ Death Overdue by Allison Brook

If I'd learned one thing these past few weeks, it was they wouldn't stay perfect for long. Read and Gone by Allison Brook

Amelia Bedelia felt like she was the luckiest person in the world. Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck by Herman Parish & Lynn Avril

"Never mind," said Bean. Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

And I hope you'll remember that the greatest flight you'll ever take, is the one no one has tried before. I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer

"Meow," he said, agreeing with me. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

"We've got a long way to go." ~ Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

The witch tapped the broomstick and 
     whoosh! they were gone. 
~ Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

She was smiling, too, her eyes soft as she watched them, and Luke was quite certain his heart couldn't contain any more joy. ~ Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne

After all, she was  a Thompson now, and Thompsons keep to themselves. ~ One Wish by Jodi Thomas

Ugly sweaters and all. ~ The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay

"Christmas in Colorado." ~ A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

"And there are still lots of hours left," said Ivy.Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

The moon is still around, but part of it is in Earth's shadow. Nighttime by Jill Esbaum

Yes, deep in the heart of
Wintermouse Wood,
a friend by your side
 makes life twice as good. 
~ Side by Side by Rachel Bright & Debi Gliori

And he did. ~ Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail

He was happy to have such wonderful friends. ~ Wolf! by Becky Bloom and Pascal Biet

(Okay, it was the only one, but it was still completely amazing. ~ Snow Place Like Home by Christina Soontornvat and  Barbara Szepesi Szucs

But up by the tree, Ivy and Blister rested peacefully, both pure of heart. ~ Ivy + Bean Bound to Be Bad by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

When you stare at the night sky, someone might be staring back! ~ Night Sky by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

Molly Lou Melon
~ Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell & David Catrow

I am home. ~ The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

After a while Pippi and the horse looked like a little speck, far away, and finally they disappeared completely. ~ Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren

"Our own little world." ~ Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

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