Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Closing Lines, Polar Night News, and Celebrations

I decided to follow up on last week's book opening lines post with book closing lines for this week's Friday Faves. This topic turned out to be even harder to narrow down! But here are five of my favorite closing lines: 

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

"It was a fine cry—loud and long—but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow." ~ Sula by Toni Morrison

"'Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?'" ~ The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway


"And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!" ~ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Finally, I have to admit that, for sentimental reasons, this last one is my favorite. :)

"But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing." ~ The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

That goes right to my heart and I just love A.A. Milne.

On Monday I'm going to be sharing something fun and new about Polar Night, so I'm really looking forward to that. To give a little hint, Michael Di Gesu will be sharing something on his blog at the same time. Stop by and visit us on Monday. :D

Also, my September giveaway is going on from now until the end of the month so enter below if you'd like a chance to win a gift card or Polar Night swag.

Finally, for this week's Celebrate the Small Things hop, I'm celebrating the return of the NFL. College football last weekend and pro this weekend - I am a happy girl. I love football and football weekends are one of the reasons fall is my favorite time of the year.

I'll also be watching some baseball too as my Reds are in the hunt for the playoffs and got back on track this week by taking a series from the Cardinals. So that was more for me to celebrate! It's funny that I'm such a sports nut since I am without question the world's worst athlete.

Happy weekend, all! :)

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  1. Hey I'm a sports nut with no athletic ability! I'm in shape, but lousy at sports. More fun to watch.
    Look forward to your news.
    And that last line of A Christmas Carol is one of my favorites.

  2. Some great last lines. They are as important as the first aren't they? Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Great last lines! And I can't wait for Monday's announcement! Awesome!

    Not into football, but hubby is and I'll just have to be! :)

  4. Love that last line from Milne's book, and the one from SULA is absolutely haunting.

    Have a good weekend, Julie! :)

  5. Those lines are great :) I'm terrible at sports, and therefore I don't really follow any.

  6. I love the Dickens last line too. And Pooh. Such classics.

    And football? Did you mention football? I'm still in a celebratory haze after last night's crushing win by the Broncos. :P

  7. My husband was super excited the season started but I'm not too excited about fluffing the cushion he is clued to all season. I do, however, like football as well.

  8. Wow, that Toni Morrison line slayed me. Can't wait for your news, Julie

  9. Cool lines, all. The Handmaidens' Tale is on my shortlist to read!

  10. Wonderful last lines. Love the Pooh one! Can't wait to hear your news. Have a lovely weekend. :)

  11. Each of the endings was a trip down Memory Lane. Oh but these were terrific reads. *sighs* Have a beautiful weekend.

  12. Awww love the the Pooh line.. makes me smile :D

    Can't wait to read more on Monday, how exciting! I'm all entered up in the giveaway. And hey, I think its adorable that a non-at-all-athlete is such a sports nut. Don't feel bad though, I can assure you I would make a worse athlete lol

  13. Aww! Love the Pooh last line! Can't wait to hear your news! And I'm so, so happy football is back.

  14. @Alex, glad I'm not the only sports nut who can't actually play any sports LOL. Thanks!

    @Suzanne, they really are. Thanks and I hope you have a great weekend too.

    @Yolanda, thanks!! I hope your hubby doesn't drive your crazy with the football LOL.

    @Madeline, thank you, you too. :)

    @Laura, I love them all too, there are so many good ones out there.

    @LG, you couldn't have asked for a better start to the football season there!

    @Danie, LOL, I will be glued to my cushions too. :D

    @Karen, isn't it awesome? So haunting.

    @Catherine, it's a great one I think.

    @Christine, I know that Pooh line just makes me smile, so sweet. Thanks so much.

    @Kittie, thanks and you too!

    @SK, LOL, I bet I would give you a run for your money. I am truly the worst. :D Thanks!

  15. @Cherie, oh, I didn't know you were a football fan too! Enjoy the weekend. :)

  16. I like baseball season, too, Julie. I'm not a football fan, though. But this is a nice time of year for sports fans.
    Happy weekend.

  17. Great lines, all. And I agree- that last one brings a tear to the eye in the best way.

    I WILL stop by Monday! Thanks for the invite!

    And I don't think being a terrible athlete has anything to do with loving to watch football. 99% of the football fans I know haven't played the game since phys ed and were really terrible at it then, so no worries!

  18. I did all the entries. Yes, that was impressive, thank you.

    The Pooh excerpt chokes me up. Wow. That's powerful writing!

  19. @Deanie, I agree, it is a fun time. Happy weekend to you as well.

    @Michael, me too, such a talented author.

    @Beverly, good point LOL. Thanks!

    @Elizabeth, thanks! And it makes me choke up too, I just love it. <3

  20. Hi Julie - love your take on opening and closing lines ... and totally agree with Pooh and Tiny Tim ... what great endings they are.

    Looking forward to Monday and seeing your news ... especially as Michael is also involved .. his talents are becoming more obvious to us ..

    Cheers Hilary

  21. Sula and A Christmas Carol are amazing choices. Not a sports fan myself but congrats Julie.

  22. @Hilary, that's so true, Michael is such a talented guy and I'm so thrilled to be working with him.

    @Sheena, thanks! :)

    @Michie, thank you, will be by to visit.

  23. Love the last line from The Christmas Carol, but the one from Winnie The Pooh is one of my absolute favorites!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Football Season!

  24. You picked some great last lines, but I'm surprised you didn't mention "Gone with the Wind." (Too trite?)

    Looking forward to hearing your good news. Happy weekend!

  25. Can't wait to see what you're doing for Polar Night. :-)

  26. Can't wait to see what you're doing for Polar Night. :-)

  27. I am not a football fan, but I am a big fan of Winnie the Pooh. I love that included it among the closing comments.

    Rhonda @Laugh Quotes
    Visiting from the Celebrate bloghop

  28. @Tyrean, yeah, that one is just the best. Thanks!

    @Susan, that was one I had trouble removing from the list! I actually had ten I liked and had a terrible time cutting it to five. Thanks and happy weekend to you too!

    @Misha, thanks, I'm excited about it.

    @Rhonda, I have loved Poor for as long as I can remember - still have my old Poor Bear in my closet! Thanks for visiting, it's great to meet you.

  29. I love that line from Sula! I've never really put much thought into last lines, which is a shame because it is the last image a book can leave in a reader's mind.

  30. Those last lines were really good. my favorite is Pooh. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us on Monday. I love a giveaway!

  31. Whereas the first line is a shoulder-shrug, a question-mark, of what's to come, the last line must be the fist on the table: So, there!
    Thanks for your great posts, Julie.

    I also love all your animals--if you ever want a guest story on "Pasha" blog, just let me know.

  32. Last lines are so hard. I haven't read A Handmaid's Tale for a long time, but that's an amazing ending, isn't it?

  33. Toni Morrison is just soo very good.

    Enjoy your sports!

  34. @Gwen, oh, it's great to see you! Toni Morrison is so amazing.

    @Nana, my favorite too. <3

    @Inge, thanks for the offer, I would love that!

    @Annalisa, it really is.

    @Julie, yeah, she's definitely one of the best. It's been a fun weekend, thanks!

  35. You've included some classic last lines. Looking forward to your announcement tomorrow!


  36. Ooh, great last lines! I'm very intrigued by Sula now...

  37. @Julie, thanks!

    @Heather, it's been a long time since I read it but it's a great book.

  38. It sounds like we have similar tastes in books.

    I'm definitely neutral about football.

  39. I love the last lines you chose, what great picks. I am rubbish at sport but I love to watch it too! :)

  40. @Tonja, really I should be too after watching the Bengals stink up the field yet again LOL.

    @Vikki, glad I'm not the only one! :)


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