Top Ten Tuesday {9}


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

The beginning and endings of book are powerful.  If the beginning is bad, readers may put the book down.  And a bad ending will leave the reader sad (or at least me).  I am so picky about a book ending.  I HATE reading an amazing book, only to be shafted at the end.  It’s gotta be that perfect balance of cleverness and intrigue.  So, what are some that absolutely did it right?  Well, here are ten I think deserve that recognition!

So, without further ado…

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (beginning)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (end)


The Fault in Our Stars (end)


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (end)


Insurgent (end)


Shatter Me (beginning)


Never Let Me Go (end)


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (beginning)


Losing Hope (end)


Shades of Earth (end)

So, that’s it.  What about you?  What are some of your favorite beginnings and ends?


ARC August!


The wonderful and awesome Octavia from Read Sleep Repeat is hosting a brilliant event in August – ARC August!

What does that mean? That means that throughout August, us participants will focus on reading all the ARCs we’ve got stored up — whether they be in print or ebook, from Netgalley or Edelweiss, upcoming or past.

I know I need to get my read count on Netgalley up.  I’m constantly reading ARC’s, but not fast enough to accommodate all the requests I keep putting in.  I just can’t help myself!

AND she’s even throwing in a prize: $20 gift card to the book retailer of your choice! So it’s a win/win right?

Want to join in?  Visit Octavia’s blog and get the deets!

My List of Probably Will Attempt to Get To:

1. The Diviners by Libba Bray
2. Parallel Heart by J.L. Robinson
3. Come Back to Me by Coleen Patrick
4. The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore
5. Ostrich by Matt Greene
6. Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange
7. Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe
8. The Social Code by Sadie Hayes
9. Shadows by Paula Weston
10. The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman
11. Freaking Out by Polly Wells
12. Extremities by David Lubar
13. The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
14. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
15. Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean
16. The Edge of Falling Rebecca Serle

I know I won’t get to all these, especially when I add in book tours and review requests, but it’s a good list to pick from.  I can’t wait for August!

Book Blast — Burning Z by Clive Riddle

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Today we are spotlighting The Burning Z by Clive Riddle.  This horror novel full of zombies and is now available on


About the Book

The Burning Z by Clive Riddle

Expected publication: May 20, 2013

Zombies go to Burning Man. A mysterious meteor slams into the Black Rock desert and soon a growing number of zombies are on the loose. Bruce and Conner – hometown friends who experience sudden success early in their careers, followed by a long downward trajectory – encounter the z’s and embark on a quest across the desert to save Conner’s recently rekindled high school love who is attending Burning Man. Alan Gorman – the steadfast, retired Air Force physician with expert marksmanship and a prosthetic lower limb – endures his own odyssey trying to alert the authorities to the escalating zombie menace. It all leads to a climatic, costumed battle of the Alamo, inside Burning Man’s Black Rock City.

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About the Author

Clive Riddle is a life-long Californian, married and father of three, living in Modesto, California. At age 26 Riddle became CEO of a regional HMO. After a decade, he went on to found MCOL (, a leading health care business information company. Riddle has authored a variety of health care reference books and business articles. He is a noted speaker at national events regarding key health care business issues. Dorris Bridge is his first novel, The Burning Z is his second.

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