Are you ready to swoon over some words? I mean, absolutely swoon? Let me introduce The End Quote Project by the Luminous Particular Etsy shop, which scratches one of my deepest, darkest reading itches: reading the last line of a book first.
Now, hush. We’ve all done it. At least once. Or habitually if you’re anything like me. We do this thing because the last few lines of a book are, well, they’re perfection. They resonate. They’re deeply satisfying.
Valerie, the creator of The End Quote Project, explains it even better:
“My secret. I like to read the last page of a new book before I open the front cover. I know. I can’t help it. The closing lines of a good book are perfect poetry to me. And when the journey is over, the beast panting, I like to return to those last lines for a sort of re-sparking. For the heat of where I’ve been and who I became when I returned.”
Because of that beast panting, Valerie decided to put the most beautiful and famous closing lines from literature into print. And the results are gorgeous. (I want ALL of them NOW, but mostly these eight.)
Emma by Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
What closing lines from literature would you love to hang on your wall?