Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ttt: top ten books with wonderful endings

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is a Top Ten rewind (meaning you can pick any past topic that you missed). So I chose that feature that can make or break a book: its ending.

Too often I'm loving a book only to find everything I enjoyed falling apart in the last few pages, but an ending can also elevate a so-so book to something satisfying and great. You gotta start well (so you don't toss the book aside) and end well (so you're left feeling contented and thoughtful). Here are some of my favorites.


* Don't worryI won't give anything away! I considered writing a little more, but I think great endings are only great when you don't know any details beforehand.

Top Ten Books with Wonderful Endings

1. Dark Places (Gillian Flynn)

2. We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)

3. The Blind Assassin (Margaret AtwoodThis is a great example of an ending that improved a so-so book for me)

4. Little Children (Tom Perrotta)

5. The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters- Perfect last line, though the ending itself was slightly disappointing)

6. Affinity (Sarah Waters)

7. The Night Watch (Sarah WatersI've obviously got a thing for Ms. Waters . . . )

8. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)

9. Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

10. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)

What are some of your favorite books with great endings? I'd love to know! 


  1. Well, now, I'm totally intrigued! I've only read a couple of these and I agree with you, it's better if you go into them not knowing they have "surprise" endings. Then, you're really and truly surprised!

  2. The Blind Assassin and Night Watch are two novels I still want to read :)


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